Ryan Cecil Jobson was named a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in 2019. He is a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology and a faculty affiliate of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture and Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago.
As a sociocultural anthropologist, Jobson conducts research on issues of energy, infrastructure, sovereignty, race, and capitalism in the colonial and postcolonial Americas. At present, Jobson is completing his first book manuscript, a historical ethnography of the Caribbean petrostate of Trinidad and Tobago.
His research appears in several outlets including Current Anthropology, The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, and the Social Science Research Council digital forum, Items. He serves on the editorial board of Current Anthropology and is Associate Editor of the journal Transforming Anthropology.
Previously, Jobson served as a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago from 2017-2019. He holds a PhD in Anthropology and African American Studies from Yale University.