María Lis Baiocchi is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. Based on ethnographic research in Buenos Aires and its Metropolitan Area, her dissertation examines the reconstruction of the juridical status of household workers from “servants” to “workers” in Argentina and its implications for household workers’ everyday lives. As a PoLAR Digital Editorial Fellow, she is curating a feature for the Speaking Justice to Power series, examining gender politics in the current context of resurgent patriarchal authoritarianism worldwide through the prism of migration, gender, and sexuality studies. If you would like to contribute to this Speaking Justice to Power collection, email her at: email@example.com.
Christopher Brown is a Lecturer in Global Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, having recently completed his doctorate in the Department of Anthropology at The Ohio State University. His dissertation, “The Cultural Logic of Strangerhood”, is a multi-sited ethnography of subjectivity and belonging among Ghana’s transnational Zongo community. The PoLAR feature he is working on aims to bring together a range of perspectives on recent popular uprisings throughout contemporary Africa, asking what possibilities these revolutions hold for emergent forms of democracy and subjectivity.
Todd Ebling is a doctoral candidate in the anthropology department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he also teaches courses that focus on cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, and global violence. His dissertation explores the labor, affects, and ethics of care at two nonprofit organizations in an American Midwestern city. To contribute to PoLAR as a Digital Editorial Fellow, Todd is developing a project that examines housing and homelessness in the United States.
Meichun Lee is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at University of California Davis. Her dissertation, “Code for an Open Government: Digital Activism and the Uprising of Civic Hackers in Post-authoritarian Taiwan,” examines a Taiwan-based hacker community and their political experiments translating the idea of openness from technologies to governance. She is now curating a Virtual Edition on “Digital Politics” for PoLAR.
Anna Kirstine Schirrer is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology and a certificate fellow with the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. She is currently curating a PoLAR Online series on the politics of reparations for slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. Her dissertation project focuses on how international claims for redress for transatlantic slavery and native genocide in the Caribbean converge on or diverge from national organizations’ claims for land titling in Guyana. Anna is the recipient of the Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant and the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Grant from the Cultural Anthropology and Law and Social Science Programs (Award Abstract #1823901). Her broader research interests are international law, reparations, race, human rights, and postcolonial Western Europe.