“I work on policy, which means…?”

My work these days is focused on policy. A few years back, I would not have imagined myself going into policy research. At that time, I was a reticent researcher; concerned that I would leave behind the world of folks who do things in order and enter the world of folks who sit around by themselves … Continue reading “I work on policy, which means…?”


A new start

This is a time of “new things” for me. It’s a new year, I’m at a new university, and I’m starting a new project. A week ago Saturday, I arrived back in Zambia to work on the postdoctoral research that I am doing through McGill University. The research builds upon my PhD project. During the … Continue reading A new start

Levy and Tamara

I met Levy and Tamara when they boarded a minibus that I was riding. They were communicating in a local language that I was learning in earnest, providing me with the opportunity to share halting greetings and awkward conversation. The language was Zambian Sign. Because Levy and Tamara are Deaf. My involvement with the Deaf … Continue reading Levy and Tamara

Time Flies

This statement is particularly *timely* in North America, where an hour of time just vanished in the middle of the night. Fortunately, the plays-on-words permitted by Daylight Savings Time have given me an excuse to pop out of my blogly silence. Two weeks ago, a group of amazing research colleagues from Canada and the UK … Continue reading Time Flies

« Le Bulozi est essentiellement le Québec de la Zambie »

C’est ainsi qu’une collègue canadienne avait décrit cette région lors de ma première visite ici. Mais ça veut dire quoi, exactement? Dans certains sens on voit facilement le lien. Le peuple Lozi se décrit comme étant une société distincte en Zambie grâce à leur histoire. Pendant des décennies le Bulozi avait un statut spécial dont … Continue reading « Le Bulozi est essentiellement le Québec de la Zambie »

Meet Akufuna!

Full-time student, part-time research assistant, soon to be a teacher Lynn Akufuna Nalikena was a part of the team that allowed me to complete my PhD fieldwork in 2014. At the time, she was just starting her degree in Education at the University of Barotseland, here in Mongu. When we began research assistant training, I … Continue reading Meet Akufuna!