I came to Aberdeen as a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies in 2002, after completing a BA in History and a Masters in Social Anthropology at Oxford University, a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, and having taught Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. I have been doing research in Mexico since 1992, and I have also done research since 2008 in the East Bay Area of northern California.
As well as teaching in Hispanic Studies, I am Director of the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law for which I have been responsible for the following recent and ongoing activities:
- Sense of Political Community research project in Scottish schools, which looks at the impact of 16- and 17-year old pupils voting in the Scottish Independence Referendum on pupils' political engagement
- Politics of Oil & Gas in a Changing UK: International Perspectives public conference in May 2013, which brought together leading figures from industry, unions, government, environmental movements and the academy to debate key topics in energy politics
- Political Community workshop and PhD summer school in June 2014, out of
which we are publishing a volume.
- editing a volume on Religion as a Category of Governance and Sovereignty, which will come out in spring 2015.