After doing a PhD in the Anthropology at the City University of New York that focused on urban poverty, gender, and homelessness, I passed the naughts in Australia as a Senior Lecturer in International Development at the University of Melbourne in Australia. While there I did research on international aid, development, and poverty amelioration in the Maldives, urban Indonesia, and rural Nepal and was a founding Academic Head of the School of International Development of Melbourne University Private, which provided Australia’s first entirely online MA/Ph.D program. I also did consulting for the United Nations and the Red Cross, in post-tsunami reconstruction projects in the Republic of Maldives. I am currently working on a monograph based on related research in the Maldives — an entirely Muslim country with the highest divorce rate in the world and some of the best gender equity statistics in South Asia. It is also likely to be the first seated nation in the UN to be eliminated by the rising sea levels caused by global warming.
In August 2008 I returned to the United States and the City University of New York, where I am an Associate Professor of Anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. My current research pursuits are human trafficking, teenage prostitution, re-entering prisoners, and I am currently doing a field study of arranged marriage, gender, migration, and youth in New York City. I have a developing interest in the social construction of adolescence, its extension further into the human lifecycle, and the impact this has on the lives of socio-politically vulnerable and disadvantaged populations.I am one of three editors-in-chief of the journal Dialectical Anthropology.