Geographical areas of specialization:
- Contemporary and historic Italy; Native North America
As a four-field trained socio-cultural anthropologist I find inspiration for my research within multiple disciplinary contexts within and outside of anthropology. The overarching focus of my research is on forms of institutional power, the circulation of presumptive discourse, social exclusion and the ways structural inequality seeps into everyday life.
The second project centers around ideas about access to public and private recreational spaces in the US and Italy.
Within this area I have done both ethnographic and theoretical work, particularly on the ways in which settler colonial ideas seep into Native ideas about gender and sexuality. I have also focused on the ways in which mechanisms of social exclusion produced greater risk among Native men for HIV infection and lower rates of self-care when living with HIV/AIDS.
I have two current projects related to food, land access, tourism and heritage. The first and on-going project focuses on the island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples, Italy.
I have had multiple side projects as well which include studies on the use of performance enhancing drugs among professional cyclists, the use of sport in Italian and French colonialism and the ways we can reconfigure ethnographic methodology in response to changing political climates.