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Ryan Cecil Jobson
Ryan Cecil Jobson is a doctoral student in the combined degree program in anthropology and African American Studies. In 2011, he received a B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in Africana Studies and Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was selected as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and McNair Scholar. At present, he is conducting archival and ethnographic research on natural resource development in Trinidad & Tobago, exploring the ways in which the extractive industries of petroleum and natural gas mediate claims to citizenship by environmentalists, culture producers, and everyday actors in the twin-island nation. More broadly, his research encompasses questions of postcolonial sovereignty, consumption, popular music and performance, and genealogies of anthropological thought in the Caribbean and African Diaspora. Additionally, Ryan maintains an interest in critical pedagogy and educational reform as a frequent contributor to the Ase Academy, an African-Centered Saturday School based in Philadelphia. He is the obliged recipient of multiple grants and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.
“Modernity of this Century: Four Ethnographic Perspectives.” With Caroline Merrifield, Erik Harms, and Sayd Randle. Anthropology of This Century 8. October 2013.