1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences


My dissertation project is an ethnography of pregnancy in Mbarara, Uganda, a fast-growing city of some 60,000 people in southwestern Uganda. Two earlier researches studied: 1) the politics of memory and place in a post-industrial city in the mid-Atlantic US; and 2) bureaucratic constructions of difference in American healthcare. Across all three projects, a semiotic approach informs the way I think about the circulation, reformulation, or endurance of particular forms of social connection.


2016 -  Rebuilding Shattered Worlds: Creating Community by Voicing the Past. Co-authored with Andrea Smith. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

2013 - Thoroughly Mixed yet Thoroughly Ethnic: Indexing Class with Ethnonyms. Co-authored with Andrea Smith. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 2013, Volume 23(2): E1-E22. DOI: 10.1111/jola.12012.  

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Expected 2020 PhD, Anthropology, University of Virginia, Dissertation: Pregnant Pauses: Communication and the Composition of Networks of Care in Southwestern Uganda
May 2015 MA, Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Virginia
May 2013 BA, Anthropology, Political Science, Lafayette College
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Pregnancy, care, interdependence, connection, semiotics, language ideology, multimodal interactions; Southwestern Uganda, East Africa, US

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