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2011-present Ph.D. program in Anthropology, The Ohio State University. Advisor: Jeffrey Cohen, Professor. Committee: Ray Cashman, Associate Professor; Graduate Studies Chair, Center for Folklore Studies; Kendra McSweeney, Associate Professor; Anna Willow, Assistant Professor
2011 M.A. Cultural Anthropology, The Ohio State University. Master’s Thesis: From Gold Mining to the Golden Prisons of Ecotourism Lodges in Madre de Dios, Amazonia Peru; Advisor: Jeffrey Cohen, Professor.
2009 B.A. Anthropology (with Departmental Honors); minor in Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin.
Economic anthropology; political ecology; transnational development; labor; migration; livelihoods; social memory
Andes and Amazonia; Peru; Latin America
Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships
2013 J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship ($44,141)
2013 Office of International Affairs (OIA), The Ohio State University. OIA Travel Grant ($4,300)
2013 Center for Latin American Studies, The Ohio State University/Tinker Foundation. Tinker Field Research Grant ($2200)
2013 Department of Anthropology, The Ohio State University. Elizabeth A. Salt Anthropology Travel Award, OSU ($500)
2013 Society for Economic Anthropology. Travel Award ($650)
2012-2013 U.S. Department of Education, International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE). Foreign Language and Areas Study Fellowship (FLAS) for Intermediate Quechua ($23,000)
2012 Center for Latin American Studies Travel Award, OSU ($1800)
2011-2012 U.S. Department of Education, International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE). Foreign Language and Areas Study Fellowship (FLAS) for Elementary Quechua ($23,000)
2008-2009 The University of Texas at Austin. Walter B. Smith Undergraduate Scholarship ($5,000)
2008 University Co-operative, The University of Texas at Austin. Undergraduate Research Fellowship ($1,000)
2013-present Instructor of Record. The Ohio State University, Department of Anthropology. 4597.01 Cultural Conflict in Developing Nations (Autumn 2013)
Field and Research Experience
2013 Ethnographic research of labor in Amazonia Peru for Ph.D. dissertation (OSU)
2013 Note taker/Transcriber for k-12 grade teacher focus groups (PAST Foundation)
2012 Summer Institute for Research Design in Cultural Anthropology (Duke University Marine Lab, North Carolina)
2010-2011 Graduate research appointment at Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics (OSU)
2010 Ethnographic research of ecotourism in Amazonia Peru for M.A. thesis (OSU)
2009 Ethnographic research of virtual communities for undergraduate thesis (UT)
2008 Independent research on biodiversity and bioacoustics at the Los Amigos Biological Station, Peru (UT)
2006 Mesoamerica Archaeological and Ethnographic Field School in Mexico (ACC)
n.d. (in review) with Jeffrey H. Cohen (advisor). Using Computer-mediated Communication in an Ethnographic Context: Issues and Considerations. Submitted to International Journal of Social Research Methodology.
Invited Paper and Poster Presentations
2010 Andean Literati: The Politics of Ethno-history and Social Memory. Presented at the symposium “Folklore, History, and Memory: Ireland and Beyond.” Invited and sponsored by the Center for Folklore Studies, The Ohio State University, February 19th, 2010, Columbus, Ohio.
Volunteered Paper and Poster Presentations
2013 Gender Habitus and the Cultural Production of Livelihood Disparities in Amazonia Peru. Society for Economic Anthropology Annual Conference, Washington University in Saint Louis. April 11-13, 2013, St. Louis, Missouri.
2012 Ecotourism and Extractive Economies in Madre de Dios, Amazonia Peru. Presented at the 2012 Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference on Nature/Society. The University of Kentucky Political Ecology Working Group, April 13, 2012, Lexington, Kentucky-Columbus, Ohio (via videoconference).
2012 Co-author with Jeffrey Cohen: Climate Change, Drought and Migration Decision-Making in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca, Mexico. The American Anthropological Association Annual Conference. November 15, 2012, San Francisco, California.
2010-present Society for Economic Anthropology
2010-present American Anthropological Association
2009-present The Graduate Students of Anthropology Association
2007-2009 University of Texas Anthropological Society
2006-2009 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
University Service and Activities
2013-present Diversity Committee Representative
2010-present Undergraduate Anthropology Mentor
2013-present Volunteer (YWCA)
2013-present Guest Speaker for STEM-based learning (PAST Foundation)