As a cultural anthropologist, I strive to understand how and why people find meaning in power and conflict. I am fascinated by the way power is both feared and desired, contested and embraced, and the culturally unique ways in which people fight for as well as against power. My current research focuses on local forms of leadership in a Haitian ghetto, and attempts to uncover the multiple and contradictory ways people compete for control over an area. I write and teach about violence, rituals of sovereignty, grassroots organizing, insecure cities, Haiti and the Caribbean, and ethnographic methods and writing.
Trained at the University of Chicago, I now hold the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theory and Writing in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University. I previously held the McKennan Postdoctoral Fellowship in Anthropology at Dartmouth College and the Undergraduate Preceptorship at University of Chicago.
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