Kristin Peterson, University of California-Irvine Department of Anthropology
Kris Peterson is a cultural anthropologist whose research and teaching interests focus on international political economy, policy-making, intellectual property law, and science, health, and medicine. Through the lens of HIV/AIDS politics, her work engages the problem of “development” as a strategy and framework that is intertwined with the restructuring of markets, ideas of state legitimacy and the law, and re-imagined desires for, and practices of, citizenship. These topical and theoretical concerns are grounded in ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Nigeria; newer work is beginning to extend to Malawi, Ghana, Cameroon, France, and the U.S. She is in the process of writing a book manuscript on the strategic importance Africa posed to 1980s neoliberal reforms that generously impacted North American and European markets and how such developments created troubling grounds for AIDS policies throughout the African continent. Newer collaborative work being funded by the National Science Foundation examines community initiated debates on HIV clinical research in several African countries. Peterson is an assistant professor in the anthropology department at the University of California, Irvine.
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Sponsor(s): African Studies Center
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