George Paul Meiu is assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Meiu’s research and teaching interests focus on sexuality and gender; kinship and belonging; citizenship and the state; race and ethnicity, and the political economy of postcolonial Africa. In his book, Ethno-erotic Economies: Sexuality, Money, and Belonging in Kenya (University of Chicago Press, 2017), Meiu explores how the tourist commodification of ethnic sexuality shapes collective identity and relations of age, gender, and kinship in Kenya. Combining ethnographic and historical methods, he investigates how young Samburu men brand their ethnic identity through colonial images of the "primitive," sexual warrior, in order to initiate intimate relationships with European women, acquire wealth, and build futures. He also explores the multifaceted outcomes of ethnic and sexual commodification with a focus on ritual, politics, and everyday life in Samburu. Currently, Meiu is working on a second book, entitled Rescuing Sex: Intimacy and the Rehabilitation of Citizenship in Kenya, addressing a growing trend that involves political and religious leaders, non-governmental organizations, and the citizenry in securing sexuality from the so-called “perversions of globalization.” His work appeared in the American Ethnologist, Ethnos, Anthropology Today, the Canadian Journal of African Studies, and in edited volumes on tourism, sexuality, and the history of anthropology. Meiu holds a PhD and an MA in anthropology from the University of Chicago and a BA in anthropology from Concordia University in Montreal.