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Department of Social Anthropology



I am an anthropologist of media and politics, with research interests in Rwanda.


Rwanda and East Africa; youth, popular culture, sound/voice; anthropology of development; anthropology of religion; archives, memory.



(Under contract) Youth, Pentecostalism, and Popular Music in Rwanda. International African Library Series, Cambridge University Press.


Journal articles

2021. ‘Public Religion after Genocide: Pentecostal Sounds and Voice in Rwanda’, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 41(2): 194-204. Special issue on ‘Public Religion’, edited by Matthew Engelke. 

2019. ‘Bringing The Daily Mail to Africa: Entertainment Websites and the Creation of a Digital Youth Public in Post-Genocide Rwanda’, Journal of Eastern African Studies 13(1): 106-123. Special Issue on ‘Digital Publics and Counterpublics in Africa’, edited by George Karekwaivanane, Sharath Srinivasan, and Stephanie Diepeveen.
2018. ‘Noise and Silence in Rwanda’s Post-Genocide Religious Soundscape’, Journal of Religion in Africa 48: 35-64.
2018. ‘Ecumenism in Question: Rwanda’s Contentious Post-Genocide Religious Landscape’, Journal of Southern African Studies 44(2): 221-238. Special Issue on ‘Grassroots Ecumenism in Conflict’, edited by Richard Werbner.

2017. ‘The Making of a “Superstar”: The Politics of Playback and Live Performance in Post-Genocide Rwanda’, Africa: The Journal of the International African Institute 87(1): 155-179.
2015. ‘Quiet Insecurity and Quiet Agency in Post-Genocide Rwanda’, Etnofoor 27(2): 15-36.
2015. with Imogen Clark. ‘Sexuality and Danger in the Field: Starting an Uncomfortable Conversation’, Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford 2(1): 1-14.


Book chapters

2022. ‘Bringing The Daily Mail to Africa: Entertainment Websites and the Creation of a Digital Youth Public in Post-Genocide Rwanda’, Publics in Africa in a Digital Age. Edited by Sharath Srinivasan, Stephanie Diepeveen, and George Karekwaivanane. Abingdon: Routledge.
2021. ‘Competing Development ‘Visions’? State Anxieties and Church Closures in Rwanda’, Anxiety in and about Africa: Multidisciplinary Perspectives and Approaches. Edited by Yolana Pringle and A.M Grant. Ohio University Press.

Edited books

2021. Anxiety in and about Africa: Multidisciplinary Perspectives and Approaches. Edited with Yolana Pringle. Ohio University Press.


Edited journal issues

2015. co-edited with I. Clark. Special Issue on Sexual Harassment in the Field. Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford 2(1).


Book reviews

2019. C. Gilbert (2018). ‘From Surviving to Living: Voice, Trauma and Witness in Rwandan Women’s Writing’, African Affairs 118(471): 410-411.
2015. C. Scherz (2014). ‘Having People, Having Heart: Charity, Sustainable Development, and Problems of Dependence in Central Uganda’, Anthrocybib online, Sept. 2.
2009. A. Hinton and K. O’Neill, eds (2009). ‘Genocide: Truth, Memory, and Representation’, Cambridge Anthropology 29(3): 100-103.

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