Research Areas: Space | the Interstellar | Astrobiology | Science | Futures | SETI | Speculative Fiction | Social Movements | Religion | Art
I am a Vanier Scholar and Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. My doctoral research is on the Anthropology of Space. See the Projects tab for some of my current research projects.
In addition to my work as an anthropologist, I am also an activist, artist, and scholar of social movements, technology, and religion. My activism works for justice, broadly defined – my artwork explores communication, care-taking, art-as-art in opposition to art-as-commerce, and thinking with sculptural object installations. Prior to beginning my PhD, I worked as a technology consultant for private clients and as an academic technology specialist. I now work with the Seattle based consulting group OurFutureEnvironment.
I am an alumnus of AFS Intercultural Programs (Nykøbing Falster, Denmark), Reed College (coursework in biology and philosophy), Pacific Northwest College of Art (coursework in contemporary theory and printmaking), the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship at Universitas Negeri Malang (East Java, Indonesia), and Hunter College of the City University of New York (Department of Anthropology B.A./M.A., Program in Religion B.A., and Thomas Hunter Honors Program B.A.). I am also one of the co-founders of The People’s Library, the library of the Occupy Wall Street social movement in New York City.