M.A. Applied Cultural Anthropology, Oregon State University 2017
B.A. Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, University of Colorado Denver 2014
Rural Poverty, Culture, Inequality and Mobility, Qualitative Methods.
During my Masters research, I largely focused on the way that individuals in Gleaner Nonprofits in Oregon understand and negotiate inequality through safety-net programs. I was interested in the role that various forms of symbolic capital (cultural, social, and moral) played in use or not use of other safety-net program and the role that Gleaner nonprofits also played in maintenance of these forms of capital. Overall, I am interested in the cultural institutions of merit and the American Dream and the impact that these have on individuals, poverty policy, and use of existing safety-nets. For my MA, I worked with 14 nonprofit Gleaner organizations for two years of participant observation; also conducting 53 interviews and a short survey of 350 Gleaner households.
I am currently interested in the role that level of rurality and isolation plays in negotiations of the safety net. In particular, I am interested in exploring how the safety-net functions in places further from urban areas and what methods those in need use to negotiate inequalities in their communities. I am interested health and food access policies in particular.