Kris Peterson

Cite as:

Okune, Angela. 2018. "Kris Peterson." In STS in "Africa" Personal Careers. In STS in "Africa" in Formation, created by Angela Okune and Aadita Chaudhury. In STS Across Borders Digital Exhibit, edited by Aalok Khandekar and Kim Fortun. Society for Social Studies of Science. August.


Kris Peterson is an Associate Professor in the University of California - Irvine's Department of Anthropology. Her research and writing are concerned with theories of capital and property; “popular” economies, trade, and markets; health, science, and medicine studies; and postcolonial theory. She is especially interested in bringing medical anthropology and science and technology studies in conversation with African Studies and postcolonial iterations of political economy.

This PECE essay helps to answer the STS Across Borders analytic question: “What people, projects, and products exemplify how this STS formation has developed over time?”

This essay highlights prominant and upcoming individuals working on critical science and technology issues in Africa and is part of a broader exhibit on "STS in Africa." This essay is also part of a broader exhibit on STS at UCI Anthro.

STS Across Borders In Brief

STS Across Borders is a special exhibit organized by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) to showcase how the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) has developed in different times, places...Read more

Peterson, Kristin, and Morenike Folayan. 2017. “A Research Alliance: Tracking the Politics of HIV-Prevention Trials in Africa.” Medicine Anthropology Theory | An Open-Access Journal in the Anthropology of Health, Illness, and Medicine 4 (2): 18.

AO: This 2017 article by Kris Peterson and Morenike Folayan studies a research alliance to understand why three trial arms prematurely closed while another was refused approval from the relevant institutional review board. The paper touches on the power and politics of global public-...Read more

2017. "How Nigeria Defeated Ebola."

In this 2017 co-authored post published in the blog "Africa is a Country," Morenike O. Folayan and ...Read more

Kris Peterson on "what attracts you to Nigeria"?

"The biggest thing that attracts me is the incredible tenacity of people to manage and surmount their incredibly challenging circumstances. You don’t find that in many parts of the world. I also love Lagos in spite of all the wahala. The fact that people don’t just survive but thrive here in...Read more

Kris Peterson on "where and how did you get 'conscientised'?"

"I lived in West Germany as an exchange student in a household where the father is Syrian and pro-Middle East; and the mother’s family members were anti-fascist activists in WWII Germany. I was 18 years old and I was living in the U.S. occupied section of West Germany during the Reagan-...Read more

INTERVIEW: How Fake And Substandard Drugs Get To Nigeria – Kristin Peterson

In this interview with Kunle Ajibade of TheNews and PM News in Nigeria, Kris Peterson discusses her book, "Speculative Markets," highlighting the complex layers that make up the Nigerian pharmaceutical markets.Read more