Research

PRINCIPAL FIELDS OF INTEREST

  • Economy (livelihoods, decision-making, vulnerability, inequality)
  • Migration (transnational/translocal linkages, economic and social remittances, refugee resettlement)
  • Health (wellbeing, food security, medicinal plants and traditional healing)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (focus on Madagascar, Indian Ocean region) and ties to USA and China

PROJECTS 

From 2010-2012, I conducted research on rural to urban migration in northeastern Madagascar, focusing on the growing city of Tamatave (aka Toamasina) and rural villages in the Vavatenina District. I explored the rural linkages that migrants maintain with kin in their villages of origin, asking two main questions: First, how do contemporary factors such as entrenched urban poverty and the rising popularity of Pentecostal Christian faith groups affect the ties that migrants maintain with their home villages? Second, how essential are rural ties for the economic survival of migrants in a developing city such as Tamatave that is characterized by high unemployment and lack of basic social support services? 


From 2014-2015, I was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health. I worked as part of a team to evaluate state and federal public health programs using qualitative and mixed methods.


Since 2015, I have done pilot research on new immigrant destinations, focusing on the Malagasy diaspora in China, USA, and Canada. I have also been exploring the refugee resettlement process in New Hampshire where I now live and teach, with an eye towards developing research and service-learning projects that will involve my students at Plymouth State University.