I am a cultural anthropologist studying humanitarian intervention, armed conflict, and technology in sub-Saharan Africa.
I’m a PhD candidate in Anthropology at George Washington University in the U.S, where my dissertation research centers on communications infrastructure and humanitarian intervention in response to conflict, specifically an early warning two-way radio network in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. You can read more about it on my research page.
In addition to my dissertation project, I have conducted research in Uganda and DR Congo on FM broadcast radio, demobilization efforts during war, counterinsurgency, and rumors, as well as research in the US on social media use and media ideologies. I currently serve as a co-section editor and contributing editor at the Society for Cultural Anthropology. I use he/him pronouns.
My research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and National Science Foundation. Prior to coming to GW and DC, I earned a MA in African Studies at Yale University, where I was also a managing editor at the Yale Journal of International Affairs, and BAs in Global Studies, History, and Education at Arizona State University; I also briefly taught high school social studies.
You can find more about my writing and research on this website, as well as a blog where I write infrequently about anthropology, African politics, and humanitarian interventions as well as left politics, conflict, history, and writing. You can contact me at scottandrewross [at] gmail [dot] com. I’m on twitter at @scott_a_ross.