Assistant Professor

Department of Anthropology
State University of New York-New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive, WSB 236
New Paltz, NY 12561 USA

845-257-2697 (phone)
845-257-2984 (fax)

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I am a cultural anthropologist with specialization in Latin American studies, political anthropology, gender/sexuality studies, and medical anthropology. My primary training, from Emory University, is in socio-cultural anthropology and Brazilian history, culture and politics. I also have a Masters degree in health science from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where I worked for several years as a researcher on HIV prevention among injection drug users. My primary research and writing projects are based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Porto Alegre, Brazil and examine the formation of citizen identity in a city internationally known for its vibrant leftist political landscape and experiments in participatory democracy.

Native to southern California, I attended college at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. In the years since, I have lived in Kyoto (Japan), San Francisco, Rome (Italy), Baltimore, La Paz (Bolivia), Porto Alegre (Brazil), and Atlanta. To keep healthy and sane, I like running, yoga, movies, and playing Bossa Nova, bluegrass, and old timey music on a variety of stringed instruments.