1999 – Ph.D., Ecological/ Environmental Anthropology, University of Georgia; Certificate of Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development, Univ. of Georgia’s Institute of Ecology
1993 – M.A., Cultural Anthropology, University of Georgia
1987 – B.A., Asian Studies, Dartmouth College
2002–date – Green Mountain College (Poultney, Vt.)
2001–2002 – Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Oxford College of Emory University (Oxford, Ga.)
2001 – Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Georgia State University (Atlanta, Ga.)
2000 – Visiting Professor of English at Yancheng Teachers’ College (Yancheng, Jiangsu Province, China)
Areas of Expertise
Cultural memory of place
Courses Taught at Green Mountain College
Cultural Dimensions of Globalization
Anthropology of China
Yoga: History, Philosophy, Practice
Ethnographic Field Methods
Chinese Nature Poetry
World History and the Environment
Social History of the Adirondacks
S.L.A.T.E. Seminar (previously known as Images of Nature)
Voices of Community
Independent Studies supervised (selected)
Language and Culture
Advanced Human Evolution
Oral and Written Mandarin Chinese
Religion and Politics in the Tibetan Diaspora
Yoga History and Philosophy
Anthropology of South Asia
2015/16 – With 16 GMC students, traveled to Nepal for three week “Culture and Environment in Nepal” anthropology course
2013/14 – With 13 GMC students, traveled to Nepal for three week “Culture and Environment in Nepal” anthropology course
2012 – With 5 GMC students, conducted four weeks of grant-funded ethnographic field research in Fujian Province, China
2012 – With 5 GMC students, conducting summer grant-funded ethnographic research in rural Fujian Province, China
2011/12 – With 18 GMC students, traveled to Nepal for three week “Culture and Environment in Nepal” anthropology course
2010 – Five weeks of sabbatical research on wild plant knowledge in Fujian Province, China
2008 – With 15 GMC students, traveled to Fujian Province, China, for three week “Culture Change in Contemporary China” anthropology course
2006 – With 5 GMC students, conducted four weeks of grant-funded ethnographic field research in Jiangsu Province, China
2005 – With 14 GMC students, traveled to Jiangsu Province, China, for three week “Culture Change in Contemporary China” anthropology course
2004 – Conducted three weeks of ethnographic research on ancestors and ancestral places in China.
2000 – Lived and taught English for one year in Yancheng, Jiangsu Province, China.
1985 – Studied written and spoken Chinese for three months at Beijing Normal University (Beijing Shifan Daxue).
Grants and Awards
2013 – Robert W. Leonard Teacher of the Year Award, Green Mountain College
2012 – Awarded $27,210 grant by ASIANetwork/Freeman Foundation Student-Faculty Fellows Program to conduct four weeks of ethnographic research on ecological and social transformations in rural China with five GMC students: Jurassica McClusky, Alison Putnam, Jena Stevens, Simon Winchell-Manning, and Charlotte Wright.
2009 – Robert W. Leonard Teacher of the Year Award, Green Mountain College
2006 – Awarded $21,460 grant by ASIANetwork/Freeman Foundation Student-Faculty Fellows Program to conduct five weeks of ethnographic research on ritual ancestor veneration in China with five GMC students: Ashley Converse, Felipe Estudillo-Colon, HariNarayan Khalsa, Keith Solmo, and Tala Wunderler-Selby.
2003 – Robert W. Leonard Teacher of the Year Award, Green Mountain College
1998 – Franklin College Distinguished Doctoral Assistantship (competitive assistantship awarded to ten graduate students within the University of Georgia system in their terminal year of study to support completion of dissertations that “show originality and scholarly distinction.”)
2016 – Book Review of Sacred Rice: An Ethnography of Identity, Environment, and Development in Rural West Africa (Joanna Davidson, 2016) on The Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition website, foodanthro.com.
2014–17 – 17 haiku published in English language haiku journals (Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Acorn, and Heron’s Nest )
2012 – Book review of First Peoples in a New World: Colonizing Ice Age America, by David J. Meltzer. Journal of World History 23:1 (March 2012).
2009 – “Rural Resiliency: Sources of Sustainability in the Chinese Countryside.” ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts, 16(3): 78-95.
