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Assistant Professor of Anthropology
I am a cultural anthropologist. My ethnographically-based work focuses on the politics of inequality, particularly in Brazil. My work also touches on science and technology studies; race and ethnicity; war and violence; governance and citizenship; social movements; and the politics of expertise.
Anthropology Seminar: Political Anthropology
Graduate Seminar: Peace, Conflict, Security and Development
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
Anthropology of Inequality
Culture and Globalization Anthropology
Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Chicago
B.A. Philosophy, Rutgers University
2010. Introduction: “Culture, Counterinsurgency, Conscience” (co-authored with John D. Kelly, Beatrice Jauregui and Jeremy Walton);
2010. Introduction to Section Two: “Ethnographic Experiences of American Power in the Age of the 'War on Terror'” (co-authored with Jeremy Walton);
2010. Introduction to Section Four: “The U.S. Military and U.S. Anthropology” (co-authored with John D. Kelly).
Constellations of Inequality
My forthcoming book, Constellations of Inequality: Space, Race, and Utopia in Brazil., is an ethnographic study of the three-and-a-half-decade-old strife surrounding Brazil’s spaceport. The site stands at the center of competing projects of social and material transformation, each aimed at redressing inequality, though on very different scales, and in very different ways. The spaceport was conceived as part of a project to make Brazil a world technomilitary power. It is today populated by two Brazilian space programs and by differing projects for a space program that might confront global political and economic inequalities. Another project is concerned not with international inequalities, but Brazil’s internal inequalities of class and race. Mobilizing as escaped-slave descendants (quilombolas), villagers (and their allies) aim to resist the expansion of the spaceport and to win the villagers rights of wellbeing and citizenship long denied them. Through this case, Constellations of Inequality analyses Brazil’s changing politics of inequality and advances an ethnographic approach to understanding the relationships between inequality and politics at multiple scales.
Inequality, Mobility, and Precarity in Contemporary Brazil
With two colleagues, I am beginning a new collaborative long-term research project which has recently been awarded support from the National Science Foundation. The research investigates changing class relations in Brazilian cities and how they are impacting political subjectivity and protest. The project is an examination of political-subjectivity among Brazil’s so-called “new middle class”—the estimated 40 million people who, against the backdrop of economic growth, rising wages, and redistributive social-welfare policies, exited official poverty classifications between 2000 and 2013. In recent years, matters have turned for the worse for much of this population, as Brazil has been beset by economic contraction, welfare-state rollback, and fiercely contentious politics. While this is not the situation my colleagues and I imagined when we conceived this project, Brazil’s current situation of tumult and economic decline for the “new middle class” provides a fascinating site for this study on the relation between political subjectivity and inequality.
Anthropology and War
I have also worked on issues of war, violence, and on developing anthropological approaches to global politics. My co-edited volume, Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency (University of Chicago Press, 2010—CHOICE winner, Outstanding Academic Title, 2010), stems from this work. It contains essays that explore the historical and contemporary relationships between anthropology and war. As a whole, the volume offers an anthropological analysis of war-making, violence, and power in the post-Cold War world.
2015-2018 National Science Foundation Research Grant: Collaborative Research: Social Mobility, Poverty Reduction, and Democracy in an Emerging Middle Class (with Benjamin Junge and Charles Klein).
2015-6 Faculty Fellowship from the Rutgers Institute for Research on Women (Seminar on "Poverty").
2013 Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, International Collaborative Research Grant.
2012 Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis Faculty Fellowship.
2012 Rutgers Center for Latin American Studies Fund for Faculty and Student Research Fellowship.
2010 Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency (CHOICE winner: Outstanding Academic Title, 2010)