Anthropology
Assistant Professor
md3605@columbia.edu

My work engages with a range of anthropological, philosophical and literary debates about religion, personhood, the human senses and their technological extensions. My first book project The Charismatic Gymnasium: pneuma and extension in contemporary Brazil centers on a form of Catholic Charismatic revivalism in contemporary urban São Paulo, Brazil (forthcoming with Duke University Press). A second project in progress is dedicated to thinking impasse as a condition intrinsic, though not exclusive, to neoliberal governance. Focusing on Portugal during and after the 2008 financial crisis, this second project is an attempt at theorizing from spaces of tension and performative paradox in ways that make decision-though not governance- difficult or impossible. My academic articles have appeared in Current Anthropology, Critical Inquiry, Journal of Culture and Religion, Anthropological Theory, Social Analysis, Scapegoat, Social Text and E-Flux. My ethnographic work has been supported by Foundation for Science and Technology Lisbon, Forum for Transregional Studies, Berlin, ICI-Berlin, and Rework: Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History, at Humboldt University in Berlin.