I am an applied cultural anthropologist who investigates urban mobilizations,
environment, food, and social justice, and, most recently, university libraries. I use
ethnographic and participatory visual and digital research methods, with projects in
Hungary, Portugal, and the United States. In my 2006 book, Wild Capitalism: Environmental
Activists and Post-socialist Political Ecology in Hungary (2006), I examined the shifting
meanings of “civil society” and “environment” as environmentalists encountered new
political and ecological realities after state socialism. My book "Participatory
Visual and Digital Research" (with co-author Aline Gubrium) was published by Left
Coast Press in early 2013. I have used PhotoVoice specifically to investigate public
health and environmental issues in a Hungarian Roma (Gypsies) community and youth
activism in community food systems in western Massachusetts. I am developing a new
applied anthropology project in the UMass Amherst Library. My next international research
project focuses on urban agriculture and heritage policies in Portugal. I am the PI (with
Jacqueline Urla) of two NSF research and training grants, "Culture and Heritage in
European Societies and Spaces" (NSF-OISE #0968575 and IIA-1261172). 



Participatory Visual & Digital Methods (with Aline Gubrium) (2013)

Table of contents and introduction of Participatory Visual and Digital Methods by Aline Gubrium and...



Wild Capitalism: Environmental Activism and Postsocialist Political Ecology in Hungary (2006)

"Wild Capitalism" examines environmental issues in the "New Europe" of the twenty-first century. Specifically, it...




Visual interventions and the “crises in representation” in environmental anthropology: Researching environmental justice in a Hungarian Romani neighborhood, Human Organization (2012)

Participatory visual research, or "visual interventions" (Pink 2007) allow environmental anthropologists to respond to three...



A Photovoice Participatory Evaluation of a School Gardening Program through the Eyes of Fifth Graders (with Catherine Sands, Lee Ellen Reed, and Maggie Shar), Practicing Anthropology (2009)

In the springtime, fifth grade students at the Williamsburg Elementary School in rural Western Massachusetts...



Environmental Justice and Roma Communities in Central and Eastern Europe (with Tamara Steger and Richard Filcak), Environmental Policy and Governance (2009)

Environmental injustice and the social exclusion of Roma communities in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)...



Great Expectations? The Changing Role of “Europe” in Romani Activism in Hungary (with Peter Vermeersch), "Ethnic mobilization in the new Europe," Conference proceedings (2006)

Contemporary political action for ethnic and national minorities in Europe appears to be increasingly directed...



'Wild Capitalism’ and ‘Ecocolonialism’: A Tale of Two Rivers, American Anthropologist (2005)

The development and pollution of two rivers, the Danube and Tisza, have been the site...


Contributions to Books


International Environmental Justice: Building the Natural Assets of the World’s Poor (with S. Ravi Rajan), Reclaiming Nature: Environmental Justice and Ecological Restoration (2007)

In recent years, vibrant social movements have emerged across the world to fight for environmental...


Popular Press


Radio interview: "Growth of far right in Hungary poses a danger to Roma" (with Peter Driftmeier), Redeye Radio, Vancouver, BC (2010)

Right-wing and far-right parties made significant gains in Hungary's recent national election. This rise in...




Participatory Design Ethnography in the Learning Commons: Initial Research Findings (with Students in Anthropology 397AR, Spring 2014), UMass Libraries (2014)

Presentation on initial findings from research at the UMass Amherst Learning Commons using participatory design...



Youth participation in changing food systems: Toward food justice youth development (with Catherine Sands, Diego Angarita, Molly Totman, and Nuestras Raíces Youth Group), Society for Applied Anthropology (2014)

We present results from a youth participatory action research (YPAR) project in which young people...



Photovoice/Fotovoz: Como começar (with Ana Isabel Afonso), Associação pela Valorização Ambientale da Alta de Lisboa (AVAAL) (2013)

Como começar uma pesquisa participativa utilizando o metódo Fotovoz (Photovoice).



Participatory Visual & Digital Methods: Democratizing and Decolonizing Research, University of Barcelona, Visual Anthropology colloquium (2013)

Presentation based on my book with Aline Gubrium, Participatory Visual and Digital Methodologies (Left Coast...


Photo exhibitions


Across the Bridge: Using PhotoVoice to Study Environment and Health in a Romani Community. (with The Sajó River Association for Environment and Community Development, Hungary), (PhotoVoice exhibition catalogue) (2009)

This photo essay is the product of a partnership between Prof. Krista Harper, the Sajó...