Fields of interest: anthropology of medicine; environmental history and humanities; agrarian studies; American literature, nature writing, and history.
I am a PhD student in the Anthropology Department at Yale University. My ethnographic and historically-oriented dissertation project begins with the following question: under what conditions are people in unexpected places in the U.S. farming and experimenting with “industrial hemp,” a recently legalized variety of cannabis, for therapeutic and regenerative purposes? I am looking at how diverse experimental communities of scientists, farmers, processors, and consumers in America today are participating in a hemp revival.
My work has been generously supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (2016-2021) and the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies (2019). Before my time at Yale, I graduated from the University of Virginia with an honors B.A. in Political & Social Thought and Anthropology in 2014. I then worked for two years as a project manager and research assistant at The Hastings Center, a bioethics institute in the Hudson River Valley, before earning my M.A. in Social Science at the University of Chicago in 2017.