Fred is interested in the political and economic anthropology and history of the Middle East and the eastern Mediterranean, especially Jordan. He completed his PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge in 2021 before commencing a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the LSE in September 2022. His research focuses on questions of political and moral economy, history, colonialism, social categorisation and protest. He initially studied Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Oxford, and Anthropology, and later completed an MA at SOAS.
His research at the LSE, mentored by Yazan Doughan, considers the intersection of anti-corruption discourses with those of water scarcity in regional environmental justice movements.
Fred conducts fieldwork in and around Madaba in Central Jordan. His dissertation, entitled Unsettling Times: land, political economy and protest in the Bedouin villages of Central Jordan, is a study of Bedouin identity and politics in a time of mass-migration, economic uncertainty and unrest. It focuses ethnographically on the experiences of young Bedouin men in rural areas south of the capital, struggling to find a social and economic niche, and in many cases taking part in new forms of rural protest movements, articulating disquiet in the face of various imagined social, political and economic futures. I also trace, at a larger level, the role of colonial and post-colonial nation-building, regimes of land ownership, bureaucracy and nationalised culture in reproducing categories of Bedouin, tribe and tribal law in Jordan. Drawing on histories of nation- and nationality-building, as well as Late Ottoman, colonial and developmental drives towards sedenterisation and land settlement, the work reconsiders the category of Bedouin and ideas of a separate, marginal tribal sphere of politics and traditional authority, and the ways these are deployed in contemporary Jordan. Fred has also worked as a school history teacher and in public policy.