Press Clips

Washington Post: New books set the record straight on the Democratic Republic of Congo

Aug 10, 2022
Every few years, scholars of Congolese politics collectively sigh as yet another news outlet publishes a poorly informed “analysis” of the country and its problems. Whether it’s an argument that government authority is so weak in the Democratic Republic of Congo that the country “does not exist,” a claim that rebels fight for no discernible reason but banditry, or the idea that celebrity engagement can change the region’s trajectory, questionable claims abound.

Los Angeles Review of Books: Anthropocene Gothic

Aug 10, 2022
Dark Scenes from Damaged Earth both reclaims the gothic as an urgently relevant mode of fiction-making and suggests that aesthetic approaches are able to bring us a kind of understanding that scientific studies on their own could not.