I am an anthropologist interested in the contemporary forms of political rationality–the way in which government is taken up as a problem of expert reflection and is constituted as a field of intervention. My research has examined governmental practices such as economic regulation, social welfare, urban planning, and emergency management in Russia, the Republic of Georgia, and in the United States. I am author of Post-Soviet Social: Neoliberalism, Social Modernity, Biopolitics (Princeton University Press, 2011), and co-editor of Biosecurity Interventions (Columbia University Press, 2008), and Global Assemblages (Blackwell, 2005). I am working on a book with Andrew Lakoff on the government of catastrophes in the United States during the 20th century.
Currently I am Associate Professor of International Affairs at the New School in New York, where I chair the Conflict and Security Concentration.