Joined the faculty in 2008
Ph.D. University of Chicago. 1994. (Anthropology).
M. A. University of Chicago. 1980. (Social Sciences).
B.A. Knox College. 1980. (Sociology-Anthropology).
Current scholarly interests:, Northern Arapaho, Plains Indians, Knowledge Systems, Mythology, Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Cross-Cultural Human Development, Anthropology of Art and Creativity, Ethnopoetics, Ethnohistory, Space-Time Systems, and Language Shift
Previous teaching experience:
Colby College 1996-2008 (Anthropology). Minnesota State University 1994-1996 (Ethnic Studies). Central Wyoming College 1990-94 (Anthropology/Native American Studies). Triton College 1981-89 (Anthropology, Sociology, and Philosophy). Courses also taught at: Loyola University of Chicago, University of Chicago, Morton College, and Ray College of Design.
I have twenty years of research on Northern Arapaho history, language, and culture, including archival and museum research, language study, applied anthropological projects, and five and half years of continuous field research on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming (1988-1994).
Courses Routinely Taught:
Language and Culture.
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.
Anthropological Methods. North American Indians.
Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples.
Anthropology of Creativity.
Anthropology of Time.
Native American Religion & Empowerment.
2001. The Four Hills of Life: Northern Arapaho Knowledge and Life Movement. Anthropology of North American Indians Series. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press. Raymond J. DeMallie and Douglas R. Parks, editors.
2003. One Hundred Years of Old Man Sage: An Arapaho Life Story. Anthropology of North American Indians Series. University of Nebraska Press. Raymond J. DeMallie and Douglas R. Parks, editors. MS. Arapaho Women's Quillwork Art: Life, Power, and Perfection. (Research and writing in progress.)
2003. 'Arapaho, ' In Ember, Melvin, Carol R. Ember, and Ian Skoggard, eds. Encyclopedia of World Cultures Supplement. New York: Macmillan Reference.
2005. Ghost Dance Songs. In Algonquian Spirit: Contemporary Translations of Algonquian Literatures. Brian Swann, ed. Lincoln. University of Nebraska Press.
2006. Seven Ways of Looking at Old Man Sage. In Language, Culture and the Individual: A Tribute to Paul Friedrich. Catherine O'Neil, Mary Scoggin, and Kevin Tuite, editors. Munich, Germany: LINCOM Studies in Anthropology (LiSA).
2006. The Poetics of Tropes and Dreams in Arapaho Ghost Dance Songs. New Perspectives on Native North America: Cultures, Histories, Representations, Sergei A. Kan and Pauline Turner Strong, editors. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
2008. Contradictions of Space-Time and Knowledge in Northern Arapaho Language Shift. American Indian Language Ideology. Paul Kroskrity & Margaret Field, eds. Tucson: University of Arizona Press (in press).
Canadian Anthropological Society and American Society for Ethnohistory.
I have offered over thirty-five distinct courses across several disciplines over my twenty-seven year teaching career, have twenty years of applied and research experience in the Northern Arapaho Nation, have served in various senior academic administrative roles, and have participated in a number of community and curriculum development projects.