CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION

Rice University—Houston, TX

Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology Degree, 1998

Dissertation Title: Signal 3: Ethnographic Experiences in the American Theme Park Industry


The University of Iowa—Iowa City, IA

Master’s of Arts in Anthropology Degree, 1993


Indiana University—Bloomington, IN

Bachelor’s of Arts in Anthropology Degree, 1991 (with honors in anthropology and distinction)

Certificate in African Studies, 1991


Albion College—Albion, MI

Majored in Music and Speech Communications, 1987

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Academic – Professional 

Chair, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Tenured

Lake Tahoe Community College, August 1998-present

Notable duties: creation of AA degree in Anthropology, AA and AAT degrees in Sociology, Certificate in Applied Anthropology; program reviews in Anthropology and Sociology; development of new curriculum in Anthropology & Sociology; part-time faculty evaluation; scheduling; budget development; creation of four ISP (Incarcerated Student Program) courses and development of Sociology degree pathway.


Faculty on Special Assignment (Responsibilities for Interim Dean of Instruction)

Lake Tahoe Community College, 2018

Notable duties: part-time faculty evaluation; scheduling; project management (community events); Annual Unit Plans; course deactivations; Comprehensive Program Review (Art and Humanities)


Faculty on Special Assignment (University Center and Enrollment Management)

Lake Tahoe Community College, 2018


Participant, Strategic Enrollment Management Project

Lake Tahoe Community College, 2018-2019


Academic Senate President

Lake Tahoe Community College, 2001-2002, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2008-2009, 2018-2019


Academic Senate Vice-President

Lake Tahoe Community College, 2000-2001


Academic Senate Secretary

Lake Tahoe Community College, 1999-2000


Faculty Union President

Lake Tahoe Community College, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2014-2015


Negotiator (CTA/CCA)

Lake Tahoe Community College, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-

2016


Committee Member

Lake Tahoe Community College, 1998-2018

Academic Calendar, Academic Integrity & Plagiarism, Academic Standards, Accreditation, Administrative Review, Campus Issues, College Council, College Name Change/Recruitment, Distance Education, Faculty Ethics, Faculty Issues, Division Reorganization, Emerging Programs, Grievance Revision, Hiring Committees, Instructional Technology, Institutional Research, Leadership Committee, Library Planning, Multicultural Awareness, Partnership for Excellence, Plus/Minus Grading, Retention, Semester/Quarter, Senate Bylaws Revision, Sexual Harassment Policy, SkunkWorks, Space Utilization, Strategic Planning Team, Title III Internal Monitoring, Website Advisory, Marketing and Branding, Diversity, Latino Affairs NEH Grant Advisory, Equity, University Center, College Learning & Enrollment Management, Guided Pathways, SST, Goal 2: Academic Progression, Equivalency, President’s Advisory Council, Convocation Planning


Full-Time Instructor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Valparaiso University, 1996-1998


Invited Visiting Professorship

Department of American Studies at the University of Mainz (Germany), July 2013


Academic – Professional (Statewide)

Participant – OEI Project

Chancellor’s Office for the California Community Colleges, 2018


Representative At-Large

Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, 2001-2002


Nominee

Forwarded for nomination (not appointed), Governor Schwarzenegger’s Office – California Community College Board of Governors, 2006


Lead Coordinator, California Statewide IMPAC Project—Anthropology

IMPAC, 2003-2005


Testimony

Hearings on Draft Standards B (SLOs), Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, 2001, 2002


Chair

Statewide Disciplines List Hearings, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, 2002


Community College Representative, Anthropology

California State University Lower Division Transfer Initiative, 2005


Statewide Committee Member

Chancellor’s Office, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

Global Education, Student Study Abroad, Facilities Planning, Elections Committee, Local Senates Committee, Resolutions Committee, Standards and Practices


Professional Seminars

Project Member

Critical Theme Park Studies, 2018-2019

Project funded by the German government


Institute Participant

U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. 2007


Visiting Research Scholar

CUNY Graduate Center, 2006

National Endowment for the Humanities seminar “Human Rights in Conflict: Interdisciplinary Perspectives”


