Specializations: Environmental Sociology, Social Dimensions of Disasters and Hazards, Environmental Justice, Humanitarian Response and International ‘Development,’ Ethnographic Methods, Sri Lanka and Tamil Culture, Body Modification (Tattooing)
Courses: Introduction to Sociology, Methods of Social Research I, Environmental Sociology, Environmental Justice, Hazards, Disasters, and Society
Courses:: Sociology of Law; Criminological Theory; Crime and Inequality; Incarceration and the Family; Sterilization, Reproductive Technology and Abortion; Sociology of the Family; Juvenile Delinquency
Courses Taught: Peoples of East Asia, Medical Anthropology, Sociocultural Study of AIDS, Cross-Cultural Study of Global Violence, Cross-Cultural Study of Sex Crimes, Anthropological Theory, Anthropology Methods, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology of Gender, Anthropology Honors
Research Interests: Recipient of two national book awards and one “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice on research about cultural politics of gender, social class, social inequalities, migration, and their role in the transmission of disease and identity formation of the disenfranchised and underprivileged population. More than two-decade intense, longitudinal fieldwork has resulted in ten academic books (one of which is in preparation), five edited journal issues, and over a hundred articles.Testified before the Congress at Capitol Hill, UNAIDS, and the United Nations on human trafficking and other issues, and has been a featured guest speaker on NPR, BBC, and NBC. Delivered over 100 papers at national and international conferences, and over 100 invited talks at key national and international universities and organizations. Invited service on the reviewer panel for Wenner-Gren Foundation, National Science Foundation, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, and Australia Research Council, and invited service on the Editorial Board for seven academic journals.