I am a political anthropologist of southern Africa, originally trained in public health and medical anthropology. My research examines international development, policy, and bureaucracy primarily in southern and Lusophone Africa. Through ethnographic and critical methods, I examine the cultural logics that underpin the design of policy and interventions, the experiences of those who carry them out, and the meanings and values they ascribe in these processes. I have worked in Mozambique, Angola, and Zambia.
My first book, Implementing Inequality: The Invisible Labor of International Development, has recently been published using research I conducted in Angola. I am now working on a second book (The Planner's Craft) using my ongoing research in Zambia.
Published in January 2020, Implementing Inequality examines the international development industry's internal social dynamics and how they inadvertently replicate global inequalities. Learn more on the book's site and find resources for teaching the book below.