Graduate Students

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 is based in Israel/Palestine. Her interests sit at the intersection of science and technology studies, biomedicine, and political economy.

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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Zach Levine

Zach Levine

Student

zachary.e.levine@duke.edu

Interests: incarceration; ayahuasca; mediumship; spiritual healing; psychedelics, morality, and freedom; religion; the ego; plant sensing; gender and sexuality; Brazil; Amazônia

Alexis Ligon

Alexis Ligon

Student

alexis.ligon@duke.edu

Alexis Ligon is a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology at Duke University whose multi-sited research spans the United States. Her research involves racial and aesthetic hierarchies, identity, politics of space, and critical race theory.

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