My research focuses on urban neighborhoods, culture, organizations, infrastructure, consumption, and qualitative methods. My first book, "Venice: A Contested Bohemia in Los Angeles," is a historical and ethnographic study of five adjacent neighborhoods and the changing tensions between diversity and exclusion.
I am currently working on two books. "Feeding Cities: Risk, Efficiency, and the Transformation of the Food System" is a historical, interview, and ethnographic study of the relationships between urban infrastructure and the food system from 1880 to the present. "Urbanism" (with Jonathan Wynn) focuses on how patterns in food, music, and art scenes become incorporated into cities across the globe.