Advisor: Prof. Lee Cronk
I joined the Rutgers Department of Anthropology in 2021 after earning my B.A. in Cultural Studies (Anthropology) from Moi University, Kenya.
Human behavioral ecology/adaptation, Generosity, Cooperation, Land Governance, and Religion
My research focuses on the changing land tenure systems in Kenya and explores the potential interruption of the social network of sharing and cooperation among the Maasai community in Kenya. My fieldwork will be in the Maasai inhabited counties of Baringo, Kajiado, Laikipia, Nakuru and Narok, in the Rift Valley region of Kenya. The Maasai people are a community that used to have an elaborate communal land-management system that involved rotating pastures seasonally and geographically throughout the year to preserve both grass and water for their livestock. Their social network mechanisms that sustained their pastoral lifestyle seem to be disoriented as a result of changed land policies in Kenya.