Fall 2024

Section 0099 of ANTHRO21
American Folklore and Folklife -- : Aug 19 - Dec 13 2024
This section has no scheduled meetings.

Section 0959 of HIST21
Race, Ethnicity and Gender in American Culture -- : Aug 20 - Dec 12 2024

Section 1915 of HIST21
Race, Ethnicity and Gender in American Culture -- : Aug 19 - Dec 11 2024

Spring 2024

Section 5588 of ANTHRO21
American Folklore and Folklife -- : Jan 17 - May 15 2024


  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PMForsyth Hall 105Santa Rosa Campus


Post Master of Arts: 20+ Units in Historical Archeology and Cultural Resource Management,Sonoma State University

1990. Master of Arts in History, California State University, Sonoma.
Master of Arts Thesis Thesis: "To Convey the Small Pox to the Indians:" An Historical Controversy Re-examined."

1988. Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude and With Distinction in Anthropology, California State University, Sonoma.
Senior Thesis, (based on fieldwork): "Tarahumara Violins and Violinists of Mexico's Sierra Madre.")

Academic Experience



Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to American Folklore and Folklife
Cajun and Creole Folk Music
Introduction to Folklore
Magic, Witchcraft and Healing
Folklore, Magic and Healing
Corridos y Canciones: Survey of Mexican folk and Vernacular Music
Native American Cultures


History of Mexico
United States History to 1877
United States History 1877 to Present
History of World Civilization to 1500
History of Western Civilization to 1678
History of Western Civilization from 1678
History of Women and Social Change
Race, Ethnicity and Gender in American Culture


African American History to 1837
African Amerian History 1837 to Present

Presentations and Publications


1995-2012 Annual Presentations and Workshops on Vernacular Music, Sierra Music and Art Institute

2012: "Border, Ballad, And Bard: Boundary Lore From Edward Longshanks To
Ciudad Juarez" Alumnus Keynote Address, Student Research Conference, Sonoma State University

2012b: A Musical Salute to Charles Dickens: The Street Music of Dickens' London

2009: "The Anthropology of Food" Anthropology Forum, Santa Rosa Junior College

2007. "Listening to the Voices of the Dust Bowl: Music from the Todd - Sonkin Collection. [Social Science Roundtable Living New Deal" Series.

2003 Wood, Skin and Strings: Musical Instruments of the Lute Family. Jesse Peter Museum, Santa Rosa Junior College. September 30- December 17, 2003.

2002. [September] "Stringed Instruments of the from Africa, Asia and the Americas." Exhibit of artifacts and photographs at Plover Library, Santa Rosa Junior College. (Catalog in preparation).

2002. "Kate Chopin's Nights in Acadie." Work of Literary Merit Lecture, Santa Rosa Junior College

1998. Contributions to Encyclopedia Of Vernacular Architecture of the World, Paul Oliver, Editor. Columbia University Press, London and New York .

1998b. Invited Address at C.L.Dellums Memorial Statue Unveiling, Oakland, California.

1998c Holding the Fort: The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in West Oakland. Produced for the African American Museum and Library at Oakland, . A traveling version of this exhibit was shown at over two dozen museums and libraries in California.

1995. "The Quest for Dad Moore: Theme, Place, and the Individual in Historical Archeology." Presented to Society for California Archeology Annual Meeting, April 1995. Eureka.

1994."The Career and Contributions of C.L. Dellums: A Labor and Civil Rights Pioneer of Oakland, California," in Mary Praetzellis,West Oakland; A Place to Start From: Research Design for Historical Archaeology Cypress I 880 Replacement. Anthropological Studies Center, Sonoma State University.

1988.Cajun Music: A Portrait of a People by Ann Allen Savoy. Review in Western Folklore.

1986. "Notes on the History and Development of the Bouzouki and Greek Rembetika." Frets Magazine.

1985. "Quatre Vieux Gar___Е_тх_ons." Liner notes for Folkways Record FA2633.

1983 "The Musical Legacy of the Balfa Brothers." Frets Magazine .

1983b "Tarahumara Luthiers of the Sierra Madre." Frets Magazine.

1983c. "Los Hermanos Chavarria: Trovadores del Amanecer de la Cancion Norte" Folklyric Record GW783.


Over 500 appearances as a solo artist or in concerts at venues including the University of California Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Art, Wattis Hall of Man at the California Academy of Sciences, the Oakland Art Museum, and the Pacific Film Archive.

Filmed performances as folk musician and as musicologist in "I Hear What You See" by Chris Simon; "Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers" by Les Blank; "Musical Holdouts" by John Cohen; "Part of Our Lives," by Yasha and Carrie Aginsky

Honors and Awards


Sonoma State University Presidential Scholar with full-tuition scholarship, 1986-1990.

Sonoma State University Anthropology Department Faculty Stipend 1987-1988.

Outstanding Male Graduate, Sonoma State University Educational Support Program, 1988.