I am the program coordinator for the Anthropology and Drone Technology programs. I enjoy teaching and bringing my own unique and varied experience into the classroom. As an undergraduate, I worked closely with the Ohlone Muwekma tribe in San Jose as an archaeologist. This experience showed how archaeology can play an active role in contemporary issues and led to a position on a forensic anthropology team investigating genocide in Guatemala. In this position I learned how anthropology can contribute to societal reconciliation, and gather evidence for the eventual prosecution of former dictators.
I firmly believe that learning is most effective when we are actively involved in the process. To this end, I am constantly seeking ways to create opportunities for students on-campus, in the wider San Francisco Bay Area, and internationally. I am currently an active member of the San Francisco Bay Area Cultural Landscape Research Group, partnering with Mid-Peninsula Open Space and Stanford University. In the summers I act as a project director of the Castles in Communities anthropological field program in Ireland.
My research interests include California pre-history, colonialism, state violence, post-war reconciliation, and human rights. I continue to learn by taking courses and learning GIS, laser surveys, landscape analysis, and geophysical surveys.
- MA in Anthropology, San Francisco State University (2002)
- BA in Anthropology, San Jose State University (1996)
I am available in-person and online, please review my office hours below.