My dissertation work focuses on the social imaginaries of outer space and human futures. I am interested in utilizing historical and contemporary Earth-based extraterrestrial analogues—incorporating anthropological and political theories—to investigate and speculate on how humans might politically, socially, and culturally develop after leaving the Earth's surface. To do this, I am interested in looking at both "exilic spaces"—or places where people voluntarily live and organize on the edges of hegemonic systems—and intentional communities as sites that would give insight into possible future extraterrestrial human communities. Finally, I study the cultural intersection between science, history, and the imagination of outer space, including the role that ethnography and speculative fiction could play within these visions of the future.
I am also interested in radical-left political theory and strategies for how people—particularly the Millennial generation—are organizing for change. More specifically, I am interested in the resurgence of anarchist philosophy that blossomed out of the alter-globalization movement in the 1990s and the global financial collapse in 2008, and how anarchic tactics can interface with an increasingly digital world.
(In Review). "Death is a Disease": Cryopreservation, Neoliberalism, and Temporal Commodification in the U.S. Technology in Society.
2016. Decolonizing archival methodology: Combating hegemony & moving towards a collaborative archival environment. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples 12 (1): 32-42. doi: 10.20507/AlterNative.2016.12.1.3
(Forthcoming). Picturing the Cosmos: A Visual History of Early Soviet Space Endeavor by Iina Kohonen. LSE Review of Books.
2017. Placing Outer Space: An Earthly Ethnography of Other Worlds by Lisa Messeri. LSE Review of Books. 10 March.
2016. Kropotkin and the Anarchist Intellectual Tradition by Jim Mac Laughlin. LSE Review of Books. 28 September.
2016. The Left Side of History: World War II and the Unfulfilled Promise of Communism in Eastern Europe by Kristen Ghodsee. Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale 24 (2): 257-258. doi: 10.1111/1469-8676.12244
2017. On Scarves, Serpents, and Solidarity. (in Anthropology Matters! in Brief) Anthropology News. 15 December. doi: 10.1111/AN.724
2017. (co-authored with Martin Pfeiffer) "To Peace, Because the Awful Alternative is the End of All Life": Build Bomb—Explore Space(s)—Save World! Savage Minds / Anthrodendum. 16 & 20 July.
2017. Casting into the Cosmos: Magic and Ritual in Human Spaceflight. Savage Minds / Anthrodendum. 2 & 6 July.
2016. Fear and Loathing in Truth or Consequences: Neoliberalism, Colonialism and the Lineage of the Frontier at Spaceport America. Space + Anthropology. 2 September.
2016. Orbiting the Imaginary. Peeps Magazine 1 (2): 134-139.
2016. Honey I Shrunk The Space Settlement! Dunbar’s Number & Radical Politics in Space. Astrosociological Insights 5 (1): 19-22.
2015. Marking territory in the infinite—Speculating on the implications of flags in space. Peeps Forum. 1 June.
2015. Aliens on the Internet—Anthropology of the imagination in online speculative fiction. Space + Anthropology. 13 April.
2017. The New Right Stuff: Social Imaginaries of Outer Space and the Capitalist Accumulation of the Cosmos. M.A. Thesis. Department of Anthropology. Northern Arizona University.
I have been a filmmaker and photographer for over 10 years, working on projects ranging from small independent short films to internationally distributed television programs. I am currently a visual anthropologist utilizing digital video and photography as methods for multimodal anthropological research.