About Me

I received my PhD in Applied Anthropology from Columbia University in 2014. Previously, I conducted research in Zambia on Chinese and Zambian working relationships in three companies for about 7 years. While pursuing my doctorate, I also consulted for two major firms, including a Chinese multinational telecommunications firm in Lusaka, Zambia and a Zambian construction firm in the mining hub of Kitwe. My research was a comparison of three different types of Chinese and Zambian workplace relationships, including the opportunities and challenge they faced on a daily basis. I started a China and Africa blog a few years ago when I was studying for my qualifying exams and the posts have been archived here. As you can see, my research has evolved, since living in Zambia has influenced my decision to incorporate a human element to the “China and Africa” discourse and to return to the continent to  do some project implementation. Ultimately, my dissertation heavily emphasizes the individual life stories of Chinese and Zambian professionals and how they negotiate their working lives to better serve themselves and their families.

I continue to conduct research in this area, but have shifted the focus to using research in the service of implementing projects that make a difference in the lives of people studied. I  have formulated a 10-year plan and will work with critical and talented individuals  to carry out this plan to  foster collaboration and partnerships among Chinese, U.S. and African firms in the near future. Workplace issues and business/corporate anthropology are areas in which I will continue to do research and publish.

Besides my work as an anthropologist and academic, I have also been an educator for over ten years. I enjoy working with students and learning from them. Currently, I lead a nonprofit based in Los Angeles that delivers educational resources and training to underprivileged students in Sierra Leone and Zambia. I was involved with the nonprofit as a grant writer since its inception in 2007 and have since come on board in 2014 as a leader. We are very excited about launching our upcoming technology educational project in 2015. I am also a lecturer at the University of Southern California (USC) in Anthropology and in History. I am especially passionate about mentorship and coaching people. If you have any questions or would benefit from some guidance, especially if you are a graduate student or work in international development or a philosopher of life, please email me at jc3439@tc.columbia.edu.

This is a space for my eclectic musings, where I can read and share academic work, international news and people’s stories as well as showcase some personal artwork.

Thank you for visiting.




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