BA in Anthropology and History, University of Virginia, 2010
MA in Anthropology, University of Kentucky, 2016
I am a cultural anthropologist interested in the craft production as a means of re-enchantment of labor and material within a regional and global context, advised by Dr. Ann Kingsolver. My research investigates how makers of musical instruments in West Virginia navigate a terrain of local wood and forestry practices, regional representation, and economic futures tied to music, craft, and the environment. I also maintain a research interest in the South Caucasus and Eastern Europe addressing issues of regional identity and in analogous mountain communities through craft creation and representation.
ANT 225 - Culture, Environment, and Global Issues
APP 200 - Introduction to Appalachian Studies
ANT 160 - Cultural Diversity in the Modern World
2017 Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant.
2017 Provost’s Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Kentucky
2017 Lambda Alpha Graduate Research Grant Award.
2014, 2016 , 2017 University of Kentucky Appalachian Center James S. Brown Graduate Student Award.
2016 Certificate for Outstanding Teaching, College of Art & Sciences, University of Kentucky
2016 William Y. Adams Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Kentucky
2015 University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology Susan Abbott-Jamieson Pre-Dissertation Research Grant. $800.00
Forthcoming Resonating with the Trees: Tracking Musical Instrument Tonewood Between Appalachian and Carpathian Forest Environments in Global Mountain Regions: A Dialogue
Toward the Future. Ann Kingsolver and Sasikumar Baladundarum, eds.
2017 Review of Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America, by Kathryn Dudley, The Anthropology of Work Review.
2014 Undiscovered Art from the Korean War: Explorations in the Collection of Chester and Wanda Chang. Washington, D.C.: Asian Cultural History Program, Smithsonian Institution.
2013 Turkmenistan: Arts from the Land of Magtymguly. Washington, D.C.: Asian Cultural History Program, Smithsonian Institution.