About

I am an anthropologist and interdisciplinary social scientist.

My research, consulting, and applied work have been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the Fulbright Program, the U.S. National Science Foundation , the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities,  the U.S. Forest Service, the Pan American Development Foundation, the World Bank, and others.

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2015. From 2015-2017 I was employed in Haiti as a social science research associate on an agricultural extension project implemented by the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

In Fall 2017 I began full-time policy work in the Executive branch of the U.S. Government, through ongoing support from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

In 2019 I will begin teaching in the Science, Technology and International Affairs program in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, at Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Please see the my research , policy work , and teaching sections for more details.

Research

I have been fortunate to travel extensively in Central America, the Caribbean, Central and East-Central Africa, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States. I have conducted interdisciplinary, social and natural science research in India, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Haiti.

Most of my research has been in Haiti, and examines human-environment interactions (broadly construed) in the context of: farmers; agricultural practices; landscape management; NGOs; international, domestic and diaspora-driven development; acute and chronic disasters; and public policy. An ongoing theme of this research has been the documentation of creative Haitian mitigation efforts to ongoing ecological and environmental deterioration. I also study Kreyòl (Haitian Creole) and Vodou (voodoo [sic]); I am an ongoing contributor to the Vodou Archive project in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Florida, where I teach Kreyòl language and anthropology courses.

I am pivoting professionally from specialist to generalist. While I no longer reside in Haiti, I continue to provide consulting services and logistical support to a wide array of individuals and public and private institutions researching or working in Haiti.  I also remain involved in research about Haiti through my role as a board member for the Haitian Studies Association.

Each research project is unique, and varied research designs call for varied methods. Some of the methods I use include surveys (questionnaires, observational surveys, land-use surveys, forest transects) and interviews (unstructured-, semi-structured-, structured-, and ethnographic-). Some of the technologies I use include global information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and remote sensing (satellite imagery). I use these methods and technologies for rapid assessments and as components of longer-term participant observation strategies. The data I collect for my research have been explored through statistical-, geo-spatial-, textual-,  and social network- analyses. I am particularly interested in theories, research designs, and research methods that bridge the social and natural sciences.

The products of my research include publications in peer-reviewed journals, policy reports, book chapters, educational materials, encyclopedia entries, book reviews, ethnographic films, and others. I disseminate the findings of my research through presentations, publications, consultations, and film screenings. My audience includes the general public, public and private institutions, anthropologists, other social and natural scientists, and the individuals and communities I work collaboratively with.

Consulting

I consult for a variety of public and private entities, including multilateral organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and educational and research institutions. Below are some of my recent clients:

STCs for (1) Agriculture Practice, (2) Environmental and Natural Resources Practice, and (3) the Gender Innovation Lab of the World Bank

Subcontracted through Management & Engineering Technologies International, Inc.
Multiple consultancies for the Pan American Development Foundation’s efforts in Haiti

 

Publications

Featured Publications

Potential environmental benefits from woodfuel transitions in Haiti: Geospatial scenarios to 2027. 2018. (with Adrian Ghilardi and Robert Bailis) in Environmental Research Letters.


A History of Landscape-level Land Management Efforts in Haiti: Lessons Learned from Case Studies Spanning Eight Decades.  2016. World Bank.


Trees in Vodou: An Arbori-cultural Exploration. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture. 2015. Vol. 9, No. 1, pp: 87-112.


See my other publications listed on Google Scholar