As an applied anthropologist, my research primarily focuses on using anthropological approaches, theories, and methods to work toward solving environmental problems and related issues in human well-being and health. More specifically, my research is in the application of cognitive anthropology (decision-making studies, cultural model theory, ethnoscience) to policy and systems studies. I am interested in the relationships between cultural knowledge systems, identity and community, and behavior. My recent research has focused on the impacts of climate change and mitigation and adaptation behavior; contemporary animism and sustainability in the Western world; and the medical anthropology of minority new polytheist and Pagan religious traditions in the United States. My prior work primarily focused on the political ecology of American rangelands. In addition to my academic work, I have worked as a practicing anthropologist and consultant in program design, evaluation, and fund development for the non-profit and local government sectors. When not working, I can be found riding my horses, hiking, and creating visual art.
- Ph.D. 2007, University of California Riverside
- M.A. 2003, University of California Riverside
- B.A. 2001, University of California Riverside
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