My research has investigated a range of topics including: photography and its use in early anthropology and expeditionary science; science, race and nationalism; heritage politics and archaeology; travel and tourism; neo-monasticism; and food, gender and modernity in Peru.
Currently I am working on two book projects. The first examines the cultivation of Peru as a food nation with a particular focus on women cooks and their assistants from 1940-1960. I juxtapose this period with the present gastronomic boom in Peru to understand how gender, nostalgia and imaginaries of national heritage are central to neoliberal food futures. The second book examines the rise of farming and gardening among Christians in the United States and how ideas about faith, religious identity, and politics are nurtured through their engagement with soil through toil.
In addition to scholarly research, I also conduct contract research and evaluation. These projects have taken me to the Middle East as well as the United States, and have primarily centered on community building and intentional living.