About Me

This year I was hired as an assistant professor in the Department of History and Politics at Drexel University. My work is based out of Drexel’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society.

Before joining Drexel, I was Managing Editor and Program Director at Cultural Anthropology, the journal of the Society for Cultural Anthropology. I have taught in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Albany, SUNY. I received my PhD from RPI’s STS program in 2011. Read more.

Current Projects

Embodied Care
This project focuses on how asthmatics experience and respond to their surrounding environments with biomedical and alternative care techniques.

Asthmatic Spaces / Asthma Files
I’m part of a research team that is working to build a digital platform for ethnographers. Our focus is on asthma, and among our team’s many efforts I focus, with other collabortors, on understanding “asthmatic spaces”.

An Ethnography of the Butekyo Method
This is an ethnographic project that follows the work of Buteyko practitioners in North America.

Open Access Cultural Anthropology‘s
Although I’ve left CA as managing editor, I’m part of team that is overseeing CA’s move to open access in 2014.

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Research Snapshot

As an anthropologist of science, technology, and medicine, I use ethnography to document and analyze healthcare practices in the U.S. For the last four years my focus has been on asthma care; during this time I conducted interviews with asthmatics, asthma caregivers, medical professionals, asthma researchers, and community organizers who address asthma as an environmental justice problem. Read more.

Research Interests: Care / ethics; health infrastructure; embodiment; feminist theory; biomedicalization; medical technologies; environmental health; social justice; asthma/COPD; wellness culture; yoga; space/place