I grew up in Durban, South Africa, and did my undergraduate training at the University of Cape Town. I was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford where I studied Forced Migration, and then did a PhD in Social Anthropology at Stanford University, USA. The book based on my PhD research, 'From Water to Wine: Becoming Middle Class in Angola' will be published by the University of Toronto Press later this year. and is a sensory ethnography of class in the Southern Atlantic. From 2016-2018 I was founding faculty in the Social Science program at the African Leadership University, and I am now at the Open University of Mauritius where I am undertaking a new research project on peace.