I am a recent graduate of the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago where I completed my PhD in psychological anthropology. My research focuses on youth development, particularly how educational and religious institutions impact the well-being and identities of children and adolescents. Employing a range of methods, theories, and perspectives, this research has taken me to conducting experimental social psychology studies, to recording and coding parent-child interactions, and—most recently—to multiple years of ethnographic fieldwork in northern Thailand where I studied boys and young men who temporarily ordained as Buddhist novice monks for several years.

I also do web development work.