I serve as a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Applied Anthropology and Ethnographic Research Lab at Cal Poly Humboldt. I am also a publicly elected member of the Redwoods Community College District, Board of Trustees.
I am an innovative educator with nearly two decades of experience teaching, advising and mentoring diverse students at Cal Poly Humboldt. I have an enduring commitment to fostering inclusive learning communities, connecting lessons in the classroom to issues in the world, and supporting each student in their learning process. My teaching compliments and is informed by my ongoing research. As an applied cultural anthropologist, I employ ethnographic methods to address real world problems, with a particular emphasis on examining relations of power and resistance, and identifying mechanisms of inequality in organizational cultures and contexts. I regularly consult with business and community organizations and have completed projects focused on educational equity, user experience, assessment and design of built space, tribal ecological & cultural heritage preservation, and community development. One of my current projects is an ethnographic study and multi-episode podcast series that explores the gendered experiences of female firefighters in wildland and municipal fire agencies in California. The aim of the study is to expand scholarly and public understanding of transformation in organizational culture and practices by investigating the cultural agency of women in a non-traditional work context, focusing on how women actively negotiate their position as a collective and as individuals within a traditionally male-dominated environment. The podcast series will serve as the jumping off point for an ongoing program, produced with students out of Cal Poly Humboldt’s Applied Anthropology and Ethnographic Research Lab, that will explore a range of issues at the intersection of gender, the environment and development.