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The Many Mysteries of MSW. CASTAC blog (Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology and Computing), September 4, 2013

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How to Find Mongo and Other Lessons from the Field. Anthropology Now 3(1):66-72 (2011)

The History and Future of Fresh Kills. In Dirt: The Filthy Reality of Everyday Life, N. Monem, ed. London: Profile Books, 2011

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Sacred Geographies. Fresh Kills: Artists Respond to the Closing of the Landfill, K. Conte et al., eds. Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY, 2002

Why We Love to Hate San Men. Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life. 55 (May 2001)

Review of Blessed Anastácia: Women, Race and Popular Christianity in Brazil, by John Burdick. Ethnos 65(1):138-9 (2000)

’Pelo Direito de Ser Igreja:’ The Story of the Morro da Conceição. In The Church at the Grassroots in Latin America: Perspectives on Thirty Years of Activism, J. Burdick and W.E. Hewitt, eds. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2000

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