Mike is currently conducting participatory fieldwork among the amaQwathi people of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. The LAND (Livelihoods, Agroecology, and Nutrition for Development) Project is the product of a partnership between CIAS, Indwe Trust, Kidlinks World, and the farmers themselves.
Mike’s main current book project is An Ancient Triangle: Nature, Faith and Community, to be published by Princeton University Press in late 2017. Why do we so often disagree in unproductive ways about our greatest passions? An Ancient Triangle traces these conflicts back thousands of years to a venerable divide: envisioning nature and the divine as absolute and separate from the human community. This divide, the book argues, emerged out of a development that, at first glance, may seem to have little to do with it: the rise of class life in the city. The book shows that class life found great moral attractiveness in absolutist understandings of nature and the divine — understandings that still often stand in the way of a better human politics.
Mike is also beginning work on books about social justice, ecological economics, agroecological theory, and community.
His current musical projects include completing a fourth class-grass album with his band Graminy, and completing an album of his songs about the St. Lawrence River. Mike is also completing several suites of classical songs for voice and piano, and a large-scale choral work.