My research lies at the intersection of medical anthropology, political ecology, multispecies ethnography and science and technology studies (STS), with an empirical focus on central Africa, and on the western and central forested regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in particular.


I have worked on great apes and the scientists who study them; the social, political and economic impacts of Ebola epidemics; vaccine hesitancy in the context of epidemics; and issues of environmental justice surrounding logging, environmental conservation initiatives, and rubber and palm oil plantations.

Ultimately, my research seeks to understand medical humanitarianism and environmental conservation in central Africa as they relate to global economic, environmental and political processes, while also attending to the very local debates they engender concerning obligation, value, power and resistance.