- PhD (University of California, Davis), MA (Simon Fraser University),
BA (University of Toronto)
- Newton International Fellow (Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Manchester, 2009)
1) Environmental Conflict, Resource Extraction, and Social Movements
research explores the dynamics of conflicts over resource extraction in
Latin America, focusing on mining activity and related
controversies over pollution, water scarcity, community rights, and
corporate accountability. I conducted ethnographic fieldwork in communities affected by mining in
Peru, where I examined changing
forms of politics, mining technologies, and contested knowledges about
Nature that emerged alongside the expansion of extractive activity into
areas formerly used for agriculture and farming.
I also looked at mining development on the border
between Chile and Argentina. I examined how new
territories of extraction are imagined and materially produced as sites
of unlimited potential for mining and investment, and how this vision
of extractive frontiers is challenged by local and international
My book Unearthing Conflict: Corporate Mining, Activism, and Expertise in Peru (Duke Universy Press 2015) received an Honourable Mention for the 2016 Bryce Wood Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).
The Spanish translation of the book, Desenterrando el Conflicto: Empresas mineras, activistas y expertos en el Perú, was published by the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (Institute of Peruvian Studies) in Lima.
2) Food Politics, Development Studies, and Globalization
new research investigates recent changes in the production of
quinoa, which originates in the Andes but has rapidly become a "global"
food. My research interrogates the promise of quinoa for food security
and sustainable agriculture, and examines the controversies surrounding the
ownership, control, and dissemination of quinoa varieties.