Associate Professor of Anthropology

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Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

M.A., Syracuse University

B.A., Middlebury College


Cultural Anthropology, Peoples and Cultures of East Asia, Biopower and Technoscience, The Contemporary Silk Road, Gender and Society


Standardization and Accountability; Corporations and Culture; Sustainable Agriculture; China; Citizenship, Nationalism and Ethnic Minorities; Post-Socialism and Neoliberalism; China’s Dairy Industry; E-Waste


2013. "Pasteurizing China's Grasslands and Producing Terroir." American Anthropologist 115(3): 437-451

2010 “The Mutability of Melamine: A Transductive Account of a Scandal” Anthropology Today. 26(6):4-8.

Erasing SARS: Outbreak Reflections on the Ethnographic Process. In Dispatches from the Field. Andrew Gardner and David Hoffman, eds. Prospect Hills, IL: Waveland Press (2006)

Food, Environment and Health Post-SARS: Corporate Expectations and Participation. China Environment Series, vol. 7. J.L. Turner, ed. Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson Center (2005)

2009—National Science Foundation, Small Grant for Exploratory Research to support preliminary research on China’s 2008 melamine scandal.

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