Hello, I do lots of things!

First and foremost, I'm an Anthropologist. I have conducted ethnographic research in Brazil, Cuba, the U.S., Guyana, Panama, Mexico, Spain, and the U.K., and my first book is due to be published soon by the University of Florida Press. It's about networks of circulation between socialist Cuba and the capitalist Cuban diaspora, and follows mulas (smugglers) back and forth as they navigate all the complexities these geopolitical borders present. 

 

I also apply these research skills in the private and public sectors as a UX Researcher, and have worked in government and diplomacy, healthcare, publishing, education, and tech/ product design, advocating for people-centred design and policy. 

I'm a Classical Soprano, and specialise in Renaissance polyphonic / Baroque vocal music, as well as 20th century song, and perform regularly with groups across the U.K. and Europe. 

 

I originally trained as a Linguist, and have published English translations of Portuguese, Spanish, and German poetry. 

I have long had an interest in photography and visual media, and have published several photographic essays alongside my anthropological research to capture the lived experiences of various communities I have worked with, particularly in Brazil, Cuba, and Spain. 

Finally, I sometimes appear on radio and at festivals to talk about the role of anthropology and similar social sciences in the public intellectual sphere. As Fellow in Public Anthropology at the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain & Ireland, I produce and host a podcast highlighting current anthropological research, and recently co-curated an exhibition of anthropological research through illustration with Laura Haapio-Kirk. 

Ultimately, I'm interested in people, and in storytelling: whether that's across languages, through a camera lens, through song, or through ethnographic vignettes, it all boils down to stories. 

So please do get in touch if you want to tell me a story!

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