Graduate Students

Yakein Abdelmagid

Student

yakein.abdelmagid@duke.edu

Anthropology of Media 
Anthropology of Middle East
Music Infrastructures 
Youth in the Middle East 
Hope and Despair 
Creative Labor ; Creative Industries 
Precarious Lives 
Neoliberalism and Entrepreneurship 

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Zachary Levine

Student

zachary.e.levine@duke.edu

Interests: ayahuasca; carcerality; anthropology of religion and secularism; pharmacology; drugs; psychoanalysis and the state; plants; neuroscience; cosmology; gender and sexuality; empathy; Brazil

Jake Silver

Student

jake.silver@duke.edu

My research concerns the intimate dynamics of mediation, particularly the places and things that piece together our worlds and drive us to feel that we can make larger speculations about others and about human nature. I explore these conceptual interests within the the landscapes (and histories...

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Brian Smithson

Student

Office Hours: Wednesday & Thursday, 2:00 PM–3:00 PM, or by appointment

brian.smithson@duke.edu

My work focuses on Yorùbá movie production along the Benin–Nigeria border. I explore how this small-scale moviemaking allows producers to negotiate strategies for peaceful Christian–Muslim coexistence, express mutual veneration for indigenous Yorùbá divinities, and form new connections between...

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Christopher Webb

Student

christopher.m.webb@duke.edu

My research investigates the experience of military veterans reintegrating into the civilian world.  I am interested in how discourses of war and trauma shape the experience of people trying to reconcile the complex ethical dilemmas that materialize in these environments. 

North America...

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