Kara Sheppard

Kara Sheppard


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My research explores how young people in rural Tanzania are fashioning themselves as educated subjects, using ethnographic methods. Drawing on the growing body of work on education and identity within the field of development studies and anthropology, the research is premised on the idea that rather than there being a generalised ‘educated identity’ the production and performance of identities, while patterned, varies across time and space. Particular attention will be given to the performance of gender through educated identities.


I am currently a PhD Researcher with the School of International Development at UEA. I am the recipient of a SeNSS 1+3 studentship. My doctoral research is an 18-month ethnographic study exploring the production and performance of educated identities in rural Tanzania.

I have an Undergraduate degree in International Development and a Master's degree in Social Science Research Methods.