Native North America/Southeast Alaska (Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian). Dispossession, climate change, place and storywork, sacred objects, oral history.
Native North America/Southeast Alaska (Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian). Dispossession, climate change, place and storywork, sacred objects, oral history.
East Asia - China. Political and legal anthropology, linguistic anthropology, ideology, state, sovereignty, bureaucracy, urban space, infrastructure; migrant petitioners.
Caribbean - Puerto Rico; Latin America - Mexico/Chile. Colonialism, statecraft, geography, boundary, global capitalism, social production of space and collective relationship to place, the aesthetics and politics of dispute.
Latin America - Colombia. Political anthropology and anthropology of law, STS; political economy, accountability, and violence; forensics, criminal justice/responsibility; corporations, corporate power, capital; law and aesthetics. "Criminal Enterprise: Forensics and the Reproduction of Corporate Power as Crime in Colombia." Previous Project (SJD dissertation Harvard Law School): "Conviction by Design: Remaking Criminal Responsibility at the Nuremberg Trials."
Middle East - Palestine. Techno-scientific capitalism, geopolitics of energy production, political ecology, political economy; renewable electrification of Palestine.
(joint w/CHSS) USA - Sci/Tech. Astronomy and the geosciences; the search for habitable worlds; redefinitions of life and living amidst climate crisis; imaging practices; just futures; speculative fiction. Pronouns: she/hers.
USA. Performance and embodiment, blackness and the diaspora, American fantasy, queer theory. "Ordinary Queens: Blackness, Queerness, and the Search for the Good Life."
(Arch) USA. Archaeology of the contemporary, urban abandonment and reuse; Detroit. "Race, Historicity and the Built Environment in Detroit."
Middle East - Turkey (Izmir & Aliaga). Materiality, labor, bodies, toxicity, value-transformation, environmental justice. Specific focus on scrap metal recycling factories and their surrounding residential areas.
Central & Eastern Europe - Georgia & Poland. Post-socialist transformations; politics of market places, commodification, and consumerism; global and (trans)national regimes of safety regulation; anthropology of risk, security, and trust; gender, regimes of care, and the politics of the public/private divide. "The Problem of Trust: Food Safety Regulatory Reform and Emergent Ethical Authorities in Contemporary Tbilisi, Georgia."
(Arch) West Africa - Mali. Hidden inequalities of heterarchical societies in Iron Age West Africa, bioarchaeological analysis.
Germany & Central Europe, North Africa, Middle East. Perceptions of criminality and criminal embodiment viewed through a raciolinguistic lens. Music as signifying criminality in various languages; gendered politics of criminality -- what looks and sounds criminal in a given place.
Mexican/US Borderlands - Tijuana. Northern Mexico: The making and unmaking of a region; cities, city-dwellers, and urbanity in ethnography; social decomposition. "Invasive Urbanity Across the Mexican Post-Post-Revolution."
USA - Legal/political. American conservative public interest law, semiotics, historical conditions that make litigation possible, how public interest law may alter relations among law, the state and the public.
East African Rock Art. African Great Lakes Region: Lake Victoria & Tanzanian Southern Highlands. Community archaeology; ethnography and oral history as evidence for interpreting rock art; contemporary ritual practices at rock art sites; community-based collaborative rock art interpretation; community-based rock art heritage management; rock art archiving practices.
Latin America - Colombia (Amero). Materiality, landscapes, disaster, ruination and temporality.
(Arch) USA - Louisiana (New Orleans); French Caribbean - Haiti. Labor and subjectification, urban landscapes, built environment; material culture; craftsmanship, urban experience; loss, displacement, belonging. "Crafting Community: Race, Creative Labor, and Everyday Aesthetics in the Creole Faubourgs of New Orleans, 1790-1896."
USA - New Mexico/Greater Chaco Region. Oil and gas extraction; energy and environment; critical Indigenous studies and settler colonialism; queer theory; technoscience; jurisdiction; sovereignty; atmosphere; climate change. "Land, Law, and Extraction in the Greater Chaco Region: An Ethnography of Jurisdiction."
(Arch) USA - Mid-Atlantic. Urban archaeology, archaeology of diaspora, historical capitalisms, constructions of heritage, memory, public archaeology.
(Arch) Northwest China (Bronze Age). Cultural frontier regions (the Gansu/Hexi Corridor); a study of temporality from the perspective of subsistence practices - utilizing zooarchaeology & paleosoil records.
(Arch) Africa - Egypt/Nubia, Gebel Barkal, Sudan. State Power: ideology, religion and material culture; Archaeology of Ideology: iconography, landscape and ritual. "In the Houses of the Ram and the Lion: Religious Displays of Political Subjectivity in the Kushite Temples of Amun and Apedemak."
