I am an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Franklin & Marshall College's Department of Earth & Environment. Previously, I worked at McGill University's Institute for the Study of International Development as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Governance. I received my Ph.D. and M.A. in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Chicago, and my B.A. in anthropology and English from Columbia University.
I am an environmental anthropologist whose research focuses on the relationship between environmental change, economic development, and indigenous livelihoods. My current scholarship uses ethnography to understand the role that climate change plays in everyday life in Peru and the Maldives. Specifically, I am engaged in three major research projects that each aim to answer the following question: How does the global phenomenon of climate change frame local concepts of territorial attachment as communities face key decisions about development?
My current book project, Investing in Indigeneity: Development and the Politics of Abundance in Peru, poses these questions in the southern Peruvian Andes, where droughts and diminished agricultural prospects have both spurred environmentally conscious development programs and pushed people to seek new mining jobs. A second book project for which I have begun fieldwork is called Climate Change Counterpoint: Life After Development in Peru and the Maldives. There, I juxtapose Peru and the Maldives. I inspect the tensions that emerge as highland and island communities consider the tantalizing promises of emissions-intensive expansion, in two countries that are seeing rapid economic growth. My newest project is the F&M Environmental Migration Lab. It engages students in digitally mapping narratives of migration from people who have come to the US due at least in part to the impacts of climate change.
My research has been supported by the Mellon Foundation Hanna Holborn Gray Advanced Fellowship in the Humanistic Social Sciences at the University of Chicago, the Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the Inter-American Foundation, the University of California-Irvine Institute for Money, Technology, and Financial Inclusion, a grant for preliminary research from the Social Science Research Council, the University of Chicago Center for Latin American Studies, and support for Quechua language study from a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship.