I am a first year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. My research focuses on care and euthanasia practices in Chicago veterinary clinics, animal shelters, and city agencies. I am interested in how bodies are made dead, how euthanasia technicians cultivate certainty and grapple with precarity, and the particularities of how nonhuman life is made alternately valuable, killable, or unimportant. I am currently working to develop this project in conversation with histories of animal commodification and companionship, articulations of urbanism against rural communities, violence that transcends and destabilizes the human/animal divide, and animals that are made disposable as waste or public nuisance.
Additionally, I am interested in experimenting methodologically with how nonhuman and nonliving beings can be included in ethnographic work with the same commitment as traditional human informants.
Before coming to Rice I attended Mount Holyoke College and graduated in 2018 with a BA in Anthropology and Spanish. My senior thesis project ethnographically engaged with human-animal communication in a Chicago animal shelter and explored questions of knowledge, authority, and certainty as shelter staff and volunteers manage animal subjects and spread their messaging about care.