Graduate Students

Joella Bitter

Joella Bitter

Student

joella.bitter@duke.edu

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Cultural Anthropology with a Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. My research and teaching pursue creative ways to critically engage interdisciplinary intersections of anthropology of sound and the senses, science and technology studies, feminist...

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Jieun Cho

Jieun Cho

Student

jieun.cho@duke.edu

Jieun Cho is a Ph.D. candidate in cultural anthropology at Duke University who is researching the intersection between children’s health, everyday life, and the ethical/political imagination in post-nuclear Japan. She is learning from the experience of middle-class families and radiation experts...

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Sophia Goodfriend

Sophia Goodfriend

Student

sophia.goodfriend@duke.edu

Sophia Goodfriend is a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology at Duke University whose research looks at the marketing and use of surveillance technology in Israel and Palestine. Her interests sit at the intersection of science and technology studies, critical security studies, and political...

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Joseph Hiller

Joseph Hiller

Student

joseph.hiller@duke.edu

I am a Ph.D. student in Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. My background is in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies (BA, Grinnell College, 2012) and in Latin American Studies (MA, Tulane University, 2018). My present research focuses on prisons, decarceration and justice in Colombia....

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Zachary Levine

Zachary Levine

Student

zachary.e.levine@duke.edu

Interests: incarceration; ayahuasca; mediumship; spiritual healing; religion and secularism; plant sensing; drugs, criminalization, liberation; gender and sexuality; Brazil; Amazônia

Boyang Ma

Boyang Ma

Student

boyang.ma@duke.edu

My research interest is the relationship between infrastructure projects and social environment. More specifically, I am focusing on Chinese infrastructure projects in Africa. I am interested in labor, environmental and political issues emerging from infrastructure projects. My current fieldwork...

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Matthew Sebastian

Matthew Sebastian

Student

matthew.sebastian@duke.edu

Matthew is a sixth year PhD student in the Cultural Anthropology department at Duke University. His current project investigates how young people navigate states of security and vulnerability in post-conflict northern Uganda. His work engages men and women working as private security guards (...

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Dubie Toa-Kwapong

Dubie Toa-Kwapong

Student

dubie.toakwapong@duke.edu

I am a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. My undergraduate degree is in Anthropology, Geography, and African Studies from Macalester College (2016). My research interests are anthropology of (return) migration, diaspora, memory, gender, post-coloniality, and identity-making...

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Christopher Webb

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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Samar Zora

Samar Zora

Student

samar.zora@duke.edu

Research interests: Islam, identity, the Middle East, transnationalism