Nashua, New Hampshire, United States
As a social justice thinker and scholar activist, I specialise in public policy pertaining to marginalised and vulnerable groups – especially indigenous, African populations and women. My highest qualifications are in the interdisciplinary field of law and society, whereby I am jointly trained as a human rights lawyer and legal, social and cultural anthropologist. Both degrees were earned while I was a Rhodes Scholar at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford. My research presently focuses on access to justice, human (in)security and social development, and the management of social conflict in highly volatile, remote communities under "cooperative governance" arrangements between traditional leaders and the state in South Africa.
In the past, I have done research on women's inheritance, land rights, traditional governance, traditional courts and conflict between indigenous and state laws in South Africa. Methods of greatest interest to me, and thus regularly used in my work, include ethnography, community-based participatory action-research, discourse analysis and comparative epistemology. I have received several awards and fellowships for this work, including a high (peer review-based) rating from the National Research Foundation in South Africa; published widely in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes, including contributing several chapters to a textbook published by Oxford University Press Southern Africa on "African Customary Law in South Africa"; and regularly contribute to popular media, including via the social/racial justice blog I keep with my husband, Daniel Weeks, at sindisoanddan.wordpress.com.