My research interests include urban redevelopment, violence, ethnicity, gender, human trafficking, environmentalism, and the application of anthropological perspectives in the fields of development, law and social justice - broadly defined.
I have conducted fieldwork in Europe and Asian post-socialist states (Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Bosnia) and in the U.S. My work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of State, Fulbright IIIE, International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). I am also interested in understanding the role of technology in the public and private spheres of cultural systems.
My latest book Nature Protests: The End of Ecology After Communism (University of Washington Press 2008) examines the surprisingly dynamic roles that environmentalism has played in the recent political history of both socialist and post socialist Slovakia. My most recent article, in Dialectical Anthropology (snrg-nyc.org), analyzes the importance of discourse in the response to human trafficking and the need for more in-depth ethnographic perspective on this global problem. My other publications include articles in American Ethnologist, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and Problems of Post-Communism, among others. Recent book chapters include "Culture and Crime" in International Crime and Justice (Cambridge U Press 2011) - Mangai Natarajan,, ed., and "Balancing Acts: Domestic Violence, Police and NGOs in Kazakhstan" in The Politics of Domestic Violence in Postcommunist Europe and Eurasia (Indiana U Press 2010 - Katalin Fabian, ed.)
I am currently working on a book and several articles (with Shonna Trinch) on the dynamics of place and urban change in the framework of the Atlantic Yards Project in Brooklyn, New York, with funding from the National Science Foundation.