Associate Professor, The Ohio State University
I am currently Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Environmental Science Graduate Program at the Ohio State University. My research examines how pastoralists in the Far North Region of Cameroon have adapted to changing ecological, political and institutional conditions that affect their lives and livelihoods. I have been conducting research with pastoralists in the Far North of Cameroon for over 20 years. The long-term fieldwork has resulted in strong collaborations with local researchers, which has allowed me to develop innovative, large-scale, interdisciplinary research projects with colleagues at the Ohio State University (OSU) and Maroua University in Cameroon. All my research projects are interdisciplinary and examine pastoral systems within the analytical framework of Coupled Human and Natural Systems using a regional approach that situates the Far North region within the historical context of the greater Chad Basin. Currently my research on pastoral systems focuses on several interrelated areas, including: management of common-pool resources; the ecology of infectious diseases; and regime shifts in coupled human and natural systems.
Key research Interests: Pastoral systems, management of common-pool resources, coupled human and natural systems, complex adaptive systems, regime shifts, ecology of infectious diseases, herder-farmer conflicts, pastoral development, political ecology.