Research

My research combines my academic training in both Philosophy and Social Science. I am interested in using ethnographic methods to carry out research in the area of descriptive ethics, the empirical study of people’s actual beliefs about morality and how they address moral problems. 

I am also interested in the ethnograpic study of neoliberalism and post-neoliberalism, social movements and contemporary Latin American politics. My PhD examined the conflict between two forms of local political authority that operate among the Quechua-speaking highland indigenous communities of Bolivar province in the Cochabamba department of Bolivia.

I am currently interested in developing new theoretical and methodological resources for the ethnographic analysis of political conflict and how political discourse can be understood in terms of the attempt by groups and social actors to contest elements of their shared social morality. This seeks to engage with a growing body of work in the cognitive sciences which analyses political conflict as fundamentally concerned with distinct moral understandings.