I am an interdisciplinary scholar of race, migration, gender, and sexuality, trained in American Studies and specializing in Afro-Asia and transnational feminism. My research explores the reconfiguration of race, capitalism, and empire underway in the 21st “Chinese Century” and their historical entanglements with Western colonialism. My first book is an ethnography of contemporary Chinese capitalism, migration, and world-making in Johannesburg, South Africa that follows the transnational flows of migrants, commodities, and money from China to South Africa and back. My work has been published in Scholar & Feminist Online, Radical History Review, International Journal of Cultural Studies, and Public Culture (forthcoming). My research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and supported by the Centre for Indian Studies at the University of Witwatersrand. Since arriving at Dartmouth in 2018, I have am involved with the Asia/America working group and the Consortium of Studies in Race, Migration, and Sexuality, and previously the South-South Forum.
“The Chinese Century and the City of Gold: Refashioning Race and Capitalism.” Public Culture 33, no. 2 (forthcoming 2021).
“The Chinatown Back Room: Anxious Intimacies and Apartheid Afterlives” in Anxious Joburg: Space, Affect, and Experience in a Global South City, eds. Nicky Falkof and Cobus van Staden, Wits University Press (2020).
“The Foreign and the Familiar: The Cultural Life of the China Bag in South Africa.” International Journal of Cultural Studies 22, no. 4 (2019): 536-557.
“’Between Men’: Vying Masculinities in 1970s U.S – China Relations.” Scholar & Feminist Online 14, no. 3 (2018)
“’The Year of China in Africa’: Two Scenes from Johannesburg.” Radical History Review 131 (May 2018): 146-149.