My research as a medical anthropologist has focused on the biopolitics of HIV/AIDS, water, and humanitarianism, working with disadvantaged and vulnerable populations in the U.S., Lesotho, South Africa and Greece. I have also worked on public health programming projects with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Boston Medical Center, Boston University, Institute for Community Health in Cambridge, Boston Public Health Commission, Massachusetts State Laboratory Institute, and the Centers for Disease Control. My current research examines social activism around access to new HIV prevention technologies, with a focus on South Africa given its historical social activism efforts in securing access to HIV treatments. I am also examining citizen solidarity efforts in Greece, their effect on generating particular socialities (personal social networks) among refugees beneficiaries and consequently their influence on integration.
As an educator, I apply a critical frame to traditional pedagogy by striving to push the boundaries of higher education teaching approaches. I consider knowledge the development of critical consciousness, rather than the accumulation of facts. Through the problem based learning approach of ID2050 and IQPs, I show students the value of working at the intersection of multiple disciplines, and how the skills required for success at these disciplinary junctions are translatable to diverse careers in global enterprises.