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I am a cultural anthropologist who studies African borderland areas where the state is largely absent, and a range of actors govern. My research locales, primarily the remote and little-populated eastern reaches of the Central African Republic (C.A.R.), are further marked by violent histories that continue into the present. How, in such contexts, do people navigate fragile relationships of trust and claim access to resources and authority? My main fieldwork interlocutors are among the region’s men-in-arms, such as anti-poaching guards and rebels.
In addition to introductory and theoretical approaches to socio-cultural anthropology, I teach classes on sub-Saharan Africa, and especially African politics; anthropology and law; international development and humanitarianism; war, violence, and conflict; conservation and the management of “wilderness”; and the social and historical aspects of inter-species categorization.
Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, Duke University
A.B., Development Studies, Brown University
2013. “Navigational Tools for Central African Roadblocks.” PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review. 36(1): 157-173.
2012. “Rébellion et les limites de la consolidation de la paix en RCA.” Politique Africaine. 125: 189-208.
Photo credit: US Holocaust Memorial Museum