Cultural Anthropology (CITE Program) Graduate Students

Emmanuel Martinez Alcaraz
CITE Program
Advisors: Nina Siulc and Peter Guarnaccia

Research interests: migration, U.S. immigration policy, Latin America, medical anthropology, race in medicine and science, children/childhood, life-course, risk and uncertainty. I am a member of the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-Princeton University MD/PhD Program.

Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Graduate Advisor: Fran Mascia-Lees

Research Interests: My research interests include race, ethnicity, Islamophobia, gender, the body, phenomenology and embodiment, religion, language, media representation, and Islam in America.

My dissertation is an ethnographic study of Islam, race, sprituality, and protest through an examination of Black Muslim activism in the northeastern U.S., within the context of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Graduate Advisor: Daniel Goldstein

My current research project investigates post-conflict imaginings of the state and its legitimacy through an ethnographic analysis of shared feelings of resentment and public appeals for indemnity by internally displaced Peruvians in the Mantaro Valley.

Research interests: state-making, conflict management, political legitimacy, ethnoaesthetics, ritual/performance, social foundations of development, South America.

Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Graduate Co-Advisors: Ulla Berg

Research interests: The politics of place and identity in Latin America; political ecology, spatial analysis, state-formation, transnational legal regimes, Race and ethnicity, governance and subjectification

Project summary:My doctoral research focuses on the intersection between official multiculturalism, violence and development in Colombia. Particularly, I am interested in Afro-Colombian populations living amidst sugar cane plantations, industrial areas, and development plans in the Cauca Valley. Since colonial times these groups have been engaged in an ongoing struggle over land, access to resources and mainly over securing life and building autonomy. Today they maneuver between framing their claims under the ethical, political, and juridical categories of the multicultural state, and building alternative ways that can exploit politically the tensions within neoliberal governance.

What is particular about the Colombian case is that this eruption of rights has ironically coincided with the intensification of the armed conflict, along with the appearance of paramilitary groups, processes of displacement and new security practices and regimes of resource governance. By approaching these groups and discourses as complex cultural processes that are constituted through makeshift alliances and articulations, I hope to understand how this region and its long-marginalized populations are positioned vis-à-vis and incorporated into larger projects of modernity.
Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Graduate Advisor: Louisa Schein

Research Interests: philanthropy; critical humanitarian studies; gender;
feminist anthropology; U.S.; China

I study contemporary philanthropy in two different contexts: women’s/feminist philanthropy based in the U.S. (but often with global reach); and Chinese social philanthropy.  In both cases, my research focuses on conceptualizations of “effective” philanthropy and the development of “best practices,” as well as on the role played by affective and instrumental donor-recipient relationships in the distribution of philanthropic gifts.

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Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Advisor: Becky Schulthies
Research interests: Infrastructure, mobility, violence, inter-generational disjuncture and political contention in rural Egypt.
Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Graduate Advisor: Daniel Goldstein

My research concerns oil sands mining in northern Alberta, Canada. Oil sands mining is a unique form of resource extraction, with a host of special issues relating to migrant labor, First Nations communities, and the North American landscape. I am particularly interested in the discursive and ontological legitimization of extractive industries, especially within the context of a European settler state like Canada.

Research Interests: Actor Network Theory, Biopolitics, Environmental Anthropology, Environmental Justice, Ethics, Extractive Industries, Feminist Theory, Gender, Indigenous Studies, Labor Migration, Landscape, Phenomenology, Politics of Knowledge Production, Social Justice, Queer Theory, Sovereignty, State Formation

Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Graduate Advisor: Laura Ahearn and Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi

Research Interests: Research Interests/Project Summary: I do work in Berlin on childlessness, inter-generational memories and relationships, shifts in authority and meaning of category 'childhood' within the larger socio-historical context of Germany.

Cultural Anthropology (CITE) Program
Graduate Advisor: David Hughes

Research Interests: Identity, representation, cultural belonging, land and labor, agriculture and food security.

My dissertation research examines revitalized grassroots efforts on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands to prioritize local agricultural production.  Among many things, I aim to understand how residents craft territorial arguments of belonging within efforts to re-engage with the land through farming and animal husbandry.

Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Advisor: Louisa Schein

Research Interests: race and the politics of representation; cultural production; gender, sexuality, and feminist thought; media anthropology; embodiment; colorblindness, post-race, and post-black theory; black diaspora studies

Based in New York City, my research explores production and distribution strategies among black women filmmakers, especially as they navigate issues of race, gender, and class.


Dunstan Matungwa CITE Program
Advisor: Dorothy Hodgson  


Dunstan Matungwa, a Ph.D. Candidate in the CITE program, holds an M.A. in Anthropology from Rutgers University as well as an M.A. and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Broadly, his research interest is to understand how people negotiate social, cultural, political and economic relations, structures and processes that mediate their lives to produce precarity, suffering and ill health. While paying attention to liberal and non-liberal forms of agency, he studies how people shape and are shaped by these relations, structures and processes as well as their resulting forms of subjectivities. His dissertation research is an ethnography that explores non-client, female-centered social relations and networks among women who sell sex in Tanzania to examine their economic, political, social, and emotional significance. In this research, he asks: what motivates women to engage in selling sex? With whom, how, and why do women who sell sex develop different forms of social relations and networks? What are the “forms of power” or “infrapolitics” that arise from these social relations and networks and how can they be understood? How do women who sell sex draw on these social relations, networks and the resulting forms of power to negotiate gendered stigma, respectability and gendered economic inequality? Prior to doctoral study, he taught at the University of Dar es Salaam and later worked with the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in Mwanza, Tanzania, where he is tenured as a Research Scientist.


Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Advisor: David Hughes

Research Interests: Indigenous identity, climate change policy, sustainable development, social movements, environmental anthropology, political ecology, Latin America. My research explores indigenous participation in climate change policy implementation in Panama.
Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Graduate Advisor: Daniel Goldstein

My research focuses on the appropriation and vernacularization of international law (human rights and transitional justice) within the Colombian institutional and legal culture. I analyze the work of public servants, and local and international experts in policymaking processes and knowledge, methods and technics production in the context of social and political conflict.

Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Graduate Advisor: Daniel Goldstein

Research interests: Political, Economic, and Historical Anthropology, especially Europe and North America; Democracy and Alternative Democracies; Social Movements/Control; Economic and Social Marginalization/Justice; Neoliberal Capitalism and Non-Capitalist Alternatives; Leftist Autonomist Movements, Squatting; Privatization; Disabilities/Different Abilities.
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Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Graduate Advisor: Ulla D. Berg

Research interests: Migration and citizenship studies; whiteness and settler colonialism; urban anthropology; economic and political anthropology; United States; Australia