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I teach courses in anthropology, writing, quantitative methods, museum studies, art history, critical identity studies, and environmental studies. The act of teaching can either reproduce or interrogate and re-invent our disciplines. In my classroom, both students and I are together generating and questioning knowledge through multi-directional learning. Influenced by Paulo Freire and bell hooks’s critical pedagogies, I approach teaching as a recursive learning process in which educators must constantly re-assess how we know what is "good teaching".


I begin the semester with critical discussions of epistemologies and situated knowledge. We evaluate how anthropology and other disciplines have formed within the societies in which practitioners have been enculturated: as a result, though anthropologists value anti-colonial and anti-racist approaches to humans, the discipline has been complicit in exclusionary and marginalizing practices. I design courses that make the field's development transparent and which position anthropology as a case study in knowledge production. Student work and assessment emphasize public writing, quantitative literacy, and multimodal writing about enduring social problems and their interventions. Courses are organized by: (1) method and theory contextualized historically and politically, (2) case studies on urgent social concerns, (3) student research using the social scientist’s toolkit, and (4) public engagement with and dissemination of knowledge for different audiences.

A workbook of course materials for teaching quantitative anthropology


I believe in sharing course materials so please reach out for more syllabuses or activities/assignments than what's  already here.

Courses taught:

George Washington University

University Writing 1020: Writing the Past for the Future: Archaeologies of Racism and Anti-racism


University Writing 1020: Writing Race, Measuring Marginalization

University Writing 1020: Embodied Inequality: Rhetoric of race and racism

Beloit College

Anthropology 100: Society and Culture (sociocultural anthropology)


Anthropology 110: Archaeology and Prehistory (links to paper and supplementary materials zip)


Anthropology 120: The Human Animal (biological anthropology)


Anthropology 201: Research Design in Anthropology

Anthropology 219/Environmental Studies: Environmental Archaeology


Anthropology 220/Latin American & Caribbean Studies/Museum Studies 295: Dimensions of Identity


Anthropology 240: Quantitative Theory and Technique (published workbook)


Anthropology 247/Museum Studies 247: Anthropological Research in Museums


Anthropology 256/Art History 211: Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture


Anthropology 275: Exploration & Encounter: The Way to Cuzco (summer block course in Cuzco, Peru).


Anthropology 375/Critical Identity Studies 265: Empires, Past and Present

Anthropology 375/Critical Identity Studies 360: Coercion & Exploitation: Material Histories of Labor


Writing 100: Writing Seminar: Beyond Borders & Boundaries


Writing 200/Interdisciplinary Studies 210: Arguing about Numbers: The Rhetoric of Data


Southern Methodist University

Anthropology 2363: People of the Earth: The First Five Million Years


Anthropology/Cultural Formations A 3365: Rise and Fall of Superpowers: Dynamics and Ethics of Empire


Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco

Archaeology 502: Workshop II – Archaeological Ceramics

A study on anti-colonial and anti-racist revisions to archaeology curriculum

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Study of student learning outcomes across disciplines using museum objects

Two recent essays on teaching anthropology & writing in Cuzco, Perú (2020 & 2021)


Undergraduate TAs AmySue Greiff & Drew Agnew reflect on their experiences developing a new approach to archaeology courses

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