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Job Seeking & Navigating by the Human Biology Association

I joined three wonderful colleagues and fellow human biologists to discuss our experiences on the academic job market and navigating the job search during COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Many thanks to the organizers, Mecca Burris and Liz Koselka, for the invitation and planning this great event.

New job! Catch me in the bay.

Excited to announce that I’ll be starting as an Assistant Professor in Biological Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley in January 2022! A heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped me come this far.

Talk: 7th Annual Durban Mental Health Symposium Presentation

Many thanks to the organisers of the 7th Annual Durban Mental Health Symposium (Suntosh Pillay and Prof. Suvira Ramlall at the University of KwaZulu-Natal) for inviting me to present. Here, I speak about my ongoing research on the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in psychiatric facilities in southern Gauteng, South Africa. These dataContinue reading “Talk: 7th Annual Durban Mental Health Symposium Presentation”

CGTN Africa: 40-minute panel discussion on Talk Africa

CGTN Africa description: Faced with the new realities of social isolation & massive job losses, millions of those unable to adapt have faced difficult mental health challenges. Experts & researchers have recorded a spike in psychological problems since the outbreak of COVID-19. The World Health Organization says fear, worry & stress are normal human responsesContinue reading “CGTN Africa: 40-minute panel discussion on Talk Africa”

Navigating the Global Job Market for Africanists: panel discussion

In the second of a two-part series on navigating the academic job market for Africanists, I – along with AfriSem in the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University – hosted “Navigating the Global Job Market for Africanists” with three wonderful panelists. Recording to be available soon – please contact me if you’re interested in watching!Continue reading “Navigating the Global Job Market for Africanists: panel discussion”

COVID-19 and mental health in the NGO sector in South Africa: findings and discussion

Amidst the abrupt demands of a rapidly shifting social environment and the exacerbation of existing psychosocial and economic problems during COVID-19, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) rose to the challenge and quickly mobilised to carry the burden of the social, economic, and community impacts of the pandemic. NGOs in South Africa provided essential emergency relief and life-savingContinue reading “COVID-19 and mental health in the NGO sector in South Africa: findings and discussion”

OPPORTUNITY: Postdoc on mental health and developmental science at Harvard Medical School (PI: Liu)

The Developmental Risk and Cultural Resilience Lab is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to take part in a Harvard Medical School research fellowship program (T32), with mentorship provided by the Director, Dr. Cindy Liu. The position would start between June – September 2021 and continue for 2 years (contingent on good standing in the first year). This isContinue reading “OPPORTUNITY: Postdoc on mental health and developmental science at Harvard Medical School (PI: Liu)”

UPDATE: Navigating the US Job Market for Africanists

Moderated a great discussion with fellow panelists Ashley Ngozi Agbasoga, Delali Kumavie, and Mlondi Zondi on tackling the job market. Major plug for pre-doctoral fellowships, which for many in the qualitative social sciences and humanities, are a direct conduit for competitive postdocs and tenure track positions. Thanks to the Program for African Studies and theContinue reading “UPDATE: Navigating the US Job Market for Africanists”

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