Department of Anthropology
Position: Clinical Assistant Professor
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After working as a registered nurse in neonatal intensive care for ten years, I decided to return to school to extend my academic interests in health, children and culture. I obtained my PhD in Anthropology in 2004 at Washington State University. My dissertation, “Aka and Ngandu Adolescents of the Central African Republic”, was the basis of several publications listed below. I have conducted research in Gabon, Republic of Congo, and Central African Republic. I have had appointments at Willamette University, Oregon State University and Washington State University.
I have several topical areas of interest: the anthropology of adolescence, the anthropology of infectious and parasitic diseases, life histories of Central African women, Ethiopian orphans and relinquishment and abandonment of children by birth mothers and fathers. Specific topical interests in adolescence include: social-emotional development, grief and loss, intercultural and intra-cultural variation in the health of Aka forager and Ngandu farmer adolescents and the effect of health status and parasite load on the perception of physical attractiveness. Interests within the anthropology of infectious diseases include: local cultural models of disease, incorporating anthropological approaches to disease control efforts and emerging diseases. I am currently conducting research on Ethiopian children and the Chabu, a forager-farming society. Theoretically, I am interested in evolutionary approaches to culture, cognitive anthropology, and life history narrative.
CoursesAnth 302 Childhood and Culture
Anth 307 Contemporary Peoples and Cultures of Africa
Anth 316 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Anth 405 Medical Anthropology
Anth 417 Anthropology and World Problems
Articles and Chapters