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Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

As a cultural anthropologist, I strive to understand how and why people find meaning in power and conflict. I am fascinated by the way power is both feared and desired, contested and embraced, and the culturally unique ways in which people fight for as well as against power. My current research focuses on local forms of leadership in a Haitian ghetto, and attempts to uncover the multiple and contradictory ways people compete for control over an area. I write and teach about violence, rituals of power, grassroots organizing, insecure cities, and Haiti.


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    Professor of anthropology, Dartmouth College