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.

Professional Interests

Economic anthropology; political ecology; transnational development; labor; migration; livelihoods; social memory

Geographic Interests

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)

Teaching Experience

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.

Professional Membership

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


Community Service

2013-present    Volunteer (YWCA)

2013-present   Guest Speaker for STEM-based learning (PAST Foundation)


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