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I was raised by wolves in a deep, dark forest just outside of Transylvania, where I spent my days frolicking among the evergreens and eating nuts and berries...


No? Ok then, onward with the truth:


I love studying, teaching, and learning anthropology. I received my Ph.D. in anthropology with a specialization in Latin American & Caribbean Studies and a concentration in "Culture, Resources, and Power" from Michigan State University. While there, I also received their award-winning Certification in College Teaching.

I am a previous fellow of the Michigan State University Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the MSU Center for the Advanced Study of International Development, and the Institute for the Study of the Americas (formerly the Mesoamerican Language and Cultural Institute) at the UNC-Chapel Hill/ Duke University Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Part of my graduate work was completed at the Faculty of Anthropological Sciences at the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan in Merida, Mexico and as a Fulbright-Hays doctoral fellow at the Universidad de Quintana Roo campuses in Cozumel in natural resources management/tourism studies, and in Chetumal for anthropological sciences.

I received my undergraduate degree summa cum laude in anthropology and linguistics/Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from the University of Florida. In the spaces in between, I lived in France and the Netherlands as a European Erasmus scholar.


Most of my fun time is spent improving my Spanish and Yucatec Maya, trying to learn Arabic, Latin dancing, traveling the world, SCUBA diving, growing my own food, playing with my dog, and going to music and theatre concerts.