Tyler Zoanni is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at New York University. His research asks: How do people imagine and negotiate human capacity and what is possible in the world? Tyler’s dissertation project explores this question at the intersections of Christianity and disability in Uganda. More generally his research interests include religion and politics, cosmology, the body, medical anthropology, and history and anthropology, in African and other contexts.
Born and raised in rural Montana, Tyler received a BA from the University of Chicago and an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School. Tyler is a filmmaker and holds NYU’s Certificate in Culture and Media. His first film is The Ladies (13 min; Ukrainian with English subtitles), an observational short evoking the routines of Ukrainian women who for 50 years have gathered to make dumplings for their church. Tyler’s research has been generously supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation, the Lemelson Foundation, the Society for Psychological Anthropology, and NYU.