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 interplay between science, imagination, and empire through ethnographic work alongside astronomers and astrophysicists in occupied Palestine. Through this site, I explore how landscapes and histories of settler colonialism have inflected the political economy of science...

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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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