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Project Team

Sarah Hodges

Professor Sarah Hodges (University of Warwick, UK)
Principal Investigator

Sarah Hodges works on the politics of health in colonial and postcolonial India (particularly the Tamil-speaking south). Hodges' interests lie at the intersection of a number of fields: modern South Asian history, cultural studies, and the history and anthropology of science, technology and medicine.

Julia Hornberger

Dr Julia Hornberger (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)

Julia Hornburger is a social anthropologist who works on questions of policing. She started out with a focus on policing and human rights in Johannesburg, and more recently she has shifted her focus towards the policing of health and intellectual property rights.

René Gerrets

Dr René Gerrets (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

René Gerrets studied social anthropology at New York University where he developed a keen interest in African societies and cultures, linguistic anthropology, international development, and the sociocultural and political-economic dimensions of disease, medicine and science.

Tracy Smith

Miss Tracy Smith (University of Warwick, UK)
Project Coordinator

Tracy Smith is the History Department Research Coordinator, providing a range of assistance for various research projects and activities in the Warwick University History Department.

Dr Christopher Sirrs (University of Warwick, UK)
Research Fellow

Christopher Sirrs is a historian of medicine and health, joining the University of Warwick from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). His recent work has focused on the history of international public health, exploring the intellectual and policy history of ‘health systems’ as the concept gained prominence in the twentieth century.

Ms Rhoda Bandora (University of the Witwatersrand)

MA Student (Anthropology)

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Mr Keketso Peete (University of the Witwatersrand)

PhD Student (Anthropology)


Dr Fatima Bapumia (University of Amsterdam), beginning September 2019

Research Fellow

Fatima Bapumia is a Sociologist whose research explores patterns of social interactions in the plural societies. She is particularly interested in understanding the dynamics of cultural boundaries of multi-ethnic and multi-racial spaces and places in Tanzania. She is also interested in how race relations are both constructed and contested through popular culture.

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Dr Edmore Chitukutuku (University of Warwick), beginning November 2019

Research Fellow

Edmore Chitukutuku is an anthropologist of state violence, conflict and peacebuilding in Africa. His interests also include policing, security and military studies.

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Nishpriha Thakur (University of Warwick), beginning November 2019)

Research Fellow

Nishpriha Thakur is an anthropologist of markets. Her areas of expertise include business communities of Gujarat, networks of trade, and how everyday understandings of work and routine shape and are shaped by language and practice.

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tba (expected to start in Autumn 2019)

PhD student (3.5 years, University of Warwick)

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tba (expected to start in 2020)
PhD Student (University of the Witwatersrand)

productivity coach

Kel Weinhold, Project Productivity Coach

Kel Weinhold is a former university professor in the fields of journalism and communication who now works as a strategic communications and academic productivity coach and consultant. In addition to having enormous savvy about the ways of university management and politics, Kel is a dedicated advocate of work life balance and is the sworn enemy of neo-liberal work creep. In addition to her university experience, Kel has spent 35 years as a working writer, 25 as an editor and five as a productivity coach. She knows all of the sneaky ways that imposter syndrome and perfectionism try to run the show.


Erin Martineau, Project Writing Coach and Editor

Erin Martineau received her PhD in anthropology from the City University of New York (CUNY) in 2006. As an editor and writing coach, she works with authors at every stage, from developing their manuscripts and to polishing the final draft. She also leads writing workshops for small groups. More information about her work can be found here: