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My research focuses on the political economy and recent history of the archaeological site of El Tajín, Veracruz, Mexico. Specifically, I intend to examine the trajectories of heritage management, oil development, and archaeological research from historical and ethnographic perspectives. In 2014, I conducted research focused on mapping histories of movement in the region of El Tajín, while investigations in 2012-2013 focused on heritage as practice with an emphasis on labor relations in the site. I graduated from DePauw University in 2012 with a BA in anthropology and Spanish. Outside of El Tajín, I have been involved with ethnographic research in Cuetzalan, Puebla, and archaeological research in Rancho Kiuic, Yucatán.

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What I try to think about are the particular manifestations of urban poverty in western cities; and how this manifestations e.g. gangs, female headed households etc. are related to the social and material environment in which they exist. That is, how elements such as: the racialization of inequality, it's spacial concentration, it's juxtaposition with comparative wealth, and the violence, morbidity, mortality, addiction and incarceration which characterise urban deprivation are related.

As an evolutionary anthropologist I look at these things systemically, as an ecology, and theorise humans as adapted and adaptive, acting in ways which have some evolutionary precedent. I will focus on life history theory and models of childhood development, stress and trauma as well as drawing from other traditions, particularly feminism, queer theory and critical theory. I received my undergraduate degree from University College London in 2011.

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I am a social and cultural anthropologist engaging with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which has recently launched a program, Aadhaar, to distribute biometric identification cards to every Indian resident. My focus is on the impact of this national project on governance and bureaucracy in the state of Punjab and its welfare distribution apparatus. I bring to this project my interest in the ways in which the Indian state imagines pasts, presents, and futures for its polity. I endeavor to to contribute to scholarly conversations about science and technology studies and governance; the logic of state planning and development in India; the conditions of knowledge production within the Indian bureaucracy; and the impact of such expertise on the state of Punjab in particular. My project is motivated by my interests in cultural anthropology, identity and power, and in Punjab and its diasporas, which I cultivated first as an undergraduate in the anthropology department at UC Berkeley, and subsequently at the University of Chicago, where I earned my MA in the social sciences.

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