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Rebecca Peters

Associate Professor

Contact Information

205 Mahar Hall
[email protected]
Rebecca Warne Peters website


Political Anthropology; Medical Anthropology; Southern and Lusophone Africa; International Development and Humanitarianism; Global Public Health; Anthropology of Policy, Bureaucracy, Work and the Workplace; Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs); Transportation Infrastructure


Implementing Inequality: The Invisible Labor of International Development. Rutgers University Press, 2020

Edited Collections:
A Symposium on Development Implementation: Discipline, Deception, and the Relational Work of Development. (2019). Critical Policy Studies 13(4). Co-edited with Jessica Mulligan, contributions by Summer Wood and Rachael Goodman. 

Studying Up in Africa. (2016). Critical African Studies 8(3). Co-edited with Claire Wendland, contributions by Derick Fay, Adia Benton, Ramah McKay, Crystal Biruk, Denielle Elliott, Sharon Abramowitz, and Kenneth Maes.

Peters, Rebecca Warne. 2019. Front-line Work and Interpretive Labor in an Angolan Development Program. Critical Policy Studies 13(4): 414-431. 

Peters, Rebecca Warne. 2019. Refusing the Development NGO? Departure, Dismissal, and Misrecognition in Angolan Development Interventions. Anthropological Quarterly 92(1): 203-229.

Peters, Rebecca Warne. 2016. Local in Practice: Professional Distinctions in Angolan Development Work. American Anthropologist 118(3):495-507.

Peters, Rebecca Warne. 2016. Participation Denied: The Professional Boundaries of Monitoring and Evaluation in International Development. Human Organization 75(4):315-325.

Peters, Rebecca Warne and Claire Wendland. 2016. Up the Africanist: The Possibilities and Problems of “Studying Up” in Africa. Critical African Studies 8(3): 239-254.

Peters, Rebecca Warne. 2014. Parteiras and the State in Post-War Angola. In Kathryn Rhine, John Janzen, Glenn Adams and Heather Aldersey, eds. Medical Anthropology in Global Africa. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas/Sage Press, Pages 55-61.

Peters, Rebecca Warne. 2013. Development Mobilities: Identity and Authority in an Angolan Development Programme. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 39(2):277-293.

Reprinted in Nina Glick Schiller and Noel Salazar, eds. 2014. Regimes of Mobility: Imaginaries and Relationalities of Power. New York, New York: Routledge


Ph.D. Anthropology, Brown University (2011)
MPH International Health, Emory University (2004)
BA Anthropology and Biology, Grinnell College (2000)

Classes taught

  • ANT 112: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 210: Anthropological Theory I
  • ANT 301: Peoples and Cultures of Africa
  • ANT 355: Medical Anthropology