Current Professional Development in Pedagogy

I have been an active participant in the communities focused on teaching and learning at Indiana University’s Bloomington and South Bend campuses. Most recently, I participated in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Institute at IUSB, and I am currently a part of an Active Learning Institute focused on community-engaged learning there. In addition, I regularly participate in book groups and other workshops at IUSB’s University Center for Excellence in Teaching (UCET) and co-facilitate a learning community for some of my peers in IU’s Future Faculty Teaching Fellowship.

Teaching Awards & Certificates

  • 2018–2019, Future Faculty Teaching Fellowship, University Graduate School, Indiana University Bloomington
  • 2018, Practitioner and Associate Level Certificates, Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship Program, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL), Indiana University Bloomington
  • 2014, Carl H. Ziegler Teaching Award, Collins Living-Learning Center, Indiana University Bloomington

Current Courses

Environmental Anthropology

palm fronds in front of rainbow photo by ryan feigenbaum

I am currently teaching this course as an upper-level course with social science general education credit at IU South Bend. We are examining how global environmental issues like climate change, resource rights, and environmental conservation manifest uniquely in different contexts, with a dual focus on my research region of South Asia and on the location of the course, the Midwestern US. Through the course, we are learning about the principal theories and methods environmental anthropology utilizes and about the issues on which it focuses. We will look toward possible solutions that account for the complexity and diversity of human relationships with the environment.

Sample Assignment: Book Review for Honors Credit

Syllabus: Environmental Anthropology

Culture & Society


This course is an introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology that reflects the value of a four-field approach to American Anthropology, while emphasizing the confluence of the Social Sciences and the Humanities in the Socio-Cultural tradition. The course provides an overview of key figures, approaches, terms, readings, and concepts in the sub-discipline, while also giving students first-hand experience in methods and application of theory through small fieldwork projects. I emphasize developing skills for critical thinking, research, and appreciation of diversity that can be useful in any field or pursuit, since this course is for majors and non-majors alike.

I am teaching this course in the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters at IU South Bend. I have taught a version of this course in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Fordham University, Rose Hill, and also served as an associate instructor for the equivalent course in the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Sample Assignment: Ethnographic Project

Sample Syllabus: Culture & Society

Past Courses

Food and Culture

Food and Culture

This upper-level seminar in Anthropology explored the history and future directions of the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition and of the wider field of Food Studies. Students put into practice the primary methods anthropologists use in food research, and further built skills in research design, clear communication, and analysis of texts, other media, and ethnographic data. Reflecting anthropology broadly, we compared examples from different cultures and look closely at some of them, with a focus on food and heritage in a global context. The course utilized students' expertise as experienced eaters to challenge and deepen their understandings of the relationships between food and culture.

Sample In-Class Activity: Food as Intangible Cultural Heritage

Many of the students in the Fall 2018 version of this course at Indiana University South Bend opted to share summaries of their individually designed research projects in an online showcase here:

Food & Culture: A Showcase of Student Work from IUSB

The Value of Variety: Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation


This course is an interdisciplinary topics course that introduces Food Studies issues and scholarship through the problem of global loss of agricultural biodiversity. Politics, economics, environmental sustainability, cultural diversity, evolution, and the law are all implicated. Students are challenged to synthesize information from the social, life, and environmental sciences and apply it to discussions with each other and with expert guests, as well as to an original research project that relates to their own interests.

When I taught this course in 2014 at the Collins Living-Learning Center at Indiana University, the students nominated me for the Carl Ziegler Teaching Award for the term, and I received the honor.

Sample Syllabus: Agrobiodiversity