I am a faculty member and Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology Program in the Department of Anthropology at Humboldt State University (HSU). I also serve as Director of HSU’s Applied Anthropology and Ethnographic Resesarch Lab, and was recently appointed to the Redwoods Community College District, Board of Trustees.
At Humboldt State University, I teach courses across the cultural and applied anthropology curriculum, on topics including: development, globalization, power & resistance, research methods, and anthropological theory. My scholarship centers issues of equity within the context of social and organizational change in higher education, with two main lines of inquiry, 1) critical examination of the productive tension between student activism and institutional diversity work, and 2) identification of factors that influence equitable outcomes for underserved students at broadly accessible institutions (including community colleges and bachelor’s granting institutions). In addition, I work with businesses and community organizations as an applied researcher. To date, I have undertaken projects focused on user experience, assessment and design of built space, tribal ecological and heritage management, homelessness, and community-business relations.