Selected Publications

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Life in Crisis: The Ethical Journey of Doctors Without Borders. Berkeley: University of California Press.

2012 “
Sleeping Sickness and the Limits of ‘Biological Citizenship’” In W.Geissler, R. Rottenburg and J. Zenker, eds. Rethinking Biomedicine and Governance in Africa. (Transcript), 229-249.

“The Unbearable Lightness of Expats: Double Binds of Humanitarian Mobility” Cultural Anthropology 27: 2 (May): 358-382.

“Bioexpectations: Life Technologies as Humanitarian Goods.” Public Culture 24: 1 (Feb): 157-184.

“Secular Humanitarianism and Sacred Life.” What Matters? Ethnographies of Value in a (Not So) Secular Age. (C. Bender and A. Taves, eds.). SSRC/Columbia University Press, 144-178.

“Cleaning Up the Cold War: Global Humanitarianism and the Infrastructure of Crisis Response.” In Gabrielle Hecht, ed., Entangled Geographies: Empire and Technopolitics in the Global Cold War (MIT Press), 267-291.

“The Impossible Problem of Neutrality.” Forces of Compassion: Humanitarianism Between Ethics and Politics. (Redfield & Bornstein, eds.) SAR Press, Advanced Seminar Series, 53-70.

2011 (co-edited with Erica Bornstein).
Forces of Compassion: Humanitarianism Between Ethics and Politics. Santa Fe: SAR Press, Advanced Seminar Series.

2010 “The Verge of Crisis: Doctors Without Borders in Uganda.” In Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions (D. Fassin and M. Pandolfi, eds.), Zone Books. 173-195.

2009 (with Ed Rackley)
“The Explosive Remnants of War.” In Catastrophe: Law, Politics, and the Humanitarian Impulse (A. Sarat and J. Lezaun, eds.) University of Massachusetts Press, 212-235.

“Vital Mobility and the Humanitarian Kit.” In A. Lakoff and S. Collier, eds. Biosecurity Interventions: Global Health and Security in Question. NY: Columbia University Press, 147-171.

“Sacrifice, Triage and Global Humanitarianism.” In M. Barnett and T. Weiss eds. Humanitarianism in Question: Politics, Power, Ethics. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 196-214.

“Doctors Without Borders and the Moral Economy of Pharmaceuticals.” In A. Bullard, ed., Human Rights in Crisis, Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Press, pp. 129-144.

2006 “A Less Modest Witness: Collective Advocacy and Motivated Truth in a Medical Humanitarian Movement” American Ethnologist, 33: 1 (Feb 2006): 3-26.

2005 “Doctors, Borders and Life in Crisis” Cultural Anthropology, 20:3 (Aug 2005): 328-361.
Winner of the 2006 Cultural Horizons Prize, Society for Cultural Anthropology.

2005 "Foucault in the Tropics: Displacing the Panopticon” Jonathan Xavier Inda, ed. Foucault and the Anthropology of Modernity. Blackwell Books, 50-79.

2003 (with Silvia Tomášková)
"The Exile of Anthropology." In Rebecca Saunders, ed. The Concept of the Foreign. Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield), 71-90.

"The Half-Life of Empire in Outer Space." Social Studies of Science (special issue on "Postcolonial Technoscience," co-edited by Warwick Anderson and Gabrielle Hecht). 32: 6 (Dec.): 791-825.

2000 Space in the Tropics (University of California Press)

Very Applied Anthropology, 1996-

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