- Political Imaginaries
- Indigenous Politics
- Guatemala and Latin America
- Social Theory
- Northwest Arkansas Center for Worker's Justice, former Board Member
- American Anthropological Association
- Latin American Studies Association
- American Ethnological Society
- Society for Cultural Anthropology
- Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
- M.A. University of Texas at Austin
- B.A. University of Texas at Austin
Awards and Honors
2011 Outstanding Mentor: University of Arkansas
2007 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland, Latin American Studies Center
2006 HF Guggenheim Dissertation Fellowship
2013. The World of Wal-Mart: Discounting the American Dream. Routledge. Christine Labuski, co-author
2015. "Harvesting Structural Violence: Clientelist Exchange in San Pedro Necta, Huehuetenango." In Poder local, incidencia política y gobernabilidad en los pueblos indígenas en Guatemala. Gema Sanchez Medero and Ruben Sanchez, eds. Madrid: Universidad Complutense.
"Regarding Development: Governing Indian Advancement in Post-Revolutionary Guatemala." Economy and Society. 2015. 44(3)
"Mayan Imaginaries of Democracy: Interactive Sovereignties and Political Affect in Post-Revolutionary Guatemala" American Ethnologist. 2014. 41(2): 305-319
"Greening the Counterinsurgency: The Deceptive Effects of Guatemala's Rural Development Plan of 1970." Development and Change. 2012. (43)4:975-998
“‘Guatemala Will Never Change’: Radical Pessimism and the Politics of Personal Interest in the Western Highlands.” Journal of Latin American Studies. 2011. (43)3:485-515.
The Future of Improvement: Remaking Development in Neoliberal Guatemala. ($6,258) Dean's Faculty Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2015.
(co-PI) Global Issues Initiative Grant: "Security, Inequality and Gender" ($10,000) Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment, Virginia Tech, 2013.
- Deceptive Alliances: Democracy and Counterinsurgency in Post-Revolutionary Guatemala (Book manuscript under review)
- Conflating Democracy: Countering State Violence in Neoliberal Guatemala (under review at the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology)