Dena Freeman is a Senior Visiting Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she is also a member of the Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy and an associate of the International Inequalities Institute.
Her work focuses on globalization, development, inequality, religion and democracy, taking a multi-scalar and holistic approach which considers issues of political-economy alongside less tangible matters such as values, sociality and religion.
She is the author or editor of five books and dozens of articles in journals such as Global Policy and Global Society. Her most recent book, Can Globalization Succeed? (Thames & Hudson, 2020) traces the development of economic globalization from the first wave of colonialization in the 15th century up to the contemporary period of globalization that started in the 1980s and appears today to be teetering on the brink of collapse. It explores the impacts of globalization on today’s world, from global supply chains and tax havens to rising economic inequality, climate change and pandemics, and assesses the different impacts on rich and poor countries, and on the rich and poor within countries. In the context of rising anti-globalization sentiment and the populist nationalist backlash led by President Trump and embodied in the 2016 Brexit vote, and now further fanned by the COVID-19 pandemic, the book considers a range of possible scenarios for the future world order, including nationalism, authoritarianism and democratic globalism. It considers whether globalization can be democratized in a world in which effective and inclusive global governance is crucial to solving global problems, such as tackling climate change, controlling global pandemics and upholding universal human rights.
During her stay at the Center for the History of Global Development she will be working on a new research project on Alternative Conceptualizations of Development and World Order: Globalist Visions from the Global South, 1950-1975.