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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. His work has been published in Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Burma Studies, Foreign Policy, al Jazeera English, and The New Inquiry, among others.
“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
“Scapegoating in Burma,” Anthropology Today, 29:4, 2013
“Cui Bono? On Harry Browne’s ‘The Frontman’ ”, LA Review of Books, 14 September 2013
“Sorry Not Sorry: On America’s Public Apology Spectacles” with Sayres Rudy, The New Inquiry, 21 February 2013