About Me


I was born in 1981 in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up with my parents and brother, Tim. We spent six years in Baltimore before moving to New Hampshire and then Kansas shortly after. I spent most of my childhood in Lawrence, Kansas, and attended elementary, junior, and high school there. In my early 20s I moved to Connecticut and began teaching preschool. In 2005, I returned to college to complete my undergraduate degree in Anthropology, and then moved back to Maryland to pursue graduate studies. I have traveled through much of the United States, to the United Kingdom and France, and to Peru where I volunteered at an early childhood education program for a summer. In addition to my interest in anthropology, I also enjoy reading philosophy and science fiction, and I have many hobbies including creative writing, photography, Aikido, and rock climbing. 



PhD2017University of Maryland
MAA2011University of Maryland
BA2009University of Kansas
2005-2006Quinebaug Valley Community College




2016-PresentLecturer, Tompkins Cortland Community College
2015-PresentLecturer, SUNY Cortland
2009-2015Graduate Assistant, Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland
2008-2009Research Assistant, Dr. Devon Mihesuah, University of Kansas Global Indigenous Nations Studies Program
2008-2009YES Tutor, Woodlawn Elementary School and South Junior High School, Lawrence Kansas
2007-2008Laboratory Assistant, USGS, Organic Geochemistry Research Laboratory
2002-2005Assistant Teacher, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Pfizer Kid's, Groton CT
1999-2001Associate Teacher, Children's Learning Center, Lawrence KS



2011Cultural Anthropology Editorial Internship
2010Bureau of Land Management, Ely Nevada District Office - Traditional Cultural Properties in the Great Basin Region
2006Connecticut General Assembly Legislative Internship, Rep. Andrew Fleischmann


Awards and Grants

2016Anne G. Wylie Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship$10,000
2014NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, Comparing Computational Environmental Modeling Practices$19,000
2008KU Undergraduate Research Award, Coal Power in Western Kansas$4,000
2008University of Kansas Harley Nelson Scholarship$2,000