I am an anthropologist with expertise in food studies, medical anthropology, and the social study of science. For the past twenty years I have carried out ethnographic research on the fields of nutrition and public health in Guatemala, resulting in dozens of peer-reviewed publications, an edited volume, and two books. I am starting a new research project that explores cultural memory and nuclear history in South Dakota.
I hold a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology 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 an island in Alaska-- an experience that has shaped my lifelong interest in urbanization, development, and settler colonialism. Before joining the faculty at Oregon State, I spent seven years at the University of Amsterdam.