School of International Service
I am an environmental anthropologist and work at the intersection of conservation and international development in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork on soil conservation, sustainable fisheries, and coffee cooperatives, and have focused on NGOs, grassroots organizations, and agricultural labor groups.
My book manuscript examines soil conservation and development projects in Haiti. I'm currently thinking through what a social analysis of soil reveals about conservation writ large. This research is also focused on theorizing the development ‘project’, a phenomenon that has come to organize much of contemporary development aid. The book demonstrates how the administrative form of the development project has become an actor in its own right, influencing the design, implementation, and measurement of aid in Haiti and beyond.