Me & My Job
I am a cultural anthropologist. and am a Professor of anthropology and sociology at St. Martin's University, in Lacey, Washington, where I have taught since 1994 . My office phone number is (360) 438-4295, regular office hours are 1:15 - 2:30 PM, M, W, F. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org . I teach a variety of classes that are all connected by anthropology and ethnography.
I live with my family (Midge, Milo & Nora) in Olympia, Washington. I was born in Seattle, grew up in what was once a small town in the Willamette Valley and while I've lived and traveled elsewhere, this is home. I am an active bike commuter and backpacker and have recently worked with my family to build a yurt to replace an old family cabin up in the Oregon Cascades that was smashed to smithereens by an eight hundred year old douglas fir.
Academic Background & Academic Interests
I've conducted cultural anthropological and archaeological fieldwork and research in Yemen, Israel, Egypt and the Pacific Northwest. I received my BA from The Evergreen State College (1983), and my AM from the University of Chicago (1985), and. I received my doctorate from the University of Florida's Department of Anthropology, in 1993 and wrote my dissertation on the evolution of irrigation in Egypt's Fayoum Oasis. Here are some links related to some of my anthropological research on irrigation systems.
I'm currently using the Freedom of Information Act, archival sources and interviews to write historical accounts of various interactions between military and intelligence agencies on American anthropology. This is a broad project and examines a variety of interactions between anthropologists and organizations such as the CIA, FBI, NSA, OSS and other governmental agencies. One piece of residual slag from this Cold War research is an index of obituaries of American anthropologists , that is available here online. I have compiled several webpages listing the articles and books I've written as part of this topic.
During the early and mid-1990 I worked on a large project I've sat aside of awhile examining themes that emerge in hacker/phreak texts, with special attention being placed on hacker concerns with corporate invasions of privacy and first amendment issues. While working on this project I produced a series of indexes from 2600 magazine that I've made available here organized by author, subject, title and volume.