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Elliott Prasse-Freeman is Founding Research Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy’s “Human Rights and Social Movements Program” at Harvard University, and is currently an advisor of the “Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights initiative” there. He holds an undergraduate degree with honors from Harvard College and a master’s degree in Development Economics from Harvard’s Kennedy School.
He researches and writes on post-sovereign politics and power, especially as these manifest in the underdeveloped world, inquiring into how not only state regulatory projects but also Development assistance, Human Rights, and humanitarian apparatuses and discourses influence this ecology and conceptions of citizenship, person-hood, and identity for subjects on the ground. His central research project focuses on Burma/Myanmar politics, looking particularly at the intersections, interfaces, and conflicts between autochthonous political ontologies and those of transnational cosmopolitan liberalism. In addition to academic journals and edited volumes, his work has been published in popular outlets, including Foreign Policy, al Jazeera, and Los Angeles Review of Books. He is a regular contributor at The New Inquiry.
- “Power, Civil Society, and an Inchoate Politics of the Daily,” Journal of Asian Studies, 71.2, 2012
- “Fostering an Objectionable Burma Discourse,” Journal of Burma Studies, 18.1, 2014
- “Grassroots protest movements and mutating conceptions of ‘the political’ in an evolving Burma,” in Egreteau, Renaud and Francois Robinne, eds. Metamorphosis: Studies in Social and Political Change in Myanmar, Singapore: NUS Press, 2016.
- “Petit Bourgeois fantasies: Microcredit, Small-is-Beautiful Solutions, and Development’s New Anti-politics,” in ed Milford Bateman, Seduced and Betrayed: Exposing the Contemporary Microfinance Phenomenon. Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research Press, 2017.
- “Droning On: A review of Grégoire Chamayou’s Theory of the Drone”, The New Inquiry, 3 March 2015.