Research interests: Ecological, Economic and Biocultural Anthropology; Water and Food Insecurity; Institutions; Social Networks; Field Methods
Geographic areas: Latin America (Bolivia, Paraguay, Mexico), United
States (Southwest), China
My research examines how inequity and injustice in social systems produce food and water insecurity; I also study how people cope with resource insecurity--and what happens when they can no longer cope. I am a member of the anthropology faculty at Arizona State University. I am also affiliated with the Global Institute for Sustainability, Center for Global Health, and Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity at ASU. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Florida in Cultural Anthropology with a focus in Tropical Conservation and Development. I was a postdoctoral scholar in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) program and NSF Decision Center for a Desert City.
In the Culture, Health, and Environment Lab, my students and I work together on exciting research at the interface of economic, ecological, and biocultural anthropology. For example, I direct the Global Ethnohydrology Study, a multi-year study of water knowledge and management in 10 countries. In the classroom, I teach Ethnographic Field Methods; Poverty, Social Justice, and Global Health; and Disasters. I also teach in NSF’s programs in research methods in cultural anthropology. I love sharing research discoveries with graduate and undergraduate students and I have been honored to have my teaching recognized as Carnegie CASE Arizona Professor of the Year and with ASU's Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Classroom Performance.