Research

I’m the principal investigator for several projects that focus on human rights, health, and social repair campaigns in Spain, Morocco, and South Africa.

I’ve conceptualized, researched, obtained funding for, managed, and disseminated results for the following projects:


Archaeology as Witness: Excavation and the Politics of Archaeological Humanitarianism in Spain. 

  • This project examined the ethical intervention of humanitarian aid facilitated by scientific- and civilian-led research teams to relieve post-conflict suffering in contemporary Spain.
  • My research on the current exhumations of the ’36-’39 Spanish Civil War dead draws new attention to historical exclusions in humanitarian work, in which certain histories and bodies are selected for recovery, and others are not.
  • You can read my recent publications here and here, and hear me speak about this topic in Spanish.

South Africa, Unearthed: Exhuming Apartheid-Era Disappearances. 

  • This an ongoing ethnographic project that examines how forensic science practices address social inequalities produced by long-standing patterns of state-sanctioned violence in post-apartheid South Africa.
  • This comparative project between Spain and South Africa traces how forensic scientists, the state, and survivors of apartheid contribute to discourses and practices of the body that shape transnational models of healing and social repair.
  • I’ve started writing about forensics and Africa here.

Women’s Work: Gendered Health Disparities on a South African Wine Farm. 

  • For my next project, I will examine the impact of pesticide exposure on farmwomen’s reproductive and sexual health, and the shared risks of working conditions on farmwomen’s households on commercial wine farms in South Africa.