Welcome to my website!
I am an anthropological archaeologist whose research focuses on Southeast Asian agricultural systems. I received my PhD in Anthropology from the University of Hawaii-Manoa in 2010 and was hired by the University of Guam as an assistant professor at the same year. In 2013 I joined the Department of Anthropology, University of California at Los Angeles. I direct the Ifugao Archaeological Project (IAP).
My research focuses on the relationships between Southeast Asian agricultural complexes, self-organization, and the landscape. My investigations among the Ifugao of the northern Philippines integrates ethnography, ethnohistory, spatial analysis (through Geographic Information Systems), and archaeology. I am also engaged with the local community, through the Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement (SITMo – a local grassroots NGO whose main objective is to preserve the rice terraces and help document Ifugao intangible heritage) in developing conservation plans for their upland rice terraces. My long-term research goals include documenting Southeast East Asian agricultural systems and contribute to intensification debates utilizing Southeast Asian production systems as case studies. Recent findings of my research in the highland Philippines has redirected the goals of the IAP which now include indigenous responses to European colonialism.
This website presents what I have been doing for the past few years; my teaching and research interests; and, my current and planned projects.
Department of Anthropology
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095