My current research focuses on the parallel
rise and divergent fates of northern Madagascar's
sapphire and ecotourist trades.
More specifically, I have been studying how the lives
of the Malagasy people involved in these trades are shaped not
only by the particular sorts of work required of them, but by
the peculiar demands of the foreign consumers served by their
I am also currently involved in a collaborative research project
involving faculty and students at UWO and the
of Antsiranana (North
For more information, see the
Madagascar Field Course page.