Rebecca Warne Peters

Curriculum Vitae

August 2020

205 Maher Hall

SUNY Oswego

Oswego, New York

(315) 312-3590

rebecca.peters@oswego.edu

www.rebeccawarnepeters.com

EXPERTISE

Political and Medical Anthropology; International Development and Humanitarianism; Global Public Health; Southern and Lusophone Africa; Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs); Anthropology of Public Policy; Work and the Workplace; Transportation Infrastructure and Urban Planning in the Global South

EDUCATION

PhD

Brown University, Department of Anthropology (2011)

Certificate in Development Studies, Watson Institute for International Affairs (2011)

MPH

Emory University, Department of International Health (2004)

BA

Grinnell College, Anthropology and Biology (2000)

POSITIONS

2020-

present

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

SUNY Oswego

2019

Affiliate Researcher

Southern African Institute for Policy and Research, Lusaka, Zambia

2011-

2019

Assistant Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs

Syracuse University

2010-

2011

Head Teaching Consultant for the Social Sciences and Humanities

Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Brown University

2006- 2010

Teaching Consultant

Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Brown University

2008- 2009

Investigadora Residente

Centro de Estudos e Investigações Científicas (CEIC), Universidade Católica de Angola

SELECTED HONORS

2019

Fulbright Core U.S. Scholars Grant, African Regional Research Program (Zambia, 12 mos.)

2017

Maxwell Citizenship Recognition, Syracuse University

2013

Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, International Relations, Syracuse University

2012

Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, International Relations, Syracuse University

2005-10

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education

2008-9

Fulbright Student Fellowship, International Institute of Education (Angola)

PUBLICATIONS

Book

2020

Implementing Inequality: The Invisible Labor of International Development. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Edited Volumes

2019

A Symposium on Development Implementation: Discipline, Deception, and the Relational Work of Development. Critical Policy Studies 13(4). Co-edited with Jessica Mulligan. Contributions by Summer Wood and Rachael Goodman. https://doi.org/10.1080/19460171.2019.1657923.

2016

Studying Up in Africa. Critical African Studies 8(3). Co-edited with Claire Wendland. Contributions by Derick Fay, Adia Benton, Ramah McKay, Crystal Biruk, Denielle Elliott, Sharon Abramowitz, Kenneth Maes. https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcaf20/8/3.

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters

2019

Front-line Work and Interpretive Labor in an Angolan Development Program. Critical Policy Studies 13(4): 414-431. https://doi:10.1080/19460171.2019.1630658.

2019

Refusing the Development NGO? Departure, Dismissal, and Misrecognition in Angolan Development Interventions. Anthropological Quarterly 92(1): 203-229. https://doi:10.1353/anq.2019.0007.

2016

Local in Practice: Professional Distinctions in Angolan Development Work. American Anthropologist 118(3):495-507. https://doi.org/10.1111/aman.12597.

2016

Participation Denied: The Professional Boundaries of Monitoring and Evaluation in International Development. Human Organization 75(4):315-325. https://doi.org/10.17730/1938-3525-75.4.315.

2016

Up the Africanist: The Possibilities and Problems of “Studying Up” in Africa. Critical African Studies 8(3): 239-254. Editors’ Introductory review essay, co-authored with Claire Wendland. https://doi.org/10.1080/21681392.2016.1244945.

2014

Parteiras and the State in Post-War Angola. In Kathryn Rhine, John Janzen, Glenn Adams and Heather Aldersey, eds. Medical Anthropology in Global Africa. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas/Sage Press, Pages 55-61.

2013

Development Mobilities: Identity and Authority in an Angolan Development Programme. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 39(2):277-293. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2013.723258.

Reprinted in Nina Glick Schiller and Noel Salazar, eds. 2014. Regimes of Mobility: Imaginaries and Relationalities of Power. New York, New York: Routledge.

Reviews, Reports, and Comments

2020

On Roadways and Other Infrastructures. Book review essay in PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review 45(1) https://doi.org/10.1111/plar.12363.

2016

Speaking Ethnography to Policy. Anthropology News 57(7-8):38-9. Co-authored with Jessica Mulligan. https://doi.org/10.1111/AN.64.

