Research interests

  • Food systems, food and farm heritage, commemorative behavior, culture-led redevelopment, museums, myth and ritual

Teaching and consulting

  • 2004-present – Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Anthropology Department, Tufts University
  • 1998-2016 – Consultant, Northeast Region Ethnography Program, US National Park Service
  • 2001-2012 – Affiliate Faculty, BA in Liberal Studies/Union Institute & University

Selected publications, reports, and conference presentations


  • “Teaching with Technology” award, Tufts University, 2013
  • Excellence in Consulting Award from the National Council on Public History for “Plant Yourself in My Neighborhood: An Ethnographic Landscape Study of Farming and Farmers in Columbia County, New York (2013)
  • National Council on Public History book award for The Lowell Experiment: Public History in a Postindustrial City (2007)
  • Honorable mention, Alliance for Community Media, for documentary video “An Evening with Howard Zinn,” 2004
  • Graduate student paper award, Northeastern Anthropological Association, 2003
  • Finalist, Judge’s Special Merit Award, Alliance for Community Media, for documentary video “Music for the People: The Life and Times of the Orange Community Band,” 1998