Department of Anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Globalization, economic neoliberalism, cultural politics, social movements, satirical activism, political ecology, land tenure, democratization, social change; Africa, U.S.
Political anthropology, economic anthropology, globalization, neoliberalism, Africa, research methods.
Memberships and Professional Service
Executive Board, American Anthropological Association's General Anthropology Division, 2002-2005; Program Chair, American Anthropological Association's General Anthropology Division,2005; Editorial Board, Signs,2005-present,; Editorial Board, Africa Contemporary Record, 2002-present; Executive Board, African Studies Association, 1999-2002; Editor, Africa Today, 1996-1999; Executive Board, Association for Political and Legal Anthropology, 1997-1999; Executive Board, Society for Economic Anthropology, 1992-1995; Program Chair, Association for Political and Legal Anthropology 1987.
Angelique in Kenya during her research
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Awarded research fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, American Philosophical Society, and Rockefeller Foundation; served on the Faculty Council, 2005; elected to the executive board of the American Anthropological Association's General Anthropology Division, 2002-2005; served on the Faculty Senate at Rutgers University, 2000-2003; elected to the executive board of the African Studies Association, 1999-2002; editor of the scholarly journal, Africa Today, 1996-1998.
Academic Interests and Plans
Two current research projects and books in preparation include (1) Beyond Market Myths: A Long-Term Study of Wealth, Culture, and Power in Kenya, and (2) Neoliberalism and the Cultural Politics of Protest in America. The East African work explores how people in Kenya have coped during the past several decades with increasing economic and political volatility. It is based on years of field research among both small-scale coffee farmers in the foothills of Mt. Kenya, and among migrants from those families who have moved to the capital city (Nairobi). My U.S. research focuses on satirical activism and the cultural politics of protest concerning economic and social justice. This study explores political agency, the subjectivities and emotions of protest, protest as performance, histories and internal dynamics of particular groups, complementarity of cyber-networking and social connectivity as modes of organizing, innovation in protest tactics, media and official representations of protest, and the effects of media coverage on internal group dynamics and external positionings.