Research Interests

My research is broadly concerned with surveillance, policing, and militarized urbanisms in the context of the so-called ‘War on Terror’ in East Africa. My current book project, Citizen-Suspect: Militarism, Race, and Geopolitics in the East African Warscape, argues that Kenya has emerged as a key player in the post 9/11 era of endless war. As an ethnography of geopolitics, it grapples with the how—as well as the effects–of endless war in East Africa today. Drawing on ethnographic research with politicians, diplomats, human rights activists, and young people in the cities of Nairobi and Mombasa, it theorizes geopolitics both as a cultural field of representation and meaning, and as a political-economic process that is made and remade in daily practice. As such, the book explores the relationship between the imaginative and grounded geographies of the so-called War on Terror in East Africa today.

Professional Background

I joined the Department of Anthropology in 2019 following two years as a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-2019). Prior to pursuing my PhD, I worked for a number of international human rights organizations, including the Center for Economic and Social Rights, Parliamentarians for Global Action, and the International Center for Transitional Justice. I am a contributing editor at Africa is a Country, and I have published in a variety of public outlets on topics ranging from the International Criminal Court to the militarization of U.S. policy in Africa.


B.A., Political Science, Columbia University

M.A., International Affairs, Columbia University

Ph.D. Sociocultural Anthropology, Yale University