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BS, Cultural Anthropology, Portland State University
MA, Cultural Anthropology, Hunter College
Advanced to PhD Candidacy, City University of New York Graduate Center

Academic Experience: 

I have taught at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Lehman College, Portland State University, Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College
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One day, I sat on the steps of the general store in a tiny, Eastern Oregon town. A red Volkswagen van pulled up, and out stepped my "Introduction to Cultural Anthropology" professor. He was studying family farms and ranches -- holdouts against the takeovers of corporate agriculture. Although I loved the botany fieldwork I was doing, I wanted to talk with farmers and ranchers even more. I decided that morning to switch my major from biology to anthropology.

Cultural anthropologists study people all over the world. For example for two years I lived in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas, researching the lives of refugee, Tibetan Buddhist nuns. Some mornings I got up at 4:00 AM and shuffled into the nunnery temple. I listened to the nuns chant, while keeping an eye on the disciplinarian to see if she would whack anyone falling asleep on the back of the head. Some mornings, I went into the kitchen, surrounded by giggling, young nuns and fire-blackened pots, where I helped prepare flat breads and huge churns of salted, buttered tea. Other times, I interviewed nuns, their families, or members of the general community, asking questions about their life histories, social positions, daily routines, attitudes and feelings. I also read anything I could find about Tibetans, Buddhism and monastic life. Scholarly preparation, active participation, observation, and interviews are the methods of ethnography; research designed to understand and tell the story of a particular group of people.

Anthropologists use such information to ask and answer these more general, cross-cultural questions about humanity:

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__ё__ФЅ█А_х__ё_ How can we use anthropological information and insights to solve problems?

Through anthropology, you will discover cultures that may seem exotic and disturbing, or perhaps delightful and inspiring. You might come to see these cultures as more like yours than you thought. You might begin to look at your own culture in new ways. Anthropology can make the strange familiar and the familiar strange. (Miller, Cultural Anthropology, 2007). It can lessen __ё__ФЅ█А_х_─ёЂus__ё__ФЅ█А_х__ё¤ versus __ё__ФЅ█А_х_─ёЂthem__ё__ФЅ█А_х__ё¤ dichotomies, and can bring about understanding, empathy and compassion.

My primary commitment is to students, and to the relevance of anthropology for non-majors and majors alike in furthering an examined and socially engaged life.

Presentations and Publications: 

"Tibetan Buddhist Nuns", The Sitting Room, Cotati, CA, 1998
"Empire and Isolation: Tibetan Nationalism and Transnationalism", American Anthropological Association Meeting, Chicago, 1991
"Tadpoles", Oregon East IX, 1978-79
"I Am", Oregon East XI, 1980-81
"Old Blue Dress", Oregon East 1980-1985

Honors and Awards: 

City University of New York Dissertation Fellowship
Fulbright IIE Doctoral Dissertation Award
Wenner Gren Foundation Pre-doctoral Grant
Bureau of Land Management National Volunteer of the Year Award.