Extending a career in laboratory science, I studied social anthropology at New York University where I developed a keen interest in African societies and cultures, linguistic anthropology, international development, and the sociocultural and political-economic dimensions of disease, medicine and science. Early in these studies, malaria became a leitmotiv in my studies, a lens for exploring various sociopolitical phenomena across time and place. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Tanzania, my dissertation research investigates the recent proliferation of (public-private) partnerships in the domain of international health. It explores howthe growing dominance of 'partnership'isreshaping malaria research and control efforts, governance and knowledge practices, both on the ground and on the transnational plane. Presently I am reworking dissertation chapters for publication in peer-reviewed journals and developing postdoctoral research projects.
In cooperation with members of the fellow group Law,
Organization, Society and Technology (LOST) at the Max Planck
Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany, I continue
to explore the relationship between biomedicine and governance
in African contexts.
Jointly with colleagues from the Anthropologies of African Biosciences research group (AAB) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Paris, I am developing a project investigating the material and immaterial legacies of biomedical research in Tanzanian settings. It uses a combined ethnographic and historic approach to explore malaria research and control efforts across the colonial and post-colonial eras to shed light on the shifting ideological visions underlying these efforts as well as their intended and unintended effects in a field site.
In collaboration with a newly-formed network of scholars anchored in the Institute for International Law and Justice at New York University School of Law, I am developing a project exploring the growing role of indicators in global governance. Promoted to increase transparency and accountability of development interventions, indicators are increasingly influencing the behavior of organizations and actors in the global North and South. This project will examine how these technologies reshape prevailing thinking and practice in international malaria research and control.