I am currently a PhD candidate in sociocultural anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I live in Oakland, California where I’m writing my dissertation on DIY (do-it-yourself) mycologists, my own provisional term for this emergent technoscientific subculture. (To see it first-hand, Radical Mycology is a good entry point). DIY mycology combines the ethos of countercultural ecology with “open science” and “citizen science” discourses to imagine a future participatory science and interspecies alliance. My dissertation explores the technical, social, and cultural genealogy of DIY mycology, the cultural significance of fungi among its practitioners, the political and ethical implications of its technoscientific practice, the contours of its ecotopian imaginary, and the biomysticism of the countercultural ecological milieu in which it’s situated. My advisor is Mary Hancock; Casey Walsh and Ann Taves also sit on my dissertation committee.
During 2016-2017, I also worked part-time with the team at MycoWorks as a communications consultant. MycoWorks is a biomaterials company making new materials out of fungi.
I’ve lived in California since 2007 and I consider it home.
Back in 2003, I relocated to Israel where I lived for four years. While in Israel, I completed a master’s degree in Cultural Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2007. My thesis was entitled American Neo-Hasids in the Land of Israel: paradigms and strategies in the Jewish New Age (נֵאוֹ–חסידים אמריקנים בארץ ישראל: פרדיגמות ואסטרטגיות בעידן החדש היהודי). I still intend to come back to this material to write about it from a non-academic angle one day.
I was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area.
The header on this site is an illustration by William Steig.