I am a Research Fellow at the University of Rwanda‘s Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management (CoEB). I am based in Kigali. My current legal anthropology work looks at the relationship between environmental conservation and conflict. Specifically, I study the intersection of state/international law and policy with local governance (top-down vs. bottom-up regulations), with a keen emphasis on gender analysis. My oft-asked question is, “How does this environmental policy impact women?”
Although my primary research interest during my Ph.D. was the role of women in Nigeria’s oil conflict in the Niger Delta, this site also explores issues of human rights, governmentality, and economic power across Africa. I started it to offer my up-to-date observations from the ground during the Occupy Nigeria protests in January of 2012. Since then, it has become a platform for discussing sociopolitical phenomenon across the continent and, as of late, focuses more on environmental conflict and outcomes in central and eastern Africa.
My goal is to expand the breadth of issues covered here and discuss environmental and gender politics across the developing world in the coming years. Although social environments in Africa are indeed unique, they also serve as examples of challenges of corruption, poverty, and inequality across the Global South. I think we can learn from these cases.
I cultivated my interest in developing world politics while completing an interdisciplinary doctorate at New York University (2015), an M.A. in Human Rights at Columbia University (2008), an Igbo language Boren Fellowship (2011-2012), and while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique (2004-2006). I most recently was a Research Fellow at George Mason University’s Korea campus, at the Center for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (2018-2019).
I encourage readers to send me a message with questions, comments or suggestions. I love learning. Although I will always support information for the sake of information, I do ask that no content on this blog be reproduced without proper credits. Thank you.
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