2015

Anthropology’s Contributions to Training in the Policy Professions: An Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) Roundtable. With Keith Brown, Maia Green, Susan Hyatt, Robert Rubinstein and Ronald Stade. PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review 38(2):356-364. https://doi.org/10.1111/plar.12115.

2012

Review of: A Heart for the Work: Journeys through an African Medical School by Claire Wendland. African Studies Review 55(1): 225-226. https://doi.org/10.1353/arw.2012.0001.

2007

Review of: The Dynamic Consultation: A Discourse Analytical Study of Doctor-Patient Communication by Marissa Cordella. Language 83(4): 914. https://doi.org/10.1353/lan.2008.0026.

2005

Review of: The Real World of NGOs: Discourses, Diversity and Development by Dorothea Hilhorst. Journal of Development Studies 41(6): 1154-6. https://doi.org/10.1080/00220380500155502.

Works in Preparation

Development’s “Hidden Figures”: Material Synecdoche in International Interventions. Article under review.

International Relations on a Human Scale: Policy Making and Practice in Anthropological Perspective. Review article in preparation.

The Shadow Work of Intervention in International Development. Article in preparation.

Infrastructural Decay and the Politics of Possibility in Barotseland. Article in preparation.

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

National Awards

2020

Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society

2019

Fulbright Core U.S. Scholars Grant to Zambia, African Regional Research Program, U.S. Department of State and International Institute of Education (IIE)

2005-10

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education

2008-9

Fulbright Student Fellowship to Angola, U.S. Department of State and International Institute of Education (IIE)

Intramural, SUNY Oswego

2020

Grand Challenge Mini-Grants, Spring Semester and Fall Semester

2020

Penfield Library College Impact Collections Grant

Intramural, Syracuse University

2017

Appleby-Mosher Fund for Research

2017

Summer Project Assistantship Award

2015

Appleby-Mosher Fund for Research

2014

Appleby-Mosher Fund for Research

2012

Appleby-Mosher Fund for Research

2012-13

Birkhead-Burkhead Research Apprenticeship Award

2012

Summer Project Assistantship Award

2011-12

Birkhead-Burkhead Research Apprenticeship Award

Intramural, Brown University

2010-11

U.S. National Institutes of Health, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (Institutional Research Training Grant)

2010

Graduate Fellowship, Pembroke Center

2008

Joukowsky Summer Travel and Research Fellowship

2008

Mellon Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, Population Studies and Training Center

2007

Mellon Pre-Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, Population Studies and Training Center

2007

Research Travel Grant, Graduate School

2006

Mellon Pre-Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, Population Studies and Training Center

2006

Research Travel Grant, Graduate School

2005

Graduate Program in Development Summer Research Grant, Watson Institute for International Studies

2005

Summer Research Grant, Department of Anthropology

2005

Graduate Program in Development Fellowship, Watson Institute for International Studies (declined)

2004-5

Graduate Fellowship, Department of Anthropology

Intramural, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

2004

Luso-American Foundation Scholarship, Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture

Intramural, Emory University

2002-4

Merit Scholarship, Rollins School of Public Health

2003

Gangarosa Scholarship and Transcultural Experience Award

INVITED LECTURES AND PANELS

2019

Development Without Borders: The Internal Inequalities of Interventions. School of Public Service, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho. February 20

2019

How Development Institutions “Think.” Clinton School of Public Service, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas. February 13

2019

Health and Development Without Borders: Remediating the Internal Inequalities of International Intervention. Department of Anthropology, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, New York. February 11

2018

Making Development Work: Labor and Wages in the Global Development Sector. Invited participation in roundtable at the International Studies Association annual conference, San Francisco, California. April 5 [withdrawn]

2018

The Logframe as Utopia: Bureaucracy, Hierarchy, and Interpretive Labor in International Development. Keynote address to Sigma Iota Rho Induction Ceremony, Sigma Iota Rho Honors Society for International Studies, University of Redlands, California. March 14

2018

Career Pathways after the Graduate Program in Development (GPD): A panel discussion with alumni. Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University. Providence, Rhode Island. March 7

2016

Whose Program? Institutional Partnerships and the Sociality of International Development Work. Conversations in Conflict Studies series, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), Syracuse, New York. March 28

2016

How the Professional Hierarchies of International Development Impede Its Work. Department of Anthropology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. January 20

