Misima, Papua New Guinea

I have conducted 20 months of anthropological fieldwork on the island of Misima in the Milne Bay of Papua New Guinea. From 2015-2016, I studied the long-term social impacts of mining after the closure of a large scale open pit gold mine in 2000. This research has led me to study deindustrialization, schismatic Christian churches, and local politics in Misima. In conjunction with these studies, I have also investigated the social role of witchcraft accusations, magic, and discourses on the opacity of other minds.

Since 2007 I have been conducting research with Fundamentalist Polygynists in Utah. The focus of the research has been on the politics and social organization of independent church movements.

In 2017 I started a long-term research project of studying lu-Mein/Yao Daoism and diaspora. I am currently learning the language and making contacts throughout the United States, Northern Thailand, Laos, and China.

In 2018 I started a research project on studying the sociolinguistics of religion, sports, and politics in Utah.