2006 – present    Wheelock College, Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Professor, Depts. Psychology/Human Development and American Studies (promoted to Full Professor, spring 2014)
  • Associate Professor, 2008-2014 (tenure awarded 2011)
  • Instructor, 2006-2008

1992 – 2007       DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana.

  • Edward Myers Dolan Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 2004-2007.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, 1998-2004. (Tenure and early promotion granted in Spring 1998)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, 1993-1998.
  • Instructor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, 1992-1993.



2007 – present    Scholar, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.  Co-Chair, Gender and International Development Initiative, 2010-2011.

2006 -2007         Brandeis University.  Research Associate, Department of Anthropology.



  • Chair, Department of Psychology and Human Development (2011-2016).
  • Faculty Administrative Fellow (2014-2015).
  • Faculty Senate (2012-2015).
  • Student Outreach Task Force (2012-2015).
  • Co-Chair, Standard 9: Financial Resources, New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Reaccreditation (2013-2014).
  • Advisory Board, Center for International Programs and Partnerships (2013-current).
  • Faculty Scholarship Funding Committee (2007-2015; chair, 2009-2012).
  • Academic Policy Committee (2012-2015).
  • Academic Awards Committee.
  • Academic Technology Committee (2007-20011).
  • Honors Program (2006-2010).
  • First-year seminar (2007-2008).



  • Coordinator, Jewish Studies.
  • Committee to establish an Ethics Institute.
  • First-Year Advising Program.
  • Various university committees fostering multiculturalism (e.g., establishing a cohort of students from The Posse Foundation, New York City, which “identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes”)
  • Departmental personnel committees.
  • University search committees (anthropology, sociology, biology).
  • Child Care Committee.
  • Faculty member, interdisciplinary programs in Women’s Studies, Conflict Studies, Black Studies.
  • Scholastic Achievement Committee.
  • Anthropology Museum.  Advisory committee.
  • Honor Scholar Program.  .
  • Coordinator, study-abroad orientation program.
  • Co-founder and Coordinator, Faculty Research Colloquium Series.


Founding Editor, Wheelock International Journal of Children, Families, and Social Change.  (2013-curent). An online, peer-review, Open Source journal.  (

Editor, Book Review Forum, Pacific Studies (2008-current)

Chair, Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, 2006-2007; Membership Coordinator, 2010-2012; Board of Directors, 1005-2008.

Council Member, New England American Studies Association, 2009-2012.

Journal manuscript reviewer: American Anthropologist; Journal of Anthropological Research; American Ethnologist; Oceania; Culture, Health, and Sexuality; The Contemporary Pacific; Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Association, Language and Linguistics Compass; Pacific Arts; Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, Medical Anthropology Quarterly; DePauw Journal of Undergraduate Research.

Book proposal and manuscript reviewer: Oxford University Press, Berg Press, University of Michigan Press, Rowman & Littlefield, University of Hawaii Press. Berghahn Press, Harvard University Press (an article in a volume in the Publications of the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature).

Grant reviewer:  Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research; National Endowment for the Humanities; Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research Award.



2014    Gordon Marshall Fellowship Award, Wheelock College.  To conduct anthropological fieldwork in Papua New Guinea for current book project.

2010    Institute for Money, Technology, and Financial Inclusion at the University of California at Irvine.  To conduct  anthropological fieldwork in Papua New Guinea on global fiscal marginalization.

2001 – 2002      National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.  To research and write a book on the history Jewish circumcision (published in 2006)

1994      Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, New York City.  To conduct anthropological research on ritual in Papua New Guinea for my 2001 book.

1990 – 1991      University of Minnesota, Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.

1988 – 1989      Fulbright Award.  Funding for doctoral research in Papua New Guinea.

1988 – 1989      Institute for Intercultural Studies, New York.  Research Grant for doctoral fieldwork in Papua New Guinea.

1987 – 1988      University of Minnesota, Shevlin Fellowship.  Pre-doctoral research.