I am an interdisciplinary researcher with a keen interest in querying regulation and its impact in everyday life. I am currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Regulatory Institutions Network, a research center housed at the Australian National University, where I serve as Head of Postgraduate Programs. I have lectured at several other universities (University of Melbourne, University of San Diego, University of California – Irvine, California State University – Long Beach) in the areas of law and society, gender studies, criminology and sport studies.
I received my PhD from the School of Social Ecology at the University of California – Irvine, a School committed to producing interdisciplinary scholarship in the service of fostering informed social action. My research interests, broadly conceived, are concerned with relationships between governance, social control and inequality. The bulk of my work focuses on technologies of regulation, with an emphasis on how their development and deployment reflect and inform broader patterns of social change. My areas of expertise are law and society, feminist and social theory, science and technology studies, health and qualitative methods.
I am actively involved in cultivating and promoting critical ethnographic approaches to the study of law and regulation. In addition to being a founding member of the Law and Society Association (LSA) Collaborative Research Network on Ethnography, Law & Society, I am the Associate Editor of the Political and Legal Anthropology Review, a journal committed to publishing innovative ethnographic research on law and politics.