My research focuses on the cumulative impacts of government policy on rural social organization in Brazil's Amazon estuary region, and how smallholder farmers adapt social institutions to manage their relationship to new cycles of state developmentalism. Alongside previous ethnographic work with North American alternative agrifood activists, this project constitutes part of a broader interest in building links between political and environmental anthropology to examine how cycles of state intervention articulate with local social organization to constrain and enable possibilities for collective action over time.
Fulbright Fellow IIE, US State Department and Brazilian Fulbright Commission
Samuel Hughes Scholarship, Washington University
Beinecke Fellowship, Sperry Fund