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Graduate Student

Mailbox: Turlington Hall Rm 1112, PO Box 117305, Gainesville, FL 32611-7305


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Florida (in progress)
  • M.A., Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island
  • B.A., International Relations, University of Arkansas


Cultural Anthropology


Dr. Chalfin

Research Interests

My research examines the depths and horizons of human entanglements with the sea. For my dissertation, I concentrate on the West African Guinea Current and its attendant “upwelling” of nutrient rich waters off the coast of Ghana. I approach this recurring oceanographic phenomenon as a powerful cultural, ecological and political-economic force that gathers a host of human and non-human actors. Spatial and temporal questions regarding oceanic (im)mobilities, IUU fishing, offshore surveillance and seasonal migrations guide my analysis.

Ecological Anthropology, Maritime Anthropology, Mobility Studies, Law and Policy, Fisheries, Oceanography, Ghana

Selected Publications



Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship
  • National Science Foundation DDIG
  • Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship