As a cultural anthropologist, I explore questions of ecology, international migration, economic development, and social justice.
My interest in the lives of rural people as they become swept into global flows has led me to engage with students and scholars across disciplines who address environmental conservation, the expansion of industrialized agriculture, and international migration. At North Carolina State University, I teach in the Anthropology and International Studies programs and am affiliated faculty with the Genetic Engineering and Society Center, the SE Climate Science Center, and the Global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH) Cluster. Click on the Sandbox link above to see my popular writing, celebrations of student success, and thoughts on a variety of topics that come across my desk.
Banner photo credit: Luis Melodelgado
As an Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Studies, I focus on the livelihoods of Mexico's smallholding farmers.
Research & Data
My research falls within the areas of environmental anthropology, political ecology, agrarian studies, labor migration, and globalization.
Teaching & Mentoring
I use ideas of cultural difference to expand students' imaginations and sharpen critical thinking. My classes emphasize reading and writing.