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Dr Benedicta Rousseau

Lecturer

Qualifications: BA Auckland, MA(1st Class Hons) Auckland, PhD Cambridge

School of Social Sciences

(rousseau@waikato.ac.nz)

About Benedicta

Benedicta joined the anthropology programme at Waikato in August 2014. She trained in social anthropology at the University of Auckland before completing a PhD at the University of Cambridge. From 2009-13 she was a McArthur Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne.  She has previously taught a range of topics within anthropology at universities in England, Australia and New Zealand.

Expertise

Anthropological approaches to colonialism, development and memory; anthropology of roads/infrastructure; affect, personhood and economic engagement in the Pacific; indigeneity and kastom in Vanuatu; indigenous and state political leadership in the Pacific; elections and election campaigning; customary governance in Vanuatu; state and customary law; Vanuatu

Research Interests

Benedicta’s research has covered the areas of colonialism, development and memory; anthropology of roads/infrastructure; affect, personhood and economic engagement in the Pacific; indigeneity and kastom in Vanuatu; indigenous and state political leadership in the Pacific; elections and election campaigning; customary governance in Vanuatu; state and customary law. While Vanuatu remains her primary research site, Benedicta has maintained an interest in the anthropology of social and health policy in Aotearoa/New Zealand, and has published a co-authored article on Maori attitudes to assisted human reproduction.

Her current research and writing includes work on mobility, tourism and governance on Malakula; discourses of “resilience” in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Pam; and ongoing considerations of state and indigenous leadership in Vanuatu.

Recent Publications

  • Rousseau, B. (2015). Finding the diamond: Prosperity, secrecy and labour in Vanuatu. Oceania, 85(1), 24-37. doi:10.1002/ocea.5071

  • Rousseau, B. E. (2015). [Review of Governing New Guinea: An oral history of Papuan administrators, 1950-1990 by Leontine Visser (Ed)]. Pacific Affairs, 88(2), 375-377. Retrieved from http://www.pacificaffairs.ubc.ca/

  • Rousseau, B. (2012). Vot Long Stret Man: Personality, policy, and the election of Ralph Regenvanu, Vanuatu 2008. The Contemporary Pacific, 24(1), 98-118. doi:10.1353/cp.2012.0008

  • Rousseau, B. (2012). Provincialising Lakatoro: Orienting sociality through a state institution in Vanuatu. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 23(2), 197-211. doi:10.1111/j.1757-6547.2012.00181.x

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Papers Taught

Supervision

Benedicta's key areas of anthropological expertise relate to Vanuatu, colonialism, infrastructure, economic engagements, customary and state law, governance, indigenous and state political leadership, development, and bureaucracy, and she is always happy to hear from students with interests in those areas.

She has previously supervised graduate students looking at financial fraud in Papua New Guinea, political blogging in Australia, and seasonal workers in Aotearoa/NZ, so is also happy to discuss involvement in projects across a wider range of topics.

As Graduate Adviser in Anthropology, Benedicta is the person to contact in the first instance when considering taking your studies further at either Honours, Masters or PhD level.

Associations and Memberships

Waikato representative, Association for Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa/NZ 

Chair, Kākano Fund, Association for Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa/NZ

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Rousseau, Dr Benedicta 9323 rousseau J.2.08 Anthropology Programme