NYT Cover, Sept 2018.

There is a special intimacy to audio that wins over visual connection every single time. So frequently we listen to recorded audio that can sound *just* like the sounds we hear with our own years. Maybe it comes from microphones specially designed in stereo pairs to help mimic the stereo acoustic signature of the human listening experience. Maybe it comes from proximity—impossible to measure as we cram headphones inside of our ears…

Maybe it comes from the limitations of written words, wholly incapable of transmuting foreign sounds (the calls from lemurs in Madagascar come to mind). Maybe it comes from…

[Final Paper—Fall 2019 Animals, Race, and Nature, Prof. Nandini Thiyagarajan, NYU]

Through exploring complicated relationships between race and animals in literature, I became fascinated with popular stories in American fiction that reflect changing attitudes towards wolves from feared beast to the eco-warrior-animal that they are today.

And when thinking of popular stories of wolves, the name of the elephant in the room is Dances With Wolves, written by Michael Blake. Without fail, this was the most-mentioned story involving wolves since Little Red Riding Hood, The Call of the Wild, White Fang, or The Jungle Book. …

[Final Paper — Fall 2019 Media and Culture at NYU Prof. Faye Ginsburg]

Kestrel’s Eye (1998)

In preparing for my (hopeful) thesis work in multispecies ethnographic media, I was eager to see the films Sweetgrass (2009) and Leviathan (2013)(both by the Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab), which had been pitched to me as multispecies ethnographic films. But honestly, after watching them, I felt like ethnographers had missed the mark when it came to representing the lives and cultures of wildlife or animals on film.

Without clear examples to emulate, I decided to imagine asking the canon of ethnographic filmmakers what their thoughts would be on a diverse collection of nature documentaries.

After reviewing both Sweetgrass (2009) and Leviathan (2013), I explored how the lives and environments of animals were represented in…

[Final Presentation — Fall 2019 Museums & Interactive Technologies at NYU]

After a semester of reimagining technologies and museums, I developed a pitch to release an Augmented Reality wolf into the American Museum of Natural History.

Below I’ve included my final slideshow presentation and I recommend checking out Google’s AR wolf that you (*most likely*) can load on your phone right now! I’d link to it, but you need to search for it on your own phone.

In 2008, I started collaborating with Afghan activist Zareen Taj and together we produced the book Journey to Empowerment: Women After the Taliban and a video Dual Oppression of Women in Afghanistan. Our work together focused on Zareen’s research into the Taliban’s oppression (from economic disenfranchisement to genocide) of the women and Hazara of Afghanistan, and the intersectionality between these identities.

In November 2015, Zareen marched in Washington D.C. to call attention of the the withdraw of the international community from Afghanistan and the Hazara fears of another genocide against the families that have remained in Afghanistan.


An anti-poaching team patrols in Zakouma National Park, Chad, in February 2014. Photo: Marco Longari, AFP/GETTY

Growing armed conflict

The statistics about the loss of wildlife around the world are staggering. “100,000 elephants were killed from 2010–2012.” Says Dr. Iain Douglas Hamilton. “And the current levels are still very high.” Thousands upon thousands of elephants, rhinos, pangolins, tigers, and more are killed every year. In the face of this crisis, the militarization of wildlife protection has come as an immediate intervention to many wildlife habitats.

We originally didn’t have firearms so we came up with a whole host of different methods. Paintball guns was one, pepper spray was another. The poacher walked down a track and we’d jump out…

Background: I am an National Geographic Young Explorer trained in anthropology and filmmaking and I spend my time exploring human-wildlife conflicts and pathways to promoting peace in human-wildlife relationships.

Panel discussion at the Inaugural Positive Peace Conference 2015.

I am very thankful to all the participants and presenters I met (special shout out to Trust Mamombe & Morgane Richardson) and for the opportunity to attend the Inaugural Positive Peace Conference (for free!) at Stanford University.

General thoughts | Encouraging Positive Peace | Personal Takeaways

General Thoughts

  1. Overall, this day was very well run, extremely informative, engaging, and approachable — this last point…

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[a public journal of thoughts, questions, and project notes — consider this blog as a unrefined idea space.] M.A Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU

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