I am an author, researcher, and interdisciplinary social scientist. I earned my B.A. with honors from the University of Washington, and my M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.
My academic research explores how state-society relations shape vulnerability, resilience, and social well-being. My Ph.D. dissertation, “Too Dysfunctional to Govern: Trauma Capital and State Retreat in Rural Alaska,” explains how claims of historical and ongoing trauma, distress, and vulnerability in communities that lack alternative markers of status and success can become a stable source of social capital that paradoxically reinforces underdevelopment and inequality. I am revising this research into a book that will be available later in 2021.
I am also currently co-authoring a book with Dr. Doug Lisle that explores the biological and evolutionary underpinnings of human nature and how such insights can help us better understand the central questions and dilemmas of human life. You can preorder the book and follow our collaborative work at Esteem Dynamics.
I offer individual one-on-one coaching (you can make an appointment in the scheduling sidebar) as well as webinars and e-courses on a variety of topics. I also offer a couple of things exclusive to my Patreon subscribers: particularly early access to “Howk Blocked,” a weekly show about current events from an evolutionary perspective, and the “Virtual Village,” a weekly group coaching/Q&A Zoom call. To join Patreon and gain immediate access to these resources, you can click this button:
I’m doing less and less traditional social media these days because it is destroying civilization, but I have social media-like feeds where I share content and news in a few places. You can follow for free on any of these privacy- and free speech-friendly platforms: Locals, Substack, and Subscribestar. I do still post photos of my dogs and sometimes tasty vegan food on Instagram and have an on-again off-again romance with twitter. I also send out a newsletter occasionally with various musings and updates if you would like to sign up for free here.