What might exhuming reveal to us about the legacy of apartheid-era inequalities and state violence in South Africa?
In what ways are health inequalities gendered in the context of farming in South Africa?
I’m currently working on a book manuscript, and two articles based on my dissertation research.
I’ve taught medical and sociocultural anthropology, and science studies in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
I’m a medical anthropologist employed at the University of the Witwatersrand where I’m a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Public Health. I received my PhD from the Joint Medical Anthropology Program at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco in December 2014, with a specialization in Science and Technology Studies. I’m originally from Los Angeles, U.S. and I’m currently living in Johannesburg, South Africa.
An excerpt from Chapter 1 of my manuscript, “Archaeology as Witness: Traumatic Pasts and Humanitarian Futures:” Declarations of Victor and Vanquished We had walked into the American equivalent of a Confederate bar south of the Dixie Line. As we try to leave, the bar owner Javi rushes over to us. Frantically, he pastes pro-fascist stickers onto[…]
Declarations of Victor and Vanquished We had walked into the American equivalent of a Confederate bar south of the Dixie Line. As we try to leave, the bar owner Javi rushes over to us. Frantically, he pastes pro-fascist stickers onto lighters for us to take with us to our final destination of Castuera. The smokers[…]
When Obama was yet to become president, I remember sitting anxiously in lecture, watching our laptop screens plastered with maps of the U.S. covered in red and blue. Who cares what Marx and Durkheim had to say, when the future of our country is at stake. Unlike in South Africa and in most places of[…]
Even when we were kids, my mom would ask us to call 411 for information, or make restaurant reservations for her. We would moan and tease that she could do it herself, and she would moan and tease us back to do it because it was good for us to practice our social skills.
I didn’t believe Mama until she tried calling in a reservation for 4 at a new Asian Fusion eatery in Manhattan Beach. She was turned away. She had me call in and sure enough, I was able to get the reservation that she couldn’t.
Everyday in Johannesburg, I meet white folk of my parents’ age whose children have fled the country. Children who were born and raised in South Africa around the time apartheid had ended, who were schooled and educated here. Have got up and left. It is the ultimate white flight, the white flight of a nation,[…]
Here’s a short thought piece I wrote during the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism on my frustrations with performing theory and inspirations (with practical outlets) for storytelling research in more accessible ways: Performing & Storytelling Theory: A Future Perfect Possibility http://jhbwtc.blogspot.co.za/2015/07/performing-storytelling-theory-future.html
Over the years as a graduate student living and working in the Bay Area–one of the most expensive places to live in the U.S.–I’ve accumulated a small list of resources and tips to make ends meet and have a hell of a good time while doing it. I’ve come to share this list with new graduate students at UC Berkeley and via emails with friends and cohort members, and am now posting it here for others to use and add to. Some of the links and discounts may be outdated, but most of these resources still exist.