Trained in both applied and four-field programs, I am an anthropologist fascinated by the places people call home. To this end, I approach human dwellings and settlements as material and practical, symbolic and meaningful, and thus subject to multiple perspectives and agendas. My research focuses on interrelated processes which play out in the built environment: vernacular and modern architecture, heritage conservation, civil society, cultural tourism, and culture change.
As an engaged undergraduate scholar, I interviewed both Texans and newcomers about their perceptions of North Texas' changing urban landscapes. While at Syracuse University's Maxwell School, my doctoral fieldwork explored the impacts of NGO activism and tourism on Buddhist and Muslim Ladakhis in the Himalayan town of Leh, Ladakh, an autonomous region of Jammu and Kashmir, India.
In the future, I plan to revisit my undergraduate research and develop a longitudinal study of North Texas suburban spaces. I am currently authoring a publication which explores my role as an intermediary between conservationists and locals in Leh Town. As a full-time lecturer and UNT alumna (Class of '01), my priority for the student body is sharing the knowledge, relevance and application of our discipline with passion and enthusiasm.
2014 PhD Anthropology, Syracuse University
2007 MA Anthropology, Syracuse University
2001 BA Anthropology, University of North Texas