Ekédi Mpondo-Dika is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and a 2016-17 graduate fellow of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University.
She works primarily on emotion, institutions, and poverty. Her dissertation uses ethnography to examine the affective underside of urban poverty and its management by the welfare state: how poor individuals and families cope with the repeated distress of job loss, eviction, incarceration, and violence and what these chronic difficulties do to their intimate bonds; how state and nonprofit agencies influence the material and emotional resources poor people can draw on; and the role that the rising concern of welfare state actors with the mental health of the poor plays in this process.
Before coming to Harvard, Ekédi studied at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, where she majored in Economics with a minor in Sociology. She earned a BA in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Paris 1 Sorbonne and an MA in economics from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales / Paris School of Economics.
Areas of Specialization: Emotions, Institutions, Poverty, Mental Health, Theory, Cultural Sociology, Qualitative Methods
Areas of Competence: Race, Gender, and Class; Quantitative Methods
BA in Economics and Econometrics (2007, Université Paris-1)
MA in Economics (2009, EHESS); Diploma of the École Normale Supérieure in the Social Sciences (2011)