Dr. David Bozzini


I am a political anthropologist. I received my PhD from the University of Neuchâtel in 2011. Before joining the University of Basel in Fall 2016, I was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). 

Before that, I held teaching and research positions at the University of Bern, Lausanne, HETS in Geneva, Leiden University and University of Neuchâtel and Asmara. Since 2010 I have been co-editing Tsantsa, the Journal of the Swiss Anthropological Society.

I am interested in various forms of surveillance and different types of resistance. I had the opportunity to conduct research on these topics in Eritrea, communities in exile and amongst hacker groups and computer security experts.

My research in Eritrea focuses on state governance and surveillance related to compulsory and indefinite military/civilian mobilization. It highlights the complex production of uncertainties and insecurity, fears and the modalities of individual resistance. This work delineates social processes that are both challenging and complicit with state authoritarianism. My research amongst Eritrean deserters in exile focuses on the emotional, social and cultural dimensions of their campaigns against the transnational Eritrean regime. A more recent project explores the politicization of computer scientists and the debates about digital surveillance, online privacy and the deployment of cryptography.

You can find more about me, my work and my publications on my website: 




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