1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Kristin LaHatte

Fieldwork Completed

B.S. College of Charleston
M.A. George Washington University

P.O. Box 400120

Development aid advocates a normative ethos of professionalism that foregrounds equality between providers and recipients while discouraging personal relationships that could lead to accusations of corruption, nepotism, and dependency. These personal relationships are understood to undermine the inculcation of values such as transparency and accountability that are encouraged by development aid providers. And yet, in many of the places that development operates, recipients consider personal relationships-gift exchange, food sharing, and long-term commitments-not only appropriate, but also obligatory. A multi-sited project, my dissertation research moves between multiple aid sites within the city of Port-au-Prince and the countryside of the Central Plateau to examine the role of personal social relations in the context of aid encounters within Haiti. In particular, I focus on the articulation of morality and relationality within these contexts to better elucidate the ways in which differential systems of value are negotiated and understood by those who are the recipients of aid.

Specializations

Moral economies, kinship, structural inequality, international development aid, applied/activist anthropology, Caribbean, Haiti

Graduate Students

Cory-Alice Andre-Johnson
Pre-Fieldwork
Irtefa Binte-Farid
Conducting Field Research
Lee Bloch
Conducting Field Research
Jessica Boynton
Pre-Fieldwork
Erika Brant
Fieldwork Completed
Alison Broach
Fieldwork Completed
Jeffrey Burnett
Pre-Fieldwork
Tracie Canada
Pre-Fieldwork
Jacqueline Cieslak
Fieldwork Completed
Sherri Lynn Colby-Bottel
Resident Ph.D. Alum
Lucas de Carvalho
Fieldwork Completed
Dannah Dennis
Fieldwork Completed
Bremen Donovan
Pre-Fieldwork
Kyle Edwards
Pre-Fieldwork
Anna Eisenstein
Conducting Field Research
Johnathan Favini
Pre-fieldwork
David Flood
Fieldwork Completed
Macario Garcia
Conducting Field Research
Julia Jong Haines
Conducting Field Research
Beth Hart
Fieldwork Completed
Nathan Hedges
Fieldwork Completed
Ida Hoequist
Pre-Fieldwork
Carolyn Howarter
Fieldwork Completed
Yu-Chien Huang
Fieldwork Completed
Jiyeon Kang
Conducting Field Research
Dionisios Kavadias
Fieldwork Completed
Kristin LaHatte
Fieldwork Completed
Sue Ann McCarty
Fieldwork Completed
Michelle Morgenstern
Pre-Fieldwork
Nathalie Nahas
Fieldwork Completed
Jeffrey Nicola
Fieldwork Completed
Susan Palazzo
Fieldwork Completed
Mary Pancoast
Conducting Field Research
Xinyan Peng
Pre-Fieldwork
Alessandro Questa
Fieldwork Completed
Grace Reynolds
Fieldwork Completed
Giancarlo Rolando
Fieldwork Completed
Ekaterina Sevastakis
Pre-Fieldwork
Harri Siikala
Fieldwork Completed
Sheena Singh
Fieldwork Completed
Josh Wayt
Pre-Fieldwork
Michael Wenzel
Pre-Fieldwork
LuAnn Williams
Fieldwork Completed
Mingyun Zhang
Pre-Fieldwork