Lu, Vivian


Vivian Lu
Grad Status: 
In the Field

My research interests surround the politics of commodity distribution and mercantile work in late capitalism. In particular, my research focuses on the growing networks linking African merchants to production and trade sites of everyday goods - clothes, small electronics, home building materials - in the Middle East and Asia. I am interested in how such African merchant travel forges alternate pathways for class mobility in Nigeria and reconfigures economic potential and migratory constellations amongst the Global South. I studied Anthropology (Ethnic Studies) and African Studies for my B.A. from Columbia University.