I have lived, worked, and conducted research in mainland Southeast Asia since 1990. Currently, my research focuses on issues related to human rights violations, conflict-induced displacement, state-sponsored violence, extractive industries, and territorial disputes across South East Asia. I am developing two new book-length projects. The first project is an ethnographic study of human rights archives in Burma/Myanmar. The second project concerns the role Vietnamese amateur experts (pundits) play in shaping the territorial disputes regarding the greater South China Sea and its natural resources.
I reside in Massachusetts with my wife and two children, and I like to play in the snow when not in the tropics.