Book chapters

2021. Comparison as Method in India and Papua New Guinea. In Nayantara Sheoran Appleton and Caroline Bennett (eds.), Methods, Moments, and Ethnographic Spaces in AsiaLondon: Rowman & Littlefield. Pages 154-181.

2020 (with O. Ripeka Mercier and Rebecca Kiddle). Engaging with ‘that Treaty question’ on a university ethics committee in Aotearoa New Zealand. In Lily George (ed.), Indigenous research ethics: Claiming research sovereignty beyond deficit and the colonial legacy. UK: Emerald Publishing.

2019. Class, labour, and consumption in urban Melanesia. In William Rollason and Eric Hirsch (eds.), The Melanesian World. Oxon and New York: Routledge. Pages 164-179.

2016. Bastis as “forgotten places” in Howrah, West Bengal. In Sekhar Bandyopadhyay and Sita Venkateswar (eds.), Globalisation and the challenges of development in contemporary India. Springer: Singapore. Pages 187-207.

Journal articles

2022 (with Grant Jun Otsuki and Jordan Anderson). “The most seen I have ever felt”: Labour-based grading as a pedagogical practice of care. Critical Studies in Learning and Teaching 10 (Special Issue): 37-54.

2021 (with Eli Elinoff and Catherine Trundle). Introducing Volume 4. Commoning Ethnography 4 (1): 1-4.

2019 (with Nayantara Sheoran Appleton). EditorialCommoning Ethnography 2 (1): 1-7.

2019 (with Nayantara Sheoran Appleton). Introduction: Labours of CollaborationCommoning Ethnography 2 (1): 88-97.

2017. Pedagogical Experiments in an Anthropology for Liberation. Commoning Ethnography 1 (1): 1-13.

2017 (with Rachel Fabish). Moving toward collective responsibility: Beyond Pākehā as ‘punisher.’ Counterfutures 4 Navigating Activism and Academia: 229-240.

2017 (with Trisia Farrelly, Rochelle Stewart-Withers, and Sharon McLennan). Collective Memory-work as Method and ResistanceSITES: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, New Series, 14 (2): 77-102.

2014. Guest Editorial: Anthropology and Imagination. SITES: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, New Series, 11 (1): 3-14.

2012. From Crisis to Epiphany: what firing a research assistant helped me appreciate about agency and Muslim women in Howrah, West Bengal, India. SITES: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, New Series, 9 (2): 114-141.

2010 (with V. Ramaswamy and Sita Venkateswar). Field Report: The Right to Education and the Pedagogy for Hope. Critical Asian Studies, 42 (2): 289-310.

2009. Institutional Ethics Requirements and Anthropological Research Techniques, or, why I want to join a university ethics committee (Reflection). Ex Plus Ultra: The Postgraduate EJournal of the WUN International Network in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, 1: 81-86.


2021. Hope and Insufficiency: Capacity Building in Ethnographic Comparison (book review). Commoning Ethnography 4 (1): 131-133.

2019. Anthropology as Respair: Anthropological Engagements with Hope and its Others. Anthropological Quarterly 92 (2): 575-585.

2014. Teaching Mr Pip (film review). Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 55 (3): 402-404.

2014. The Interview: An Ethnographic Approach. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 15 (5): 490-493.

2007. Landscapes in Music: Space, Place, and Time in the World’s Great Music. New Zealand Geographer, 63 (1): 75-76.

Public writing

2019 (with Catherine Trundle and Tarapuhi Vaeau). James Cook and White Supremacy. Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa/New Zealand. 

2018. Music initiatives to transform kids’ livesNewsroom. 

2017. Anthropology under my skinSavageMinds. 


2011. Hope, agency, and the ‘side effects’ of development in India and Papua New Guinea. Doctoral dissertation in Social Anthropology, Massey University: Palmerston North, Aotearoa/New Zealand.

2003. Versioning for the love of it: Hip-Hop Culture in Aotearoa. Master of Arts thesis in Social Anthropology, Massey University: Palmerston North, Aotearoa/New Zealand.


2010 (with Manuhuia Barcham, Bronwyn Beatty, and Trisia Farrelly). Valuing Culture in Oceania: Methodology and indicators for valuing culture, including traditional knowledge, in Oceania. Noumea, New Caledonia: Human Development Programme of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

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