My work marries historical archaeology, museum anthropology, and heritage studies to broadly explore transatlantic slavery and its afterlives. My current project considers the shape of Haitian Vodou in the anthropological imagination. More specifically, I’m exploring the historical attempts to suppress Vodou in Haiti and the subsequent “salvage” collecting of drums and other sacred objects by French and American ethnographers - a project which intersects with my own family history in a number of surprising ways.
In 2020 I received my MA in folklore following research in Panama. I read English, Spanish, French, and Dutch and I’m interested in the use of curatorial methods as a mode for conveying research across broad and diverse publics.
I’ve also co-curated three exhibits and co-directed/produced a short film, Miss Panama, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2021