Autobio

I was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area.

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 (נֵאוֹחסידים אמריקנים בארץ ישראלפרדיגמות 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 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 that of the open source science movements of the 1980s and 1990s. 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 secular 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.

Alongside my dissertation, I also work part-time with the team at MycoWorks as a communications consultant.

I’ve lived in California since 2007 and I consider it home.

The header on this site is an illustration by William Steig.

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