Trained as a cultural anthropologist at the University of Chicago, I have gone on to do fieldwork in Brazil and the United States, and look forward to a new project in New Zealand. I have written one book, Learning Capoeira: Lessons in Cunning from an Afro-Brazilian Art (Oxford, 2005). I have also co-edited two books; the first, with Dr. Daniel Lende, The Encultured Brain: An Introduction to Neuroanthropology (MIT, 2012), and the other, with Dr. Melissa Fisher, Frontiers of Capital: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy (Duke, 2006).
My research interests include sport, dance, human rights, neuroscience, phenomenology, economic anthropology, and just about anything else that catches my attention. At the moment, I'm learning how to run a small farm in Australia with ten horses, and growing more and more of my own food. At the moment, I'm also starting a new project on rugby while I work on a book on sports and human phenotypic plasticity.