Research

Musina, South Africa Borderlands. Photo by author.


Circulations and Humanities Struggle for Survival: The Social Life of Migration, Inequality, Space and Health

I am interested broadly in the culture of movement and the lifelines drawn, whether in spaces of healing, migratory economies or in the development of uneven societies. My current research focus is on inclusive and sustainable societies, spaces, systems and economies primarily centering on themes of health, migration and inequality. I have expertise particularly in relation to the comparative diaspora of Southern Africa and North America. I employ multidisciplinary field training and mixed participatory methods in my work including multi-modal, qualitative, quantitative and participatory approaches.

Most recently, I have been performing multi/year field-work focused on economic, health and social inequality in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mexico and the United States. As part of this work, I am writing a monograph entitled, BORDERS: Life on the Brink and I have several forthcoming papers and other creative outputs.

This includes an upcoming paper entitled, To Make Society Uneven: Tracing the Life Lines of Infrastructure to be presented at University of Texas, Austin, March 26 2020, a paper entitled, Towards an Inclusive Society: What Does This Look Like? presented at University of Massachusetts, Amherst on October 4, 2019 where I chaired a session on social justice, a paper entitled, The Political Economy of Survival at Two Contested Borders: A Case Study of Southern Africa and North America, an art installation entitled Re/Imagining the Border at the 2019 AAA/CASCA annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada, among other outputs.


Health Behavior in the US-Mexico Borderlands

In 2018, I co-wrote a forthcoming review article as part of ongoing field-work on health seeking behavior and informal statuses of migrants circulating in liminal spaces of the US-Mexico borderlands. This article is entitled, Sick, Poor and Unequal: Migratory Health Seeking Behaviors and Barriers at the US-Mexico Borderlands.

Tijuana, México Informal Camps. Photo by Author.


Multi-modal Ethnographies in Un/stable Places

I have lead several projects in resource scarce, conflict and/or un/stable font-line locations over 2017-2019 in the areas of participatory and multi-modal qualitative ethnography. This includes research from the perspective of the researched in the utilization of Photovoice, visual multi-modal focus groups/interviews, drawing/painting research, sensory data and additional multi/participatory medias and datas. The utilization and exploration of so called “gray data” and differential research epistemologies and methodologies is a keen research interest of mine.

Photovoice 35mm in Beitbridge, South Africa Borderlands. Photo by Participant.


Global Health and Education System Inequality

My work has focused broadly on inequality/inequity, but especially in international education systems and other global state institutions. I performed related field-work in state institutions in Sweden, Finland and the United States in 2014-2017. Secondarily, during my psychotherapy training, my graduate work focused on psychopathology such as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and emotion and personality dis/regulation concerns especially as centered on (m)Health, digital, “last mile” and resource scarce settings. This work lead to the publication of the monograph, The Field Guide to ADHD.

Figure from The Field Guide to ADHD illustrating regional diagnostic health inequality in the United States during 2003-2011.
Figure from The Field Guide to ADHD in Helsinki Region Finland Nature School. Photo by Research Assistant.


Research in Relational and Conflict Psychotherapies

During 2017-2019, I wrote a forthcoming monograph entitled, You Can Be Happy Too, which introduces a constructed and holistic approach to relationship and dyadic psychotherapy. This multi-year clinical and scholarly project focuses on addressing and treating higher conflict relationship pathologies and centers around three emergent themes in relationship psychotherapy to include boundaries, validation and authenticity. The text includes numerous visual figures and has been written for the general audience in flash non-fiction format but has empirical relevancy for academic, clinical and other audiences.

Figure from You Can Be Happy Too by Blake Harding.

I have several forthcoming papers, monographs and other creative and scholarly outputs in progress, complete or in revise/re-submit stages, but you can read my book The Field Guide to ADHD here.


Areas of Expertise

Primary

Health Systems, Economies and Policies, Economic and Social Development in Southern Africa and North America, Medical and Socio/cultural Anthropology, Disparities / Inequalities, Social Studies of Medicine, Global Affairs

Secondary

Psychotherapy, Multimodal Ethnographies, Development Macro-economics, Health and the Built Environment, Participatory and Mixed Research Methods, Data Science, Social Theory

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