About

Joeva Rock Bio PicHello! I’m an anthropologist and lecturer at the Center of Development Studies & Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. 

My research focuses on agricultural biotechnologies, international development, and social movements on the African continent. I’m currently completing a book project on genetically modified crops and food sovereignty in Ghana, and am engaged in a couple of additional research projects. The first, in collaboration with the GEAP3 Network, explores the potential political and agronomic implications of genome-editing for agricultural systems in Africa. The second, in collaboration with the University of San Francisco’s Department of International Studies and Data Institute, uses tools from data science, social science, and digital humanities to build interactive platforms for the public to explore agricultural biotechnologies on the African continent.

To date, my research has been funded by the Fulbright-Hays Program and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and featured in African Affairs; Culture, Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentGlobal BioethicsThe NationPopula; 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.

Prior to moving to Cambridge, I taught at the University of California, Berkeley and within the Health Inequity and Care Program at American University. I also held postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of International Studies at Dalhousie University, and at the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University. I hold a PhD in Anthropology from American University.