Motherhood in the Field

My daughter Luna is now eight months old, chubby, with a wide-mouthed smile and bright eyes. I’m here to study community responses to youth “return” from the United States and Mexico—return often, although not always, being a sanitized word for deportation. We have been in Guatemala eight weeks now, long enough to begin settling in, and slowly to understand the vastness of what I don’t understand.

Through an Ethnographic (Video) Lens Brightly

There are moments in life when the stars align and you rush to go where the path leads. In 2016, we had the opportunity to help inform developing health policy and programs in California—and we took it. We created two ethnographic videos designed to be used by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to inform policymakers at the state and federal levels, senior program designers, legislators, and service organizations in California.

Feeding Innovation in Business Anthropology

[pquote]Anthropology is a way of seeing and interpreting data, and it inflects everything I do.[/pquote]When I began working as a market research consultant, shortly after receiving my PhD, I knew that I would likely spend a good part of my time translating what I do to my colleagues. What I do now—writing surveys, conducting focus […]

What Students Want

In 2017, I ran for and was elected to student leader positions at the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) and AAA’s newly minted Members’ Programmatic, Advisory, and Advocacy Committee (MPAAC). Why did I do it? Because I am a student and a student member of AAA.