The different ways that people from around the world look, think, and act fascinated me as a child. Anthropology seemed like a natural fit when I went to the University of Wisconsin as an undergraduate. Initially, I thought I would focus my studies on the biological variation of humans, but after spending a year in Nepal on an education abroad program, I decided to become a cultural anthropologist. I took a few years off before starting graduate school to work for a medical software company and to travel in Asia.
My doctoral research focused on Islam in Central Asia, and my wife and I lived in and visited Kazakhstan for various amounts of time over a five-year period. After finishing my Ph.D., I taught at Indiana University. I love teaching and working with undergraduate students, and I took an academic adviser position at Penn State so I can continue working with students on their educational journeys.
In my spare time, I like to read with my daughter, watch TV with my wife, and play softball with my friends.
- College Year in Nepal, University of Wisconsin
- B.A., Anthropology and Languages & Cultures of Asia, University of Wisconsin
- M.A., Anthropology, Indiana University
- Ph.D., Anthropology, Indiana University
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Research & Teaching Interests
Value development in undergraduate education
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