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I am an interdisciplinary scholar of race and migration trained in American studies and gender & sexuality studies. My first book The Chinese Century and the City of Gold is an ethnography of contemporary Chinese world-making in Johannesburg, South Africa that explores the reconfiguration of race, capitalism, and empire underway in the 21st "Chinese Century" and their historical entanglements with Euro-American empire-making and global racial hierarchies. My work has been published in Scholar & Feminist Online, Radical History Review, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Public Culture, and Verge, as well as edited volumes Anxious Joburg: Space, Affect, and Experience in a Global South City (Wits UP/NYU Press, 2020) and New World Orderings: China and the Global South (Duke UP, forthcoming January 2023), and online in Anthropology News and The Chronicle of Higher Education. 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 been involved with the Asia/America working group, the Consortium of Studies in Race, Migration, and Sexuality, and previously the South-South Forum. I advise the Sexual Assault Peer Alliance and Spare Rib.
"Afro-Asian Adjacencies in South Africa's Long Twentieth Century." Verge 8.1 (2022): 167-194.
"The Chinese Century and the City of Gold: Refashioning Race and Capitalism." Public Culture 33, no. 2 (2021): 193-217.
"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.
"Global South Frontiers: Chinese Worldmaking and Racial Imaginaries of Johannesburg." In New World Orderings: China and the Global South, eds. Lisa Rofel and Carlos Rojas. Durham and London: Duke University Press (forthcoming January 2023).
"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, pp. 152-175, Wits University Press/NYU Press (2020).
"Disciplinary Violence" with Megan Steffen, Susan MacDougall, Vivian Lu. Anthropology News Anthropology News website, May 10, 2018.
"Vulnerable Observers: Notes on Fieldwork and Rape." The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 12, 2016.