Graduate Students

Hudson McFann
Advisor: D. Asher Ghertner
Degree: Ph.D.
Office: Lucy Stone Hall, Room B-119B
Research Interests: political and historical geography, refugee studies, the politics of humanitarianism, aesthetics, everyday life, archives and the politics of memory, oral history, discard studies, Cambodia



My dissertation project explores the history and legacies of Khao I Dang (1979–93) refugee camp, established by UNHCR in Thailand in the wake of the Cambodian genocide. I am interested broadly in the politics of humanitarian development and, more specifically, in refugee camp planning and design, refugee shelter, refugee education, and family tracing and reunification. My dissertation draws from library and archival research in the U.S., Cambodia, Thailand, Switzerland, France, and England, as well as oral history interviews with former UN officials, relief workers, and Cambodian refugees.

Previous Degrees:

  • M.A., New York University
  • B.A., Ohio State University


  • Ghertner, D.A., H. McFann, and D.M. Goldstein, editors. Futureproof: Security Aesthetics and the Management of Life. Under contract with Duke University Press.
  • McFann, H., and A.L. Hinton. 2018. "Impassable Visions: The Cambodia to Come, the Detritus in its Wake." In A Companion to the Anthropology of Death, edited by A.C.G.M. Robben, 223–235. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • McFann, H. 2014. "Humans-as-Waste." In Discard Studies Compendium, edited by M. Liboiron, M. Acuto, and R. Nagle. Discard Studies blog.
  • Huy S., H. McFann, and K. Path. 2014. "Memories of Forced Transfer." In The Forced Transfer: The Second Evacuation of People During the Khmer Rouge Regime, Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts and the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), 28–29. Phnom Penh: DC-Cam.


  • Senior Fellowship, Center for Khmer Studies (2017–2018)
  • Presidential Fellowship, Rutgers University (2013–2014, 2016–2018)
  • Graduate Fellowship in Arts & Aesthetics, Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University (2016–2017)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2011–2016)
  • Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education (2015) – Declined
  • M.A. Degree Representative, Class of 2013, NYU Gallatin
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowship, IIE / U.S. Department of State (2010–2011)
  • Best Poster, 15th ENRGHI Conference, Geography Institute of Paris (2010)
  • Provost's Distinguished Senior Award, Ohio State University (2010)
  • Beinecke Scholarship (2009)

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