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Robyn d'Avignon

Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology & History

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Anthropology and History
  • Fields of Study
    • Senegal, infrastructure, artisanal mining, ethnicity, Islam
  • About

    I study the politics of development, resource extraction, and informal economies in Francophone West Africa. My dissertation analyzes contestations over land, labor and knowledge in K├ędougou, Senegal, the site of an unfolding artisanal and industrial gold mining boom. I approach artisanal mining as a critical ethnographic and historic case study of broader moral and material struggles between informal/ illegal forms of technological practice and the formal development initiatives of the state and private capital in post-colonial Africa. Prior to graduate school, I worked for the Peace Corps in Senegal and for the Africa desk of the International Organization for Migration in Belgium.

  • Education
    • MA University of Michigan, 2011
    • BA, Anthropology and History, Washington University, St. Louis, 2006
  • Grants
    • National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Wenner Gren Foundation