Anthropology of the United States Taught Spring 2017 Emory University
This mid-level seminar takes an anthropological approach to understanding the contemporary United States. Studying one’s own culture presents a unique set of challenges; this course uses the lens of foodways to guide students’ inquiries. Students use a range of activities to understand how Americans’ experiences with food intersect their varied identities—classed, raced, ethnic, gendered, to name but a few. The second half of the course explores the systems of food production underpinning these cultural experiences and considers what it means to “eat American.”
50 Shades of Grey (Areas) Taught Fall 2017, Spring 2018 Emory University
This collaboratively taught interdisciplinary seminar introduces first-year students to the range of methodological approaches that researchers use to create new knowledge. Emphasizing analytical tools to help students push beyond binary thinking, this course is divided into modules highlighting the methodologies of biomolecular chemistry, clinical psychology, women’s studies, and anthropology. My course modules help students engage with the ethnographic process through field trips, practicing observations and interviews, and self-reflection assignments.
Environment and Society Taught Fall 2020 College of Wooster
This course introduces the central questions, key conceptual frameworks, methods, metrics, and longstanding debates within the field of Environmental Studies. Using contemporary case studies, the course also guides students through recognizing human roles in alternately sparking, exacerbating, curbing, and framing different environmental issues and identifying the motivations of various actors. Through scaffolded writing assignments and presentations, students practice communicating about environmental justice. Syllabus.
Under development: Global Sustainable Food Systems Drawing from anthropology, economics, nutrition, and agronomy, this upper-level course teaches the interconnected challenges of contemporary food production and gives students tools to imagine innovative solutions. Specific issues include food access and equity, greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production, corporate consolidation, and rural livelihoods. Throughout, the course also highlights food system connections between the Global North and Global South.