I received my PhD (2005) and M.Sc. (1996) in Anthropology and my BA in Art History (1991) from the Université de Montréal. I have a post-graduate diploma in Social Anthropology from the University of Sydney (1992). I also received a post-graduate diploma in management from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales in 1998. Prior to my doctoral studies, I worked as a consultant in international development project and program evaluation. I grew up in Montreal and speak French, English, Spanish, and a little bit of Italian.
My research has focused on the moral economies of humanitarian action and the dynamics of post-disaster reconstruction, namely in Central America. I have been interested in topics relating to the politics of community participation, social inequality, anthropological theories of gift and exchange, and questions about hope, value, and utopianism as they manifest in development and humanitarian practices. I am currently developping new research in Cuba on rural farmers' changing economic lives.
I am a Graduate Faculty in the CAST M.A. program (Cultural Analysis and Social Theory) and I can supervise students whose research interests align with my areas o
CQ 602 Approaches to Cultural Analysis
GS211 Introduction to International Development
GS361 Disasters, Vulnerability, Resilience
GS461 Global Humanitarianism