Current Professional Appointment
Assistant Professor and Director of the UCU in Africa Field Studies Program - University College Utrecht, The Netherlands
Research Affiliate, Department of Anthropology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Director and co-founder, Africa SOMA Inc., a USA and Canada registered non-profit supporting educational initiatives among poor and marginalized youth in Africa (unpaid position)
PhD in Anthropology, Brown University, Rhode Island, USA 2007
M.A. in Anthropology, Brown University, Rhode Island, USA 2001
Bachelor of Arts, St. Lawrence University, New York, USA 1998
St. Lawrence Univeristy France Semester Program Fall 1997
St. Lawrence University Kenya Semester Program Fall 1996
St. Georges School, Montreal, Canada 1994
Primary Fields of Specialization
Disciplines: Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Development, Demography, Education
Fields: Childhood, Gender, Human Rights, Impact Evaluation, Pastoralism, Informal Settlements
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Social Science and Humanities Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Canada 2006-08
Fonds de la Nature Research Fellowship, PQ 2003-06
Population Council Dissertation Research Fellowship, NY 2003-04
St. Lawrence University Scholarship 1994-98
Research, Program and Travel Grants
Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Team Grant 2007-2009
Liberty Foundation (rural electrification impact evaluation) 2007
Netherlands Embassy Small Project Grants (community library and resource center) 2007
Northwater Foundation (rural electrification impact evaluation) 2006-2007
Foundation for Sustainable Enterprise Development (FSED) (rural electrification impact evaluation) 2007-2008
PSTC Mellon Foundation Pre-Dissertation Travel Grant, Brown University 2002
Watson Institute for International Studies Pre-Dissertation Travel Grant, Brown University 2002
NSF Graduate Student Supplement Research and Travel Grant, NY 2001
PSTC Mellon Foundation Travel Grant, Brown University 2001
Brown University First-Year Grant 2000-2001
Phi Beta Kappa, National Academic Honorary Society 1998
Professional and Research Experience
Consultant, The World Bank, Washington DC, USA, Summer 2002
Research on Culture and Public Action: The Use of the Culture Concept in Development
Research Assistant, Professor J.G.Galaty, Dept. of Anthropology, McGill University, 1999-2000
Research on Pastoral Development Issues and Ethnic Violence in Kenya.
Researcher, Independent, Finmark, Norway, Summer 1999
Co-authored “Learning Lessons from the Past: Three Centuries of Developments and Change in Saami Pastoral Management in Northern Norway.”
Consultant, The Mountain Institute, Makalu Barun Conservation Program, Nepal, Winter 1999
Analysed land-use and indigenous property rights of transhumant households in the Makalu Barun Conservation Area.
Research Assistant, Professor T. Greene, , Dept. of Psychology, St.Lawrence University, Spring 1997
Intern, The Institute of Primate Research, Watamu, Kenya, Fall 1996
UCU in Africa Field Studies Program, University College, Utrecht Summer 2009
Theory and Practice of Development, University College, Utrecht Spring 2009
UCU in Africa Field Studies Program, University College, Utrecht Summer 2008
Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Development, University College, Utrecht Spring 2007 and 2008
Canadian Field Studies Program in Africa, McGill University in Kenya Winter 2005, 2006, 2007
Sheridan Center Teaching Certificate, Brown University 2003
Teaching Assistant in Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Brown University Spring 2003
Teaching Assistant in Culture and Health, Brown University Fall 2002
Teaching Assistant in Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology, Brown University Spring 2002
English - Excellent speaking, reading, and writing
French - Excellent speaking, reading, and writing
Swahili - Very Good speaking, reading, and writing
Dutch - Fair speaking and writing, good reading
Spanish - Fair speaking and writing, good reading
Word, Excel, Access, Stata, Adobe CS4
Canada, France, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Tanzania, Uganda, United States
PUBLICATIONS AND RESEARCH
Publications and Working Papers
2009 “Pain with Punishment and the Negotiation of Childhood: An Ethnographic Analysis of Children’s Rights Processes in Maasailand” Africa: The Journal of the International African Institute,.79:282-302.
2009 “Women Left Behind?: Migration, Spousal Separation, and the Autonomy of Rural Women in Ugweno, Tanzania” Accepted to Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Forthcoming.
2009 “Fixed Families and Mobile Children: Changes in Practices, Perceptions, and Experiences of Adoption in Maasailand, Kenya.” Solicited for Special Issue of Childhood: A Journal of Global Child Research, vol 17(2), Under Review.
2009 “Social Mobility in Children’s Mobility? An Investigation into Child Circulation among the Maasai of Kenya.” Co-authored with Joost de Laat. Accepted to edited volume, Migrant Children at the Crossroads: Challenges and Progress in a Changing World. Edited by Marisa O. Ensor and Elzbieta M. Gozdziak.
2009 “’The Pen is the Spear of Today’: (Re)producing Gender in Maasai Classrooms” Submitted to American Ethnologist.
2008 “The Rhetoric of Rescued Girls: Local Predicaments in the Global March for Girl Child Education in Kenya.” Working Paper.
2008 “Urban (Dis)Amentites and Child Mirgation” Co-authored with Joost de Laat. Working Paper.
2008 “The Social Organization of Schooling among the Maasai of Southern Kenya” Working Paper.
2007 “’Half-Baked Cakes’: Education, Unemployment, and Emasculation among Maasai Youth” Working Paper.
2007 “’School is the Song of the Day’: Education and Social Change among the Maasai” Brown University, PhD Dissertation.
Ongoing Field Research Projects and Impact Evaluations
2009-current: Place among the Displaced: A Study on Community Sense in the Viwandani Slum of Nairobi. Kenya. 2009-current: Defaulting: The Role of Hyperbolic Discounting in Microfinance Repayments. Uganda. Co-investigators: Tobias Kalenscher (Neuroscience) and Joost de Laat (Economics).
2009-currrent: Impact Evaluation of Africa SOMA’s Youth Programs in Maasailand. Kenya. 2008-current: Strengthening Communtiy Participation in Local Development Programs: A Randomized Impact Evaluation of Different Information Dissemination Strategies. Kenya. Co-investigators: Matthieu Chemin (Economics) and Joost de Laat (Economics).
2007-current: Property and Poverty: Maasai Transitions from Collective to Private Land Holding. Kenya. Principal Investigator: John Galaty (Anthropology) Co-applicants: Tim Jons (Nutrition), Joost de Laat (Economics), and Jon Unruh (Geography). 2007-current: Negotiating Meanings of Education in Contrasting Political Economies: A Cross-Border Comparative Analysis among the Maasai. Tanzania and Kenya.
2006-current: Communtiy-Based Rural Electrification: A Randomized Impact Evaluation. Kenya. Co-investigators: Matthieu Chemin (Economics) and Joost de Laat (Economics).
Conference Paper Presentations
American Anthropological Aasociation, Annual Meeting, Philadelphia
Ethnography and Education, Oxford, England
Children and Migration: Identities, Mobilities, and Belongings, Ireland
Canadian Anthropology Society, Annual Meeting, Toronto
Population Association of America, Annual Meeting, New York
African Studies Association, Annual Meeting, San Francisco
American Anthropological Association, Annual Meeting, San Jose
Population Association of America, Annual Meeting, Minneapolis
American Anthropological Association, Annual Meeting, New Orleans