My work focuses on science, technology, and medicine in urban Cambodia and in Southeast Asia borderlands. My book, Fixing the Image (under review), based on over two years of ethnographic and archival research in Cambodia and France, examines contemporary medical imaging services alongside histories of technology within postcolonial health development projects. I explore how imaging services relate to the importance of images and seeing in medical and other healing practices, to the reconfiguration of public and private health care, and to expectations for techno-modernity across political regimes.
A second project is a collaboration with malaria scientists on drug resistance and migration in the Greater Mekong Subregion. My interest is how parasitologists, entomologists, and epidemiologists grapple with histories of drug resistance as they develop techniques for surveillance and elimination, as well as the larger question of how resistance emerges.
A third project, Archive Actions, seeks to open the Elizabeth Becker Khmer Rouge Collection to Cambodian and Cambodian American communities. The Becker Collection, housed at UW Libraries and the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center in Phnom Penh, contains photographs, propaganda, notes, and political communication from Becker's 1978 trip to Democratic Kampuchea. The first workshop, in November 2019 involved artists in Phnom Penh, and the second, in February 2020, involves artists and cultural workers in the Seattle area.
I teach medical anthropology, anthropology of technology, and social studies of science, development, and medicine in Southeast Asia. I mentor students in Anthropology, Southeast Asia Studies, and the Science, Technology, and Society Studies Certificate Program. I am core faculty in the Medical Anthropology & Global Health program, a unique and thriving undergraduate track in the Department of Anthropology.