Category Archives: Research

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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An offer I can’t refuse…

My chair, and unofficial mentor, just offered to buy me a beer for every manuscript I write and submit by 23 January. The 23rd is the start of the Spring 2013 term – hence the deadline. While I am not … Continue reading

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Beginning 2013 with a do over

While I don’t want to redo the entire year, there are a few things that need re-doing before this year’s work can begin.  It sucks, but there it is. One of those redos is a manuscript I’ve been working on … 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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I’ll meet you there.

The Sufi poet, Rumi, writes Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about language, ideas, even … 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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