Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology
Based on long-term fieldwork in domestic and work settings, my research examines the constraints and possibilities of building relationships and forging kin bonds across ethnic lines in Kampala, Uganda. In my dissertation, Betrayal and Belonging: Kinship, Ethnicity, and Cosmopolitanism in Kampala, I argue that stereotypes and assumptions about others are not subverted, as one might imagine in the cosmopolitanism of the city, but are often redirected. Through ethnographic accounts focusing on working- and underclass ethnic minorities who migrated to Kampala for employment, I show the possibilities of kinship across seemingly insurmountable difference with people previously deemed amoral.
I have also written about the themes of my dissertation in the context of my own positionality as a transracial adoptee, which can be found here.