My research concerns the social and cultural history of southern Africa. My interests span issues of gender, migration, urbanization, health, religion, identity, and material culture. My first book was a generational history of African women in apartheid Cape Town. I am currently writing my second book on death and memory in modern South Africa, as part of a major AHRC-funded project, on the history of death in Africa from c.1800 to the present day. In 2012 I directed my first documentary, 'The Price of Death', on the township funeral business in South Africa. Much of my research spans the disciplines of history, anthropology and development, and my work incorporates ethnographic methods, such as the use of oral sources and participant observation.