Egypt, Coptic Christians (claim to pre-Arab/Islamic roots in Egypt). Racialization of Islam, empire and colonialism, transnational racial identity formations, crtical race theory; Coptic nationalism.
USA - Urban and suburban Chicago and virtual. Service dog training for U.S. vetrans; anthropology of ethics and the ordinary; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and trauma.
(Arch) Mongolia; Inner Asia. Prehistory of Mongolia and the eastern Eurasian steppe; the Xiongnu and steppe empires, mobile pastoralism, bioarchaeological and zooarchaeological methods and theory; multispecies ethnography, human-animal studies, materiality. "Imperial Body-Politic(s): Human-Animal Relationships of the Xiongnu Empire at Elst Ar, Central Mongolia."
USA - Texas/Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin. Technoscience, liberalism & neo-liberalism, energy & environment, political economy, temporality & historicity, aesthetics. "Reinventing the Earth: The Global Shale Frontier and the Experimental Moment in Petrocapitalism."
Southeast Asia - Singapore. Media, creativity, semiotics, materiality, globalization, textuality.
Scandinavia - Denmark/Copenhagen. Anthropology of design; cultural politics of energy transition; ethics and aesthetics of green urbanism; political ecology of infrastructure; welfare statecraft; Denmark. "Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow: Copenhagen, Eco-Metropolis."
Latin America - Colombia. Ancestral and forensic genomics, anthropology of history and temporality, decolonial and postcolonial Science and Technology Studies, biopolitics, transitional justice and post-conflict development, genealogies of materialism.
(Arch) East Asia - Japan. Material aspects of Western interaction with early modern Japan (the Dutch at Dejima); Commodities and materiality, cultural property management and tourism; value and commensuration, feasting, early modern globalization and commerce, sociality of economic transactions, alterity. "Dejima: An Archaeology of Intercultural Commerce in Early Modern Japan."
Intuition; science and the human sensorium; technoscientific imaginaries; uncertainty and nonknowledge; governance; techniques of the body. United States.
South Asia - Tamil-speaking Sri Lanka. Materiality and affect, history and historicities, aesthetics and politics, images and publics, Islam, the 'secular' and 'religious'.
(Arch) (joint w/ EALC) East Asia - China. Shang China, Erligang, agriculture.
(jt w/Divinity/Anthropology and Sociology of Religions). Islam in Europe, knowledge transmission and reception, the relationship between faith and reason, anthropology and theology, transnational religion, secularism, imagination and the senses.
Caribbean - Jamaica; Middle East - Israel/Palestine. Police and policing, colonial modernity, law and vengeance, state and kinship, consciousness. "Freedom Arrested: Policing after Slavery and the Promise of Abolition." Previous project: "Inappropriate Acts: Law and Violence on Israel's Colonial Frontier."
Mexico - Southwest United States, Latin America. Digital colonialism, decolonial feminist STS, extractivism, Borderlands theory, historicity, narrativity, cybernetics, computer science, information, energetic flows, spirituality, ethics, embodiment and sense, mobilities.
US Southwest (Imperial Valley, California): Environmental anthropology; new/historical materialisms, the desert, temporality/theories of the end of time, toxic threat, the body, waste, modern ruins, post-apocalyptic tourism, the Hollywood film industry, the Frankfurt School.
Latin America - Mexico. Urban and semi-urban areas; violence, media, politics; crime and its mediations; gender and sexuality.
Western Europe; USA; Afghanistan. Landscape Studies; Media Studies; Architectural Theory; Remote Sensing; History of Cartography; History and Anthropology of Knowledge; History and Anthropology of Science and Technology.
South Asia - India. Medical anthropology, STS, capitalism, globalization, global health; public-private partnerships, outsourced clinical trials in public health infrastructure.
(Arch) Latin America - Argentina. Contemporary ethnoarchaeolgy, mortuary monuments, material sources and oral/textual counterparts, practices of resistance. Assemblages of memories curated by loved ones of those who were disappeared during Argentina's "Dirty War."
South Asia - Pakistan. Television news production, privatized media, democracy, mediation, sensationalism, South Asian public culture. "Sab Drama Hai/'It's all Drama': The Politics of Producing Publicity in Pakistan."
Caribbean - Puerto Rico; Europe - Germany. U.S. Politics of blockchain technology, decentralization and peer-to-peer economy movements; data, value, personhood, subjectivity, (non)sovereignty; geopolitics and geopoetics; theories of nature and evolution; political and economic anthropology, ethics, translation.
USA - Urban. Social-media fueled activism; narratives of power/disempowerment generated by marginalized communities; politicized use of media, political activism, violence; Charleston, SC; Black Lives Matter.
USA - South. Anthropology of time and historical consciousness, political anthropology especially nationalism and identity, the ontological turn, landscape and space, phenomenology, subjectivity, anthropology and history.
