Peer-Reviewed Articles


“Waste-to-Energy: Garbage Prospects and Subjunctive Politics in Late-industrial Baltimore.” 2019. American Ethnologist 46(3): 328–42.


“‘It’s exhausting to create an event out of nothing.’ Slow Violence and the Manipulation of Time.” 2018. Cultural Anthropology 33(1): 142–71. Available at


“Accountable Talk: ‘Real’ Conversations in Baltimore City Schools.” 2017. Anthropology and Education Quarterly 48(1): 77–97. Available at


“‘…And That’s Why I Teach For America’: American Education Reform and the Role of Redemptive Stories.” 2016. Text & Talk 36(2): 111–31. Available at


“Teach For All: Storytelling ‘Shared Solutions’ and Scaling Global Reform.” 2015. Education Policy Analysis Archives 23(45): 1–27. Available at


“Cultural Adaptation and Translation of Outreach Materials on Autism Spectrum Disorder.” 2015. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 45(8): 2329–36. With Roy R. Grinker, Christina Kang-Yi, Rinad Beidas, Adrienne Lagman, and David Mandel. Available at

Book Reviews


“Define and Rule: Native as Political Identity by Mahmood Mamdani.” 2013. Anthropological Quarterly 86(3): 927–33. Available at

Public Scholarship

“America’s Post-industrial Futures.” Photo essay for SAPIENS. November 28. Available at

“Trump’s Slogan: More About the ‘Make’ Than the ‘Great.’” 2017. Op Ed for Sapiens. April 25. Available at With Vincent Ialenti.


“The Incinerator Does Not Exist: Sensory Engagement with Toxic Potentials.” 2017. Part of a series called “Sensory Engagements with a Toxic World.” Chisato Fukuda, ed. Second Spear, Medical Anthropology Quarterly. March 29. Available at 2017/03/29/the-incinerator-does-not-exist-sensory-engagement-with-toxic-potentials/.


“On Not Being Seen.” 2016. Part of a series called “Ethnographer as Advocate.” Haley Bryant and Emily Cain, eds. Anthropology News. February 17. Available at


“Curtis on the Bay: Failed Development and the Mythology of Trump.” 2016. Part of a series called “Crisis of Liberalism.” Dominic Boyer, ed. Hot Spots, Cultural Anthropology. November 30. Available at


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