National Science Foundation course on statistics in ethnographic research, July 27-August 1, 2014, at the Duke University Marine Laboratory (DUML) on Piver’s Island, North Carolina, Daniel Hruschka and David Nolin, Course Directors.

Research and Fieldwork:

1986–87    Research Assistant, Anthropology Department, Yale University.

Conducted library research on topics including peasant studies, social change, anthropological theory, African, European and Japanese ethnography, directed by Dr. W. Kelly.  Prepared bibliographies for research publication, and slides for classroom presentation.

1979–80    Research Assistant, Anthropology Department, Smith College. 

Located and screened articles and books for a seminar on imperialism and its aftermath.  Transcribed journals of Brigadier General T. Ternan, a colonial officer in 19th century East Africa.

Awards, Grants and Fellowships:

1992–95    Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for population studies post-doctoral research.

Courses Taught:

  • Exploring the World through Research
  • Learning from People
  • AIDS Activism in Africa
  • Studying Place by Metes and Bounds
  • Qualitative Research
  • Advanced Research Seminar in Society, Culture and Thought


“The Challenges of Studying Place: Learning from Failures of an Experimental Interdisciplinary and Community Engaged Environmental Studies Course,” in Dena Fam and Michael O’Rourke, eds. Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Failures as Lessons Learned from Cautionary Tales, New York: Routledge, in press 2020.

Bennington: View from Bingham Hill, edited special issue of the Walloomsack Review 24: Spring 2019; a collection of student writing from “Studying Place by Metes and Bounds,” taught in Fall 2018.

“Studying Life Strategies of Orphans in Rural Kenya.” Africa Today 58(4):45-66, June 2012.

“Measurement and Meaning: Community-Based Research on Child Mortality in Rural Kenya,” (1995) with Heather Booth, Canberra: Australian National University, Working Papers in Demography No. 59.

Papers, Talks, Meeting and Seminars:

“Workshop on Primary Data Analysis,” Population Studies Research Institute, University of Nairobi, June 19, 2003.

“In-Depth Research,” Presented at National Centre for Development Studies, Australian National University, February 8, 1995.

“Doing Anthropological Demography: Fieldwork in Rural Kenya,” presented at the Demography Department Seminar Series, Research School of Social Studies, Institute for Advanced Studies, the Australian National University, October 19, 1994.