Most people I know in real life call me Maddie. I use she/her pronouns.
The common denominator in all that I do is a passion for connecting people with each other and with resources that will help them learn about and improve their world.
What I'm About
Anthropologist, Educator, Connector
I am a researcher and educator, with extensive experience in project management, pedagogy, and program and event administration. My scholarly expertise is in cultural analysis, food studies, environmental sustainability, and heritage conservation, and I have applied experience in these fields, too. I have significant international experience, most notably in South India.
The common denominator in all that I do is a passion for connecting people with each other and with resources that will help them learn about and improve their world. Given particular contexts and problems, I determine the best way to make such connections and anticipate and manage all the steps in between. I do this in teaching and tutoring, and in facilitating academic groups and events, but also in conducting my own research and projects. I am always looking for more opportunities to serve as a connector and bring people, information, and resources together.
What I'm Up To Right Now
I teach cultural anthropology to undergraduate students at Indiana University South Bend and the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana. I am building a bridge from my dissertation work on traditional foods in Tamil Nadu, India, at Indiana University Bloomington to my new project focused on consumption behavior and values in the South Asian diaspora.
The website is focused on my professional activities and is meant to showcase some of my work. My professional life is intertwined with other areas of my life, of course, so don't be surprised if a sense of what I'm about more broadly (see above) comes across here, too. In fact, I think it would be a good thing!
Some of the photos are mine, and the rest are freely usable photos from Unsplash. Any other images are attributed and are Creative Commons licensed or used with other permissions.