My research interests span political and economic anthropology, with a particular interest in radical projects for social change, such as revolutions and liberation movements. My geographical focus is on the Middle East and North Africa.

My monograph, Sovereignty in Exile: a Saharan liberation movement governs (University of Pennsylvania Press 2016) examines charts experiments in sovereignty and revolutionary state power in the case of the liberation movement from Western Sahara. 

Sovereignty in Exile won Honorable mention in the 2017 American Anthropological Association Middle East Section Book Award.

Key themes in my research include the anthropology of the state, citizenship, redistribution and taxation, mobility, forced migration, veterans, the Sahara and Oman.

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