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Kali Rubaii earned her PhD in Anthropology from University of California, Santa Cruz and her BA in International Relations from University of California, Davis.
Specialization: anti-colonial and feminist security studies, ecologies of war, death and temporality, anthropology of material things, spatial politics, forensic ethnography, corporate accountability, health justice, Middle East.Dr. Rubaii is a cultural anthropologist who studies the materiality of structural violence, especially ecological arrangements between living and nonliving things. Her most recent project explores the ecological impacts of less-than-lethal counterinsurgency in Iraq. Her book project, Counterinsurgency: The Ecology of Coercion, examines how displaced Anbari farmers in Iraq survive war-made landscapes designed to preclude possibilities for organized resistance. Working through five modes of coercion (preemption, divide-and-conquer, suspense, abstraction, and counter-resurgence), this ethnography follows militarized relations among humans, ghosts, plants, animals and molecular agents. Her next ethnographic project approaches the corporate-military enterprise of cement production in post-invasion Iraq, and how the cement industry enforces global regimes of race, class, and extraction.