Areas of Interest

I study African popular culture. I am concerned with how meaning-making practices inherently relate to broader questions of power among axes of social difference and hierarchy (race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, nationality and language). My research is theoretically informed by critical cultural studies, cultural production, political economy of communication, and the anthropology of development and decoloniality. I employ qualitative and visual methodologies to examine these concerns. My creative practice draws on my background in graphic design and documentary photography. Currently, my research project examines development discourse in Ghanaian hiplife music and culture.