About Me

Biography

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. 

 

Education

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

 

Employment

 

2009-PresentGraduate Assistant, Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland
Spring 2015Instructor, ANTH 260 Introduction to Socio-Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology
Fall 2014Teaching Assistant, ANTH 264 Anthropology and Immigration
Spring 2014Teaching Assistant, ANTH 260 Introduction to Socio-Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology
Fall 2013Teaching Assistant, ANTH 260 Introduction to Socio-Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology
Spring 2013Instructor, ANTH 240 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Fall 2012Laboratory Instructor, ANTH 240 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Spring 2012Teaching Assistant, ANTH 360 Theory and Method of Socio-Cultural Anthropology
Fall 2011Laboratory Instructor, ANTH 240 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Fall 2010 - Spring 2011Research Assistant, Dr. Michael Paolisso, NSF Cultural Consensus and Climate Change on the Eastern Shore
Spring 2010Teaching Assistant, ANTH 260 Introduction to Socio-Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology
Fall 2009Research Assistant, Department of Anthropology
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

 

Internships 

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

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