I am a Ph.D. candidate in cultural anthropology in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. As an ethnographer and economic anthropologist, my research investigates how people adapt to structures of power and inequality in economic systems. My work to date has explored three avenues of inquiry: (1) cultural understandings of the economy (2) how people imagine and enact alternative economies and (3) how alternative and diverse economies allow people to secure livelihood, acquire fundamental resources (e.g. water and food), and strive for social change. My work in these areas has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Arizona State University, and has appeared in World Development, the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, and Community Development Journal. My current research, based in Cape Town, South Africa, examines how entrepreneurs across South Africa's economic landscape are attempting to develop new economic realities in the context of the country's incomplete post-apartheid economic transformation.
While my research is rooted in anthropology, I have been trained in a wide array of social science research methods, and I am passionate about the exchange of methodological expertise across disciplines through research and publication on research methods themselves. My methodological research on qualitative text analysis has appeared in Human Organization and the International Journal of Qualitative Research. I also teach ethnographic field methods and qualitative data analysis to professional researchers, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates as part of the National Science Foundation-supported Research Methods in Anthropology training programs and Arizona State University's Institute for Social Science Research.