Жизнь – игра, or, all the world’s a stage in ethnographic theater

I was touched this week to reread an article published online by a local news source in Petrozavodsk, Russia where I conduct my fieldwork. My dear friend and collaborator, Vladimir Rudak, a musician, filmmaker, writer, and disability activist from Petrozavodsk shared his impressions of the United States with reporter Asya Kosheleva. I was fortunate to … Continue reading Жизнь – игра, or, all the world’s a stage in ethnographic theater

New courses at UC San Diego

I am looking forward to teaching several new courses at UC San Diego in the coming months. This winter, I am teaching a course originally designed by Dr. Tom Humphries. The Problem of Voice takes the trope of "voice" as an important mode of understanding representation, recognition, and multivocality in contemporary cultural perspectives. The course, … Continue reading New courses at UC San Diego


Over the past year, in my role as postdoctoral fellow for the Collaboratory for Ethnographic Design (CoLED), it's been my great privilege to work with an outstanding array of scholars interested in the intersections and conundrums presented by thinking about ethnography and design. A little over a year ago, in September 2016, we launched the … Continue reading ETHNOGRAPHY & DESIGN: MUTUAL PROVOCATIONS