Current Research

I am currently a Postdoctoral Early Career Researcher for the GlobalGRACE project, a member of the UK team and tasked with: (a) researching the experiences of women working in museums in the UK and South Africa and (b) co-curating a Global Museum of Equalities, which will launch in Cape Town in 2021. As part of this project, I co-curated (and built the online archive for) the exhibition Exchanging Cultures of Equality.

Additional projects focus on my longstanding interest in sexuality, migration, NGOs, social movements, and state power:

  • Book project: my doctoral dissertation on LGBT asylum seekers and NGOs, revised for publication as a book.
  • Edited volume: the volume “Profit, Protest, and the Asylum Industry” brings together scholars, activists, artists, and journalists to critically engage with how asylum systems internationally function under neoliberal capitalism.
  • Protest / street art research: on the materiality of protest, and how houses (via lawn signs, flags, and other political statements) have become ostensible sites of “resistance” to the Trump administration, in Washington, D.C. In connection to this project, I organised the exhibition “Protest Matters!” to coincide with the 2017 AAA that was open to public and Association audiences alike. I have presented findings related to this research at a number of conferences, and am currently revising a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.