Kari B. Henquinet
- Director, Peace Corps Master's International Programs
- Director, Peace Corps Prep Program
- Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences
- PhD, Michigan State University, 2007
- MA, Anthropology, Michigan State University, 2003
- BA, Interdisciplinary Studies, Wheaton College, 1996
Areas of Specialization
Gender, Women’s Rights and Household Livelihoods in Niger
I apply my ethnographic experience and training as a West Africa area studies specialist in the study of gender relations and women’s rights by examining prominent transnational aid institutions in Niger. This research highlights: 1) changes in gender roles and access to resources connected to material and religious change in the Maradi Region, 2) ways in which women’s rights, gender, and class are understood and applied in development programs and among aid recipients, and 3) discourses of women’s rights and Islamic family law in the Maradi Region and in Niger. I extend this work with my students by teaching undergraduate courses in international development, African Studies, and anthropology, and by working closely with graduate students conducting research using ethnography and examining topics such as social vulnerability and gender issues.
Historical Roots of North American Evangelical Aid and Development
Using archival data and oral histories, I use the case of World Vision in the 1950s and 1960s to look at roots of private voluntary evangelical relief and development work in an age of the “development consensus” and large-scale state-directed development. The three papers I am developing focus on: 1) the convergence and divergence of early World Vision with U.S. work abroad in the Cold War, highlighting the common notion of remaking vulnerable Third World Subjects and nations, yet distinct evangelical approaches to social change; 2) evangelical interpretations of and responses to global suffering with emphasis on temporal and ethical frames and tensions; and 3) the use of child sponsorship as a successful fundraising tool in World Vision, which triggered emotional and moral responses in North American evangelical donors. I integrate this expertise in my teaching and advising of Peace Corps and study abroad students as we examine the historical context of U.S. engagements abroad and development institutions.
Disaster Risk Reduction and Social Vulnerability
As an anthropologist, I have contributed to several collaborative, interdisciplinary projects on disaster risk reduction. In El Salvador working with a geologist, we have examined social and geophysical vulnerability in a disaster relocation program. With a geologist and geographer, we are currently analyzing data from Cayambe Volcano in Ecuador to assess disaster risk and develop a rapid assessment model for cases of volcanic unrest at understudied, infrequent but potentially active volcanoes. I have also co-advised one geology student who researched disaster risk in rural El Salvador, and currently advise another student in Jamaica.
Cross-cultural and Service-Learning Student Experiences
My own transformational experiences through guided cross-cultural and service-oriented immersion as a student have sparked a passion to continue to develop these kinds of programs for my students. As Director of Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) and Peace Corps Prep, I coordinate campus-wide efforts to prepare our students for international service and for careers as global leaders in their fields. I also advise students in the Pavlis Honors College who are interested in community service and direct the Community Ambassadors program to build linkages between Michigan Tech and the local community through volunteer work. I teach courses preparing students for cross-cultural immersion and project work. I am currently analyzing data to better understand our students’ experiences and development in Peace Corps, using qualitative interviews and student work.
Links of Interest
Areas of Expertise
- International/transnational development
- Faith-based development
- Human rights
- Global service learning
- African studies (Niger)
- Henquinet, Kari B. (2018) American World Visions of Vulnerability: the Sacred, the Secular, and Roots of Evangelical American Aid. Research in Economic Anthropology 38: 199-222. Read more
- Baziari, Fahimeh M; Kari B Henquinet; Molly A Cavaleri (2017). Understanding Farmers' Perceptions and the Effects of Shea (Vitellaria paradoxa) Tree Distribution in Agroforestry Parklands in the Upper West Region, Ghana. Agroforestry Systems 1-14. Read More
Henquinet, Kari B. (2017). Book review of AIDS and Masculinity in the African City: Privilege, Inequality, and Modern Manhood. Robert Wyrod. Oakland: University of California Press, 2016. American Ethnologist 44(4):713-714.
- Henquinet, Kari B. (2017). Women’s Rights and Transnational Aid Programs in Niger: The Conundrums and Possibilities of Neoliberalism and Legal Pluralism. In Human Rights Encounter Legal Pluralism. Eva Brems, Giselle Corradi and Mark Goodale, eds. Oxford: Hart Publishing. Read More
- Henquinet, Kari B. (2016) Production of Knowledge: International Development Agencies: Sahelian West Africa. In Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Suad Joseph, ed. Leiden: Brill. Read More
- Henquinet, Kari B. (2016). Cultivating Empathy in University-Peace Corps Partnerships. International Educator (Jan/Feb). Read More
- Henquinet, Kari. (2016). Humanitarian Engineering. Michigan Tech Magazine 53(1):12-13. Read More
Henquinet, Kari B. (2018). The Karamoja Balance: Where wives plant crops and husbands learn nutrition. Worldview Magazine, Spring Issue. https://issuu.com/peacecorpsconnect/docs/wv_spring_2018
- Bowman, Luke J. and Kari B. Henquinet. (2015). Disaster risk reduction at San Vicente (Chichontepec) Volcano, El Salvador: toward understanding social and geophysical vulnerability. Journal of Applied Volcanology 4(14):1-18. Read More
- Henquinet, Kari B. (2014). “Reformulating Participation in Nigerien Development Programs: An Examination of Conflicting Messages Concerning Gender and Class.” In Beyond The Boundaries: Toyin Falola and the Art Of Genre-Bending. Nana Amponsah, ed. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press. Read More
- Henquinet, Kari Bergstrom. (2013). “Translating Women's Rights in Niger: What Happened to the ‘Radical Challenge to Patriarchy?’” In Worlds of Human Rights: The Ambiguities of Rights Claiming in Africa. Bill Derman, Anne Hellum, and Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, eds. Leiden: Brill. Read More
- Henquinet, Kari Bergstrom. (2007). “The Rise of Wife Seclusion in Rural South-Central Niger.” Ethnology 46(1):57-80.
