Category Archives: Anthropology

So I won’t need to rob a bank…

Good news! I got my first research grant as an assistant professor.  It feels good, like I might have some ideas that could go places. The award comes through the BSOS Dean’s Initiative which provides funding for pilot and start … Continue reading

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Submerged

When I was 6 months old, my mom tells me that she threw me into the pool – or at least let go of me – to begin teaching me how to swim on my own and not be afraid … Continue reading

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Low visibility

It’s been a rough first semester as a shiny assistant professor. Multiple department hires, a brand new, never-been-taught class, prepping for fieldwork, and publish or perish pressures.  I oscillate between overwhelmed and tired. Yet, I’m still thrilled by the challenge.  … Continue reading

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Storytelling science

This morning I met with a grad student, not one of my advisees, at a coffee shop to talk anthropology.  A. is a bright and cheerful person who shares my interest in stories.  Actually, all anthropologists like stories.  If you … Continue reading

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Meeping like a boss.

When I was a kid, one of my favorite games to play when I was bored was If.  You know, the game where you ask yourself questions like: If I were invisible, what would I do? If I could fly, … Continue reading

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Publishing news

I finally have another article published.  This is a research project I worked on with an undergraduate student at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique.  I am so happy that it is finally up online in its final form.  I … Continue reading

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Meeting with uncertainty

I have been reading about uncertainty.  Part of my effort to develop some new research ideas, although to be honest, as an agnostic it is also sparks my thinking about living with unanswered questions. Today I finished a book about … Continue reading

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Evaluating potential students

As one of my first duties as a shiny, new assistant professor, I am evaluating potential masters and doctoral students.  Damn it is difficult.  Okay, some folks are easy because their application is incomplete – no letters of recommendation or … Continue reading

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New Year, New Job

It has been a while since my last post.  Since then I’ve moved to a new state (Maryland), and started a new job as assistant professor in the Dept. of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park. I’ve only … Continue reading

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Economically disabled

Media outlets, particularly the news, have a certain bias.  I see this quite frequently in how the continent of Africa is portrayed – monolithic, always at war, full of poor starving masses, etc.  But the media also portray the United … Continue reading

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