Teaching & Academic
My areas of specialization are Indigenous studies, community-based participatory research, environmental anthropology, and ethnobiology. I focus on Indigenous and traditional knowledge practices, their significance in relation to individual and community health, their application to and regeneration through stewardship and education projects, and the interrelation of community-based environmental restoration and enactment of Indigenous and community autonomy. As an instructor of environmental anthropology and Indigenous studies, my dedication and motivation is to enable students to consider multiple perspectives on culture and society, to be able to form both critical and mindful engagements with the particular issues they encounter in the world around them. Anthropology, environment, and Indigenous studies classes are places where students explore and enhance their abilities to think through multiple perspectives or cultural relativism; I believe the social and environmental sciences offer invaluable tools for students to develop their capacities to live as thoughtful and informed citizens. My goal as an engaged anthropologist and an instructor is to introduce students to tools for understanding everyday life through university courses and study.
Teaching areas: Environmental/ ecological anthropology; Ethnobotany and ethnobiology; Native American and Indigenous studies; Environmental studies; Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and Indigenous Knowledge Systems; Indigenous stewardship values, globalization, and sustainability; Museum and archival collections-based research; Introduction to anthropology; Social science of food and water; Environmental thought; Decolonizing methodologies, ethics, and applied research methodologies; Community based participatory and engaged research and teaching; Indigenous mapping.
Teaching portfolio: Link here
Professional: In 2013-2014, I worked as the Assistant Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at State University of New York College for Environmental Science and Forestry. Work I completed there to help develop the center included: Preparing the website for the Center; writing curriculum proposal for Native environmental studies; grant writing; orienting Indigenous students who studied with the center (undergraduate and graduate); facilitating an Indigenous leadership seminar and TEK student and faculty seminar; development and promotion of the CNPE with donors, prospective students, and the public; liaising and meeting with the Haudenosaunee advisory board; student recommendation letters; liaising with Syracuse Native Students program to plan film and guest speaker events during Native American Heritage Month and throughout the year; acquiring texts for the libraries; coordinating student field and conference trips.
Languages: English and intermediate French
Certification: Indigenous Mapping and Beyond Diversity 101 training for teachers