What hurricanes taught me about the need for disaster anthropology

This past weekend I celebrated my birthday. Like many do, I reflected on where I have come since the last year, and that made me take pause. I live in Houston, so this time last year, like the rest of the city, we were bracing for yet another tropical storm. In this case, that tropical ...

Love will tear us apart

I can’t believe I’m having to write this, a matter of days after I finished editing and publishing something I felt proud about - my first public anthropology writing. But, no I absolutely do not believe it’s ok to fuck your students. Voices stronger and more grounded than I have expressed the issues with queer ...

All you need is love…

In her two part article Envisioning Theory: An Anthropological Teaching Experiment, Dr Stefanie Mauksch narrates the pedagogical experiments that she and her co-teacher Dr Friederike Eichner. These experiments were explored in their undergraduate seminar “anthropology of the body, kinship, and gender.” Mauksch’s project is to examine how “embracing bodiness might affect (her) pedagogy.” Her work ...

Streamline(d) – “180 Days”

A federal prosecutor sits in front of a judge during an Operation Streamline hearing, correcting the judge on the terms of a plea deal. The judge laughs and says that he’s glad the prosecutor is paying attention (because the judge isn’t). (Click through for the option to open the full image in a new tab)

Streamline(d) – “Time Served”

This post is the beginning of an experiment. Recent ethnoGRAPHIC work like Lissa: A Story about Medical Promise, Friendship, and Revolution by Sherine Hamdy and Coleman Nye, as well as Andrew Causey's Drawn to See: Drawing as an Ethnographic Method has encouraged me to explore the potentials (and pitfalls) of incorporating drawing into my anthropological life. ...

A road bend to the right and out of frame. It is deliberately littered with stones, bricks, and large tree branches by students as a way of restricting vehicle access to the university campus during a strike.

That’s Enough about Tim Ingold!: A Millennial’s Response

[This post is adapted and updated from a paper presented at the University of Colorado, Boulder graduate student conference, “The Ethnographic Turn” in 2016. I am indebted to Audra Simpson for her thoughtful feedback. The text is accompanied by embedded Instagram photographs from my ongoing dissertation research.] Multimodal Ramadan. Medina, Dakar, #Senegal. 2017. Olympus EM10ii. ...

Processing Settler Toxicities: Part II

This second instalment of a  2+ part post is adapted from a presentation at the 2018 Cultures of Energy Symposium at Rice University. Many thanks to everyone who responded to my call for entries into the Indigenous Studies Glossary. Gunalchéesh also to Kristen Simmons and Teresa Montoya for thinking with me for this panel, for ...

Processing Settler Toxicities: Part I

This 2+ part post is adapted from a presentation at the 2018 Cultures of Energy Symposium at Rice University. Many thanks to everyone who responded to my call for entries into the Indigenous Studies Glossary. Gunalchéesh also to Kristen Simmons and Teresa Montoya for thinking with me for this panel, for your brilliant anger and ...

Diasporic Fields of Belonging

I collect stories about U.S. anthropology graduate training experience from racially minoritized individuals across color lines and borders. I document these narratives emerging from this broad collective and yet dispersed diasporic group in a hope to find collaborative strategies for equitable anthropology graduate training. I do so through via web-video interviews (such as Skype and ...

Something to Shoot For

A note for the reader:  I had the idea to attend a gun show and doing some writing about it a while ago, but the appeal of it faded relatively quickly. I filed it away as an idea that seemed good, but that I didn’t feel like I had the energy to actually follow through ...