I am American with a US education, but I have worked for nearly two decades in Denmark. Trained as a political scientist from a top 10 American political science department, I have over 20 years of work on values and international politics of humanitarianism. My research draws on the disciplines of political science, anthropology, geography, social theory and media studies. I work unequally well in English, Danish, Italian and Swahili. From global population policy to Ben Affleck’s work in Congo, I have examined the relationships between global values and local practices of ‘humanitarianism’ in five research programs. I have spent a total of 51 months doing fieldwork in Africa (Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, and Democratic Republic of Congo), and have also been involved in research capacity building partnerships.
I have been a Visiting Professor at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University in the US (2017-18) and at the Department of Sociology and International Relations at the University of Trento in Italy (2014).
Lisa Ann Richey