My research focuses on the political, environmental, and technological dimensions of disasters. My current book project, (under contract with Duke University Press), entitled Disaster Nationalism: Tsunami and Civil War in Sri Lanka, examines the intersections of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the decades-long civil war which ended in 2009 in Sri Lanka. I am currently developing a new project on climate change and sea surface warming - a slow-moving disaster - in the Indian Ocean. I am also affiliate faculty in Race and Ethnic Studies and Environmental Studies.
I received my B.A. in Anthropology (with a minor in Gender and Women's Studies) from Pomona College. I received my M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology (with a designated emphasis in Social Theory and Comparative History) from the University of California, Davis.
SOAN 128 Introduction to Anthropology
SOAN 292 Anthropological Theory
SOAN 247 Disasters
SOAN 262 Global Interdependence
SOAN 293 Environmental Anthropology
ENVS 281 Environmental Justice