Anthropologist ● Digital Media Specialist
I’m a cultural anthropologist who specializes in digital anthropology, medical anthropology, and religion.
May 2021, I graduated with my Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Southern Methodist University, my dissertation examines communal mourning on social media. I explore virtual rituals as a vibrant part of user’s lived religion and grief experience.
I am a Visiting Assistant Professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. I also consult on research, innovation, and strategy projects and guide small businesses through digital transformations and digital marketing.
While completing my Ph.D. last spring, I gained valuable experience in product management with Boston Scientific | Preventice Solutions.
I also have seven years of experience working as a social media specialist and web designer. I am the current chair and convenor of the Digital Anthropology Interest Group of the American Anthropological Association known as DANG. As chair and conference convenor, I promote and support the work of digital anthropologists around the world. As a digital anthropologist, the implications of the role algorithms and AI play in our daily lives from mental health to politics remain top-of-mind concerns for my research agenda. In September 2021, UNESCO and the LiiV Center launched an initiative for digital innovation in anthropology. I am proud to represent DANG and play a role in the initiative that raises concerns regarding AI ethics, privacy, and the role of technology in democracy. The long-term goal of the initiative is to put anthropologists trained in digital methods into key roles in the public and private sectors to balance data science’s Big Data with anthropology’s Thick Data.
Last spring, I retired from my post of webmaster for the Society for Medical Anthropology, but I maintain my close connections with SMA, its leadership, and members. As a medical anthropologist, I have conducted research on traditional storytelling and alternative health care practices in the Ozarks. I have also researched cures and faith healing in the Republic of Ireland. My work in the Ozarks and Ireland led to my interest in how social relationships and social networks influence overall well-being and individual health outcomes.
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