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Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, University of Johannesburg

I am a social-cultural anthropologist researching urbanism and politics in southern Africa with a particular focus on Angola. My work investigates how political practices and affiliations are shaped by urban interventions.


  • 2016–present
    Lecturer, Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, University of Johannesburg
  • 2014–2016
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of the Witwatersrand


  • 2014 
    University of Chicago, PhD, Anthropology
  • 2007 
    University of Basel, MA, African Studies
  • 2006 
    University of Cape Town, BA (Honours), HIstory
  • 2004 
    University of Cape Town, B.Soc.Sci, History and Politics


  • 2020
    Urban States: The Presidency and Planning in Luanda, Angola, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
  • 2017
    Aesthetic Dissent: Urban Redevelopment and Political Belonging in Luanda, Angola, Antipode
  • 2017
    Cement Citizens: Housing, Demolition, and Political Belonging in Luanda, Angola, Citizenship Studies
  • 2015
    Thinking Futures through the Slum, The Avery Review
  • 2014
    “ Vamos Construir ! “ : Revendications Foncières Et Géographie Du Pouvoir À Luanda, Angola, Politique Africaine