Greetings from Buenos Aires! I am currently finishing six weeks of research in Buenos Aires where I came thanks to a CLACS’ grant. My research focuses on the social experience of conscription in Argentina during the first half of twentieth century. Mandatory military service was established in 1901 for every twenty-year-old men and abolished in … More Archival Exploration in Buenos Aires
I am in San José, Costa Rica’s capital city, conducting archival research for my dissertation proposal. My research project focuses on the creation of the Costa Rican Constitutional Court and how the rise of its accountability functions in the 1990s transformed the relationship between the citizenry and political power in Costa Rica. I argue that … More Greetings from San José, Costa Rica!
Bachata and The Boy on The Roof It was close to sundown as I boarded a bus leaving the capital of Santo Domingo to Boca Chica, a city just an hour East. It was a long day of interviewing some locals and international students on dance and culture with nothing to show for it. I … More A Feasibility Study of Bachata Dance Festivals in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
This summer of 2016, I am spending 6 weeks in the cloud forests of Ecuador. I am conducting research on the role of sound in residents’ ecological knowledge. Using methodologies from ethnography and soundscape ecology, my goals for this pilot research are to interview residents and set up passive acoustic recorders to monitor the variety … More Conservation management and soundscape analysis in the cloud forests of Ecuador
At sunset, the streets of Port-au-Prince bustle with activity. It is loud and dusty. Smoke fills the air. Trucks, tap taps and motorcycle taxis roar past in traffic as gas powered generators growl loudly supplying food vendors with a light bulb or two so people can see what they are ordering. Food vendors thrive at … More Tastes of the Sea in Haiti
Greetings from “Belém do Pará”, Brazil! Hey there! I am writing from the Brazilian Amazon where I have conducted a feasibility study since May 23rd when I arrived in Belém, the capital of the Pará state. This is the first fieldwork for my PhD in Environmental Sciences at the IU School of Public and Environmental … More Fighting deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon: environmental policy effects on landowners’ decision-making, and land-use and land-cover change
I spent two months this summer in Brazil’s agricultural powerhouse at the frontier of the Amazon forest, in Northern and Western Mato Grosso state. My objective during this trip was to do a pre-dissertation feasibility study about an elite group of large-scale soybean farmers and corporate groups owning multiple farms ranging from 5,000 to 400,000 … More The decision-making process of large-scale landowners with respect to environmental management practices in Mato Grosso, Brazil.