Visiting Research Scholar

Stanford University, 2005

National Endowment for the Humanities seminar “Terror and Culture: Revisiting Hannah Arendt’s Origins of Totalitarianism”


Visiting Research Scholar

Library of Congress, 2005-2006

National Endowment for the Humanities seminar “American Cities and Public Spaces”


@ONE Carnegie Scholar

Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2005-2006

Monograph title, “An Analysis of Student Success in Reflexive Online Classroom Assignments”


Professional Meeting Organizer

American Anthropological Association

Served as chair and organizer for:

•  “Teaching Tips from Winners of the AAA/Oxford Press Undergraduate Teaching Award,” 2010

•  “Teaching Tips from Winners of the AAA/Oxford Press Undergraduate Teaching Award,” 2008

•  “Experiential, Branded, and Lifestyle Spaces: Dialogues between Architecture and Anthropology,” 2008

•  “The Themed Space: Reflections on Culture and Materiality,” 2007

•  “Anthropology and the Continuing Salience of Experimental Ethnography,” 1996

•  “Rhetorical Interventions in Anthropology and the Human Sciences,” 1995


Outside Anthropology Department, Tenure, and Accreditation Review

Moreno Valley College (Accreditation)

Kalamazoo Community College Department of Anthropology

Willamette University Department of Anthropology


Board Member

Dads and Daughters, 2003-2004

PBS Frontline World, 2004

General Anthropology Division, American Anthropological Association, 2009-2011


Editor

Editor

POMO Magazine, San Francisco, CA, 1995-1997

Accreditation Editor

Lake Tahoe Community College, 2005


Peer Reviewer of Research and Publication

Southern Anthropology

POMO Magazine

European Journal of Tourism Research

Supernatural as Natural: A Biocultural Approach to Religion(Winkelman & Baker, Prentice Hall, 2010)


Multicultural Seminars

Program Co-Chair, Martin Luther King Jr. Observance

Valparaiso University, 1998

Keynote Speaker and Performance Workshop Facilitator

Culver Military Academy Multicultural Awareness Retreat, Culver, IN, 1997


Thesis and Project Advising

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Dissertation committee member for thesis dealing with theme parks and themed spaces (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Master’s degree chair for theses considering multicultural education, contemporary healthcare, and collegial sports coaching (Valparaiso University)

Numerous undergraduate honors thesis and independent projects (Valparaiso University, Lake Tahoe Community College)


Research Assistant

The University of Iowa, Department of Anthropology, 1991-1992


Teaching Assistant

The University of Iowa, Department of Anthropology, 1992-1993


Workshops (As Lead Organizer) – Student 

Lake Tahoe Community College, Valparaiso University

Don Imus, Racism and the Media; Gender, Advertising and Multiculturalism; Feminism, Advertising and Gender Equity; Gay and Lesbian Marriage in the United States; Understanding Gender and Advertising: The Gender Ads Project; Community Career Open House; Reflections on 9/11/01; Beyond Hate; Skin Deep; Cultural Criticism and Transformation; Leadership Seminar; Challenging Norms in Your Residence Hall; Sexual Assault Awareness Training; Understanding Oppression: A Boalian Workshop; Multimedia Recruitment Project; Green Party Club; Sociological Honor Society


Workshops (As Lead Organizer) – Educational

Student Retention; Faculty Publishing; Developing Online Education; Advanced FrontPage Seminar; Facilitating SLOs in the Humanities and Social Sciences; Critical Thinking and the Classroom; Developing Course Writing Assignments; Building a Course Website: Using Technology to Make Your Teaching Public; Generation X and the Classroom; Writing Across the Curriculum; Multiculturalism and the Classroom; Schools that Learn; Bias and Diversity; Malcolm X; Democratic Debate; The Future of Education


