Jennifer is a PhD candidate in cultural anthropology. After graduating from Transylvania University in 2004 with a joint major in Anthropology/Sociology and Spanish, she spent two years in Japan assisting Japanese teachers in planning and conducting English lessons. She joined the department of Anthropology in 2006 to pursue her aspirations to bridge professional collaboration in the area of economic development in Latin America and critical examination of the particularities of local economic and community life. Jennifer’s dissertation research examines how artisans from the community of Quinua, Peru engage recent state policies of legal reform that promote new forms of economic organization. Her primary research interests include: economic anthropology, community development studies, transformations in socio-cultural organization, and local and collective experiences of macro-level economic policy reform. Currently, Jennifer is in the middle of fieldwork, working alongside ceramicists from Quinua in both Quinua and Lima, Peru.