- 2013 Ph.D. Anthropology, University of California, Irvine
- 2009 M.A. Anthropology, University of California, Irvine
- 2005 B.A. Anthropology, Bryn Mawr College
Cultural Anthropology; Science and Technology Studies; Alternative Intellectual Property; Sound Studies; Brazil
My primary research explores how globalizing alternative intellectual property practices impact creativity, access to knowledge, digital media, and music in Brazil. Since 2008, I have conducted fieldwork primarily in Rio de Janeiro. My interest in multisensory ethnography, sound, and methodological innovation and experimentation led to my forming the research collaboration, the Sound Ethnography Project. One of my new research projects includes a study of the relationships between social activism, the cultura livre (free culture) movement, and Open Access publishing in Brazil and Latin America more broadly.
In progress. Piracy, Publics, and Payola: Contested Soundscapes in Brazil. Book-length manuscript based on dissertation.
2014 ‘Cannibalizing Copyright? The Brazilianization of Open Intellectual Property.’ Anthropology Today 30(5): 11-14.
2012 'From Funkification to Pacification: The Emerging Socio-Sonic Landscape of Funk'
Carioca. With Gregory Scruggs. Norient Academic Online Journal.