2015

Marking Development: NGO Sites, Symbols, and the Bureaucracy of Materiality in Rural Angola. NGOs and Non-Profits Interest Group Invited Panel: Abandoned Hope? Ethnographic Accounts of NGO Construction Sites and Ruins. American Anthropological Association, Denver, Colorado. November 18-22

2014

Luso-African Studies Association Invited Roundtable on Violence and its Legacies in Lusophone Africa: Exceptional States? African Studies Association, Indianapolis Indiana. November 20-23

2012

Civil War and Development in Angola: “Local” Actors / International Interests. University of New Hampshire, Dover, New Hampshire. March 8

2011

Public Health in Vital Conjunctures. Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York. September 28

2009

Peopling Development: Who Is “Local” in International Development Programs? Seventh Annual Colloquium on Current and Emerging Population issues. University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado

CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS

2020

Borders, Bridges, and Autonomy in Contemporary Barotseland. American Ethnological Society / Association for Political and Legal Anthropology, Austin, TX. March 28. [Conference canceled]

2018

Infrastructure Imagined: Planning and Mapping Transportation Infrastructure at Zambia’s National Borders. American Anthropological Association, San Jose, CA. November 15

2018

The Bridges of Western Province: Absence, Inattention, and Infrastructural Violence in Barotseland. American Ethnological Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. March 22-24 [withdrawn]

2017

Junior Elites and the Teaching of International Relations on a Human Scale. American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C. November 30

2016

“Discretion” and the Development Implementariat in Postwar Angola. American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis, MN. November 16-20

2016

A Tale of Two Consortia: “Partnership” as Development Praxis. Society for Cultural Anthropology, Ithaca, New York. May 13-14

2014

Reputations at Risk: Non-Governmental Decisions and Representations in Post-War Angola. American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC. December 3-7

2013

Studying Up and Getting Around: Professional Mobility Among Angolan Development Workers. American Anthropological Association, Chicago, Illinois. November 20-24

2013

Global Configurations: Angolan Sites of Intervention and Interaction in World Systems Perspectives. The Future of NGO Studies pre-conference, Chicago, Illinois. November 19-20

2012

Professional Frontiers: Local Development Workers in Post-War Angola. African Studies Association. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. November 29-December 1 [read by Kathryn Rhine]

2012

Changing Course: Shaping Public Policy by Shaping Future Policy Makers. American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, California. November 14-18

2012

Disciplining Development, Disciplining Angola: The Production of Governing Agents in an NGO Audit Culture. European Association of Social Anthropologists, Nanterre, France. July 10-13

2012

Mind the Gap: Bridging Anthropology and International Relations Approaches to Knowledge Production and Use [with Robert A. Rubinstein]. Anthropology meets International Relations: Potentials, Prospects, Pitfalls Conference. Frankfurt, Germany

2012

Professional Distinctions: The Politics of Human Resources Policies in International NGOs [with Minhae Choi, MPA student]. Society for Applied Anthropology, Baltimore, Maryland. March 27-31

2011

Development Essentialisms? Challenging Notions of Locality and Internationality in Angolan Development Work. American Anthropological Association, Montreal, Quebec. November 16-20

2011

Development Cosmopolitans: Local-Global Transgressions in the Angolan Highlands. New England Workshop on Southern Africa (NEWSA), Burlington, Vermont

2010

Development Circulations: Mobility, Knowledge, and Development Expertise in the Angolan Experience. American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, Louisiana. November 17-21

2010

Siting Development: Intervention and Internationality in Angola after the Cold War. Cold War Cultures: Interdisciplinary and Transnational Perspectives Conference. University of Texas, Austin. September 30-October 3

2010

African Medical Modernities: Contested Visions of Childbirth in Bié Province, Angola. Medical Anthropology in Global Africa Conference, Kansas African Studies Center, University of Kansas. Lawrence, Kansas

2010

The Meanings of Mobilities: Claims to Authoritative Knowledge of the Local and the Global in the Angolan Development Experience. European Association of Social Anthropologists. Maynooth, Ireland. August 24-27

2009

Monitoring Development: Contested Visions of Social Change and Good Governance in Angola. American Anthropological Association. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. December 2-6

2009

Observations Allowed, Observations Invited: Anthropologists in the Field. Objects of Knowledge/Objects of Exchange: Contours of (Inter)disciplinary Conference. Humanities Center at Harvard, Harvard University.

