Research

My overall research interest is in alternatives to mainstream development institutions and practices.

This has led me to study Corporate Citizenship programs in the high-tech industry, through an ethnography of HP's e-Inclusion program. I conducted research in California's Silicon Valley, Costa Rica and India and have published findings from this research in academic journals, including Current Anthropology, Information Technologies and International Development (ITID), the Journal of Corporate Citizenship and Science, Technology and Society.

My most recent project, Sentiments of Aid, is looking at the role of representations and affect in engaging Northern publics in international development efforts and specifically microfinance. My book New Media and International Development, published in 2015, traces the mediated and personal encounters of Anglo-American publics with microfinance, through photo competitions, online lending sites such as Kiva.org, microfinance tourism and volunteering. I have also published in Critique of Anthropology, the Journal of International Development, Anthropology Today and have forthcoming articles on Mohammad Yunus as a microfinance aid celebrity and on experiential engagements with poverty (Third World Quarterly). This research has been supported by, among others, the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion at the University of California, Irvine.

 I have also launched a new project that examines the shift towards discourses and practices of innovation in development. I am particularly interested in the role of online platforms and humanitarian design to address the 'wicked problems' of persisting poverty and inequality. I have published a first article in PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review.