I am currently the 2021-2023 Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in the John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities at Haverford College in Pennsylvania (Lenapehoking), USA. I am also a Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology.
My book project is a historically informed ethnography of various human-rodent encounters in zoological research, animal training, and pest management schemes in Tanzania. This project explores how more-than-human encounters in East Africa are crucial sites for generating theories and critiques that offer what Sylvia Wynter calls counterhumanist visions of being "human" in the 21st-century.
I am an anthropologist of science and technology. I examine the cultural, political, and historical dimensions of how people produce knowledge to explain the world ("science"). I also look at how people invent, innovate, subvert, undermine, and repurpose technology. I have lived in Southeast Asia, East Africa, Europe, and North America. I am Malaysian, and this is reflected in the multiple intersecting identities I inhabit. I speak and write in English, Bahasa Melayu, and Kiswahili. I have working knowledge of French, Spanish, Hindi, and Urdu. I am learning how to code.
I have a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a MPhil from the University of Cambridge (in International Relations), and a BA from Harvard University.
I welcome younger scholars to get in touch with me if they have questions about higher education (applications, research, career options, scholarships).