Research Projects

My current project, “Body Politics: Heritage Repatriation for the Postcolonial Future”, examines how repatriation can mediate relationships between nations, especially with an eye to remaking landscapes of power in a postcolonial context. Based in Berlin and Kigali, the project investigates the potential repatriation of a collection of human remains from Rwanda which are currently held in German museums.

My PhD dissertation in Anthropology at Stanford University, "A Country without Culture is Destroyed: Making Rwanda and Rwandans through Heritage", examined the state heritage sector in post-genocide Rwanda and its uses of cultural and genocide heritage for nation-building and development, while transforming Rwanda's place in the international dynamic of power. 

I also work as a research associate in the program on Understanding Violent Conflict at the Social Science Research Council, focusing particularly on Great Lakes Africa.

 

Education

I am an archaeologist and anthropologist who works in the heritage field using ethnographic and historical methods. 

I successfully defended my PhD dissertation in Anthropology (Archaeology track) at Stanford University in May 2018. I received an MA in Anthropology from Stanford in spring 2014. I also hold an MA with Distinction in Cultural Heritage Management from the University of York, UK (2012) and a BA with High Honors in Archaeology and French Studies from Wesleyan University (2008). 

My research has been supported by the Mellon Foundation and the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, among others. 

For a full CV and list of publications, presentations, fellowships, and awards, please see CV.

 

Recent Teaching

Spring 2019: Heritage and Human Rights (Stanford University, undergraduate, archaeology/anthropology)

Winter 2019: Heritage Development in the Global South (Stanford University, undergraduate, anthropology/archaeology)