Daniel is a Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Fellow at Yale's Program in Agrarian Studies at the MacMillan Center.
Daniel’s research intersects economic anthropology, political economy, political ecology, resource extraction, and social theory.
Before joining Yale in 2014, Daniel earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology with a Specialization in Political Economy from Carleton University.
His dissertation “Gold in the Chocó” was a study of gold mining in Colombia’s northwest. He conducted eighteen months ethnographic fieldwork laboring as an artisanal and small-scale gold miner.
Where many researchers focus on social movements that contest resource extraction, Daniel used labour-based ethnography and a political ecology perspective to trace the ways gold mining and the underground economy shape daily life.
As a fieldworker, Daniel laboured in artisanal and small-scale mines for eighteen months in the Chocó region. He regularly found himself knee-deep in water panning for gold or clearing stones and gravel from sluices. The Afro-descendant people he worked with earned their livelihoods with wooden pans, hand tools, and ancestral techniques.
Daniel earned an M.A. from Carleton University for work on citizenship and violence in Medellín, Colombia. He has visited Colombia every year since 2008.
Before moving to Ottawa for graduate school, Daniel learned French at the Université Laval in Québec City. He completed his B.A. at Trent University
He learned Spanish studying in Spain and Ecuador and working with Mexican farmworkers in southwestern Ontario and North Carolina. After using Spanish daily for seven years, Daniel speaks it near perfectly, with a Colombian accent.
Daniel grew up in a village in the northeast of Scotland and on a farm in Eastern Ontario. He now lives in New Haven, Connecticut where he is working on a book about gold, starting a new research project, and raising a family.