Workshops (As Lead Organizer) – Statewide

Statewide Anthropology IMPAC Project; Developing an A. A. in Anthropology; Statewide Anthropology Issues; Anthropology IMPAC Project; Running an Effective Senate; Parliamentary Procedure; The Brown Act; Standards and Practices Processes; Planning and Budgeting; The Disciplines List Review; Resolutions and Parliamentary Procedure; Small and Large Academic Senates; Standards and Practices and Disciplines


Workshops (As Lead Organizer) – Community

Civics, Civil Liberties, and You; The People Speak I, II, III (United Nations small grant, LTCC); The Patriot Act; Understanding Iraq; Careers in Anthropology


HONORS AND GRANTS

Teaching Awards

National:AAA/McGraw-Hill Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology, American Anthropological Association, 2005

Statewide:Hayward Award for Excellence in Education, California Community Colleges, 2003

Local: Lake Lake Tahoe Community College Distinguished Faculty Member, 2013; Tahoe Community College Associated Student Council, 2004, Lake Tahoe Community College/NISOD, 2008


Literary Awards

Sierra Arts Foundation Artist Grant Program award in “Literary – Professional,” 2009 (for creative non-fiction writing)

Nevada Arts Council (honorable mention), 2008, 2010


Recognition for Service

Resolution of Commendation for Professional Service, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, 2003

Certificate of Recognition, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for the 9/11 Ethnographic Documentary Project, 2001

Alpha Kappa Delta, Sociological Honor Society, Valparaiso University, 1997

Outstanding Service Recognition Award, Six Flags AstroWorld, 1994


Grants

Jackpot Grant – Nevada Arts Council

United Nations – People Speak small grants

PUBLICATIONS

Books - Monographs
The Immersive Worlds Handbook: Designing Theme Parks and Consumer Spaces.Focal, 2013. 


Theme Park. Objekt series, Reaktion Books, 2008. 


Books - Translations

Theme Park (Arabic), Kalima, 2013.


Books - Edited Collections

A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces. ETC (Carnegie Mellon University), 2016.


The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nation, and Self. Lexington Books, 2007.


Fear, Cultural Anxiety, and Transformation: Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy Films Remade, co-edited collection with John Marmysz. Lexington Books, 2009.


Recent Developments in Criminological Theory, co-editor with Stuart Henry, 2009, Ashgate.


Strategies in Teaching Anthropology(co-editor), Prentice-Hall, 2010.


Supplemental Development

Supplemental multi-media and content development for Anthropology (Conrad Kottak, McGraw-Hill

2013- present)


