Selected Publications


2014.   Speculative Markets: Drug Circuits and Derivative Life in Nigeria. Duke University Press.

Awarded:                                                                                                                                                                   *Anthony Leeds Prize, 2015                                                                                                                                            Society for Urban, National & Transnational/ Global Anthropology, American                                                          Anthropological Association                                                                                                                     *Gold Medal: Independent Publishers National Book Award, 2015                                                                                (Category: Current Events I:  Political/Economic/Legal/Media)

Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Peer Reviewed

2017.     “A Research Alliance: Tracking the Politics of HIV-prevention Trials in Africa.” Medicine Anthropology Theory 4(2): 18-33.

2016.     “Volatility, Speculation, and Therapeutic Revolutions in Nigerian Drug Markets,” in Histories of the Therapeutic Revolution. Eds. Jeremy Greene, Elizabeth Watkins, Flurin Condrau. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

2015.      “Saying ‘No’ to PrEP Research in Malawi: What Constitutes ‘failure’ in off shored HIV Prevention Research?” Anthropology & Medicine (Authors: Kristin Peterson, Morenike Oluwatoyin Folayan, Edward Chigwedere, Evaristo Nthete)

2014.      “On the Monopoly: Speculation, Pharmaceutical Markets, and Intellectual Property Law in Nigeria.” American Ethnologist 41:1 (February):128-142.

2012.      “Intellectual Property Designs: Drugs, Governance, and Nigerian (Non) Compliance with the World Trade Organization,” in Rethinking Biomedicine and Governance in Africa: Contributions from Anthropology. Eds Richard Rottenberg, Julia Zenker, and Wenzel Geissler. Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript [Verlag für Kommunikation, Kultur und Soziale Praxis], 2012

2012.      “AIDS Policies for Markets and Warriors: Dispossession, Capital, and Pharmaceuticals in Nigeria,” in Lively Capital: Biotechnologies, Ethics and Governance in Global Markets. Ed. Kaushik Sunder Rajan. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 228-247.

2009.    “Phantom Epistemologies,” in Fieldwork Is Not What It Used to Be: Learning Anthropology’s Method in a Time of Transition. Eds. James D. Faubion & George E. Marcus. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 37-51.

2001.  “Benefit Sharing for All?: Bioprospecting NGOs, Intellectual Property Rights, New Governmentalities.” Political and Legal Anthropology Review, 24:1 (May): 78-91.

2001.   “Be/longings,” in The Ethics of Kinship: Ethnographic Inquiries, edited by James D. Faubion.  Savage, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 234-249.

1999. “Romancing the Shelter: The State, Activism, and Domestic Violence Funding.” Minnesota Review 50-51 (October): 63-73.


“How Nigeria Defeated Ebola.” Africa Is A Country. (with Morenike O. Folayan).


2009.    Oral Tenofovir Controversy II – Voices from the Field: A series of reports on the Oral Tenofovir Trials from the perspectives of Active Community Voices in Cambodia, Cameroon, Nigeria, Thailand and Malawi. Edited by Morenike Ukpong and Kristin Peterson. Lagos, Nigeria: New HIV Vaccines and Microbicides Society.

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