Department of Anthropology
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
My thesis research utilized the methodologies of virtual ethnography to investigate an interactive website for people who support, practice, or would like to practice polygyny in the U.S. Using a feminist anthropological framework I examined the development of polygynous marriages, relationships, friendships, and community online. I looked at the construction of cultural meanings of polygyny and of counter discourses that challenge hegemonic ideas of marriage in American society. Additionally, I explored the emergence of political actions on the website and how the website could potentially be used for political organization in favor of decriminalizing or legalizing polygyny in the U.S.
More recently, during the summer and fall of 2015 I completed a research project and co-curated the Pueblo Indian Pottery Exhibit located in Michener Library at UNC featuring Native American pottery from the American Southwest. As part of this project, I selected and researched pieces from the extensive pottery collection for display in a new exhibit. I collaborated with faculty members of the Dept. of Anthropology and students to author materials for the exhibit display, design the exhibit layout, and install artifacts.
During the summer of 2016, I researched and authored an informational guide on trauma and cultural considerations for a nonprofit organization implementing legal advocacy for survivors of human trafficking. I also provided expertise and guidance to the organization regarding research with human subjects and survey design.
Forthcoming Working with Human Trafficking Survivors: A Primer on Trauma for Lawyers, Advocates and Others. alightnet.org
2015 Wall text, James A. Michener Library, Pueblo Indian Pottery Exhibit, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado.
2014 “Prohibition of Polygamy: A Historical and Political Economic Analysis of Polygamy in the U.S.” Furthering Perspectives: Anthropological Views of the World 7:25-35.