Chapters in Books

  • The Value of Research in Themed and Immersive Spaces, CLADBook, 2018.
  • Between Simulation and Authenticity: The Question of Urban Remaking. In Urban DesignCompanion:A Sequel, edited by Tridib Banerjee and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Routledge, 2018.
  • Postmodern Spaces of Berlin: Beyond the Confines of History, Self, and the Real. In Thinking ThroughThings: Identity, Temporality, and Longing through Artifacts, edited by Ellen Avitts, Kristin Noone, and Juneko J. Robinson, 2018.
  • Heritage as Remaking: Locating Heritage in the Contemporary World. In The Oxford Handbook of Public Heritage Theory and Practice, edited by Neil Asher Silberman and Angela Labrador, Oxford University Press. 
  • Why Immersion Matters. CLADBook, 2017. 
  • Time and Temporality in the Worlds of Theme Parks. In “Here You Leave Today”: Time andTemporality in Theme Parks, edited by Filippo Carlà, Florian Freitag, Sabrina Mittermeier, and Ariane Schwarz. Hanover: Wehrhahn, 2016.
  • Research Dialogue 1 and 2, with Filippo Carlà, Florian Freitag, Gordon Grice. In A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces. ETC (Carnegie Mellon University), 2016.
  • The Cultures of Tiki. In A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces. ETC (Carnegie Mellon University), 2016.
  • Introduction. In A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces. ETC (Carnegie Mellon University), 2016.
  • Dark Theming Reconsidered. In A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces. ETC (Carnegie Mellon University), 2016.
  • Theming and Immersion in the Space of the Future. In A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces. ETC (Carnegie Mellon University), 2016.
  • Judgments Passed: The Place of the Themed Space in the Contemporary World of Remaking. InA Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces. ETC (Carnegie Mellon University), 2016.
  • Research in Themed and Immersive Spaces: At the Threshold of Identity. In A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces. ETC (Carnegie Mellon University), 2016.
  • Questioning “Immersion” in Contemporary Themed and Immersive Spaces. In A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces. ETC (Carnegie Mellon University), 2016.
  • How the Theme Park Got Its Power: The World’s Fair as Cultural Form. In Meet Me at the Fair: A World’s Fair Reader. Celia Pearce et. al. eds. Etc Press, 2013. 
  • Lake View. In Tahoe Blues: Short Lit on Life at the Lake. Bona Fide Books, 2012. 
  • From Themed Space to Lifespace. In Staging the Past: Themed Environments in Transcultural Perspectives. Judith Schlehe, Carolyn Oesterle, Michiko Uike-Bormann, Wolfgang Hochbruck, eds. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2010.
  • Teaching ‘Authenticity’: Critical Thinking and the Cultural Form. In Strategies in Teaching Anthropology, Prentice-Hall, 2010.
  • Behind the Barrel: Reading the Cultural History of the Gun in Video Games. In Joystick Soldiers: The Military/War Video Games Reader. Nina Huntemann and Matt Payne, eds. Routledge, 2008.
  • Online Anthropology: Classroom Approaches and Resources for Teaching. In Strategies in Teaching Anthropology, 5thEdition. Patricia Rice and David McCurdy, ed. Prentice-Hall, 2008.
  • Teaching as a Form of Anthropology, Anthropology as a Form of Teaching. In The Joys of Teaching Anthropology. Patricia Rice, Conrad Kottak, and David McCurdy, ed. Prentice-Hall, 2007.
  • Horror Video Game Remakes and the Question of Medium: Remaking Doom, Silent Hill, and Resident Evil. In Fear, Cultural Anxiety and Transformation: Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films Remade. Scott A. Lukas and John Marmysz, eds. Lexington Books, 2008.
  • Introduction: Fear, Cultural Anxiety, Transformation and the Film Remake. In Fear, Cultural Anxiety and Transformation: Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films Remade. Scott A. Lukas and John Marmysz, eds. Lexington Books, 2008.
  • The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nation, and Self. In The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nation, and Self. Scott A. Lukas, ed. Lexington Books, 2007. 
  • How the Theme Park Gets Its Power: Lived Theming, Social Control, and the Themed Worker Self. In The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nation, and Self. Scott A. Lukas, ed. Lexington Books, 2007.
  • Theming as a Sensory Phenomenon: Discovering the Senses on the Las Vegas Strip. In The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nation, and Self. Scott A. Lukas, ed. Lexington Books, 2007.
  • A Politics of Reverence and Irreverence: Social Discourse on Theming Controversies. In The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nation, and Self. Scott A. Lukas, ed. Lexington Books, 2007.
  • The Hummer as Cultural and Political Myth: A Multi-Sited Ethnographic Analysis. In The Hummer: Myths and Consumer Culture. Elaine Cardenas and Ellen Gorman, eds. Lexington Books, 2007.
  • Teaching Taxonomy in Physical/Biological Anthropology Classes. In Strategies in Teaching Anthropology, 4thEdition. Patricia Rice and David McCurdy, eds. Prentice-Hall, 2006.
  • The Role of Women’s and Gender Studies in Advancing Gender Equity. In Handbook for Achieving Gender Equity through Education. Sue Klein, ed. Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, 2007.
  • Improving Gender Equity in Postsecondary Education. In Handbook for Achieving Gender Equity through Education. Sue Klein, ed. Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, 2007.
  • Applications of Augusto Boal’s Methods in the Anthropology Classroom: Power, Reflexivity, Critical Thinking. In Strategies in Teaching Anthropology, 3rdEdition. Patricia Rice and David McCurdy, eds. Prentice-Hall, 2004.
  • Teaching Cultural Anthropology through Popular Culture. In Strategies in Teaching Anthropology, 2ndEdition. Patricia Rice and David McCurdy, eds. Prentice-Hall, 2002.
  • An American Theme Park: Working and Riding Out Fear in the Late Twentieth Century. In Late Editions 6, Paranoia within Reason: A Casebook on Conspiracy as Explanation. George E. Marcus, ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.

