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Areas of Interest:

Anthropology of Work; Anthropology of Food; Economic Anthropology; Crisis; Craft production; Community and Locality; Collaboration; Resilience; Ecology; Brewing and Distilling; Alcohol Consumption and Alcoholism; Japan and Okinawa


Certificate, Concise Course in Brewing Technology, Siebel Institute of Technology, 2017

MA, Asian Studies & Religious Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2013

BA, Asian Studies & Japanese, Calvin College, 2009

Professional Background:

I am interested in how people use specialized forms of labor to work through crisis. My MA thesis (UT Austin, 2013) examined how Zen Buddhist temples as familial institutions addressed individual and collective anxiety not only in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, but also in the face of the slower burning crisis of rural depopulation.

My dissertation continues this trajectory, tracing a working philosophy of craft production as it emerges in the practices and struggles of craftspeople operating in contexts of social and economic uncertainty.

I consider how people use alternative occupations to literally work through the crises in their lives. This project is based on three years of ethnographic research; two working as a craft beer brewer in central North Carolina’s craft beer industry (2015-2016, 2017-Present), and another in Tokyo and Okinawa as a craft alcohol researcher and apprentice cheesemaker (2016-2017).

I currently work as a professional brewer in Chapel Hill while writing.

Research and Activities:

Brewing; Distilling; Cheesemaking; Drinking

Curriculum Vitae