I am broadly trained as a cultural anthropologist with a specialization in psychological and medical anthropology.
I primarily focus on individual experiences of mental and emotional unwellness precipitated by participation in global migration processes. While I give primacy to the singularity of each narrative, I also maintain engagements with long-established anthropological attunements to local and global prescripts of illness, gender, spirituality, politics, human rights, and domestic labor exchange.
I completed my undergraduate degree at Kalamazoo College in Human Development and Social Relations, undertaking research on the issue of adolescent suicide. Following this, I worked as a research assistant at the University of Chicago in the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine.
I completed a Masters in Medical Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Practices at Boston University in 2014. It was my work in Boston that encouraged me to continue engaging with anthropological conversations regarding suicide and mental unwellness, particularly within minority communities.
In September 2021, I completed my Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles under the guidance of Dr. Douglas Hollan and Dr. C. Jason Throop. My dissertation research took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and examined why young Ethiopian women migrate to the Gulf countries for domestic work and how they understand and experience their subsequent emotional and mental unwellness.
I am currently a Lecturer for the Department of Anthropology at UCLA.
In Fall 2022, I will join the Department of Anthropology at Macalester College as a Visiting Assistant Professor.