1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Graduate Student


I have been exploring women’s participation in rugby social songs in the US and how they negotiate their personal identities and their rugger identities. Through interviews with rugby players in Alaska, I became interested in the differences between US rugby culture and New Zealand rugby culture as well as the role, use, and expression of haka.


My research interests center around conceptions of mental health/illness and access to mental health care. Specifically, I'm interested in novel ontologies and epistemologies that speak to "mental" health without relying on Cartesian dualism, and how these can be opportunities for healing, resilience, and resistance; I intend to explore these questions in Highland Guatemala. 


My primary interests are in how educational institutions, particularly museums, help form narratives of knowledge that are extended further into our lives. This type of knowledge formation and understanding creates certain identities that we attach onto ourselves in order to create greater forms of identity such as a national identity. Museums also help form identities for those who are the original creators and owners of the objects they house that are then spread to an audience of viewers.


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