Jennifer Goett earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently an Assistant Professor of Comparative Cultures and Politics at Michigan State University. Her teaching and research interests include race, gender and feminist theory, social movements, militarization and policing, nationalism and the state, and Afrodescendant politics in Latin America. She has engaged in activist work with Afrodescendant and indigenous communities in Nicaragua and Honduras, focusing on collaborative research and participatory mapping initiatives that aim to secure collective rights to land and natural resources. Her current book project examines the gendered strategies that Afrodescendant women and men use to assert autonomy over their bodies, labor, and spaces in the context of militarization and state violence.