Advisor: Dorothy Hodgson and Peter Guarnaccia
Program: Cultural Anthropology (CITE)
Dunstan Matungwa, a Ph.D. Candidate in the CITE program, holds an M.A. in Anthropology from Rutgers University as well as an M.A. and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Broadly, his research interest is to understand how people negotiate social, cultural, political and economic relations, structures and processes that mediate their lives to produce precarity, suffering and ill health. While paying attention to liberal and non-liberal forms of agency, he studies how people shape and are shaped by these relations, structures and processes as well as their resulting forms of subjectivities. His dissertation research is an ethnography that explores non-client, female-centered social relations and networks among women who sell sex in Tanzania to examine their economic, political, social, and emotional significance. In this research, he asks: what motivates women to engage in selling sex? With whom, how, and why do women who sell sex develop different forms of social relations and networks? What are the “forms of power” or “infrapolitics” that arise from these social relations and networks and how can they be understood? How do women who sell sex draw on these social relations, networks and the resulting forms of power to negotiate gendered stigma, respectability and gendered economic inequality? Prior to doctoral study, he taught at the University of Dar es Salaam and later worked with the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in Mwanza, Tanzania, where he is tenured as a Research Scientist.