I have lived, worked, and conducted research in mainland Southeast Asia since 1990. Currently, my research focuses onĀ  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.

Academic Positions

  • Present2007

    Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change

    Clark University

  • 20072005

    Post-Doctoral Fellow

    Institute for Critical International Studies, Emory University

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 2005

    Ph.D. Anthropology

    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

  • M.S. 2004

    M.S. School of Natural Resources and Environment

    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

  • B.A. 1990

    B.A. Anthropology

    Princeton University

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2007-2010
    Internal Research Grant (Clark University)
  • 2005-2007
    ICIS Internal Research Grant (Emory University)
  • 2004-2005
    Vaclav Havel Doctoral Dissertation Research
  • 2000-2001
    Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (U.S. Department of Education)
  • 2000-2001
    Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Fellowship
  • 1998
    Advanced Vietnamese Language Fellowship (VASI)
  • 1997-2000
    Jacob K. Javits Fellowship (U.S. Department of Education)
  • 1996-1997
    Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (U.S. Department of Education)