As an independent contractor, I can customize my working practices to your needs, meaning no job is too big or small, and every relationship is unique. I offer my services as a freelancer because I want to be able to work on projects and explore topics outside of academia, where tighter deadlines are often the norm.
I can offer archival research, fact-checking, data analysis, interviewing, database-building and more. I am currently based in the United States, but willing to travel both domestically and abroad. Please contact me to discuss your particular needs or questions.
Ethnography. Since 2002, I've conducted multiple ethnographic projects and taught undergraduate students in ethnographic research methods. My own work has involved spending several weeks with anti-nuclear activists in Scotland, a digital media organization in New York City and back-to-the-land farmers in Italy.
Interviewing. Through work as a freelance journalist, research assistant and postgraduate student, I've conducted hundreds of interviews, all following rigorous protocols for sensitivity, confidentiality and accuracy in transcription.
The work of a professional researcher is to translate miscellaneous information into ordered knowledge. As a researcher for hire, I take scattered data and make it coherent. I have assisted with clients’ projects by using professional research training to produce and uncover information, fact-check existing work, contribute fresh ideas and generate original content. These services have been applied toward policy-related research, academic publishing, news journalism and factual film and TV production. Since completing my doctorate, I've continued to maintain access to invaluable university resources, including academic journals, multimedia archives and global library privileges. Collectively, these can be utilized for a wide range of research purposes, from quick and simple assignments to much more extensive projects.
I consider all proposals, and the diversity of my experience has made me adaptable to all kinds of research needs. As a geographer by training, however, I do have some special areas of interest / expertise, and would be particularly interested in working on projects that address:
Food / farming
Activism / political organizing
Utopian projects / experimental communities
Horror / suspense / science fiction in popular culture
Qualitative analysis. I've made extensive use of NVivo qualitative analysis software, and am skilled in turning raw data into coherent, accessible information. Interview transcriptions, data coding, indexing, annotated bibliographies and database production are some of the methods that I commonly use to obtain optimal results, and can be applied to a huge range of research needs.