2006

The Daily Production of Health and Development through NGO Action in Central Angola. African Studies Association, San Francisco, California November 16-19

2006

Belonging and Experience in the International Health Community. American Anthropological Association, San Jose, California

2006

Identification of Medicinal Plants Used in Obstetrics by Maasai of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania. Poster Presentation. American Public Health Association, Boston, Massachusetts

2005

How the Science of Child Survival is Created from an Ideology of Innocence. American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C.

2005

Assessment of Dietary Beliefs and Intake in Nampula Province, Mozambique. American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C.

PANELS AND ROUNDTABLES ORGANIZED

2018

Mapping Ethnography: Critical Engagements with Maps and Mapmaking for Public Decisions. Panel co-organized with Kimberley Coles. American Anthropological Association, San Jose, California. November 15.

2016

Making It Work: Accident, Evidence, and Discovery in the Ethnography of Policy Implementation. Two Panels co-organized with Jessica Mulligan. American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota. November 18. *received Invited Status from the Association for the Anthropology of Policy

2016

Collaborators: Institutional Cooperation and Cooptation in Africa. Panel co-organized with Kristin Doughty. Society for Cultural Anthropology, Ithaca, New York. May 13-14

2015

Internal NGO-Graphies: Navigating “Citizenships” In and Through Transnational NGOs. Roundtable organized for the Second Biennial NGOs and Nonprofits Conference, Interest Group for NGOs and Nonprofits, American Anthropological Association. Denver, Colorado. November 17-18

2013

Engaging a New Public? Studying Up in Africa. Panel co-organized with Claire Wendland. American Anthropological Association, Chicago, Illinois. November 20-24

2013

Policymaking for Future Publics: What Anthropology Should Contribute to Professional Education. Roundtable organized for the Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP), American Anthropological Association. Chicago, Illinois, November 20-24

2013

NGOs in the World System: Product or Provocation? Panel organized for the First Biennial NGOs and Nonprofits Conference, American Anthropological Association. Chicago, Illinois, November 19-20

2006

The Organization of Culture and the Culture of Organizations. Panel co-organized with Harris Solomon. American Anthropological Association. San Jose, California

TEACHING INTERESTS

International Development; Southern and Lusophone Africa; Qualitative and Ethnographic Research Methods; Critical Social Theory; Global Public Health; Cultural, Political, and Medical Anthropology, Anthropology of Policy; Anthropology of the Professions; Africa on the Move; Urban Planning in the Global South; International Development and the NGO; Cultures of Intervention; Institutions and Inequalities; Social Mobility and Social Change

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

SUNY Oswego

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology Program

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Spring and Fall 2020)

Medical Anthropology (Spring 2020)

Peoples and Cultures of Africa (Fall 2020)

History of Ethnological Theory (Fall 2020)

Syracuse University

Master of International Relations (MA-IR) Program

Culture and World Affairs (Fall and Spring Semesters, 2011-13 and 2014-2018)

Health and Development (Spring Semesters 2013-2015, 2017-2018)

Anthropology of the State (Independent Study, Fall 2014)

Anthropology of Bureaucracy (Independent Study, Spring 2012 and Spring 2014)

Identity and Ethnicity in International Relations (Independent Study, Fall 2012)

Master of Public Health (MPH) Program

Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Public Health (Fall Semesters 2012-2018)

Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program

MPA Capstone Workshops (Maymesters 2012-2016, 2018)

Brown University

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Undergraduate, Spring 2010)

ADVISING AND MENTORSHIP

Dissertation/Thesis Committee Member

2014-20

Taapsi Ramchandani, PhD in Anthropology

2014-15

Elisabeth Ijmker, Master of Arts in Development (Atlantis Program)

Doctoral Qualifying Exam Committee Member

2018

Public Administration, Development Administration, Hannah (Akanksha) Patnaik

2014

Public Administration, Development Administration, Kevin Krupski

2013

Public Administration, Development Administration, Harish Jagannath

Birkhead-Burkhead Research Apprentice Program Faculty Mentor

2012-13

Benjamin Albert, MA-IR student

2011-12

Minhae Choi, MPA student

Capstone Workshop Supervisor, Master of Public Administration Program

2018

Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE) Inc. – Monitoring and Evaluation

