I am an anthropologist and interdisciplinary social scientist whose research, consulting, and applied work in Haiti have been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the Fulbright Program, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the World Bank of the United Nations. I am currently employed as a research associate in Haiti, by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).
My research in Haiti examines human-nature interactions (broadly construed) in the context of: farmers; agricultural practices; NGOs; international, domestic and diaspora-driven development; acute and chronic disasters; and public policy. An ongoing theme of this research is the documentation of creative Haitian mitigation efforts or solutions to ongoing ecological and environmental deterioration.
I also study Kreyòl (Haitian Creole) and Vodou (voodoo [sic]); I am an ongoing contributor to the Vodou Archive project in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Florida, where I also teach Kreyòl language and anthropology courses. In addition, I provide consulting services and logistical support to a wide array of individuals and public and private institutions researching or working in Haiti.
The products of my research include publications in peer-reviewed journals, policy reports, book chapters, educational materials, encyclopedia entries, book reviews, ethnographic films, and others. I disseminate the findings of my research through presentations, publications, consultations, and film screenings. My audience includes the general public, public and private institutions, anthropologists, other social and natural scientists, and the individuals and communities I work collaboratively with.
I acknowledge generous financial support of my research from the following public and private institutions:
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