I am a political and legal anthropologist. I received my PhD from the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) in 2011. My research is directed towards questions that emphasize the role of affects and imagination in state politics and social movements. Since 2010 I am co-editing Tsantsa, the Journal of the Swiss Ethnological Society.
I am a Postdoc Visiting Research Fellow at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) where I am conducting a research on Eritrean transnational politics.
This current project aims to analyze the social and cultural dynamics of Eritrean exiles' resistance against new forms of transnational authoritarianism. It will allow to understand the circulation and the hybridization of various political and organizational models as well as the elements of an enduring political culture that has shaped political processes across several decades and throughout competing ideologies and statehood projects. This project will contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of exiles' political social movements and their impact on transnational authoritarianism.
My PhD dissertation is based on two years of fieldwork in Eritrea and analyses state governance and surveillance related to compulsory military conscription and various conscript's strategies to cope with insecurity and fears generated by state measures. This work delineates social processes that are both challenging and complicit with state authoritarianism.
During my first post-doctoral fellowship in the African Studies Centre in Leiden funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) I investigated the role and functioning of Eritrean transnational state institutions and the tensions between different political groups within the Eritrean diaspora in two European countries: Switzerland and the Netherlands.
I worked as a teaching assistant at the Anthropology institute of University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland.
I taught anthropology courses and ethnographic methodology at the Universities of Neuchâtel, Asmara, Bern, at the Universities of Applied Science of Lausanne and Geneva.