Research

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My research centers on community-based and grassroots activism, and the legacies of gender- and race-based discrimination.  Ancillary topics include civic engagement strategies, ethical redevelopment and urban life, visual and art-based methodologies, community health and wellbeing, and the impact of social practice art on movement-building.

As a cultural anthropologist, my passion is people.  How do we make sense of and change the conditions of our lives?  I investigate what shapes our decisions, the structures we live in and how we create connections across our differences.  Below are some of the many topics that I have researched as an academic, as an independent ethnographer and as research director at Ethnologica.

Social movements and social change

Transnational feminism; queer theory; gender and sexuality

Indigenous and grassroots social movements

Media and human rights advocacy

Cross-racial and cross-gender activism

NGOs and civil society

Political imaginaries and nationalism

Access to public education

Health and wellness

Gender-based and intimate partner violence

Health disparities; health system reform; access to health care

Traditional and indigenous healing systems

Environmental stewardship

Embodiment and bodies

Representation

Socially engaged art platforms

Visual politics of violence

Photography

Museum, exhibition and archival practices

Research Methods

Youth-centered research

Participatory action research

Arts-based and visual methods; photo voice and photo elicitation

Phenomenological/sensorial methodologies

Ethnographic fieldwork