Research Interests

Cultural heritage, especially difficult heritage; heritage ethics and politics; heritage and development; post-conflict and post-colonial societies; war, conflict, violence, and genocide

Rwanda; Democratic Republic of Congo; Germany



PhD in Anthropology, Stanford University, 2019, Department of Anthropology, Archaeology track

supervisor: Prof. Lynn Meskell (Stanford); committee members: Prof. Ian Hodder (Stanford), Prof. Krish Seetah (Stanford), Dr. John Giblin (National Museums Scotland)

MA in Anthropology, Stanford University, 2014

MA in Cultural Heritage Management, University of York, 2014, with Distinction

BA in Archaeology and French Studies, Wesleyan University, 2008, with High Honors 


Selected Publications

Online ahead of print. “Imagining Genocide Heritage: Material Modes of Development and Preservation in Rwanda”, Journal of Material Culture.

2019. "Dignity in Death and Life: Negotiating Agaciro for the Nation in Preservation Practice at Nyamata Genocide Memorial, Rwanda", Anthropological Quarterly 92(2): 345-374.

2019. "A Ghost Map of Kigali", Anthropology and Humanism 44(1): 144-155.

2019. “#PublicAuthority: Governing Memory and Cultural Heritage after Conflict in Rwanda”, Africa at LSE.

2019. “Practicing Heritage Means Life or Death in Rwanda”, Anthropology News.

2018. “Temporal Palimpsests and Authenticity in Rwandan Heritage”, in Palimpsests: Buildings, Sites, Time, Nadja Aksamija, Clark Maines, and Phillip Wagoner (eds.). Architectural Crossroads, vol. 4. Brepols: Turnhout, Belgium.

2012. “On the Side of Light: Performing Morality at Rwanda’s Genocide Memorials”, Journal of Conflict Archaeology 7(3): 199-207.


Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

Mellon Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2017-2018) at the Stanford Humanities Center

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Study/Research Grant (2015-2016) for fieldwork in Rwanda

Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development Graduate Fellowship (2018)

Award for Outstanding Graduate Research and Publication (2018), Stanford University Department of Anthropology

First Place, Ethnographic Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Contest (2018), Society for Humanistic Anthropology

Short Research Scholarship from Ghent University, Belgium. Additional fellowships and grants from Stanford University: Graduate Voice and Influence Program, Center on International Conflict and Negotiation, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, School of Humanities and Sciences, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Center for African Studies, Archaeology Center, and Department of Anthropology.


Selected Presentations

2018. Session co-organizer (with Meredith Reifschneider), "Beyond Engagement: Archaeologists at the Intersections of Power". Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, Washington DC.

2017. Session co-organizer (with A. Lorraine Weekes), "Heritage in Triple Time". American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC.

2017. "'Rwanda Will Not Beg': Dignity and Power in Rwandan Heritage". Archaeology Center, Stanford University.

2017. "More Respect than This: International Struggles over Genocide Remains at Nyamata Genocide Memorial, Rwanda". American Ethnological Association Annual Meeting, Palo Alto CA.

2016. "My People Perish for Lack of Knowledge: The Values of Cultural Heritage in Rwanda". American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis MN. 

2015. "Alive but Soundless: Rwandan Heritage as Speech and Silence". Archaeology Center, Stanford University.


Teaching Experience

2019. Graduate Instructor, Archaeology Center (crosslisted with Anthropology), Stanford: Heritage and Human Rights (spring).

2019. Graduate Instructor, Department of Anthropology, Stanford: Heritage Development in the Global South (winter).

2017. Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology, Stanford: Politics of the Past; Stuff; Debating Repatriation (Chip Colwell).

2014. Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology and African Studies, Stanford: Conflict and Reconciliation in Africa (Ronald Jennings). 

2014. Course Assistant, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, Stanford: Archaeology: Emergence of a Discipline (Ian Hodder). 

2008-2009. Princeton in Asia English Teaching Fellow, The Affiliated High School of Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan. 

I have also worked as a Language and Orientation Tutor for international graduate students at Stanford, a Writing Tutor at Wesleyan University, and an English Teaching Assistant at the Collège et Lycée de St.-Mandé in Paris; and as a freelance editor and for an educational consulting firm.


Museum Experience

2016-2017. Stanford University Archaeology Collections

2014. Institute of National Museums of Rwanda, Presidential Palace Museum, Rwanda

2011-2012. Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, MO

2011. Star Carr Project, University of York, UK

2010-2011. Yorkshire Museum, York, UK