Encyclopedia Entries

  • George E. Marcus; Stephen A. Tyler; Postmodernism. In Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology. R. Jon McGee and Richard L. Warms, eds. Sage, 2013.
  • Crime and Garbage; Culture, Values, and Garbage; Garbage Dreams; Garbage in Modern Thought; Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home; Junk Mail; Malls; No Impact Man; Over-consumption; Shopping Bags; Styrofoam; Trashed. In Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste. Bill Rathje and J. Geoffrey Golson, eds. Sage, 2011.
  • Criminology; Criminal Justice; Gender Relations. In Routledge International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities. Michael Flood et al.eds. Routledge, 2007. 

Review Articles

  • For Love and Religion: Review of Two Works in Sensory Branding. The Senses & Society, Vol. 3 (3).
  • Review article, Baudrillard: A Critical Reader, edited by Douglas Kellner. POMO Magazine1(2): 73-78, 1995.

Journal Articles

  • Effective Designing for the Senses, Attractions Management(2017), with Joel Beckerman and Gordon Grice.
  • Keeping It Real (on Authenticity), Attractions Management1 (2017).
  • A Tour of Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum, Attractions Management4 (2016). 
  • Should Architecture Be Entertaining? OAA Perspectives: The Journal of the Ontario Association of Architects Fall 2016.
  • Cultural Thresholds at World Expo 2015 (Milan). OAA Perspectives: The Journal of the Ontario Association of Architects 23, no. 4 (Winter 2015/2016).
  • Thresholds and Themed and Immersive Spaces. OAA Perspectives: The Journal of the Ontario Association of Architects23, no. 4 (Winter 2015/2016).
  • Controversial Topics: Pushing the Limits in Themed and Immersive Spaces (Masterclass), Attractions Management20 (Quarter 4, 2015).
  • “FOAM” (excerpts). The Kokanee, 2010. 
  • “SLOing” Anthropology? Reflections on Outcome-Based Education. Anthropology News, September 2010.
  • Anthropology in Simulation World. Anthropology News, January 2009.
  • The Theming of Everyday Life: Mapping the Self, Life Politics, and Cultural Hegemony on the Las Vegas Strip. CCHA Journal, Vol. 27 (2006-2007).
  • The Actors behind the Curtain: Representation of Women Faculty in Community College Institutional Decision-making. In Gendered Perspectives on Community Colleges. ed. Jaime Lester, Jossey-Bass, 2008.
  • Fragments of Memories of the World Thinking Me. International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, Volume 3(2). 
  • The Theme Park and the Figure of Death, “Death Narratives,” Special Issue of InterCulture, Volume 2, May 2005. 
  • Big-London-Consumer-Death-Love-Machine: A Geographic Photo-Essay in Two Parts. Sigla Magazine (Ireland).
  • NEVERMOREPRINT. In “Print,” Special Issue of M/C Journal, 8(2), January 2005
  • A Space of Possession: Evocative Anthropology. POMO Magazine 1(1): 79-92.
  • Beyond Alphabets: An Interview with Stephen A. Tyler. POMO Magazine 2(1): 11-30.
  • NEVERMOREPRINT. In “Print,” Special Issue of M/C Journal, 8(2), January 2005
  • Beyond Alphabets: An Interview with Stephen A. Tyler. POMO Magazine2(1): 11-30.

