Newspaper Op-Ed Columns

“Arts open windows into big world,” Boston Herald, March 4, 2017.

“Alternative facts that come in the night,” Metrowest Daily News, February 12, 2017,

“Eternity: Good for religion, not politics,” The Jewish Advocate, February 10, 2017,

“Today the burkini, tomorrow your own wardrobe,” Metrowest Daily News, September 10, 2016,

“Muslim Dress and Jewish déjà vu,” The Jewish Advocate, September 9, 2016,

“Donald Trump’s ‘Wayback Machine’: What golden epoch does he want America to return to?,” Metrowest Daily News, July 3, 2016,

“A narrow victory for anthropology: no Israel boycott.”  The Jewish Advocate, June 10, 2016,

“When ‘The New Colossus’ of New York Wasn’t Donald Trump,” Cognoscenti, WBUR Blog, March 16, 2016.

“Polyglots, xenophobes and schools,” Guest Column, Metrowest Daily News, January 23, 2016.

“A Jewish perspective on slavery reparations,” Commentary, The Jewish Advocate, December 18, 2015.

“A Jewish response to political Islamophobia,” The Jewish Advocate, October 2, 2015. 

“The bikini and the bomb,” Guest Column, Metrowest Daily News, September 13, 2015.

“Moral Indigestion in the Global Pantry,” Cognoscenti, WBUR Blog, March 19, 2015.

“Hearts of Gold: Valentine’s Day and Our National Identity,” Cognoscenti, WBUR blog, February 13, 2015.

“From one minority to another,” Metrowest Daily News, December 21, 2014.

“Obama’s Mother, the President of Afghanistan, and the Importance of Anthropology.”  WGBH On Campus Higher Education Blog (

“Teach Locally, Think Globally: What’s Missing From the Common Core.”  Cognoscenti, WBUR blog,

“Same-sex marriage and the lesson of diversity,” Guest Column, Metrowest Daily News, November 30, 2014.

Letter to the Editor: Common Core Needs to Expand to Provide ‘Global’ Learning. Education Week, September 23, 2014.

“Welcoming Social Media in the Classroom,” The Wheelock Blog, October 2014,

“Chinese lessons for American Schools,” Guest Column, Metrowest Daily News, January 19, 2014.

“A Tale of Two Fatherhoods,” Wheelock Magazine, Spring 2007.

“In the Field: The Iatmul. Tourism and Totemism in Tambunum, Papua New Guinea.” Margaret Mead Centennial 2001 website (

“The White Man’s Burden: Review Essay of Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible,” DePauw Magazine, 1999.

“The Death of Romanticism and Crossing Cultures.” Eye on the World, DePauw University International Center, 1998.