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 Lecturer within the Global Poverty and Practice Program at the University of California, Berkeley, and 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 was previously a Professorial Lecturer in the Health Inequity and Care Program at American University (Department of Anthropology) where I taught courses on globalization, social movements and political-economic determinants of health. Prior to that, I served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University. I hold a PhD in Anthropology from American University.