Qualitative methodologies allow me to illuminate the lived experiences, everyday negotiations, and decision-making processes of community members.  My research is place-based, with an ethnographic sensitivity to the regional, political, and geographical contours of community life.  I conduct long-form interviews that often take the form of oral histories.  I also participate in local events and turn to local and regional archives to bring historical insight into contemporary events.  I use descriptive statistics, mapping, and photography to better understand the changes taking place in the communities in question.