My field of study is economic anthropology. I have done substantial field research in the Purepecha speaking area of the State of Michoacan, Mexico and in fishing communities along the coast of Maine. My Mexican work has been concerned with the social and cultural aspects of economic development and modernization. My Maine fisheries research has focused on social science aspects of fisheries management. In the past 10 years, I have done work on the common property problem; and more recently on applying the principles of institutional economics to a variety of problems in anthropology, including the organization of household firms, fish markets in New England, and the development of local level institutions to manage resources and promote economic change.