South Asia - Pakistan (Karachi). Legal anthropology, national law and its relation to marginalization and criminalization of ethnic identities; migrant experiences of the state and law in both rural and urban spaces; Karachi Central Prison, criminalizing rural migrants, socializing migrants into citizens.
urban China (Beijing); material culture; secondhand and used commodity exchange; consumption; aesthetics; oldness and usedness; popular religion; popular culture
Middle East - Israel. Political anthropology, critical geography, urban anthropology, refugee studies, post-conflict studies. "Blueprints of the Nation: Planning Space, Rights, and Refugee Return in Palestine-Israel."
West Africa, Mexico, Central America. Postcolonial archaeology, community-based research, activist research methods.
Middle East - Egypt. Identity/subjectivity, gender and sexuality, refugees and migrants, ethnography of queer subjectivities and marginalization in Egypt.
Southeast Asia - Singapore. The Port of Singapore; logistics, security, surveillance, visual art, visual anthropology. Port facilities, terminals, management science and the practice of logistics, networked flows, emphasis on flows vs border and encounters.
Europe - Germany/Austria/Czech Republic. Language and technology, semiotics, politics of the Internet, Pirate Parties, "Anonymous" and anonymity, "trolls" and trolling. "Engineering Contemporary Politics: Pirate Parties and Technical Work in the Czech Republic."
(MD/PhD) Horn of Africa/Indian Ocean. Landscape, borders, mobility.
Life of cultural forms and categories; ideologies of childhood and animality; dynamics of stigmatization; techniques of the body; visual culture and non-textual archives; memory and identity; historical anthropology; ethnographic methods; contemporary India; history of Southern India.
Anglophone Caribbean (Bahamas); US. Anthropology of museums; animal studies; post-colonialism; exchange; political ecology; zoological instituions. "Moving Animals: Multi-species Curation and Environmental Stewardship in Bahamian Contexts."
Latin America, the Caribbean, Dominican Republic. Anarchism, Afro-latinidad and the politics of Afro-latinx identity; immigration, diaspora, and the politics of mobility; intersubjectivity, solidarity; representation in media and popular culture; independent media production; documentary film and ethnographic filmmaking; Performance Studies, Ethnic Studies, Black Studies, Critical Race Theory.
Middle East - United Arab Emirates. Political legitimacy and authority; exchange relations; citizenship.
Middle East – Iran, Iraq, Levant. South Asia. Urban and historical anthropology, heritage, sacred space, architecture, religious identity, Islamic modernity, Shia Islam, transnationalism, pilgrimage, tourism, political economy, petrocapitalism, urban renewal, gentrification.
South Asia - India. History of labour and the left in South Asia: transnational borrowings, Marxisms; political economy; Dalit politics, theorizing caste, capital and state, ideology and performance.
(joint w/ Cinema Media Studies) South Asia - India. Linguistic anthropology & film studies. The Bhojpuri-speaking region of North India, the film industry, semiotics of film.
Borders, National security, Homeland security, Migration, Governance, Global capital and Commodity flows, Human Rights regimes, Policing, Infrastructure, Bureaucracy, Violence, Nationalism, Imperialism and Colonialism, Environment, Political Economy, Geography, Critical Theory, Critical Race Theory, U.S. and North America, Mexico.
North America. Art activism and social movement cultural production, material and visual culture studies, aesthetic and social theory; political economy and creative labor. "'Be the Change You Want to See': New York City Art Activism and the Prefiguration of a Post-Capitalist World."
(Arch) Britain: Middle Ages/Early Modern. Circulation of affect through material form (especially architecture/small churces in the English countryside) repetition and replication of interaction and experience, aesthetics, sensory experience of space/spatial layout.
(Arch) Latin America - Chile. Archaeology of the South Central Andes; Atacama Desert (Chile); social landscapes; space and place; materiality, architecture; post humanism; technologies. "Transformative Architectures: An Archaeology of Building Practices in the Guatacondo Valley, Atacama Desert (ca 1000 BCE - 500 CE)."
(Arch) Roman archaeology, economic anthropology, materiality, maritime archaeology, the Balkans.
Central and North America. Linguistic anthropology, semiotics, American ethnology and linguistics. "Mayan in Cunén, El Quiché, Guatemala."
USA Urban - Youngstown, OH. The Rustbelt; impoverishment and underclass traditions, waste-markets (scrap, junk, post-occupancy real estate), housing, infrastructural decay, post-waged work, sociality in the sagging city. "Feral Houses, Junk-Work, and Scrap Sociality: An Anthropology of Rustbelt Afterlife."
China. Cultural and linguistic anthropology, translation, semiotic technology, media, nationalism and the state.
Qinghai/Tibet, China. Multi-species ecology, body and landscape, mobilities, animal ethics, semiotic anthropology, Tibetan Buddhism. Production of scientific knowledge through multi-species investigation in China's first national park in Qinghai.