I am working on an anthro-historical project about Réunion Island, a small volcanic, mountainous, beautiful island in the Southern Indian Ocean that is fully administratively integrated into France and the European Union. Never a home to an indigenous population, Réunion is nonetheless very diverse; its current population is composed of waves of immigration from places far beyond France, such as Madagascar, India, and China.
My research examines political and geographic solidarities in Réunion in the absence of indigeneity, as well as in the absence of “typical” post-colonial political outcome of national independence. I particularly focus on antiassimilationist political movements, such as queer liberation projects, local language politics, commemorative projects, and local religion.
As a first-gen college student, I am as passionate about teaching as I am about research. Before starting my Ph.D. at Michigan, I served as an Adjunct Instructor in Anthropology at Utah Valley University teaching Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, and Myth, Magic, Religion and as an English Instructor in high schools in Réunion and French Guiana.
- Réunion Creole (In Training)
- Spanish (In Training)