2016

Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE), Inc. – RISE Strategic Plan

2016

Women’s Foundation of Oregon – State Policies that Work for Women

2015

Somali-Bantu Community Association of Onondaga Country – SBCA Management Project

2014

World Bank – Investigating Best Practices Around Gender Mainstreaming in Evaluation

2014

Near East Foundation – NEF’s Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting System

2014

Insitituto de Estudios Peruanos – Municipio al Día Project Evaluation

2013

USAID – Impact of Rule of Law Programming on Development Outcomes

2013

USAID – Mapping USAID Youth Programming

2013

Near East Foundation – Social Enterprise Approach to Agricultural Development in Morocco

2013

Association of Public and Land Grant Universities – Evaluation of the Economic Return on African Higher Education

2012

Near East Foundation – Peacebuilding through Economic Cooperation

2012

USAID – Improving Civil Society Assessment: A Comprehensive Analysis of CSO Analytical Tools

Internship Supervisor, Master of Arts in International Relations Program

2018

Moon Law Office, LLC (Syracuse, New York), Nicole Hoerold

2017

Department of Justice (Miami, Florida), Cintia Garcia

2017

International Drug Policy Consortium (London, UK), Kimberly Grinberg

2015

UNICEF (New York, New York), Nicole Gerke

2014

Re-Think Health (Cambridge, Massachusetts), Jane Erickson

2012

Sciences Po (Paris, France), Megan Weaver

2012

Andes Amazon Field School (Iyarina, Ecuador), Natalie Alm

2012

United Nations (New York, New York), Leila Kabalan

2012

International Organization on Migration (Accra, Ghana), Rachel Murawski

2012

United Nations Development Programme (Manama, Bahrain), Ryan Suto

PEDAGOGICAL TRAINING

2010

Teaching Certificate IV: Teaching Consultant Program, Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Brown University

2010

Teaching Certificate III: Professional Development Seminar, Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Brown University

2010

Responding to Student Writing in the Social Sciences and Humanities, Writing Center, Brown University

2010

Summer Institute for Teaching and Technology, Instructional Technology Group, Brown University

2006

Teaching Certificate I: The Sheridan Teaching Seminar, Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Brown University

SERVICE

National

2020-

Co-President, Association for the Anthropology of Policy, American Anthropological Association

2013-

Chair, Commission on Anthropology in Public Policy Training, Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP), American Anthropological Association

2013-

Reviewer for American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, Human Organization, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CSSAAME), Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs

2017

Discussant, Anthropological Matters and the New Urban Millennium: Theoretical and Methodological Contributions from Fieldwork in Africa panel, American Anthropological Association annual meeting, Washington DC, November 29

2016-17

Interim Treasurer, Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP), American Anthropological Association

2016, 2017

Committee Member, Annual Graduate Student Paper Prize, Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP), American Anthropological Association

2014

Panelist, National Science Foundation Cultural Anthropology Program

2013

Participant, Anthropological Approaches to Public Policy Teaching and Training Roundtable, Interest Group for the Anthropology of Public Policy, Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology. Baltimore, Maryland. March 29

SUNY Oswego

2020-

Oswego Reading Initiative Committee

Syracuse University

2020-

Committee Member and Secretary (2018), Maxwell Faculty Committee

2012-

Concentration Advisor, MA-IR Regional Concentration Track, Department of Public Administration and International Affairs

2017

Fulbright Evaluator, Center for Fellowship and Scholarship Advising

2012-15

Director, Maxwell African Scholars Union, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

2012-13

Committee Member, International Public Management Search Committee, Department of Public Administration and International Affairs

2011-12

Committee Member, Master of Public Health Curriculum Committee, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Department of Public Administration and International Affairs

Brown University

2005-11

Alternate Board Member, Brown University Institutional Review Board (IRB)

LANGUAGES

Portuguese (Advanced), Silozi (Beginning), Spanish (Intermediate), French (Reading)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Anthropological Association, 2004-present

Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP); Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA); Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA); American Ethnological Society (AES), Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA)

African Studies Association, 2005-present

Lusophone African Studies Association (LASO)