- MA, Anthropology, Emory University
My research interests are in Muslim Southeast Asia. I focus particularly on the burgeoning halal (Islamic category of permissible) food industry in Malaysia and Brunei as a way of understanding how Muslims incorporate their religion into their everyday lives. Halal is potentially also a lens through which to understand the flow of religious ideas and wealth between the Muslim Arab homeland, the numerically significant but, in a number of respects, marginalized Muslim population in Southeast Asia, and the small but economically powerful Muslim populations in the United States and Europe.
Additionally I am interested in queer anthropology (particularly how Southeast Asian transgender identities invite reevaluation of categories commonly deployed within LGBT movements and studies) and the anthropology of food.