I am an archaeological anthropologist with research interests in the material histories of the ancient Americas, and particularly the Inka Empire of the pre-colonial Andes. I received my Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University in 2013 and have bachelors and masters degrees in archaeology and anthropology from Oxford University.
My current research project is based in the cloud forests of the eastern Andes, Peru - where I have been surveying a landscape that was heavily restructured under the Inkas for the production of coca leaf. For the Inkas, coca was one of the fundamental bases for exchange relations between themselves and the potent non-human actors that were resident in the landscape around them. Environmental agents such as mountains and rock outcrops, were willful and sentient beings in the ancient Andes - and so my research is therefore geared toward building frameworks for analyzing politics in contexts where political subjects are not always human.
My most recent publication is a forthcoming piece in the Cambridge Archaeological Journal entitled 'The Emperor's New Body: Personhood, Ontology and the Inka Sovereign' - in which I consider how the material person of the Inka ruler was not limited to a biological body as are Western individuals, but incorporated a wide range of other 'objects'.