Degree Level/Concentration: MA, ABD in anthropology
Professional Background: I'm a cultural
anthropologist with a specialty in native American
culture. Cultural anthropology has been a passion of mine since I was a
teenager. I enjoy exploring the diverse ways that people around the world live
their lives. I think that an awareness of different cultures is especially
relevant to today's much globalized, and very multicultural, world.
I'm especially focused on ethno history, or the study of history using non-Western perspectives. I've spent the last ten years researching the role of the Cherokee syllabary in Cherokee culture, as well as translating some previously un-translated Cherokee documents to explore their historical value. I am particularly interested in ways that the Cherokee have retained their separate cultural identity, while at the same time successfully acculturating to the dominant Euro-American society around them.
I have been teaching college level classes for the past eleven years, in subjects ranging from cultural anthropology, human geography, ethics, native North American culture, and globalization.