I am currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University (George W. Woodruff Fellow). In my final year (2018/2019) I will be a resident fellow at the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry.
I hail from South Africa, where I was active in the HIV/AIDS treatment access movement and sexual and reproductive health rights activism. I worked for the Nobel-prize nominated Treatment Action Campaign, and was more recently involved in research-based health policy development and implementation as the Chief Scientific Officer of the Perinatal Mental Health Project, University of Cape Town.
I am a social scientist and hold a BA in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, as well as Honors (BSocSc) and Masters (MSocSc) Degrees from the African Gender Institute, University of Cape Town. Informed by my career in public health activism and policy development, my academic work interrogates the biocapital interests undergirding global health policy. Reproductive justice and syndemic approaches to public health inform my interdisciplinary projects anchored in Feminist Science and Technology Studies (FSTS), history and philosophy of science frameworks, transnational and African feminist theories, as well as post-colonial perspectives. My current research project focuses on the biopolitics of informal, unpaid HIV/AIDS care work in South Africa, and extends these findings to the burgeoning biotech field of social robotics.