Great Plains archaeology, Mississippian archaeology, archaeological theory and method, archaeological philosophy, cognitive archaeology, iconography and symbolism, ceramic analysis, lithic technologies, museum curation, museum collections management, NAGPRA compliance and cultural affiliation.
Human adaptation and variation, peopling of the New World, Denisovan and Neanderthal introgression, paleo-environmental reconstruction, ancient and modern genetics and epigenetics, genetic and epigenetic epidemiology, nutrigenetics, complex phenotypes, biological aging, gene-culture coevolution, fire culture in the Arctic, stem cells, natural history, and primatology.
Social and cultural dynamics of rural Southern Africa (this includes a focus on livelihood strategies, social networks, development agencies, rural-urban migration patterns and the informal economies);and the role of the performing arts in structuring social identity.
Body politics in postwar Guatemala, the reproduction of marginalization through neoliberal healthcare systems, the production of medical knowledge, the everyday ethics of caregiving & moral worlds of physicians, foreign aid decline in Latin America, development's side effects, and the Ch'orti' Maya area.
African medical anthropology; The study of health and poverty among squatter populations of Cairo, Egypt's "City of the Dead"; Rural-Urban migration, inequality, and perceptions of illness/wellness; Structural violence, agency, and everyday resistance; Migration and Identity; Refugee Studies; Somali Bantu refugee experience; trauma, memory, and embodiment; Lived suffering, peacetime crimes, and everyday violence; Slavery, narrative, and contemporary identity; Peace and Conflict Studies; Post-colonial studies--North Africa; Women and Islam; Contemporary Islam; Construction and deconstruction of HIV/AIDS Stigma in MENA region.
Ethnogenesis; extractive economies and indigenous political movements; ethnohistory of Amazonian peoples; infrastructure and ICTs (information and communication technologies); indigeneity; kinship; shamanism; memory; violence; Kandozi and Quechua (Inga/Southern Pastaza Quechua); western Amazonia (Peru/Ecuador).
Perceptions of health problems and suffering; Patient-Doctor relationships; Medical ethics; Social determinants of health; Slave health & nutrition practices; Health based geographic information systems; Health literacy and patient compliance; Demography of health and health care; Health and migration; Visual anthropology; East Africa and African-American communities.
Currently conducting research on "light verbs" (what we call yardemchi pe 'il "helping verbs"). My primary focus is Uyghur verbs and grammatical topology, but I am also interested in culture.
I plan to use the corpus of pre-modern and modern Uyghur to research these questions for my PhD dissertation. Creating an electronic corpus will allow tracking the development of these helping verbs of 150 years. We will be able to count them and study their discourse context.