Trained as a cultural anthropologist, with a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA and Ph.D. from Princeton University, I have been conducting field-based research since 1993. I specialize in ethnographic approaches to knowledge production -- ways of understanding conflict that privilege diverse community experiences and highlight the dynamic frictions between globalized
frameworks for social repair and local, lived experiences.
I have received numerous grants and fellowships for my research. My work has been supported by the United States Institute of Peace, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the H.F. Guggenheim Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. I have held a Fulbright scholarship for my work in Indonesia, and been a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA. I have given talks on my work to audiences around the world, including at Harvard University, Tsinghua University in China, the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the University of Indonesia, the National University of Singapore, the Federal University of Bahia in Brazil, and Leiden University in the Netherlands.