Professional Publications

  • “Is College Tragedy a Result of Our Culture?” Tahoe Daily TribuneApril 18, 2007.
  • An Analysis of Student Success in Reflexive Online Classroom Assignments. Statewide monograph, @ONE Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 
  • Anthropology, 2003-2004 Report. In IMPAC Annual Report. Published by the Intersegmental Major Preparation Articulated Curriculum Project. Sacramento, CA.
  • Anthropology, 2002-2003 Report. In IMPAC Annual Report. Published by the Intersegmental Major Preparation Articulated Curriculum Project. Sacramento, CA.
  • Standards and Practices. In Senate Rostrum. October 2001, p. 5.  Sacramento, CA: The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges.
  • The Disciplines List Hearings.  In Senate Rostrum.  February 2002, p. 5.  Sacramento, CA: The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges.

PRESENTATIONS 

Keynote Addresses

  • “The Theme Park Is Dead, Long Live the Theme Park,” Here You Leave Today: Time and
  • Temporality in Theme Parks conference, University of Mainz (Germany), 2014.
  • “Research in Consumer Spaces: Emergent Issues,” University of Mainz (Germany), 2013. 
  • “History Magic: From Coney Island to the Theme Park,” University of Mainz (Germany), 2013. 
  • “Theme Parks: From Cultural Remaking to Social Justice, or Towards a Theme Park of Discomfort
  • and the Uncanny,” University of Mainz (Germany), 2013.
  • “Cultural Change and Social Environment.” Western Aerosol Information Bureau, conference (Lake Tahoe), 2012.
  • “Poverty: A Cultural Problem.” Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe, 2013.
  • Keynote Address, Poverty to Prosperity Forum, South Lake Tahoe, 2010.
  • “Synthesis: Storytelling, Architecture, Technology, and Experience.” Storytelling, Architecture, Technology, and Entertainment conference sponsored by the Themed Entertainment Industry, Orlando, Florida, September 2008.
  • “The Themed Space: Culture, History, Social Identity, and the Self.” Staging the Past: Themed Environments in Transcultural Perspectives, University of Freiburg, 2009.
  • “Insight/Out.” Walt Disney Imagineering, Burbank, CA, 2010.

