Cottage Grove, Oregon [Well, not really. That's where I live, but my hometown, i.e., where I grew up, is Westmont, IL.
I am a cultural and applied anthropologist with over 30 years of experience as a researcher, teacher, consultant, field training director, project evaluator, project chief of party, and administrator. My focal geographic area of interest is Latin America. My special research interests include cultural ecology, particularly adaptive strategies in indigenous societies, studies of socioeconomic change and adaptation among small farmers and indigenous peoples, and language and culture relationships. I am particularly interested in the interrelationships among ecological systems, adaptive strategies and human values. I have conducted most of my field research in collaboration with the indigenous Ngóbe people in the western provinces of the Republic of Panama. I have also worked in Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Ecuador, Nepal (briefly) and the southern Sudan (for a year).
Area(s) of Training
applied anthropology, cultural anthropology, ethnography, other
Area(s) of Expertise
Cultural ecology; indigenous peoples of Latin America, international development (rural), anthropological linguistics
Most Recent Degree
Current Area of Employment
Academic: Prof. of Anthropology, Emeritus, U. of Oregon