I received my Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Cornell University in 1992. Since that time, I held various research and teaching positions at a variety of local institutions and abroad. From 2001-2006, I taught full time in the Ithaca College Department of Anthropology, offering a variety of courses that reflected my interest in European societies and cultures, ethnic and national identity, linguistic anthropology, ethnography of speaking, ethnography of everyday life, cultural analysis and theory of culture, and myth, ritual, and symbol. I also began to explore research and teaching in Japan; I made a six-week research trip to Tokyo and Kyoto in 2004, and developed a course on Japanese Society and Culture that I taught for two semesters.
Beginning in 2006, I embarked on a career in academic administration in the School of Humanities and Sciences. I currently serve as the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Undergraduate Programs, and work with faculty in the areas of curriculum, general education, and experiential learning. I also work closely with the faculty coordinators and committees of the all college Honors Program, the Exploratory Program, and the Planned Studies programs, providing administrative coordination for these programs.
In 2012, I added to my duties the role of Chair of the All College Teacher Education Committee, and collaborate with professional education faculty and administrative staff as the College seeks national accreditation of its teacher education programs through NCATE.