I study humanitarian intervention in armed conflict, with a focus on the politics and ethics of humanitarian interventions and the infrastructures that they utilize to do their work. My current research project concerns a radio early warning network in rural Congo. I approach the politics, history, labor, and routines of the early warning network with an interest in competing definitions of (in)security, rural connectivity and isolation, everyday use of technology, militarism and humanitarianism, ethics of protection, sound, histories of intervention, the politics of community self-defense, and radio technologies. This dissertation research is funded by the Social Science Research Council, Wenner Gren Foundation, and National Science Foundation.
My previous research project was about FM radio programs that encouraged rebels to surrender in and around Uganda. I look at message production and reception, humanitarian use of justice and reconciliation narratives, and the militarization of humanitarianism in northern Uganda and northeastern Congo. I am still completing some aspects of this research and writing.
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