Academic Papers/Presentations

  • “Theme Park Imaginaries,” Invited lecture, University of Oxford, October 10, 2018.
  • “Creating Exciting Attractions by Making Spaces Immersive, Experiential, and Sensory,” with Joel Beckerman and Gordon Grice, IAAPA Conference, Orlando, FL, November 2017.
  • “The Politics of November: Comedy, Entropy, the Id,” Lake Tahoe Community College, June 7, 2016.
  • “Power, Bias, Context: Four Forms of Strategic Questioning,” Lake Tahoe Community College, February 5, 2016.
  • “The Ballot or the Bullet - Malcolm X,” Lake Tahoe Community College, May 19, 2015.
  • “Theme Parks and Immersion,” IAAPA Conference, Orlando, FL, November 2015.
  • “The World Expo and the Future of Culture: Reflections from World Expo 2015 Milan,” Lake Tahoe Community College, November 2015.
  • “An Illicit Space: Imagining Theme Parks and Their Experimental Ethnography,” Cultural Studies
  • Association, Riverside, CA, May 2015.
  • “Heritage, Remaking, and Postmodernism: The Future of Themed and Immersive Spaces,” 2nd
  • Singapore Heritage Conference, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, January 2015.
  • “Time and Temporality in Theme Parks,” roundtable academic-industry discussion, American Studies
  • Association Annual Meeting, November, 2014.
  • “Imagineering: The Question of Culture and the Question of Critique.” Southwestern Anthropological Association meeting, April 2014.
  • “Consultancy and Intervention: Remaking and the Avant-Gardes,” paper for Workshop on Intervention as Method, Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University, Denmark, October 2012. 
  • “Theme Parks and Authenticity.” Marin Philosophical Society, August 2012.
  • Panelist for “Teaching Anthropology.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, November 2010, New Orleans, LA, two workshops.
  • Discussant for “Strategies in Teaching Anthropology.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, November 2010, New Orleans, LA.
  • “Horror Video Game Remakes and the Question of Media.” Paper presented at the SCMS Conference. Los Angeles, CA, 2010. 
  • “Anthropology and Critical Pedagogy.” Paper presented at the 2008 meetings of the American Anthropological Association.
  • “Lifespace.” Paper presented at the 2008 meetings of the American Anthropological Association.
  • “Reflexivity in the Classroom.” Workshop leader for the 2008 NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, Austin, Texas.
  • “Strategies in Teaching Anthropology.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, November 2007, Washington D.C.
  • “Ideas in Teaching Anthropology.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, November 2007, Washington D.C., two workshops.
  • Chair and Discussant for The Themed Space: Reflections on Culture and Materiality, panel, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, November 2007, Washington D.C.
  • “Teaching Anthropology.” Invited presidential panel, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, November 2006. San Francisco, CA.
  • “The Gender Ads Project.” Invited workshop for conference participants. National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Orlando, Florida, 2005. 
  • “Anthropology: Statewide Initiatives.” Anthropology Teaching Conference, San Luis Obispo, 2004.
  • “Empowering Classrooms and Community: The Internet as Public Pedagogy.” Paper and Internet demonstration offered at the 2004 NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, Austin, Texas.
  • “Cultural Transgression: Ethnography, Critical Methods and the Classroom.” Paper presented at the 2001 California American Studies Association and Rocky Mountain American Studies Association Meetings. Reno, Nevada, May 6, 2001.
  • “Performing Theme Park Edgework: Complicity, Cultural Endings, Paranoia and Critical Ethnography.”  Paper presented at the 1999 California American Studies Association Annual Conference, University of California Santa Cruz, April 31, 1999.
  • “Writing the Anthropology of America: Between Ethnology and Fiction.” Paper presented at the 1998 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, December 2, 1998.
  • “Ethnographic Activity at the End of the Millennium.” Presented at the 1996 Assault: Radicalism in Aesthetics and Politics Conference, Duke University.
  • “Industrial Ethnography. ” Presented at the 1996 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 24, 1996.
  • “Ethnography at the End of the Millennium.” Presented at the Valparaiso University Faculty Brown Bag Series, October 10, 1996.
  • “Rhetoric in Flux: Ethnographic Inquiry In and Around Fluxus Performance Art and Theme Park Training Programs.”  Presented at the 1995 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., November 18, 1995.
  • Fin de siècle Anthropology as a State of Possession: The Possibilities of Performativity in Post-Analytic Ethnography. ” Presented at the First Annual Performance Studies Conference: The Future of the Field, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York, March 25, 1995.
  • “Performing in the AFTER—The Persistent Hold of Avant-Garde Modernism.” Presented at the 1994 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, November 30, 1994.
  • “Dada as Diaphora: The Uncovering of Cultural Critique.” Presented at the 1994 European Studies Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, Oct. 6, 1994. 
  • “Music Composition as Postmodern Discourse, Local Knowledge: A Consideration of the Current State of Music, Composition, and Western Culture.” Paper presented at the 1993 Region VI Society of Composers, Inc., the University of Central Oklahoma, February 5, 1993.

Literary Readings

  • “Writers around the Lake,” South Lake Tahoe, 2012.
  • Tahoe Blues reading, South Lake Tahoe, June 2012.
  • “Writers around the Lake,” South Lake Tahoe, August 26, 2010.
  • Kokanee reading, South Lake Tahoe, 2010.

Gallery Displays of Literary Works

“Foam,” “Vegas Layer,” “Empty Mechanical Space,” and “Water.” Sierra Arts Foundation, Reno, Nevada (Summer 2009).


