I am a first year PhD student in Anthropology broadly interested in the ways species configurations affect our understanding of taxonomies of power, especially in regards to animals used in food and entertainment. My developing work aims to sketch how queer life is managed through nonhuman animal pain and death within the context of the International Gay Rodeo Association competition circuit. With particular attention paid towards the kinds of violence historically directed towards LGBTQ people and animals, this study is driven by three primary concerns: first, to study moments when gay rodeos resist the imposition of rigidly heterosexual cowboy mythologies; second, to chart how rodeos orchestrate competitions that pit man against “beast”; and third, to explore how the violence directed at animals (whose deaths are already normalized and sanitized in food production) express anxieties around species membership and masculinity by individuals who have been often marginalized as less than human themselves.
Before attending Rice, I earned an MA in South Asian Studies from the University of Washington and a BA in International Political Economy from the University of Puget Sound. My master’s thesis explored mob violence against Muslim women who protested Eid slaughter practices within their own communities in Bhopal, India.