My research centers on comparative political economy, with a particular emphasis on low wage work, informal work, and urbanization. This includes day labor, what I term "less documented" migration, and low-wage service work. My current book manuscript "The Servant Class City" looks at these processes in relation to changing systems of urban governance and structures of opportunity among the poor and working poor in San Diego, California.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Anthropology, University of Michigan,
  • M.A. : Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University,
  • B.A.: Anthropology, University of New Hampshire,


  • Public Policy
  • economic development
  • political economy, labor markets, migration, urbanization, inequality, employer-employee relations, informal economies, black markets
  • critical policy studies