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Tyler Zoanni is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. He is currently finishing a book about disability and personhood in Uganda, while launching new research on the politics of population in Africa. More generally Tyler’s research interests include politics, religion, aesthetics, medical anthropology, and visual anthropology, with a focus on East/Central and Indian Ocean Africa.

Born and raised in rural Montana, Tyler holds a PhD from New York University, a bachelor’s from the University of Chicago, and a master’s from Harvard. Recent publications include edited collections in Cambridge Anthropology and Somatosphere and other articles in Medical AnthropologyCultural Anthropology and Anthropological Quarterly. Tyler’s research and writing have been generously supported by the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation, the Lemelson Foundation/Society for Psychological Anthropology, and New York University.

Tyler is also a filmmaker and holds NYU’s Certificate in Culture and Media. His first film is The Ladies (13 min; Ukrainian with English subtitles; distributed by DER), an observational short evoking the routines of Ukrainian women who for 50 years have gathered to make dumplings for their church.