I’m an anthropologist studying conflict, intervention, and technology in sub-Saharan Africa.
My current project discusses infrastructures of intervention and humanitarian ethics, specifically around an early warning radio network in the Congo. I have also written about justice and reconciliation, FM radio programs, demobilization, and counterinsurgency in Africa. My primary field site is, broadly, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Central African Republic.
I am a PhD student in the Anthropology department at George Washington University. In addition to my dissertation on the early warning network, I am completing a project on media ideologies of Instagram, and continue to study FM radio interventions in my field site. I am currently a contributing editor at the journal Cultural Anthropology. I’ve also been involved in political organizing work in the DC area, including around feminist and labor issues.
Prior to coming to DC, I studied at Yale University, where I was also managing editor at the Yale Journal of International Affairs, and Arizona State University, and have previously taught high school social studies. I write here about African politics and humanitarian interventions as well as left politics, conflict, history, writing, and anthropology more broadly.
For more info, click above to see my blog or learn about my research or publications. You can contact me at scottandrewross [at] gmail [dot] com. I’m on twitter at @scott_a_ross.