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I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, where I earned a BA in Anthropology at the University of New Orleans. After a two year break from my academic career, I returned to UNO in the fall of 2006 in order to pursue a Masters degree in Applied Anthropology/Urban Studies. While in the program, my research interests have included coastal communities, the effects of the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the oil and gas industry on the built environment and cultural landscape of southeastern Louisiana, as well as the Isleños of St. Bernard Parish, the descendants of 18th century settlers from the Canary Islands. My thesis project, which will undoubtedly incorporate some of these topics, is currently in development. I am also a graduate researcher at the Center for Hazards Assessment, Response, and Technology, a research organization at UNO that specializes in hazard and disaster mitigation. I am currently in the midst of a NOAA-funded, participatory action research project, in collaboration with both NOAA and a coastal community, dealing with enhancement of the resilience of such communities.
Area(s) of Training
anthropology, applied anthropology, cultural anthropology, ethnography
Area(s) of Expertise
Being a student.
Most Recent Degree
Current Area of Employment
Center for Hazards Assessment, Response, and Technology