As a cultural and political anthropologist, I strive to understand how and why people organize politically in urban contexts characterized by poverty, insecurity, and governmental neglect. Since 2006, I have been doing ethnographic fieldwork in urban Haiti. and in 2017, I began to work with Haitian deportees in Haitian and U.S. cities. All of my writing grapples with the potential and problems people encounter when staking claims for power, livelihood, and respect in the face of forces of marginalization.
I pursue this work through my position as Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College.