University of California San Francisco
I am the Director of Qualitative Research at the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative at the University of California San Francisco’s Center for Vulnerable Populations. Prior to this position, I was an Associate Professor at the University of Memphis.
My policy-framed research focuses on identifying and addressing the mechanisms of structural vulnerability that negatively impact the health and well-being of socially marginalized populations in the United States, particularly immigrant communities, the working poor, and people experiencing homelessness. I have authored or co-authored over 65 peer reviewed publications, reports, and editorials, and consult frequently on qualitative and mixed methods research, community-based participatory research, and other methodological topics. Some of my recent articles appear in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology; Medical Anthropology Quarterly; Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health; and Trauma, Violence, & Abuse.
I have over fifteen years of leadership experience in academic and non-academic settings. These experiences include serving as Co-Chair for the Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology Programs (National Association for the Practice of Anthropology, 2016-2020); Board member for Latino Memphis (2013-2017); Founder and Co-Chair of the Anthropology and Mental Health Interest Group (Society for Medical Anthropology, 2012-2019); member of the Faculty Senate (University of Memphis, 2011-2018); and Co-Chair of the Bay Area Association of Practicing Anthropologists (2005-2011).
As a long-standing member of SfAA, I would welcome the opportunity to support the organization’s important mission in advancing the training, professionalization, and career development of applied anthropologists. I am particularly interested in working with the Board to develop strategies for increasing the number of anthropologists of color at SfAA, as they remain woefully under-represented both within our membership and in the field more generally. Additionally, in the context of the COVID pandemic’s emotional and professional toll on our members—particularly students—I would welcome the opportunity to develop initiatives to enhance the mental health and well-being of our colleagues. Thank you for your kind consideration.