I am a writer and a social science researcher. My main area of interest is uncovering and describing the complex functioning of small organizations and communities.

Trained in political science (political anthropology), my dissertation analyzed norms of reciprocity in rural Kenya. I have since worked as a program evaluator and project manager. I also teach about institutions and governance.

I am committed to cooperative, multi-method data collection, with expertise in:

  • Topics such as public goods provision, equity and procedural fairness, and institutional design
  • Foundational data collection via surveys and other instruments
  • Field research, especially oral history and semi-structured interviews

I currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband and young daughter.