Christopher is a doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology. He holds a BA in political science from Northwestern University and an MA in international studies from the University of Connecticut. His research interests focus on the shifting political cultures of contemporary West Africa, particularly transnational dimensions of governance and political subjectivity. Christopher is currently conducting fieldwork for his dissertation, which examines the effects of global mobility on relations between traditional strangers and hosts from the Asante region of Ghana. Christopher’s previous work was funded by a Research Experience for Graduate Students grant from the National Science Foundation (2013) and the Sonkin Award for International Peace and Understanding (2013) from The Ohio State University. His current project is funded by a grant from the Mershon Center (2015) and the Larsen Award from the Department of Anthropology, Ohio State University (2015). In addition to fieldwork in Ghana and New York City, Christopher has worked and studied in Egypt, France and Switzerland.
Elizabeth graduated from The Ohio State University in 2008 with a B.S. in Zoology. In 2011 she earned her M.A. from the School for International Training Graduate Institute in International Service, Leadership and Management. Elizabeth’s past graduate research was conducted while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa (2009-2011) as part of the Peace Corps Masters International Program. Elizabeth also has field experience with Human-Wildlife Conflict in Kenya and Mali. After working for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Elizabeth returned to OSU in 2013 to begin her Ph.D. in Anthropology. Her dissertation research takes place in Burkina Faso, where she aims to empirically identify correlations between food security and land security for subsistence farmers; to record the social and administrative processes of buying and selling land; and to better explain the impacts that land tenure privatization has on social relations within and between households, villages and state governments. Her research has been funded by the Elizabeth A. Salt Anthropology Travel Award (2014), OSU Mershon Center for International Security Studies (2014), National Science Foundation (2014), OSU Department of AED Economics (2014), West African Research Center (2015), OSU Office of International Affaires (2014-2017), and the U.S. Borlaug Fellowship in Global Food Security (2016-2018).