Research. My research investigates the bureaucratic and administrative violence of conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts, especially amid disaster recovery and widespread displacement. I am particularly interested in the ability of nonprofits and practitioners to mitigate or contribute to violence within marginalized communities. Although I actively foster individual research, publication, and presentation activities, I am committed to collaborative work and regularly pursue interdisciplinary research.
Teacher-Scholar. I design and teach courses with an eye towards real-life application of knowledge and skills. A firm believer in the rich potential of applied anthropology to make our students more analytical thinkers, better scholars, and engaged citizens, I utilize problem-based learning to promote the application of theories and skills to the resolution of contemporary issues. I regularly engage students in learning beyond the classroom by mentoring research in their community.
Practice. I am a trained mediator, conflict coach, and financial coach. As a practitioner, I help my clients build skills to approach disputes with confidence and to competently manage their conflict. We work to confront the conflicts in our lives and see them as opportunities to take a new perspective, learn from others, and gain new skills.