I am an anthropologist and writer based in Austin, Texas. A former academic, I now write full-time for a tech company while also doing freelance work on the side. My writing is influenced by my training in anthropology, and I was drawn to the field originally by its central question: the relationship of the individual to society. My writing has appeared in Narratively, Sapiens, the Houston Chronicle, Texas Monthly, Austin-American Statesman, San Antonio Express News, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Amarillo Globe News, Somatosphere, Nursing Clio, Disability Studies Quarterly, and more.
My past academic research and writing centered on the social life of diagnosis, particularly in the case of disability. I like complexity, and I am most interested in stories of disability and difference that resist tidy categories or easy understandings. I now expand this approach to a variety of topics, ranging from the cultural life of work to health, family relationships, and human rights.
As an anthropologist, I use ethnographic methods and theories to study daily life, practices, and beliefs. I have conducted research at various sites in the U.S. and Central America. For my dissertation, I conducted over 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork on family experiences with rare and undiagnosed disabilities.
I have worked, studied, and volunteered on four continents, plus a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, M.A. from the University of Chicago, and B.A. from Carleton College.