Skyler Hawkins

Thesis title

Traversing the Personal and the Political: an Ethnographic Study of Progressive Women in North Carolina Politics

Research project

 Skyler Hawkins

Based on research during 2016 and early 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina, with a group of left-leaning, female elected officials and well-known community leaders, mostly women of colour, my ethnographic project seeks to analyse how women work, interact and are understood in the modern, American political environment. Conducting research during the high stress and stakes of the 2016 election cycle, I felt it was a unique time to examine the lived experiences of women in political roles, and I saw the diverse and complex landscape of North Carolina politics as fertile ground on which to do so. Through an examination of both local and state political structures, this project engages with elected officials whose work and political careers embody the complicated interplay between representation, governance, race and gender.

Research interests

  • Anthropology of Politics and Governance
  • Anthropology of Race and Gender
  • The American South
  • Class, Poverty and Insecurities
  • Feminist Anthropology
  • Gender-Based Violence
  • Visual Methods


  • Prof Peter Wade
  • Dr Angela De Souza Torresan


2014-ongoing: PhD Social Anthropology with Visual Media, University of Manchester

2011-2012: MA Anthropology, Australian National University

2006-2010: BA Women’s and Gender Studies, Government and Australian and New Zealand Studies, Georgetown University



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Twitter: @theanthroofSky