Research Assistant, Cellular Connections Project, George Washington University Anthropology Department, 2110 G Street NW, Washington D.C. (September 2015-Present)
Principal Investigator, Dr. Alex Dent,
Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and in collaboration with the Smithsonian, the Cellular Connections Project is a longitudinal, ethnographic study of cell phone use, media ideologies, and notions of linguistic and material repair amongst high school students and their families. Responsibilities include: coordinating research activities between GWU and Washington D.C. high schools; conducting primary research through surveys, focus groups and interviews; curriculum development and implementation in local high schools; and supporting principal investigators on data collection and crunching, including coding, transcription, secondary research, editing and publishing.

Research Assistant, Global Women’s Institute, George Washington University, 2140 G Street NW, Washington D.C. (November 2014-August 2015)
Conducted qualitative research and literature reviews for ongoing research projects, including school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) and violence against women and girls in conflict and humanitarian settings. Coordinated and organized meetings with top gender-based violence professionals and practitioners, research projects domestically and abroad, and events regarding recent GWI publications, workshops and collaborative projects. Offered administrative and logistical support to partners including the World Bank, the WHO and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Efforts focused on increasing the evidence base on violence against women and girls, raising awareness about GBV in the Washington D.C. area through events and programming, and supporting projects the empower women around the world.

Community Health Empowerment Volunteer, Peace Corps, Korovou, Fiji, South Pacific (September 2013-May 2014)
Invited by the Fiji Ministry of Health to combat the Non-Communicable Disease crisis in the country. Conducted community health outreach programs, awareness programs and workshops as Peer Health Educator on sexual and reproductive health for primary and secondary schools in Tailevu province. Developed capacity building and sustainable, empowered behavioral change among Fijian populace on topics regarding HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health and nutrition. Supplemented staff training on domestic violence cases, local legislation and sensitivity with local staff. Secretary of Gender and Youth Development Committee.

Head Consultant, Writing Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, 12604 (August 2010-May 2013)
Advised peers and edited their papers. Aided Freshman Writing Seminar teachers in shaping essay topics for students. Worked closely with professors to create Freshmen Writing Seminar curriculum. Guided staff meetings and discussions on techniques and approaches in writing pedagogy. Conducted writing sessions at Dutchess County Jail with women inmates, facilitating discussions on different creative forms. Edited magazine of exemplary undergraduate essays in The Oak Door.

Folklife Intern & Cultural Docent, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Capital Gallery Building, 600 Maryland Ave. SW, Suite 2001, Washington D.C. (June 2012-August 2012)
Intern for Creativity & Crisis: Unfolding The AIDS Memorial Quilt in collaboration with The NAMES Project Foundation. Cultural docent for A.R.T./Make Art, Stop AIDS exhibition in partnership with UCLA Art and Global Health Center, including work from Keiskamma Trust and Siyazama Project. Program management and development throughout the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Wrote, edited, published pieces on Festival Blog. Public communications and education. Conducted research on Endangered Languages program for National Geographic. 

Intern, Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit, University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences, Falmouth Building, Anzio Road, Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa (April 2012-June 2012)
Worked with Unit’s staff on current projects relating to public health, domestic violence, health care access, and legal obstacles to remuneration and justice for women suffering from gender-based violence. Interviewed health teachers along Western Cape about reproductive health curricula in secondary schools. Duties included research, literature reviews, transcription and various administrative tasks.


George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
MA Candidate, Medical Anthropology, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Certificate, Global Gender Policy, Elliott School of International Affairs
September 2015-May 2017

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
BA, Anthropology and English, September 2009-May 2013
GPA: 3.7, cum laude

University of Cape Town, South Africa
Spring Semester Study Abroad, 2012


“Soothe-sayers and Storytellers: The Healing Capacity of Narrative.” February 2016. Peeps.

“A Storied Commute.” December 2015. Peeps Issue 01: The Modern Protagonist.

“Aliens Among Us: Extraterrestrials and Culture.” May 2015. Pop Anth.

“Anthropology and Public Health” (October 2015). Presentation, Shifting Climates: Dialogues of the Urgent and Emergent. Public Anthropology Conference, American University.

“Evidence Brief: School-Based Interventions to Prevent Violence Against Women & Girls” (2015). The Global Women’s Institute.

He For She Launch with UN Women (January 2015). Panelist. Washington, D.C.

“Barefoot Anthropology in Fiji.” Imponderabilia: The International Student Anthropology Journal (2014):

“The Aesthetics of Deformity and the Construction of the ‘Freak’.” 2013. Student Anthropologist 3(2): 27-43.

“Baobabs and Briars: Plucking Anthropological Essentials from The Little Prince. February 2013. American Anthropological Association Blog.

“Cloth and Bead Children: Unpacking the Orphan Tower.” Smithsonian Folklife Festival Blog (2012).

“Common Threads—Reflections from the Festival: Depicting Devastation,” “Positive Living,” & “Reflections from the Festival: Positive Perceptions.” Smithsonian Folklife Festival (2012).

“A Deed of Darkness: Lycanthropy in The Dutchess of Malfi.” (2011). The Oak Door, Volume Two. Vassar College.


Graduate Consultant, The George Washington University Writing Center (September 2015-Present)

Volunteer, Health Justice for Peace Corps Volunteers (June 2015-Present)

Hotline Advocate and Community Educator, DC Rape Crisis Center (June 2015-Present)

Editor/Writer, The Geek Anthropologist. (2013-Present)

Volunteer, 2012 World AIDS Conference