McGrail, Richard

Grad Status: 
In the Field

I’m interested in the following areas of research: (1) how “beauty” and “ugliness” (or pleasure and disgust) determine the social value of individuals; (2) the enduring influence of eugenics and positivism in a variety of domains; (3) foreign direct investment and international trade; (4) how so-called “elite universities” serve as sites for the formation and reproduction of class apartheid—especially when they claim to do the opposite. Geographic areas of interest include Latin America, Western Europe, the U.S., and someday, perhaps, West Africa.