Thanks for your interest.

I’m an anthropologist and an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Education in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. I’m primarily located in the Anthropology and Education program. I also have an appointment in the International and Comparative Education program and am Affiliated Faculty at Columbia’s Institute for Latin American Studies.

My research centers on how state institutions, such as Ministries of Education or schools, shape how people see and participate in the world. I’m interested in how, or if, multilingualism and non-institutionally sanctioned educational practices can transform state institutions.

I see ethnography as a means to better understand the social complexity often missed in national level schooling policies or “global” development work. I see ethnographic research as an important pathway for taking seriously how we as people live and understand the world, which may contrast with seemingly straightforward theories or datasets. Ethnographic research is also a useful tool for supporting others, such as for paying close attention to better understand how to be helpful and for documenting and transforming society.

I work primarily with Kichwa educational activists in Ecuador. My research occurs in Spanish and in Kichwa. Kichwa is known as Quechua in Peru and Bolivia and is the most spoken family of Indigenous languages in the Americas.