- Dean's Research Associate Postdoctoral Fellow
Ampson Hagan (PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2022) is a medical anthropologist and a Dean's Research Associate Postdoctoral Fellow the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University. Ampson's research focuses on the concept and practice of rescue in humanitarian emergencies in Africa. Ampson's research is concerned with how the humanitarian project of saving/recovering human life from calamity reconciles this objective with its production of idioms of deservingness that decide who deserves rescue and who does not. While refugees are the quintessential object of humanitarian intervention, unauthorized Black African migrants (often called "economic migrants") are not. This research engages and questions the assumption that the rescue of Black African migrants is possible under globalized anti-Blackness and systems of economic (dis)value that produce the very emergencies that Black peoples face.