PhD, Anthropology, the University of Connecticut in May 2019
MA, Anthropology, the University of Connecticut May 2014
BA, Anthropology, Georgia State University and May 2011
Aging and the life course from a cross-cultural perspective, applied and practicing anthropology, late-capitalist economics, mental health, dementia and Alzheimer's disease, casinos, gambling, cultural anthropology, critical thinking and academic writing, anthropology & climate change, medical anthropology, racial & ethnic diversity, anthropological theory and practice
Formally trained as a medical and cultural anthropologist, my work has examined sociocultural aging paradigms in the United States, particularly as they relate to recreation, engagement, and personhood. I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the Northeastern U.S., Japan, Brazil, and am currently in the field in the metro Atlanta area. I am interested in the ways that shifting cultural and economic values, such as those that shape ideas about independence, social support, and retirement, affect senior adults’ sense of personhood as they move through the life course in late capitalist America. My dissertation focused on mega-casino complexes and their role in facilitating post-retirement ideals for local senior gamblers. I am presently a member of the dynamic and interdisciplinary Meaningful Engagement team, led by Dr. Candace Kemp, which examines how assisted living and personal care homes can identify and foster meaningful engagement for their residents living with dementia.