I received my PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge in 2005 and my BA in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia in 1995.
Prior to joining Laurier, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University (2005-2006) and at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany (2005).
The main focus of my research is the politics and history of nature conservation and restoration around Ukraine’s Danube Delta. One part of this research has involved conducting ethnographic fieldwork in the Danube Delta town of Vilkovo on residents’ changing relationships with silt, water, fish, reeds and birds in the context of the creation of a transboundary biosphere reserve and a rapidly transforming political economy. A second part examines the changing strategies of environmental activists in the neighbouring Tatarbunary District in their struggles to restore Lake Sasyk – a toxic irrigation reservoir filled with Danube water – as a marine estuary. Previously, I conducted research on urban place-making practices, memory and cosmopolitanism in the Black Sea port of Odessa.
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