Two of the greatest challenges that humans face in the 21st century are increasing socio-economic inequality and the inequitable distribution of vital natural resources. My research investigates how humans understand and respond to these challenges, specifically within the context of market capitalism. I draw on anthropological theories of culture, economy, and ecology to ethnographically investigate (a) cultural understandings of economy and environment; (b) how people imagine and enact alternative (non-capitalist and hybrid) economies; and (c) how alternative economic practices allow people to acquire and manage scarce resources, especially water. I am also an anthropological methodologist, with a focus on innovating ethnographic and qualitative methods.
As an enthusiastic and experienced teacher, my primary teaching foci include supporting diverse students; research methods training; pedagogy and practice of diverse teaching modalities (including online); experiential learning (undergraduate research experiences, study abroad); and citizen science projects. I also teach courses and workshops on Qualitative Data Analysis for professional researchers and graduate students as part of the National Science Foundation-funded Research Methods in Anthropology training program and Arizona State University's Institute for Social Science Research.