2006 – Book Review of Kinship, Contract, Community, and State: Anthropological Perspectives on China, by Myron L. Cohen. American Anthropologist 108(3): 574-5.
2013 – Co-presented research poster, “Transformations as the Edge of Empire: Social and Ecological Change in the Chinese Countryside,” with GMC students Ali Putnam and Charlotte Wright at 21st Annual ASIANetwork Conference, Nashville, Tennessee
2011 – “The Practice of Forgetting: The Transformation of Traditional Wild Plant Use in China.” Paper presented at the 34th Annual Conference of the Society of Ethnobiology, Columbus, OH, May 5, 2011.
2011 – “Why Don’t People Know the Plants Anymore?: Modernization and Disappearing Knowledge in China.” GMC Faculty Colloquium Series.
2010 – “The Fate of Traditions in Modern China.” Lecture given in Manchester, VT. Co-sponsored by the Society for Lifelong Learning and GRASP (Greater Rutland Asian Studies Program).
2010 – “When ‘Backward’ is Forward: The Conservation of Social and Ecological Diversity in the Chinese Countryside.” College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine.
2009 – “Rural China: Imagining the Future at the ‘Headwaters of Globalization’” at 17th Annual Conference of ASIANetwork in Lisle, Illinois.
2007 – “Ancestors at the crossroads: cultural remembering, forgetting, and reinvention in a Chinese religious tradition.” (Paper accepted by the International Conference on Asian Heritages at the Crossroads, December 5-6, 2007, at the University of Hong Kong’s Center for Anthropological Research, Hong Kong, China, but not delivered because of snowstorm-related flight cancellations.)
2007 – “Ritually Honoring Ancestors in Contemporary China.” Co-presented with students Felipe Estudillo-Colon and Keith Solmo. Poster presentation of 2006 ASIANetwork-Freeman Fellowship at 2007 ASIANetwork Conference, Lisle, IL.
2007 – “Exploring Chinese Culture in the Classroom.” Presentation at College of Saint Joseph, Rutland, VT.
2006 – “Chinese Ancestor Worship in an Era of Rapid Transformation,” Paper co-presented at the New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS), Canton, New York, with Ashley Converse, HariNarayan Khalsa and Tala Wunderler-Selby. I also served as chair of the session, entitled “Modern Chinese Discourse: Literature, Ethnicity, Politics and Religion.”
2005 – “Changing China.” A public presentation co-delivered with Dr. Nance Kittner, sponsored by GRASP (Greater Rutland Asian Studies Program), at the Rutland Free Library, Rutland, VT.
2005 – “Forgetting the Ancestors: Modernization and Cultural Memory Loss in Contemporary China.” Paper presented at the Northeast Anthropological Association (NEAA) Meeting, April 4, 2005, in Lake Placid, NY.
2003 – “Remembering Ancestral Landscapes: Cultural Memory of Place in Contemporary China.” Paper presented (in absentia) at the New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS), October, 2003, in Buffalo, New York.
2002 – “‘Constructing ourselves for foreigner, constructing foreigners for ourselves’: Chinese images of and for the foreign guest.” Paper presented at 2002 New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS), Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York.
2001 – “‘The forest is dirty, but plastic is clean’: Culture and Environment in Contemporary China.” Presentation at Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vermont.
2001 – Four presentations on Chinese culture and language to various elementary and middle school classrooms in Athens, Georgia.
2000 – “Reflections on Living in China.” Invited talk presented to faculty of Yancheng No.1 Elementary/Middle School (Yancheng Diyi Xiaoxue).
2000 – “Cognition and Human Ecology.” Talk given at College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine.
1996 – “Cultural Models and Forest Ecological Change on the Appalachian Frontier, 1750- 1840.” Paper given at 1996 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Assoc., San Francisco.
1996 – “Working with People as Landscape Shapers, Biodiversity Managers, and Collective Decision-Makers: Approaches to Regional Conservation and Development Issues in the South.” Co-presented with Eleanor Tison and Stephanie Paladiono at Seventh Annual Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere (SAMAB) Conference.
1995 – “Cultural Models and the Environment: Applying Cognitive Anthropology to Environmental Historical Analysis.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Anthropological Society, Raleigh, North Carolina. 1994 “Decline of Subsistence Farming in West Virginia, 1920-1960.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Anthropological Society, Atlanta, Georgia.