MemberBruce O'Neill

Bruce O’Neill is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and in the Center for Intercultural Studies at Saint Louis Unviersity. His ethnographic research explores the social and spatial dimensions of urban inequality, particularly in Bucharest, Romania, where he has conducted fieldwork since 2006. Professor O’Neill’s first book, The Space of Boredom: Homelessness in the Slowing Global Order (Duke University Press, 2017) uses boredom as a window into the cultural politics of displacement from the global economy. His next book project, The Roots of Urbanism, is an ethnography of subterranean Bucharest. With support from the Wenner Gren Foundation, the fieldwork examines the way post-socialist urban life unfolds underground in Metro stations, basements, and cemeteries, for example. Professor O’Neill’s research appears in such journals as Public Culture (27:2), Cultural Anthropology (29:1), Environment and Planning D (28:2), and a special issue of Ethnography (13:4), which he co-edited.

MemberJonathan Weiland

Jon’s research uses traditional classics scholarship, bioarchaeology and digital research methods, to investigate the darker aspects of the ancient world, topics like poverty, disease, slavery and violence.  His master’s thesis explored how malaria affected the landscapes of Roman Italy.  His dissertation focuses on the archaeology of what some refer to as the “Invisible Romans,” the people with the lowest socio-economic status in Italy, such as slaves and peasants.  His other projects include developing effective low-cost 3D modeling techniques for documenting archaeological evidence and using GIS to model ancient travel and exchange. Jon has worked for the Midwest Archaeological Center of the National Park Service, the Archaeological Mapping Lab at the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and in Archaeological Collections at the Arizona State Museum.  He has participated in archaeological investigations in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Mexico, Peru, and at several locations in the United States. In his free time Jon enjoys travel, photography, rambling conversation, excessively long walks and binge watching good TV.

MemberLeah Junck

  I’m a Social Anthropology PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. I also previously worked in journalism as well as at the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) of the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. As a passionate ethnographer, I am interested in the digital in all its facets: its affordances, ethical entanglements and potential of conflict and polarisation. It is also important to me to encourage the inclusion of a broader range of Humanities scholars to contribute to DH discussions.

MemberEthan Miller

  Ethan Miller is an activist-scholar, teacher, parent, and farmer committed to co-creating resilient and liberatory forms of collective livelihood. He is a member of the Community Economies Collective, a lecturer in politics, anthropology, and environmental studies at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine (USA), and has worked for the past eighteen years with an array of organizing and popular education projects including Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO), the Data Commons Cooperative, the JED Collective, Wild Mountain Cooperative farm and homestead, and Land in Common community land trust. Ethan’s current research and writing seeks to challenge dominant concepts of “economy,” “society” and “environment,” and to develop cross-cutting and integrative conceptual tools to strengthen transformative, postcapitalist livelihood organizing efforts. His book, Ecological Livelihoods: Imagining Life Beyond Economy, Society, and Environment was released in March 2019 by the University of Minnesota Press.  

MemberDylan Kerrigan

I’m a lecturer and researcher in Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Political Sociology, and Criminology at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus. I got my PhD in Anthropology from American University in Washington DC. Did a Masters in Anthropology and Cultural Process at Goldsmiths College, University of London. And I started out with a BA in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex. From a Caribbean, global South perspective I am most interested in how cultural and economic processes extend over long periods of time in the service of various systems of power. My main areas of focus are: class analysis; class and culture; race, class, and colourism; inequality; social change and the state; spectacle, carnival, and sport; popular culture; social and economic justice; power, elites, and white-collar crime; culture and politics. My dissertation was a social history of race, class and culture in urban Trinidad with a specific focus on Woodbrook, Carnival, and Violence. It provided examples of cultural connections between the different political and economic climates/structures/eras of Colonialism, Post Colonialism and Neo Colonialism in Trinidad. Since then I’ve done research into:

  • ·      Men and masculinities on the small goal football fields of Trinidad
  • ·      Court user experiences of the magistrate and high courts of Trinidad and Tobago
  • ·      Youth experiences of urban violence
  • ·      Therapeutic cultures, positive psychology and transnational self-help
  • ·      The militarisation of everyday life in urban Port of Spain
  • ·      Decision-making amongst government officials
  • ·      Political culture
  • ·      White-collar crime, corruption and bobol
  • ·      The coloniality of power and Justice in the Caribbean
  • ·      Spoken word as a local research methodology
  • ·      Fear of crime and local policing
  • ·      Crime and it’s representation in the anglophone Caribbean
  • ·      Radicalisation and preventing violent extremism


MemberLajos Brons

My philosophical interests are divided over two broad areas. One is in the overlap of (meta-) ethics and social/political philosophy; the other is in the intersection of philosophy of language, metaphysics, and epistemology. Much (but not all) of my work is most closely affiliated with the analytic tradition both in style and content, and much of it is heavily influenced by the philosophies of Donald Davidson and W.V.O. Quine, but I am also interested in (parts of) Indian, Chinese, and continental philosophy. Before I became a “philosopher” I was an economic geographer. I gradually moved from one discipline to the other, but I remain interested in geography, heterodox economics, and in the other social sciences as well. For further information about my research themes, see my personal homepage.

MemberMegan Meredith-Lobay

Megan Meredith-Lobay is the digital humanities and social sciences analyst for ARC at UBC. In addition, Megan serves on the Compute Canada Humanities and Social Sciences National Team as well as the Software Carpentry National Team. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge in Archaeology where she used a variety of computing resources to investigate ritual landscapes in Late Iron Age/Early Medieval Scotland.  Megan worked at the University of Alberta where she supported research computing for the Faculty of Arts, and at the University of Oxford where she was the programme coordinator for Digital Social Research, an Economic and Social Research Council project to promote advanced ICT in Social Science research.

MemberChristopher Estrada

  I am an Assistant Professor in the Portuguese program in Romance and Classical Studies at MSU, where I also teach in the Integrated Arts and Humanities (IAH) program.  My most recent research has been ethnographic and archival fieldwork on an improvised sung poetry, music, and carnival tradition called maracatu de baque solto in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil, where I lived from 2008-2012.  I have also done fieldwork on diasporic immigrant communities in southwest and south Florida, and on community organizing among Puerto Rican activists in Humboldt Park, Chicago. I am currently piloting an IAH course that I designed, Music, Society, and the State in Latin America and the Caribbean, which looks at how patterns of racial and economic inequality, migration, and transnational flows of ideas and practices throughout the region are manifested in musical expression, and different ways that community building happens through that music.  In this course, I invite students to be my co-participants in exploring how these patterns play out across historical time and into the present day, and encourage them to connect these ideas to their lived experience. In the longer term, I’ve been working with collaborators in Brazil to put together a freely accessible digital archive of maracatu field recordings of the sung poetry contests (sambadas) and open rehearsals from the Mata Norte sugarcane zone of Pernambuco.  While these contests have gone on for about one hundred years, there is little in the way of detailed documentation on them.  Drawing on private collections of cassette recordings that go back to the 1980’s, as well as more recent digital recordings, the objective is to create a repository that can serve both the vibrant community of maracatu practitioners and enthusiasts, as well as others such as scholars or the musically curious who wish to know more about this fascinating scene and its deep history in the region.