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I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge (2005 - Present). I previously studied anthropology and philosophy at the University of Virginia (B.A. 2003).
My research investigates the contemporary political economy of the southern lowlands of New Guinea. I conducted 18 months of fieldwork (Sept 2006 - April 2008) with Marind speakers living in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea. My dissertation focuses on the experiences of community leaders as they attempt to elicit and maintain productive relations across various global alliances, from regional ritual networks to relations with transnational corporations, NGOs and the state.