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Cat BoltenCatherine Bolten

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Peace Studies
(PhD, University of Michigan)
317 Hesburgh Center

Geographic focus: West and Southern Africa

Thematic interests: Morality; post-conflict development; structural violence; youth

Current research: Education, youth unemployment, and inter-generational conflict in Sierra Leone.

Selected publications:

  •  “A Great Scholar is an Overeducated Person: Education and Practices of Uncertainty in Sierra Leone,” Journal of Anthropological Research 71, 1 (2015)

  • I Did it To Save My Life (University of California Press, 2012)

  • “‘We have been sensitized’: Ex-combatants, Marginalization, and Youth in Post-War Sierra Leone,” American Anthropologist 114, 3 (2012)

  • “Rethinking Burgeoning Political Consciousness: Student Activists, the Class of ’99 and Political Intent in Sierra Leone,” The Journal of Modern African Studies 47,3 (2009)

  • “The Agricultural Impasse: Creating ‘Normal’ Post-War Development in Sierra Leone,” The Journal of Political Ecology 16 (2009)




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