PhD Candidate, Teaching Assistant / Associate Instructor
Office Hours for Winter 2017 :
- Thursdays 2:00-3:00pm and by appointment in SS&H 267
- MA, Social Sciences, University of Chicago, 2007
- BA, Sociology, with Honors, University of Chicago, 2006
- Peace Corps Volunteer, Uganda, 2008-2009
General Interests: state-making and national identity formation in South Sudan, the Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement and politics in South Sudan, urban anthropology, futures and futurity, visual anthropology, anthropology of "development," post-colonialism and African independence, ethnographic methodology, post-conflict northern Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army
Research: My research analyzes state-making and futurity in South Sudan by looking at official projects and everyday activities in South Sudan's capital city, Juba. With support from the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the National Science Foundation, I conducted fieldwork in South Sudan between Winter 2015 and Winter 2016. I am currently writing my dissertation based on this research. I am also overseeing an alternative financial infrastructure project based in South Sudan that is funded by the Tech for Social Good Program and the Blum Center and in the process of launching a long-term collaborative visual anthropology project with students and faculty at the University of Juba in South Sudan.