Hello! I’m an anthropologist interested in how international development shapes African foodways, political institutions and environmental governance.
To date, my research has been funded by the Fulbright-Hays Program and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and featured in Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment; Global Bioethics; The Nation; Popula; and Foreign Policy in Focus. I also serve as a contributor to Africa is a Country, where I write on issues related to development, agriculture, and social change.
I’m currently a Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of International Studies at the University of San Francisco where I’m completing my book project. The manuscript, tentatively titled We are not starving: the Struggle for Food Sovereignty in Ghana, is an ethnography of Ghanaian activists, farmers, scientists and officials embroiled in intense debates over agricultural futures, national development and political sovereignty.
I am also a Professorial Lecturer in the Health Inequity and Care Program at American University (Department of Anthropology) where I teach courses on globalization, social movements and political-economic determinants of health.
I was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University, and hold a PhD in Anthropology from American University.