My background

Academic Employment

Marie Curie Fellow, Marie Skłodowska-Curie EU Horizon 2020, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, 2022-present

Wenner-Gren Hunt FellowWenner-Gren Foundation, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, 2021

Political Economy Fellow, Independent Social Research Foundation, University of Oxford, UK, 2019-20

Post-doctoral Researcher, ERC Project Food Citizens, Leiden University, the Netherlands, 2017-19


D.Phil. Anthropology, University of Oxford

Clarendon Scholar

M.Sc. Social Anthropology, University of Oxford

M.A. Politics, Security, and EU Integration, University College London

B.A. Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Certificate in Swedish folk music, Malungs Folkhögskola

A.A., Santa Rosa Junior College

Grants, fellowships, awards

Post-doctoral Research & Writing Grants

Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (MSCIF), 2 years

Wenner-Gren Hunt Fellowship, 1 year

Independent Social Research Foundation Political Economy Fellowship, 1 year

Doctoral Research Grants

Clarendon Fund, University of Oxford, Oxford University Press, 4 years

New College, Oxford Graduate Scholarship, University of Oxford, 3 years

American Council of Learned Societies, Fieldwork Dissertation Research Fellowship in East European Studies, 1 year


American Council of Learned Societies, East European Language Training Grant

Foreign Language Area Studies Grant (US government)

The Doyle Scholarship

Academic Service

Anonymous peer reviewer for: History and Anthropology, the Journal of Post-Communist Economies, the Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, Pastoralism, and Naprijed (Croatian).

Editorial board member of the Anthropological Journal of European Cultures from July 2020.

Social Media editor of the Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, July 2017 – July 2020.

Non-Academic Employment

Agribusiness & Rural Business Volunteer Consultant, Peace Corps, Republic of Moldova, 2008-10

Central European Research Intern, Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, Washington, D.C., 2007

Junior Economics Researcher, the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, 2006-07

Project Site Coordinator, Balkan Sunflowers, Kosovo, 2004


English (mother tongue)

Dutch (basic, actively learning for citizenship test)

Croatian (advanced)

Russian (basic, rusty)

Romanian (basic, rusty)

Conference papers

This is a list of conference papers, some of which have subsequently been revised for publications or are being incorporated into my book project. (last update: Sept. 2021)


I co-organized a roundtable at the AAA, 'Imagining Fiscal Futures: What is an Anthropology of Tax'. See: for more details.


Activities mostly cancelled due to Covid-19.

Instead, in spring 2020 I gave presentations of my research to the Department of Anthropology at Utrecht University, the Netherlands and to the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies at the University of Oxford, UK.


"Contesting the social contract: Tax reform and economic governance in Istria, Croatia". The anthropology of tax workshop, Stockholm Univ.

"The (im-)morality of business: informal financial practices in Croatia’s wine industry". The moral dimensions of economic life in Eastern Europe, Roundtable at the Oxford School of Global Studies, Oxford Univ.

"Enacting economic agency: struggles over the economic governance of Istria". Becoming taxpayers: establishing the anthropology of tax. Workshop at Stockholm University.


"Chains of debt: winemaking families and predatory business practices". Household and personal debt: international perspectives, Roundtable at the Department of Anthropology, the London School of Economics.

"Chains of debt and the politics of liquidity in Croatia’s agribusiness sector". Corporate lives after socialism: theory and ethnography, at the Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Boston, MA.

"The sociality of taxes: state-citizen imaginaries". Panel convened by Robin Smith and Nicolette Makovicky at the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth at Oxford Univ.

"Wine is alive: Istrian cosmologies of winemaking" (plan to publish). Wine Mobilities: tensions in crafting wine stories, at the European Association of Social Anthropologists Conference (EASA) at Stockholm Univ.


"Broker capitalism and democratic discontent: recession, favors, and farmer protest". Purposeful Agency & Governance, International Multidisciplinary Conference at the Univ. of Kent, Canterbury.


"Fiskalizacija and informality in rural Istrian business communities: business values confronting a bureaucratizing state" (different versions). Precarious Economy: Informality and Entrepreneurship at the Bottom of the Pyramid, Dec., Univ. of Sussex. And at Multiple Moralities and Shadow Economies in Post-Socialism: debating positive and negative incentives to tackle the informal economy, Marie Curie Summer School, organized by Univ. of Sheffield School of Management.

"The influence of EU agricultural legislation on traditional farming practices and rural trading relationships in Istria’s wine industry". International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF), 12th Congress, Zagreb.

"Agrotourisms and the marketization of rural Istrian identity through food". Past, Present, Future: Identity in Flux, Univ. of Pula.

My non-academic life

Limited as my non-academic life may be given the intensity of early career anthropology, when not writing or editing the work of others, I am an avid embroiderer (see photos below for fun) and sewist. It's a great hobby to combine with writing because I can step away for five minutes to relax and refocus the mind before returning to a problem with new eyes.

I also am part of the Utrecht Lindy Hop (American jazz/swing) dance community. My husband is a board game geek, and I am a hanger on. And I am a violinist, Suzuki trained from childhood, now primarily a Swedish folk musician, though I have a mental archive of hundreds of Cape Breton tunes, too. I am in the process of seeking out a nyckelharpa to expand my music life.