Associate Professor of Anthropology
Economic anthropology, Property and value, Latin America, Mexico.
My interests lie in Mexico and U.S.-Mexican relations, and in silver mining, with special focus on theoretical concepts of patrimony and the production of value. My current book project looks at the extraction, circulation and consumption of mineral specimens from Mexican mines, by miners, dealers, collectors, curators and mineralogists, to see how these transactions manifest and influence the experience of transnational space.
This project addresses questions of great interest in the fields of popular culture, migration, and politics, but from a fresh perspective.
In the future, I plan to research the recently enhanced activities of Canadian mining companies in Mexico, focusing on several localiteis. I am especially interested in the role of NGOs and Corporate Social Responsibility projects in these places, and their understanding of longstanding debates within Mexican mining localities over the proper role of corporations in society.
At Brandeis, I teach courses in economic anthropology, power and violence, Latin American ethnography, development, and the anthropology of food.
The Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D.
The Johns Hopkins University, M.A.
Columbia University, B.A.
Awards and Honors
Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer '69 and Joseph Neubauer Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring, Brandeis University (2010)
Mandel Humanities Center/NEH award to team teach course on "Writing Across Culture: How Novelists and Anthropologists Depict the Human" in the spring of 2012 (with John Plotz) (2010)
Newhouse Center for the Humanities Fellowship, Wellesley College. (2008)
Bernstein Award for Faculty Research (2005)
Norman Award for Faculty Research (2005)
Smithsonian Institution Fellowship, Washington, D.C. (2005)
Visiting Research Fellow, Center for US-Mexican Studies, UC San Diego (1999)
|ANTH||20b||Feast and Famine: Food and Social Relations|
|ANTH||55a||Anthropology of Development|
|ANTH||131b||Latin America in Ethnographic Perspective|
|ANTH||156a||Power and Violence: The Anthropology of Political Systems|
|ANTH||163b||Production, Consumption, and Exchange|
|ANTH||181aj||Designing and Conducting Ethnographic Research|
|ANTH||203b||Contemporary Anthropological Theory|
|ANTH/ENG||150a||Cases and Clues: Reading Novels and Ethnographies as Cultural Explorations|
|GS||202b||Critical Global Issues|
|GSAS||302d||Interdisciplinary Dissertation Seminar|