Areas of Interest: Peru and Latin America; governance and transnational law; urban studies; anthropology of population e.g. kinship, life-course, migration, and the politics of numbers; subjectivity and the production of social difference.
Bio: Kristin Skrabut conducts research on governance, family and urban life in Latin America. Her dissertation explores how punctuations in the international “war on poverty” are shaping livelihood strategies and subjectivities in Peru’s urban peripheries. By examining the circulation of ideas and individuals between policy institutions and households in the urban periphery, this research illuminates how understandings of the “deserving poor” are meted out in daily practice and how Peruvians come to experience poverty through their intimate lives and domestic relations. This project builds on Kristin’s previous research which investigated the intersections of census politics, housing rights, and illicit land trade in Peruvian shantytowns. At Brown, Kristin is an active member of interdisciplinary consortiums such as the Population Studies and Training Center and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Her work has been supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, the Wenner Gren Foundation, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Status: Post Field
M.A. Thesis: Legibility and Landtrafficking: How to ‘Do Living’ in Lima’s Central Margins
Doctoral Research: Extreme Lives: Domesticating the ‘War on Poverty’ in Urban Peru
MA, Anthropology and Population, Brown University (2008)
BA, Sociocultural Anthropology, New York University (2005)
Contact Information: Kristin_Skrabut@brown.edu