Research

(in progress…)

My work would not be possible without the permission and generosity of those who invited me onto their traditional territories, lands, and/or Country. This work takes time and commitment.

My most recent work investigates the increasing centrality of extractive activities on Indigenous heritage landscapes (think about proposed dredging near the Great Barrier Reef or proposed unconventional oil and gas development in Chaco Canyon). Anthropologists (and others) are increasingly following the culture of industry and the movement of capital, resources, and cultures across time and space along the resource frontier.  Through ethnographic, archival, discourse and survey, my work seeks to make sense of these changes. How do flows of global capital related to heritage landscapes produce asymmetries, material effects, or pressing environmental and social concerns? Recently, I have pursued investigating how these processes are transforming and transformed by policy. This line of investigation was sparked by teaching (and colleagues) in the Environmental and Energy Policy program here at MTU.

Although I frame my work within environmental anthropology, I draw on my experiences as an archaeologist (landscape and archaeological surveys), international heritage expert (UNESCO), and Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation (NAGPRA) Coordinator for a small National Park in Nebraska. These experiences have served me well and provide a unique vantage into the vast scope of cultural and environmental heritage. You can learn more about some of these experiences on this site.

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Michigan Technological University