I grew up in New York, and received my B.A. at Drew University in New Jersey and my Masters and Doctorate at the University of Arizona. Eventually, I wound up in Casper, Wyoming where for more than 20 years I have taught a wide variety of classes including cultural anthropology, archeology, physical anthropology, world religions, Native American studies, non-western art, and sociology. I really love my job as "the anthropology department at CC" since I am able to share my passion for learning and travel with my students.
I strongly believe in the importance of international experience and have made a concerted effort to travel to over 100 countries on 7 continents. Highlights of my explorations include traveling independently to India and Nepal, the Middle East, and North Africa during my sabbatical in 1995. I have also enjoyed my experiences teaching abroad as a Fulbright scholar in Bulgaria (2002-2003), Romania (2011) and as a Rotary Scholar in Poland (spring 2009.) As a believer in continuing education, I have also participated in monthlong summer seminars for college professors sponsored by Fulbright Hays to Senegal (2009), Bulgaria and Turkey (2001), Rome and Naples, Italy (1999) and Poland and Hungary (1995.) I have also been fortunate to have been selected to participate in the NEH Summer Institutes in Peru and Bolivia (2005), Guatemala and Mexico (1997) and along the coast of Canada and Alaska to study Northwest Coast Indians (2010.) I use these firsthand experiences, not only in my teaching, but also in my efforts to encourage CC faculty and students to study abroad in my role as parttime International Education Director for Casper College.