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RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

Human rights, regulatory governance, food and agricultural policy, social movements, environmental justice, labor, political economy, science and technology studies.

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

2017 – 2018   Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Law
European University Institute, Florence, Italy

2017   Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Law and Anthropology
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany

2015   Visiting PhD Fellowship, Center for International Governance and Justice, Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet), Australia National University

EDUCATION

PhD   New York University
Anthropology, 2012 – 2017
Dissertation: The Power of the Network: Food Activism, Governance and the Politics of Value in the Pacific Northwest
Advisor: Sally Engle Merry, Silver Professor of Anthropology

MA    New York University
Institute for Law and Society, 2012

BA (Hons)   The Johns Hopkins University
Anthropology, International Studies, 2003 – 2007

Thesis: Trauma and the Law: Rethinking Transitional Justice in Bosnia
Advisor: Veena Das, Professor of Anthropology

School for International Training: Balkans Program
Zagreb, Croatia, Spring 2006 

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Articles

2018   [In Preparation] “From Colonialism to Collaboration: The  Energopolitics of Global Food Governance”

2018   [Invited Submission – In Preparation] “Claiming Food Sovereignty: Legal Mobilization and the Network Imaginary.” Special Issue: Studies on Bringing Rights to Life. Studies in Law, Politics, and Society.

2018   [Under Review] “Disputing the Global Land Grab: Claiming Rights and Making Markets Through Collaborative Governance.”

2018   [Forthcoming] “Banana Brokers: Translating Transnational and Translocal Law.” Public Culture.

Special Issues/Edited Collections

2018   [In Preparation] (with Julia Dehm and Marisa Fassi) “Contested Legalities: Translocal Encounters with Transnational Law.” Law & Policy.

Review Essays

2018   [Forthcoming] “Review Essay: Managing Uncertainty: The Linguistic Transformation of Markets, Governance, and Politics. Political & Legal Anthropology Review.

Working Papers

2017   [Forthcoming] “Compromised Collaborations: Disputing Biofuels in the Age of the Anthropocene.” Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology Working Paper Series.

Academic Blogs

2017   “What Does Trump Mean for Teaching Socio-Legal Studies? Rethinking Race, Law and Sovereignty Through a Global PerspectiveConsortium for Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs.

2015   “Negotiating Rights? Multi-Stakeholder Governance, Global Food Security, and the Right to Food.” Regarding Rights. 

Encyclopedia Entries

2013   (with Sally Merry) “Law: Anthropological Aspects.” In: James D. Wright, ed., International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, vol 13, pp. 535–541. Oxford: Elsevier.

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2017   Institute for Global Law & Policy Workshop, Harvard Law School, Bangkok, Thailand

2016   NYU Graduate Research Initiative – London, UK

2015   Transnational Law Summer Institute Fellowship, King’s College, London, UK

2013   National Science Foundation, Law and Social Sciences Program
Doctoral Dissertation Research: Reconstructing Rights: New Governance and the Politics of Transnational Agrarian Activism (SES# 1323743)

2012   NYU Graduate Research Initiative – Florence, Italy (Declined)

2012   Pre-doctoral Summer Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University

2011   American Council for Learned Sciences, East Europe Language Training Grant

2010   Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship (FLAS), University of Pittsburgh

2009-2015   MacCracken Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Science, York University

AWARDS AND HONORS

2015   Finalist, Association for Political and Legal Anthropology, Graduate Paper Prize

2013   The Thomas Marchione Food-as-a-Human-Right Student Award, Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition

2012   Emerging Leader in Political and Legal Anthropology, National Association of Student Anthropologists and Association for Political and Legal Anthropology

INVITED LECTURES

2017   Compromised Collaborations: Disputing Biofuels in the Age of the Anthropocene
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany

2017  Translating Nature, Constructing Transnational Law
Department of Gender Studies
National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

2016   “Markets All The Way Down? Networks and Collaboration in Transnational Governance”
Transnational Subjects: Who, How and Where are We Today?
Transnational Law Institute Launch Symposium
The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College, London, UK

2015   Localizing Food Sovereignty in the United States: The Politics of Transnational Translation
Expert Seminar on Localizing Human Rights
Center for Human Rights and Justice, New York University School of Law, New York, NY

2015   The Promise of Participation and the Agony of Informalism: Multi-Stakeholder Governance and Global Food Security
Regulatory Institutions Network, Australia National University, Canberra, Australia

2012   The Politics of Human Rights in Occupy Wall Street
Lecture to Gallatin Human Rights Fellows, NYU

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2016-2017   Adjunct Assistant Professor, Law & Society Program, Department of Political Science, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

2016   Adjunct Lecturer, “Law & Society,” Politics Department, New York University, Spring Semester

2015   Adjunct Lecturer, “Anthropology of Food: Graduate Seminar,” Department of Anthropology, Hunter College, Fall Semester

CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS

Sessions Organized

2017   Governing the Anthropocene: Transnational Perspectives
Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Mexico City, Mexico

2016   Cultivating Race: Agricultural Labor and the Cultural Politics of Regulation
Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture & the Humanities, Hartford, Connecticut

2013   Constructing ‘Global Governance’: Approaches to the Technologies, Networks, and Processes of Transnational Law and Politics
American Anthropological Association Conference, Chicago, IL

2012   Governance, Scale, and Jurisdiction, Association for Political and Legal Anthropology Graduate Student Workshop
American Anthropological Association Conference, San Francisco, CA

Papers Presented

2017   Markets, Movements, and Measurement:  Local Food Activism and the Politics of Value in the Pacific Northwest
Measurement and the Making of Markets II: Calculating the Value of Food, Space, and Risk
American Anthropological Association Conference, Washington, DC

2017   Building a Better Banana: Translating Nature, Constructing Transnational Law
Governing the Anthropocene: Transnational Perspectives
Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Mexico City, Mexico

2016   From Vernacularization to Collaboration: Rights in the Age of Regulatory Governance
Human Rights Vernacularizations: Essays in Honor of Sally Merry
American Anthropological Association Conference Minneapolis, MN

2016   The Network Imaginary: Ideology and Power in Global Food Governance
Wenner-Gren Workshop on Seeds, Soils, and Politics Santa Cruz, CA
2016   Dispute Transformation and Technologies of Governance
35-Years Later, What Have We Learned About ‘Language, Audience, and the Transformation of Disputes’?
Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA

2016   Regulating and Resisting Farm Work: Constructing Race and Nature in The Pacific Northwest
Cultivating Race: Agricultural Labor and the Cultural Politics of Regulation
Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture & the Humanities, Hartford, Connecticut

2015   Seeding Sovereignty: Global Philanthropy and the Construction of Counter-Publics
Going Public / Becoming Private: Public Goods and Hybridity between Government and Industry
American Anthropological Association Conference, Denver, CO

2015   Translation or Equivocation? Asymmetries of Global Power and the Transnational Food Sovereignty Movement
Human Rights in Context
Mid-Atlantic Law and Society Association Conference, New York, NY

2015   Contested Publics and the Common Good: The Rise of Stakeholder Justice Neoliberalization, Legal Reconfigurations, and Future Making
Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA

2014   The Shifting Horizons of Social Justice: Rights Claims and the Emergence of Global Governance
Invited Session: Anthropological Approaches to Law, Gender, and Human Rights: Papers in Honor of Sally Engle Merry
American Anthropological Association Conference, Washington, DC

2013   Claiming Food Sovereignty: Social Justice in the Age of Global Governance
Joint Spring Meeting of American Ethnological Society/Association for Political and Legal Anthropology, Chicago, IL

2012   Global Governance in the Food and Agriculture Organization
Mid-Atlantic Law and Society Association Meeting Philadelphia, PA
2012 Radical Rights: Occupy Wall Street and the Emerging Housing Movement
“Uprisings” Plenary Panel
American Ethnological Society Annual Meeting, New York, NY 

Discussant

2018   Redistribution, Suffering, and the Human Rights Paradox
Academy of European Law, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

2017   Organizational Forms, Objects, and Institutions
Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Mexico City, Mexico

2015   Ethnography and Law
Transnational Law Summer Institute, King’s College Dickson Poon School of Law, London, UK
 
2015   Development, Aid, and Law’s Pathos
Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2014   Coordinator, Africa-US Food Sovereignty Strategy Summit, Seattle, Washington

2013-2015   Member of North American Coordinating Team for the Civil Society Mechanism of the UN Committee on World Food Security

2011   Rapporteur
NYELENI: The European Food Sovereignty Forum, Krems, Austria

2007-2009   Program Associate
Center for Court Innovation, Youth Justice Board, New York City

2007   Coordinator
Human Rights Summer Institute, International Center for Tolerance Education, Brooklyn, NY

2006   Research Intern – Country Programs
International Center for Transitional Justice, New York City

 
ACADEMIC SERVICE
2015-2018   Graduate Standards Committee, American Association of University Professors

2015-2016   Co-Convener, Transnational Law and Local Struggle, International Research Collaborative, Law and Society Association

2013-2014   Convener, Grant Writing Roundtable, New York University

2012-2013   Co-Organizer, Radical Ethnography Study Group, New York University

2012-2013    Co-Organizer, Public Anthropology Roundtable, New York University
2011   Organizer, Institute for Law & Society Student Conference at New York University

2010-2015   Organizer, Graduate Student Organizing Committee (GSOC-UAW)

LANGUAGES      
Spanish (Conversational)
French (Good)
Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian (Intermediate)

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
American Anthropological Association, Association for Political and Legal Anthropology, American Ethnological Society, Law and Society Association, Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition