Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D.: University of Michigan, 2008
Department Member Since: 2009
Dr. Faulk is a cultural anthropologist whose research and teaching focus primarily on ideas of justice, global structural inequalities, and human rights. She has conducted ethnographic research in Latin America (Argentina, Colombia, Brazil) and in the US. Her first book, In the Wake of Neoliberalism: Citizenship and Human Rights in Argentina (Stanford University Press, 2013), traced two prominent Buenos Aires protest organizations—Memoria Activa and the BAUEN workers' cooperative—to consider how each has framed its demands within a language of rights. In exploring the way in which "rights talk" is used and adapted, the book demonstrates the mutually formative and contentious interactions between ideas of human rights, rights of citizenship, and the concrete and envisioned social relationships that form the basis for social activism in the wake of neoliberalism.
More recently, she has been working on two edited book projects. One explores meanings and lived experiences around the concept of justice in Latin America. The chapters take a special interest in the negotiations and social interactions involved in the production of justice, a phrase referring to the multiple processes whereby socially contentious issues may be settled. In proposing parameters for an anthropology of justice, the book contributes concrete evidence of how legal knowledge is constructed or resisted through selective use of legal structures, and how actors’ engagements with justice (either as an idea or a process to which they are subjected) shape their perception of themselves as legal subjects. The other collection explores the shifting meanings of work (and non-work) and related concepts of dignity, autonomy, cooperation, legitimacy, sociality, and solidarity in Argentina following the fundamental restructuring of the Argentine economy in the 1990s.
Also a certified doula and trained Lamaze instructor, Dr. Faulk is currently doing research for a new book project on the idea of birth as a human right.
|Dilemmas and Controversies in Anthropology|
|Garbage Gone Global: Managing Surplus, Waste, and Desire|
|International Human Rights Institutions|
|Development and Democracy in Latin America|
|Perspectives on Social Protest|
|Between Revolutions: 19th Century Latin America|
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