PhD in Anthropology from UCLA in 1992
|ANTH 305i||Radical Social Analysis|
|ANTH 314||Global Cultures|
|ANTH 401||Foundations of Anthropology|
|ANTH 417||Applied Anthropology|
|ANTH 436||Medical Anthropology|
|ANTH 454||Culture and Aging|
|ANTH 431/531||New Media Ethnography|
Research Focus and Teaching Specialties
I have done ethnographic and applied research in Africa and North America. In Africa my principal interests were gender and economic development in the Kenya/Somalia border area. Since then I have been interested in the transnational migration experiences of people from my former field area in response to political violence. I have done applied research on aging, developmental disability, and HIV/AIDS risk factors. In California, I have recently developed an interest in local Pacific Islander communities and participate in some of the activities of the Pacific Island Health Partnership, which is based near my home in Orange County. (I presented a paper on this at the Society for Applied Anthropology meetings in Merida, 2010.) I am an active supporter of the new Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum in Long Beach. In addition to teaching at C.S.U.L.B., I am active in the Center for Peace and Social Justice on campus. Last year I was the anthropological lecturer for the Himalayan Health Exchange expedition in Spiti Valley, India during the summer, and plan to do this again in the future. In my spare time I dance, garden, cook, travel, and do photography.
2007 “Avoiding Culture Shock: Preparing and Debriefing International Interns.”
roceedings of the 4th Global International Internship Congress, Amsterdam, 2005. Dan Ferguson and Richard Paulsen, eds. 46-65.
1997 “The Potential Role of Women’s Groups in Somali Reconstruction.” In
Mending Rips in the Sky: Options for Somali Communities in the 21st Century.
Hussein M. Adam and Richard Ford, Eds., The Red Sea Press, Inc.
1994: “Going Nowhere Fast: Methamphetamine Use, HIV Infection, and the
Adolescent Identity Search.” In Context of HIV Risk Among Drug Users and
Their Sexual Partners, R. Battjes, Z. Amsel, and W. Grace (Eds.) National
Institute of Drug Abuse Monograph Series, Washington, D.C. Co-authored with
Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Cajetan Luna, and Toby Marotta.