I'm a late-blooming scholar, a transplanted Canadian, and an anthropologist among historians. I started out being fascinated by myth and ritual, found my way from there into American history (via the Civil War and studying the people who reenacted it), and then started trying to figure out where the heritage business fits in the postindustrial knowledge and service economy. More recently, I've been thinking about ways to connect my interest in commemorative behavior with the ever more urgent questions about how we might create a less energy-intensive, growth-oriented society, a concern that has led me to explore heritage and automobility as well as the convergence of historic sites and working agriculture. I live in north-central Massachusetts, a part of New England most people don't know about (which is just fine with us, thank you) with my husband, Fred, who plays the trumpet, and a fluctuating number of cats, who don't.

Curriculum vitae


2004 - Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Doctorate Program, Tufts University
        Areas of concentration: Cultural Anthropology/History/Museum and Heritage Studies
        Dissertation: "The Lowell Experiment: Public History in a Postindustrial City"
1997 - M.A., Graduate Program, Vermont College of Norwich University
        Areas of concentration: Cultural Anthropology/American History/Performance Studies
1994 - B.A., Adult Degree Program, Vermont College of Norwich University

Research interests

Tourism, heritage, museums, public history, myth and ritual, culture-led redevelopment, food and farm heritage, automobility

Teaching and consulting

2004-present - Senior Lecturer, Anthropology Department, Tufts University
1998-present - Consultant, Northeast Region Ethnography Program, National Park Service
2001-2012 - Affiliate Faculty, B.A. in Liberal Studies/Union Institute & University

Selected academic publications, reports, and recent conference papers

Awards and academic service