In researching Las Vegas for my doctoral work and my book
, I spent eight months living there, talking to local residents, and observing patterns of local interaction with the tourist city. Since, then I have returned on a number of occasions to extend this research, including a month during December/January of 2010-11 when I was a research fellow at UNLV's Center for Gaming Research, and during December 2015 to study atomic landscapes in the city.
A view of Las Vegas from Frenchman Mountain.
More recently, I have extended my field work to future prospective projects in Japan, Cuba, and Pacific Island nations of Fiji, Kiribati, and the Marshall Islands.
Havana, Cuba: A place stuck in time but changing rapidly.
Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, an emotional and stark reminder of places made by atomic weapons.
Ujae is an island on Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands and one of the places where the Bikinian people relocated to following displacement for the purposes of US atomic testing in the Pacific.
Tarawa Atoll in Kiribati. This is the most populated, and some say most threatened island in the country, which has looked to Fiji for refuge land holdings.
Naviavia is a village on Fiji's second largest island of Vanua Levu. It has been purchased by the Kiribati government as a climate refuge should it's people be forced to leave their low-lying island nation.