Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Program of African Studies
Project: The Fever Archive: Race, Risk and Survival in the Wake of Sierra Leone’s Ebola Outbreak
"My book, The Fever Archive, is an account of the 2013-16 West African Ebola epidemic, focusing not on simply evaluating or assessing the success or failure of the interventions mobilized by international actors, but also on the cultural and institutional logics of these interventions. More specifically, the work focuses on the ways that these cultures, particularly those of 'global health,' engender and reproduce racialized and hierarchical relations around 'capitalism, humanitarian ethics, and ideologies of risk.' Drawing on participant observation, social media and open-source mapping and analysis, and field and archival research, The Fever Archive highlights the following practices and processes: how communities and institutions reckon with difference in times of a health epidemic; how they calculate risk and manage uncertainty during an epidemic such as Ebola; and how (affected) communities fight against inequalities and injustices in the midst of crises. Much of the final phases of work on the book will be focused on foregrounding race and racialization as key analytics; historicizing the processes of racialization via legacies of residential segregation in the colonial era through containment, isolation and policing practices into the present day; expanding the historical literature on public health and tropical medicine in the region, as well as on Ebola outbreaks; and deepening engagement with black studies approaches to health, medicine, and and the body."