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. I study how new technologies and risk management strategies are informed by the practices, priorities, and goals of their designers, and how they are changing the way we can encounter ongoing earth motion.  Much of this work is focused on the world’s first public earthquake early warning system (Mexico’s  Sistema Alerta Sísmica Mexicana) and the social, technical, and material relations it depends on and makes possible.

Risk is a long-term theme in my research, as is critical attention to development and policy and expertise. I’ve also done work on Mexico’s transnational development strategies and on organ transplantation in Chicago, and have contributed to studies on risk perception in the context of Big Data as well as new money technologies.