How do people build new lives in the wake of catastrophe? My work focuses on the ways people navigate large scale social change. I conducted research in the wake of wars, invasions, and the collapse of communism. To find out how people make sense of dramatic change, I've lived in a refugee camp, worked on a factory line, and interviewed people deported by Stalin. I've conducted fieldwork in Poland, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and the US. I'm currently a professor at Indiana University.