Alexandra Coțofană received her PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from Indiana University Bloomington (2018). Her research explores intersections of politics, modernities and ontologies of governing. She earned a BA in Political Sciences (2009) and a MA in Sociocultural Anthropology (2011) from the National School for Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest Romania, as well as a MA in Sociocultural Anthropology from Indiana University Bloomington (2016). Alexandra’s scholarly interests focus on the ontological turn, the study of political elites and ways of governing, as well as magic and the occult as tools for governing, and discursive techniques employed in populist imaginaries to form racial, gender, and political Others. Alexandra is also interested in visual anthropology and documentary film, having worked for the One World Romania Human Rights Film Festival since its first year, and then started the In Light human rights documentary film festival in Bloomington Indiana. Currently, Alexandra’s research, “Governing with Magic. Politics and Labors of the Occult in Romania” analyzes the involvement of Romanian politicians and state administrators before and after 1989 with magic and the occult in their governing, and traces the international political actors that help build discourses on the occult. Alexandra investigates her ethnographic material through a triconceptual lens: (1) Bruno Latour’s hybridity, (2) Michel de Certeau’s heterotopia and (3) Michel Foucault’s governmentality.