Richard Kernaghan

I received my PhD from Columbia University in 2006 and then served as a visiting fellow at the Yale University Program in Agrarian Studies. Before joining the UF Anthropology Faculty in the fall of 2010, I held a post-doctoral lecturer position at Fordham University. My research examines historical memory and the everyday experience of law in state frontiers where (counter) insurgency and illicit economies overlap. My first book Coca’s Gone (Stanford, 2009) is an ethnography of a post-cocaine boom in a region of Central Peru known as the Upper Huallaga Valley. In it I assess what local narratives of a violent past reveal about processes of law-making at the margins of the state while exploring the potential of ethnography to convey the visceral ambience of threat-laden worlds. I am currently writing about the history of a road for a second book on political belonging and the spatial dimensions of law within in the wake of the encounter between cocaine and the insurrection of the Maoist Shining Path.