- Councilor, American Ethnological Society
- Reviews Editor, Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology
- capitalism, labor, value
- the state, para-states, and state effects
- Latin America, especially the Andean region
- historical anthropology
Awards and Grants:
CURRENT PROJECT FUNDING
SSHRC Insight Development Grant: “Accounting for Violence in the Island of Peace: An Anthropological History of Cold War Ecuador,” 2013-2016.
Connaught New Researcher Award: “Islands of Memory in an Unknown War: A Cultural History of Violence and its Reckoning in Ecuador,” 2012-2014
- “Collaborator,” Carnegie Corporation, “States at Regional Risk” (2007-2011), $483, 286, Bruce Knauft (P.I.)
- Postdoctoral Fellowship, Emory University (2006-2008)
- Postdoctoral Fellowship, Kellogg Institute, University of Notre Dame (2006-2007), declined
- Doctoral Research Award, Pacific Rim Foundation, University of California
- Doctoral Award, SSHRCC (2000-2002)
Co-Editor, Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology
Forthcoming. Off-Centered States: Political Formation and Deformation in the Andes (co-edited with David Nugent). Under contract with University of Pennsylvania Press.
Guest Editor (with Gavin Smith) of a Special Forum on “Spaces of Exception: The Administration of Populations in the North and the South”. In Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology 63: 84-128. (with contributions from Andrés Guerrero, Tristan Platt, Mark Thurner, João Biehl and Sebastian Ramirez Hernandez)
Articles and Book Chapters
Forthcoming. (with David Nugent) “Power, Fantasy, Affect: Re-thinking State Theory through an Andean Lens.” In Off-Centered States: Political Formation and Deformation in the Andes (Christopher Krupa and David Nugent, eds.). Under contract with University of Pennsylvania Press.
Forthcoming. “Cadastral Politics: Property Wars and State Realism in Highland Ecuador.” In Off-Centered States: Political Formation and Deformation in the Andes. (Christopher Krupa and David Nugent, eds.). Under contract with University of Pennsylvania Press.
2013. “Neoliberal Reckoning: Ecuador’s Truth Commission and the Mythopoetics of Political Violence.” In Neoliberalism, Interrupted: Social Change and Contested Governance in Contemporary Latin America, Mark Goodale and Nancy Grey Postero, eds. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press: 169-194.
2012. “Ghostly Figures outside the Domain of Political Economy: Class Analysis and the Invisiblized Livelihoods of an Andean Export Zone.” In Confronting Capital: Critique and Engagement in Anthropology, Belinda Leach, Pauline Barber, and Winnie Lem, eds. New York: Routledge: 187-207.
2012. “Unfolding the Crease in Liberal Republican Citizenship: An Introduction to the Postcolonial Critique of Andrés Guerrero” Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology 63: 85-89.
2011. “Mestizo Mainstream: Reaffirmations of Natural Citizenship in Ecuador.” In Subalternity and Difference: Investigations from the North and the South (Gyanendra Pandey, ed.). New York: Routledge: 149-166.
2010. “State by Proxy: Privatized Government in the Andes.” Comparative Studies in Society and History (52: 2): 319-350.
2009. “Histories in Red: Ways of Seeing Lynching in Ecuador.” American Ethnologist (36: 1): 20-39.
2006. Invited Commentary on Susana Narotzky “The Project in the Model: Reciprocity, Social Capital and the Politics of Ethnographic Realism.” (Special Forum on Anthropological Theory) Current Anthropology (48: 3): 416-417.
2014. Review of Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (Rob Nixon). Forthcoming in Environment and Society: Advances in Research.
2005. Review of Dance of the Dialectic: Steps in Marx’s Method (Bertell Ollman). Anthropologica (47:2): 310-311.
- ANT B36 Anthropology of the End of the World
- ANT B18 Development, Inequality, and Social Change in Latin America
- ANTC19 Producing People and Things: Economics and Social Life
- ANTD04 The Anthropology of Violence and Suffering
- ANT C32 Political Anthropology; Formations of State and Anti-State