Professional Consulting 

  • Walt Disney Imagineering, Pixar, ABC, Burbank, CA.
  • The Paley Center for Media, New York City, NY

Community Volunteer

Board Member, Springs HOA Board of Directors (Minden, NV)

INTERVIEWS

  • Disney’s New Star Wars Hotel Sounds Like Next-Level Immersion, Skift, August 2017
  • Discussion of Rides and History, CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company), The Homestretch, two live interviews, July 2017
  • Legoland Questions Loom Large, Times Herald-Record, 18 June 2017. 
  • Not Sold on Sexist Ads, interview for YCTeen Magazine, January/February 2016.
  • Interview on Freedomland Theme Park, Atlas Obscura, 8 July 2015.
  • If Kate Upton Told You to Shave Your Chest, Would You Do It? Slate, August 14, 2013
  • Interview on Bansky and Dismaland, The Independent, 2 September 2015. 
  • Discussion of Kidzania, Financial Times(London), 22 October 2014.
  • Discussion of Gender Ads Project in The Chicago Tribune, 19 June 2014. 
  • Interview on gender, masculinity, and advertising, the Court Lewis Show, American Variety Radio (NPR), January 2014.
  • Interview on India’s Adlabs (Caravan, India), 1 July 2013.
  • Interview on Gillette ads and gender, The Washington Post, 13 August 2013. 
  • Interview on men and masculinity, The Daily Beast, 13 September 2013. 
  • Discussion of Gender Ads Project in Chicago Tribune, 19 June 2014.
  • Gender Ads Project feature interview, Lake Tahoe News.
  • FEMA, Czech Feminist Magazine (in Czech), on gender and popular culture
  • Theme Parks, To the Best of Our Knowledge, Wisconsin Public Radio
  • Interviewed for Coaster 101 (Web site)
  • LTCC Students Learning the Impact of Gender Bias in Ads, Lake Tahoe News
  • Themed Spaces, KUNR (Reno).
  • Theme Parks (Dutch print media interview).
  • Gender, Violence and Advertising. Extended radio interview, Angie Coiro Show, Green 910 AM, San Francisco.
  • Architecture, Theming, and Social Controversy. Television interview, KOLO-TV, Reno, August 10, 2007.
  • Interview on “Media and the Sex Slave Industry.” Journal Inquirer(Manchester, CT), September 26, 2008. 
  • Overview of the U.S.A. Patriot Act, Radio interview, 590 KHTO, July 22, 2004.
  • U.S. and British Politics, Radio interview, 590 KHTO, January, 2005.
  • Lead Story, “Casinos, Other Businesses Make Use of Themes,” Tahoe Daily Tribune, April 27, 2006.
  • Hannah Arendt and the War on Terror, Radio interview, Stanford University, July, 2005.
  • Interviewed for the documentary The Nature of Existence(Directed, Roger Nygard).
  • Consultant on over twenty society and culture stories for the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Teaching Institutions: Chesterton High School (music teacher, 8-12); Jewish Community Center, Houston, TX (part-time instructor); University of Iowa (graduate teaching assistant); Valparaiso University (full-time instructor of anthropology and sociology); Lake Tahoe Community College (tenured full-time instructor of anthropology and sociology); University of Mainz, Germany (visiting professor of American studies)


Study Abroad Teaching: AIFS, University of London, 2005—Sociology, Consumerism, Subcultures in London; Theory and Practice of British Archaeology; Cultural Anthropology of London


Anthropology Courses: Anthropology; Anthropology & Contemporary World Problems; Anthropology of Globalization; Cultural Anthropology; Introduction to Anthropology; Introduction to Archaeology; Issues in Anthropology/Communications: Cyberculture; Issues in Anthropology: Popular Culture; Issues in Anthropology: Popular Cultures in the U.S.; Language and Culture; Magic, Witchcraft and Religion; Physical Anthropology; Special Topic: Anthropology of the Body; Visual Anthropology


Sociology Courses: Contemporary Social Problems; Crime and Society; Deviance; Drugs & Society; Gender; Introduction to Sociology; Marriage and the Family; Principles of Social Organization; Race and Ethnic Relations; Research Methods in Sociology (graduate level); Social Problems; Sociology of Crime & Delinquency


Geography Courses: World Regional Geography


Interdisciplinary Courses: American Spaces; Cross-Cultural Communication (graduate seminar); Cultures of Violence; Liquid Love; Risk, Fear, Surveillance; September 11th; The Society of the Spectacle (Situationism): Critical Responses; Cultures of Remaking

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