Address: Department of Anthropology
Penn Museum, Rm. 325
3260 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
PhD, Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Certificate of Urban Studies, expected May 2021.
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
BArch, cum laude, Major: Architecture. Minor: Sustainability studies. Tau Sigma Delta, 2013
Thesis: “Class Status and Identity in the Trinidadian House: A Semantic Reading of the Typical Trinidadian House, Across Class levels, with Emphasis on Façade Design”
Advisor: Professor/Associate Dean of Architecture Ethel Goodstein-Murphy
Sustainability Capstone Research: “A New Garden City: An Urban Agriculture Scenario Plan for Wedington, Fayetteville 2030”
Advisor: Professor Tahar Messadi
RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
Space and Place-making
State-Formation and Governance
Processes of Racialization
In Review. “Apocalyptic Futures and the Infrastructures of Liberation: A Reflection on Disaster in the Caribbean.” Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism.
2018. “Turn Up the Volume.” Pree Volume 2. https://preelit.com/2018/11/13/turn-up-the-volume/ (accessed December 11, 2019).
2017. “Violent Gazes.” Anthropology News website, July 10, 2017. doi: 10.1111/AN.503.
2014. “Class Status and Identity: A Semantic Reading of the Typical Trinidadian House.” Inquiry Volume, 16. http://inquiry.uark.edu/issues/V16/2014a05.pdf (accessed May 27, 2017).
2019. “Seeing Some-body: Death Archives and the Production of (Un)grieveable life”, Presentation at the Black Portraiture[s] V: Memory and the Archive Past Present and the Future Conference, New York, New York, October 16-21.
2019. “We Find the Defendant…: Defining Just Management in a State of Crisis” Presentation at the Caribbean Studies Association 2019 Conference, San Marta, Columbia, June 3-7.
2018. “Viewing bodies: violent feeling to un-feel violence within Trinidad” Presentation at the Caribbean Studies Association 2018 Conference, Havana, Cuba, June 4-8.
2018. “Emancipating Sovereignty?” Panel co-chair at the Caribbean Studies Association 2018 Conference, Havana, Cuba, June 4-8.
2017. “Selling the Crisis: The logics and emotions of a market for violent imagery.” Presentation at the 116th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting 2017, Washington D.C., November 29-December 3.
2017. “Performing Development: Post-colonial Statecraft and the Potential of an Otherwise.” Presentation at the Caribbean Studies Association 2017 Conference, Nassau, Bahamas, June 5-10.
2017. “Watching Images: Refusals of black abjection through a re-encounter with images.” Presentation at the 2017 Annual American Ethnological Society Conference, Stanford University, California, March 30-April 1.
2017. “Image Wars: Media as a Space of Violence and Catharsis in Trinidad and Tobago.” Presentation at the Caribbean In/Securities: Creativity and Negotiation in the Caribbean (CARISCC), University of Leeds, England, March 8.
2016. “Constructing State (In) Coherence: Place-Making, Subjectivity and Governance in Trinidad and Tobago.” Presentation at the 115th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting 2016, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 16-20.
2013. “Class Identity and Ornamentation in Twentieth-Century Trinidad.” Presentation at the 23rd Annual Arkansas College Art History Symposium, Little Rock, Arkansas, April 2013.
INVITED TALKS AND PRESENTATIONS:
2019. “Environmental Crisis Events and the Infrastructures of Liberation.” Invited panelist on the States of Infrastructure panel at the States of Crisis: Disaster, Recovery, and Possibility in the Caribbean Small Axe Symposium, Columbia University, New York, May 3-4.
2018. “The Production of Ungreivable Death” Invited panelist at Epidermal Forensics, New York University, New York, October 12.
2017. “Criminal Lives Matter: Anti-black state violence in Trinidad and Tobago” Invited panelist at Feminist Tackling Anti-Black State Violence, The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, November 18.
SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS:
2018 Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant.
2018 SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship.
2017 The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly Research Travel Grant, University of Pennsylvania.
2016-2017 The Judith Rodin Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania.
2016, 2017 Latin America and Latino Studies Graduate Student Field Research Grant, University of Pennsylvania.
2016, 2017 Penn Museum Field Funds, University of Pennsylvania.
2016 The Department of Anthropology Summer Field Funds, University of Pennsylvania.
2015-2020 Benjamin Franklin Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania.
2016 AIA Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design, University of Arkansas Community Design Center, “Fayetteville 2030: Food City Scenario,” The American Institute of Architects.
2014 Honorable Mention: 61st Progressive Architecture Award, University of Arkansas Community Design Center, “Fayetteville 2030: Food City Scenario”, Architect.
2013 Mort Karp medal for Societal Awareness in Design, University of Arkansas.
2012 Finalist in the National Gensler Diversity Scholarship Design Competition.
2011 Honors Study Abroad Grant, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
2011 The Rome program Scholarship, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
2011 The Maurice Jennings International Scholarship, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
2011 The Edmondo Vitali Endowed Scholarship, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
2008-2013 Honors College Fellowship, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
TEACHING AND MENTORSHIP EXPERIENCE:
University of Pennsylvania
Spring 2017 Teaching Assistant, The Modern World And Its Cultural Background, Anth 004, (Professor Greg Urban).
Fall 2016 Teaching Assistant, The Anthropological Study of Culture, Anth 002, (Professor Deborah A. Thomas).
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Fall 2012 Teaching Assistant, History of Architecture III, Arch 4433, (Professor Ethel Goodstein Murphy).
Fall 2012 Teaching Assistant, History of Architecture II, Arch 2243, (Professor Ethel Goodstein Murphy).
Summer 2011, 2013 Mentor, University of Arkansas Upward Bound Program Summer Academy.
2009-2011 Fay Jones School of Architecture Leadership by Design Mentor.
2013- 2015 Intern architect, acla:works Architecture and Urban Planning firm.
2017 Curatorial assistant, “Bearing Witness: Four Days in West Kingston”, The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, November 2017- July 2018.
SERVICE AND AFFILIATIONS:
2017-2018 Contributing Editor, American Anthropologist Website, Journal of the American Anthropological Association.
2018-present Website Designer and Coordinator for the Center for Experimental Ethnography at the University of Pennsylvania.
2018-present Website Designer and Coordinator for Tivoli Stories.
2016- 2018 Website Designer and Coordinator for the Collective for Advancing Multimodal Research Arts (CAMRA).
2016-present Member of the American Anthropological Association with section memberships: Association of Black Anthropologists; Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology; and American Ethnological Society.
2017-present Member of the Caribbean Studies Association.
2013- 2016 Member of Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects.
2013-2015 Secretary of Trinidad and Tobago Green Building Council.
2011- Present Tau Sigma Delta Architecture Honors society.
2010 –2011 Fay Jones School of Architecture Dean’s Student Advisory Board Member, University of Arkansas.
2011-2012 Distinguished Lecturers Series Board Member, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
2019 “Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures Masterclass,” University of Rochester, October 23-25.
2018 “Inherited Inequality and the Formation of the Modern World,” Winter School and Symposium, University of Gottingen, January 8-13.
Limited working proficiency (ILR Level 2)
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere
Rhino 3D modeling program
VRay Rendering Program