- Bergstrom, Kari. (2002). “Legacies of Colonialism and Islam for Hausa Women: An Historical Analysis, 1804 to 1960.” WID Working Paper 276. East Lansing, MI: Women and International Development, Michigan State University. Read More
- Research Excellence Fund Scholarship & Creativity Grant, Michigan Technological University, Summer and Fall 2012. Principle Investigator. Funded $5300 for field work on project “Evangelicals and Global Poverty after WWII: Bob Pierce?s Encounters with Global Poverty 1947-1967.”
- Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grant, U.S. Department of Education, funded dissertation field research in Niger on “Foreign Aid and Gender in Niger: A Study of Local Interactions with Gender Policies in Transnational Aid Institutions,” 2003-2004.
2018 “Time, Ethical Self-Formation, and Making Meaning of Suffering in Early World Vision Humanitarianism.” In panel “Ethical Self-Making in Social Justice and Humanitarianism: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue in the Anthropology of Ethics” co-sponsored by Anthropology of Religion and Comparative Religious Ethics Units for the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Denver, November
2018 “Global Learning through Local Engagement in University Communities.” Co-presenter Parijata Prabhakara. NAFSA Region V Conference, Schaumburg, IL, October
- 2018 “Towards a Social Science Framework for Assessing and Preparing Communities and Authorities on Unrestful Volcanoes: A Case Study at Cayambe Volcano, Ecuador.” Co-authored presentation with Julie Morin, Luke Bowman, and Kari Henquinet. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, New Orleans, April
- 2016 “Exploring Roots of Neoliberal and Faith-Based Development: Evangelical Christians and Modernization Theorists in Wartime Korea and Vietnam.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, November
- 2016 “Designing Curriculum to Enhance Experiential Learning Abroad.” NAFSA Annual Conference, Presentation for Poster Session Enhancing Learning Before, During, and After Education Abroad. Denver, CO, June
- 2014 “Child Sponsorship, Saving Lives, and Fundraising: Sharing the Face of Suffering with Mid-20th Century Evangelical America.” American Anthropological Association 2014 Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., December
- 2013 “Engaging Mid-20th Century Liberalisms: World Vision and Neo-evangelical Private Voluntary Aid Abroad.” American Anthropological Association 2013 Annual Meeting, Chicago, November
- 2013 “Roots of Neo-evangelical Development Institutions and Visions of Modernity: The Case of World Vision (1950-1967).” Society for Applied Anthropology 2013 Annual Meeting, Denver, March
- 2009 “Neoliberalism, Gender, and Adaptations of Transnational Aid Organizations in Niger.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, Philadelphia, December
- 2008 “Gender, Neoliberalism, and Adaptations of Transnational Aid Organizations in Niger.” African Studies Association 51st Annual Meeting, Chicago, November
- 2007 “Translating Gender and Rights in Niger: What Happened to the „Radical Challenge to Patriarchy??” American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, Washington, D.C., November
- “Evangelicals and Global Poverty after WWII: Bob Pierce?s Encounters with Global Poverty 1947-1967” explores the rise of American neo-evangelicalism and how, using the case of World Vision and its founder, neo-evangelical understandings of poverty, modernity, and vulnerability converge and diverge with modernization theory and U.S. foreign aid in the post-WWII period.
- “Peace Corps Master’s International Student Cross-Cultural Encounters, Transformative Learning, and Understandings of Culture” draws on literature in study abroad, education, global service learning, and anthropology to examine ways in which Peace Corps students experience dissonance in new cultural contexts and develop understandings of culture. I am interested in when and how their experiences lead to improved understandings of poverty, social problems, and culture, and when these experiences reinforce or enhance ethnocentric views of student-volunteers.
- “Gender, Rights, Development and Islam: Interfaces with Transnational Aid Organizations in Niger” examines translation, reformulation, and rejection of transnational gender and rights-based development interventions. Using CARE and UNICEF as case studies, I explore how personnel, partners, and aid recipients of these organizations reinforce and challenge social norms and hierarchies through constant negotiations with patriarchy, Islam, "tradition," and multiple conceptions of rights. This research is ethnographic, multi-sited, and in the Hausa and French languages.
- HON 4150 - Pavlis Honors College Seminar III
- SS 3961 - Preparing for Cross-Cultural Immersion
- SS 5201 – Cultural Dimensions of International Immersion and Research
- SS 4030 – Senior Seminar in Anthropology
- SS 3910 – Histories and Cultures of Africa
- UN 1025 - Global Issues
- SS 5010 - Development Institutions and Culture
- UN 1001 - Global Poverty (Perspectives on Inquiry First Year Seminar)
- SS 3211 - Ethnographic Methods
- SS 3410 - World Resources and Development
- SS 4010 - Social Science Methods
- SS 2100 - World Peoples and Environments
- SS 3750 - Social Inequality
- ENG 5520 - Sustainable Futures 2 (co-instructor)
- SS 4120 - Anthropology of International Development