About me


Department of Anthropology and the School of Public Policy

MA/PhD, Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz
BA, Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests
My general teaching and research interests include: ethnographic, qualitative and participatory action research methods; applied anthropology; the anthropology of Europe; and urban mobilizations around the environment, food justice, and placemaking.  I am beginning to study design ethnography, conducting research on higher education libraries and game-based learning. I have carried out ethnographic research in Hungary, Portugal, and the United States.

In recent projects I used the Photovoice participatory action research method to investigate urban gardening in Lisbon, youth activism around school food systems in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and environmental justice issues of Hungarian Roma (Gypsy) communities.  I have published two related books with Prof. Aline Gubrium, Participatory Visual and Digital Methods (Left Coast Press, 2013) and edited volume Participatory Visual and Digital Research in Action (with co-editor Marty Otañez, Left Coast Press, 2015).

For 2013-2018 I am the PI (with Prof. Jacqueline Urla) of a National Science Foundation international research and training program, “Culture and Heritage in European Societies and Spaces (CHESS)” (NSF IIA-1261172).  I am developing a research project on urban gardens, social cohesion, and the ongoing economic crisis in Lisbon, Portugal in collaboration with Prof. Ana Isabel Afonso (UNL-FCSH) and local organizations.

In my 2006 book, Wild Capitalism: Environmental Activists and Post-socialist Political Ecology in Hungary , I examined how the meanings of “civil society” and “environment” have changed as environmentalists encounter the political and ecological realities of life after state socialism.