I’m an anthropologist studying humanitarian intervention, armed conflict, and technology in sub-Saharan Africa.
My current research centers on infrastructures of intervention and humanitarian ethics, specifically around an early warning radio network in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I have also written about justice and reconciliation, FM radio programs, demobilization, and counterinsurgency in Africa. I work mainly in Uganda and the DRC.
I am a PhD candidate in the Anthropology department at George Washington University in the U.S. In addition to my dissertation project on the early warning network, I continue to study FM radio interventions, demobilization efforts, counterinsurgency, and the circulation of rumors in my two field sites. I am also completing a side project on media ideologies of Instagram. 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, antifascist, and labor issues.
Prior to coming to DC, I studied at Yale University, where I was also a 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.