Serena Stein

Graduate Fellow

Serena Stein is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology, and holds a master’s from the University of Oxford and bachelors from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research draws together social science and humanities methods and theory, combining African environmental histories, development economics, and Lusophone film & literature with extensive ethnography. Her dissertation examines foreign investment in agriculture, international cooperation, gastronomy and environmental change at various scales and among diverse actors in Brazil and Mozambique. She is particularly interested in entanglements of accumulation and extraction, histories of capitalism and empire, technologies in/of Africa, as well as indigeneity, terroir, and moral ecology. In the realm of digital humanities, she works on visualization of land use change integrating humanities archives, and participatory methods that involve first-time users of digital technology. Serena’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Winner Gren Foundation, Fulbright-Hays and Fulbright Scholar Programs, and the National Geographic Society.