I am a socio-cultural anthropologist with research interests at the intersections of environment, economy, food and agriculture, and infrastructure and supply chain logistics, issues I analyze in the Asia-Pacific. I use multi-sited, multi-scalar, and multi-lingual methods to carry out immersive fieldwork in the Philippines, where I am originally from, and its largest trading partner Japan, where I maintain long-term intellectual commitments. My dissertation, entitled Plantation Peripheries: Externalized Costs and Boundless Value in the Making of Philippine-Japan Banana Trade, analyzes the creation of a highly politicized, prototypically “cheap” commodity, the banana. It draws on ethnographic fieldwork from the plantation zones of the southern Mindanao to distribution networks in urban and suburban Fukuoka and Tokyo.
I also maintain longstanding personal and academic interests in craftsmanship and folkcraft idealism, which I pursued through a Fulbright-funded research project in Southwestern Japan. This work has been published in the Journal of Material Culture.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and East Asian Studies, with highest distinction, from the University of Virginia and a Master of Philosophy from Yale.