My love of anthropology began in the 7th grade when I began reading about the treasures found by the early archaeologists in Egypt. My head filled with a romantic view of anthropology, I enrolled in a community college in Oregon. It soon became apparent that archaeology was hard (and dirty) work. More important, it wasn't for me. I shifted to biological anthropology and have never regretted my decision.
I completed two undergraduate degrees in Oregon (B. A. in anthropology and B. S. in evolutionary biology) and also my Master's (M. S. in biological anthropology). I moved to Minnesota where I began my Ph.D. work. I also volunteered in the laboratory doing malaria research. My Ph.D. chair decided to move to Hawaii, so I did, too. (I know, a hard decision: move from sub-zero weather to the sand beach: any sacrifice in the name of education.)
I worked towards my dissertation on the medical practices and beliefs of the Moli people. They are represented by a population of about 2,000 people living on the southern coast of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. I collected data on diet, health status and traditional medicines, along with taking a census and documenting the local language (also called Moli).
I am a full-time instructor at Everett Community College and I love teaching. I have taught anthropology at several community colleges and universities, both as a teaching assistant and as an instructor. I have taught anthropology courses in all the sub-fields (archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology and linguistics). I also teach specialty courses, such as human diversity (the history of scientific racism and its social consequences) and the Cultures of the Pacific Islands and in medical anthropology.