I am a socio-cultural anthropologist, ethnographically investigating the violent aftermaths of war and genocide. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2016. During 2016-2017, I was a James F. & Anne F. Rothenberg Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University. And for the 2017-2019 academic years, I hold the position of Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto.
My research has been supported by fellowships from a number of institutions, including the United States Institute of Peace, the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, and Harvard University.
What I'm Working On:
My research centers on the African Great Lakes region, focusing broadly on the thematic domains of: nation-building, state-building, sovereignty, democracy and postcoloniality; genocide, violence, racisms, ethnicity, injurious/hate speech; surveillance, secrecy, threat/insecurity; carceral systems, post-conflict transitions and transitional justice.
I am currently working on a book manuscript that ethnographically investigates the Rwandan state's recent campaign against "genocide ideology" (ingengabitekerezo ya jenoside), which is prohibited in law as "thoughts" of ethnic hatred that threaten the recurrence of genocide. Over four years of fieldwork examined the quotidian operations of this state campaign -- in part, through research in prisons, layperson-run genocide courts (Gacaca), military-run "re-education" camps (Ingando), and state-run genocide commemoration events -- to assess its differential effects on various sections of the Rwandan population. This book project is based on my Ph.D. which was the winner of the Richard Saller Prize for the best dissertation in the Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago.
I have been concurrently working on a second book project which offers a critique of the interdisciplinary literatures on "transitional justice," based upon ethnographic research drawn from attending over 150 hearings of Rwanda's Gacaca courts, which between 2002 and 2012 tried 1.9 million cases of genocide.
At the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, I teach classes on the topics of: violent aftermaths; "hate" and injurious speech; revolution and the nation-state; and sovereignty, democracy and postcoloniality.