Journal articles

“A Crouching Village: Ebola and the Empty Gestures of Quarantine in Monrovia,” City and Society (2016) 28(2): 246-264. [PDF]

“Il mestiere della guerra: l’organizzazione della violenza e del lavoro maschile in Sierra Leone e in Liberia” Anthropologia (2015) 2(1): 25-40.

“Frontline collaborations: The research relationship in unstable places,” Ethnography (2014)15(3): 291-310.

“Violent Virtuosity: Visual Labor in West Africa’s Mano River War,” Anthropological Quarterly (2011) 84(4): 949-975. [PDF]

“Violence, Just in Time: Work and War in Contemporary West Africa,” Cultural Anthropology (2011) 26(1): 34-57.

“Setting the Stage for a ‘Festival of Lies’: Notes on Expertise and African Cultural Studies,” International Journal of Cultural Studies (2009) 12(4): 359-374.

“The City as Barracks: Freetown, Monrovia and the Organization of Violence in Postcolonial African Cities,” Cultural Anthropology (2007) 22(3): 400-428.[PDF]

“The Meaning of a Militia: Understanding the Civil Defense Forces of Sierra Leone,” African Affairs (2007) 106(425). [PDF]

“The Disappeared: Images of the Environment from Freetown’s Urban Environment,” Visual Studies (2007) 22(2): 104-119. [PDF]

“Disagreement: Dissent Politics and the War in Sierra Leone” Africa Today (2006) 15(3): 3-22.

“Violent Events as Narrative Blocs: The Disarmament at Bo, Sierra Leone,” Anthropological Quarterly Vol. 78, No. 2 (2005).

“Warscape Ethnography in West Africa and the Anthropology of ‘Events’” (co-authored with Stephen Lubkemann). Anthropological Quarterly (2005) 78(2): 315-326.

“The Brookfields Hotel (Freetown, Sierra Leone)”, Public Culture (2005) Vol. 17, No. 5. [PDF]

“The Submerged Promise: Strategies for Ethnographic Writing in a Time of War”, Anthropological Quarterly (2004)Vol. 77, No. 2: 323-330.

“The Civilian Target in Sierra Leone and Liberia: Political Power, Military Strategy, and Humanitarian Intervention,” African Affairs (2004) 103: 211-226.

“Irregular Combatants and the International Human Rights Discourse in the Mano River Conflict Zone”, Africa Today (2004) Vol. 50, No. 4 (co-authored with Mariane Ferme)

“Like Beasts in the Bush: Synonyms of Childhood and Youth in Sierra Leone”, Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 6, No. 3 (2003): 295-308. [PDF]

“Frontline Anthropology: Research in a Time of War”, Anthropology Today (2003) 19(3): 9-12. [PDF]

“Combattants irreguliers et discours international des droits de l’homme dans les guerres civiles africaines.  Les cas des ‘chasseurs’ sierra-leonais” Politique Africaine No. 88, December, 2002. (co-authored with Mariane Ferme)