|Masters Research (2011 to 2012)
Voyages of Ethnographic Knowledge: Circulation, Intertextuality, and Genre in The Book of Luelen — The George Washington University
Based on textual analysis, archival research at the National Anthropological Archives, and interviews with anthropologists, linguists, and Micronesians, my thesis follows the social life of a Pohnpeian ethnographic text from its origins in 19th century oral tradition to its various handwritten, translated, published, and remembered manifestations circulating around the island and wider world today.
Field Research (2012 to 2013)
Ethnographic Research Assistant for Cell Phone Ecologies Project — Smithsonian Institution/The George Washington University
Collected ethnographic data about the linguistic, material, and functional aspects of cell phone use among specific DC communities, including taxicab drivers, university students, and cell phone repair technicians.
Developed contacts within communities, then conducted interviews and observation.
Organized, transcribed, coded, and analyzed data using Excel, F4, and basic Atlas.ti software.
Drafted grant proposals for project funding with Dr. Joel Kuipers (GWU), Dr. Joshua A. Bell (SI NMNH), and other research assistants.
Coordinated logistics to host the research team’s Smithsonian exhibit-planning workshop in February 2013 and Wenner-Gren academic workshop in June 2013.Collaborative Project (2015 to 2017)
Ethnographic Documentary Film: Island to Island — Program of Culture and Media, New York University
Made with members of the Hawaiian diaspora community in New York City from 2015-2016, this short documentary explores how young cultural practitioners integrate oli, traditional Hawaiian chant, into their lives on the island of Manhattan. Island to Island premiered at the 40th Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City in 2016, and has since screened in Chickasaw, OK, Pohnpei, FSM, Guam, and Australia.
PhD Research (2016 to 2016)
Ethnographic Research around the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture — New York University
Collected photos, video, and notes from 2 weeks of performances, market spaces, forums, and conversations with delegates from 27 Pacific nations, festival organizers, and visitors.
Formally interviewed Chamorro organizers and festival participants, as well as participants and visitors from the Federated States of Micronesia diaspora on Guam.
On Pohnpei, interviewed diverse delegation organizers, performing art leaders, artisans, government officials, and traditional leaders who participated in the festival.
PhD Research (2017 to 2018)
Cultural Production on Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia and Guam — New York University
Observed and documented planning and preparation for multiple kinds of feasts, festival, and other events on Pohnpei and with FSM visitors and diaspora communities on Guam.
Interviewed people from the FSM who engage culture professionally in salaried positions, as artisans and leaders of performing groups, and in enduring traditional roles.
On Pohnpei, worked with education specialists incorporating cultural knowledge and language into formal and informal education activities for Pohnpeian youth.