I am a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at Humboldt State University (HSU). I also serve as Director of HSU’s Applied Anthropology and Ethnographic Research Lab and am appointed to the Redwoods Community College District, Board of Trustees.


As an applied cultural anthropologist, I employ ethnographic research methods to address real world problems, with a focus on organizational contexts, cultures and change. I frequently consult with businesses and community organizations and to date have collaborated on projects centered around educational equity, user experience, assessment and design of built space, tribal ecological & heritage management, homelessness, and community-business relations. Currently, I am working on an ethnographic study and multi-episode podcast series that investigates the gendered roles, identities and experiences of female professional firefighters and their impact on organizational culture in the fire service. The project aims to expand understanding of organizational change and also to communicate anthropological research in a publicly accessible narrative format. A longer-term goal is for the podcast series to be a jumping off point to establish an ongoing podcast program that applies ethnographic methods to increase awareness of a range of issues impacting the local and global community.

At Humboldt State University, I teach courses across the cultural anthropology curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Women & Development; Power & Resistance; Ethnography; History & Theory in Anthropology; and Methods of Applied Anthropology. My teaching practice emphasizes experiential learning and I use a variety of approaches, such as digital storytelling and place-based research projects, to ensure that students develop the interpersonal, intellectual, and practical skills they need to succeed in the 21st century.