My research examines how people use different legal, discursive, and representational strategies to engage in debates about transnational mining projects. I have spent a total of 26 months conducting ethnographic field work in the Western highlands and capital city of Guatemala.
I hold a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan, and am currently an Instructor in the Department of Modern Languages, Anthropology, and Geography at Southeast Missouri State University.
I also hold a Master of Arts in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors in Latin American Studies, Anthropology, and Spanish, both from the University of Michigan. I am fluent in Spanish, and have studied several Mayan languages (K’iche’, Mam, and Sipakapense). I conducted 18 months of doctoral fieldwork in the capital and Western Highlands of Guatemala. I previously conducted fieldwork in San Mateo Ixtatan, Guatemala on photographic self-representation by Maya youth. I have also studied the use of consultas comunitarias — community referendums– to oppose mining projects throughout Latin America. You can read more about my research interests and projects on my Research page.
I’m an avid photographer, and incorporate this interest into my research projects. You can see what kinds of pictures I take for fun, as well as images from my field research and photography workshops on my Photography page.
You can find links to my conference presentations and information about my published articles and those under review on my Publications page.
I believe it is important in anthropology—where ethnographic researchers rely on the generosity of community members—to engage in research projects that are mutually beneficial. To see how I’m engaged with communities in my academic research, please see my Engagement page.
Information about the classes I have designed and taught is on my Teaching page.
My complete CV is available here.