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My research examines the geopolitical implications of China’s deepening diplomatic and economic relations with Latin America and Australia. Adopting an ethnographic approach to international relations has allowed me to explore food systems change and how community development articulates with global processes. I have conducted research in Cuba (four years), Senegal (one year), China (one year), and Mexico (one year), focusing most recently on the role of Chinatowns as political and economic bridges to Mainland China. I maintain an active interest in issues of civil society, religion, and political transformation in Cuba, and welcome applications from students looking for Masters and Ph.D. supervision on these and related topics.


  • 2008–present
    ARC Future Fellow (prior to that postdoctoral fellow), University of Sydney
  • 2005–2008
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Technology Sydney


  • 2004 
    La Trobe University, PhD - Anthropology
  • 1999 
    University of Wisconsin - Madison, BA - Anthropology

Research Areas

  • International Relations (160607)
  • Economic Theory (1401)
  • Anthropology Of Development (160101)
  • Social Theory (160806)