I conduct interdisciplinary research on resilience and health across cultures. I have worked with war-affected children in Afghanistan, refugee households in Pakistan, homeless street-children in Nepal, and famine-stricken families in Niger. I have a specific interest in the impact of violence on health and strategies for conflict alleviation and prevention.
What I want to achieve:
Most interventions are designed to be culturally-appropriate, rather than culturally-compelling. I want to help design programs that speak to the priorities of people and I want to robustly evaluate their impact on wellbeing. For work in conflict areas, I was awarded the Lucy Mair Medal that honors excellence in the application of anthropology to the relief of distress and the recognition of human dignity.