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Biography My career in anthropology occurred under rather fortuitous conditions. In college, I was unable to register for a required course in Western Civilization and so directed my interest to a subject matter that I did not know existed: anthropology. I was hooked after the first class and have been ever since. Upon graduating from college, I took up an archaeology field assistant position in South Africa and Tanzania and quickly realized that I remembered the stories of my companions long after I dusted off the artifacts. Soon thereafter, I enrolled in a doctoral program at Yale University and embarked on a journey in cultural anthropology that I continue today.As an assistant professor of anthropology at Ripon College, I have taught numerous courses relating to my academic training and research interests in sub-Saharan Africa. These include introductory anthropology courses, as well as courses on “Anthropological Field Methods,” “Gender, Sex, and Sexuality,” "Societies of Africa," and “Youth Cultures.” One of my favorite teaching semesters occurred in the fall of 2012, in which I directed an ACM Study Abroad Program for American students in Tanzania. I taught a research methods course at the University of Dar es Salaam, followed by six weeks of camping in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire National Park Area, where I helped students with their ecology, archaeology, and anthropology projects. During this time, we also went sightseeing, game-viewing, hiking, and herding, and learned how to cook Tanzanian food too. It was an incredibly rewarding semester, and one I hope to repeat in the future!