Molly Sundberg

researcher at Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology; Employees

Email:
molly.sundberg[AT-sign]antro.uu.se
Visiting address:
Thunbergsvägen 3 H
Postal address:
Box 631
751 26 Uppsala

Keywords: africa statebuilding rwanda anthropology of development foreign aid

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Biography

I'm currently working as a researcher and lecturer at the Dept. of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University.

My studies in anthropology began in 2003 at Manchester University and ended with a Master's degree (Magister) at Uppsala University in 2007.

Following graduation I worked for Sida (Swedish International Cooperation Agency) for four years in Stockholm and Rwanda. In 2010 I began the doctoral programme in cultural anthropology at Uppsala University and defended my thesis in 2014 on civic education and everyday government in Rwanda. A reworked version of the thesis was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016 under the title "Training for Model Citizenship."

Following a year on parental leave, I recently began an individual research project financed by the Swedish Research Council on national or local staff working at the field offices of foreign aid agencies. The project is expected to finish in 2019. This autumn I'm also finishing a minor, pedagogical research project on the reasons behind student drop-outs in higher education, together with Paul Agnidakis (PhD in ethnology), financed by the Equal Opportunity Advisory Board, Uppsala University.

I am also the coordinator of Forum for Africa Studies, a university-wide centre for researchers working in and with Africa.

This semester (autumn 2017) I am teaching the following two courses: Culture in Armed Conflict (15hp), and Antropologiska arbetssätt (7.5hp).

Research

My doctoral research concerned government and civic education in Rwanda. A reworked version of the thesis was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016 entitled "Training for Model Citizenship."

Currently, I'm pursuing an individual research project within the field of anthropology of development, financed by the Swedish Research Council, and focused on local staff working in foreign aid. The purpose is to shed light on a category of development experts that rarely recieve attention in the scholarly literature on foreign aid actors, notably the many "national" or "local" experts employed at embassies and the field offices of foreign aid agencies located in developing countries.

Publications

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