I am an anthropologist with interest in health, food justice, and social inequality. I am currently researching a maternal/child nutrition policy called "La Ventana de Los Mil Dias" (the first 1000 days of life), which entails collaboration with health and development experts in Guatemala. My previous project traced the emergence of obesity in the Guatemalan highlands. I have longterm interest in translational medicine, the racialized and gendered figurations of "the body" in health sciences, and the methods of feminist anthropology.
I hold a PhD from New York University; a Masters in Latin American Studies from Stanford University; and undergraduate degrees in Human Biology and Anthropological Sciences from Stanford University. I was raised at the edge of wilderness on a remote island in Alaska (part of one of the last state-supported homesteads in the US; an experience that has shaped my lifelong interest in urbanization, development, and the violence of settler colonialism). Before joining the faculty at OSU, I spent seven years at the University of Amsterdam. My first book, "The Weight of Obesity," was published by California Press.