I am an ethnographer and I study environments, expertise, and risk. I hold a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of California at Irvine.  I teach at Bucknell University.

My current research is on seismicity, particularly how environmental sensory technologies and practices inform and are informed by ongoing earth motion.  I’ve focused on the world’s first public earthquake early warning system — Mexico’s  Sistema Alerta Sísmica Mexicana — and the technical work that engineers, technicians, and geophysicists do to transform conglomerations of soil, buildings, and populations into seismic landscapes.

I’ve also done work on Mexico’s transnational development strategies and on organ transplantation in Chicago.