Geography and Methods
Thematic Research Area
Using anthropological methods and concepts, my scholarship lies at the intersection of global migration studies, the social impacts of policy, and the political life of diasporas, with a focus on Australia, Afghanistan, and the US. Broadly speaking, my work aims to further conceptualizations of migrant-targeted liberatory projects that emerge within imperial and settler colonial nation-states. A common question that cuts across my research is how do settler colonial logics of cultural recognition and assimilation in tandem with migrants’ own transnational cultural ties structure post-war migrants’ conceptions of belonging and political participation? My first project examined migrant-targeted social welfare policies in Melbourne, Australia, observing the everyday work of family violence prevention workers, policymakers, and migrant community leaders. My current research aims to produce an ethnographic and historical study of Afghan American and Afghan Australian diasporic activism over the past twenty years around the mass displacement and global asylum regime produced during the Global War on Terror.