Pursuing my graduate education in a very interdisciplinary department, I identify broadly as a social scientist. I have received training in ethnographic methods and linguistic anthropology, but following the needs of my projects I have started exploring computational data analysis in R, and different approaches to network analysis.

See below for more details on my currents and past projects.


Current Projects:

Ph.D. Dissertation Research:      Production of Knowledge about suicide in the Contemporary U.S.

My dissertation research focuses on how, by whom and in what contexts is knowledge about suicide produced, specifically in the US. Specifically, I am analyzing trends in various publications on suicide, attending professional conferences, interviewing researchers, and tracing relevant concepts, approaches, and agendas.

Side Project:      Suicide Attempt Survivor Narratives

I am currently analyzing over 200 interviews with suicide attempt survivors collected through three distinct online projects. I am specifically interested in the genre of the suicide attempt narrative, as well meanings of suicide that emerge through the survivors words.



Previous Projects

M.A. Thesis:      Friends vs. Little Babies: Conflict and Its Management at a Croatian Preschool

Based on two months of participant observation at a preschool, I  show how particular linguistic tokens, specifically ‘friend’ and ‘little baby’ are used by teachers to encourage peaceful social conduct, but are then incorporated into children’s exchanges in ways that actually reinforce the ‘bad conduct’ that is being modified.


B.A. Thesis:   Cujo in the Family: Experiences of Owners of Aggressive Dogs in the Contemporary U.S

Based on a dozen interviews with dog owners whose dogs exhibit aggressive behavior, I explore the practical and ideological struggles of owning not just a dangerous, but an ‘unexpected kind of a dog.’ I show how cultural ideas of what dogs are like and what kinds of dogs are aggressive can have very real consequences that can make individual lives of both dogs and humans quite challenging.