Research Interests: Outer Space Anthropology | Political Theory | Human Futures | Neoliberalism | Decolonization | Social Imaginaries | Utopia | Extraterrestrial Analogues | Social Movements | Multimodality | Experimental Ethnography

I am a doctoral student in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology (HSD) program at Arizona State University. I am also a co-founder and blogger for Footnotes, an anthropology group blog dedicated to the practice of being multimodal, anticolonial, and iconoclastic.

My dissertation work focuses on the social imaginaries of human futures on Earth and in outer space. 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.

In addition to my dissertation research, I have been investigating contemporary radical left political theory and strategies for how individuals—particularly in the Millennial generation—are imagining the future and organizing for change. My current project is an ethnographic investigation, using abolition democracy as an analytic, of Fully Automated Luxury Communism (FALC) and other techno-futurist radical left political movements.

I have a BA in Anthropology from The University of Arizona and an MA in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University. If you are a prospective student interested in ASU's HSD program and have any questions (or just want to chat), please feel free to get in touch!


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

(In Press). "Death is a Disease": Cryopreservation, Neoliberalism, and Temporal Commodification in the U.S. Technology in Society. doi: 10.1016/j.techsoc.2018.03.002

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

Book Reviews

2018. Picturing the Cosmos: A Visual History of Early Soviet Space Endeavor by Iina Kohonen. LSE Review of Books. 9 February.

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

Non-Refereed Articles (selected—see a comprehensive list on my CV)

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! anthro{dendum} (formally Savage Minds). 16 & 20 July.

2017. Casting into the Cosmos: Magic and Ritual in Human Spaceflight. anthro{dendum} (formally Savage Minds). 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.

Theses and Dissertations

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.

Curriculum vitæ

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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.

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