I am an anthropologist of urban revitalization with research in the semiotics of post-conflict Northern Ireland and the post-industrial Upper Midwest. As a researcher I am committed to applied, community-driven public anthropology. As an educator I maintain a life-long dedication to experiential learning and the liberal arts model.
2013 Ph.D. Applied Anthropology, Columbia University. Dissertation titled Imagining the New Belfast: Municipal Parades in Urban Regeneration.
2009 M.A. Anthropology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. Thesis titled Murals and Re-Imaging; The Post-conflict Re-construction of Social Space in Belfast, Northern Ireland
2004 B.A. with honors, Anthropology, Boston University.
Awards and Honors
2017 Faculty Grant for Research, Scholarship and Creativity, Carthage College
2008 President’s Grant for Diversity and University Initiatives, Teachers College, Columbia University
2007 President’s Grant for Diversity and University Initiatives, Teachers College, Columbia University
2004 Phi Beta Kappa, Boston University
2004 Summa Cum Laude, Boston University
Present Visiting Assistant Professor of Western Heritage and Classics, Carthage College
2014-2017 Postdoctoral Fellow of Western Heritage, Carthage College, All College Programs
2011-2014 Preceptor of Contemporary Civilization, Columbia University, Center for the Core Curriculum
2010-2011 Visiting Research Associate, Institute of Irish Studies, Queens University Belfast
Re-Imaging Re-visited: 10 years of Belfast’s Re-Imaging Communities Programme. (Under development for Visual Anthropology Review).
An(other) Epic: Táin Bó Cuailange as the Irish Iliad. Proceedings of the Association of Core Texts and Courses. (Under Review).
Inquiring Minds: Equality and Citizenship in a Pre-College Bridge Program. Anthropology and Education Quarterly. (Under Review).
2016 Evaluation of the Humanities Citizenship Initiative (White Paper). Kenosha, WI: Carthage College.
2015 ‘St. Patrick’s Day Becomes Us’: A New Parade for a New Belfast in Consuming St. Patrick’s Day. Jonathan Skinner and Dominic Bryan, eds. Pp. 114-131. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
2013 In Focus: Public and Private. Publics and Protests: Spontaneous Demonstrations in the Wake of Tragic Events. Anthropology News 54(9) Pp. e14-e27 doi:10.1111/j.1556-3502.2013.54902.x
2010 ‘Why would they ever come here?’ Imagining Immigration in Northern Ireland. Micro-Essays on Migration. Applying Anthropology. http://www.applyinganthropology.net/
2010 Virtual Crossings: Boundaries and Transgressions in Representation and Practice in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Interactive Discourse, Vol. 2 Special Issue on Virtual Reality: Frameworks and Misconceptions. www.interactivediscourse.com/issues.htm.
2007 Douche Bag: Theory of a Thing. The (Inter)view 1 (7), pp 47-53. Republished from http://www.columbia.edu/~sf2220/TT2007/web-content/Pages/katie1.html
2016 Out! Curb or Truck? Review of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. Crown Publishers, March 2016. Sapiens.Org. http://www.sapiens.org/culture/studying-poverty-in-the-american-city/
2013 Share and Share Alike: a Case for Sibling Equality in Georgian England. Review of Siblinghood and Social Relations in Georgian England: Share and Share Alike by Amy Harris. H-SAE, H-Net Reviews. https://www.h-net.org/reviews/ showrev.php?id =39246.
2011 Remembering and Representing; Vietnam, East Germany and Daphne Berdahl. Review of On the Social Life of Postsocialism; Memory, Consumption, Germany by Daphne Berdahl and Matti Bunzl. H-SAE, H-Net Reviews https://www.h-net.org/reviews/show pdf.php?id=32162.
2010 Putting Culture Back in Multiculturalism Review of The Future of Multiculturalism by Pathik Pathak. H-SAE, H-Net Reviews. http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id= 264181.
2011 Performing Diversity: Belfast Carnival and the Post-Conflict City. In Panel Embattled Cities: (Post)Colonial Legacies and Specters of Difference in Urban Europe. American Anthropological Association 110th Annual Meeting, Montreal, Qubec, Canada. November 16-20, 2011.
2018 An(other) Epic: Táin Bó Cuailange as the Irish Iliad. In Panel. Epic North. ACTC 24th Annual Conference, April 19-22, 2018.
2017 Civilizing Enkidu: Using Gilgamesh to teach Classroom Conduct. In Panel. Teaching College with Core Texts: Enculturation in the Liberal Arts. ACTC 23rd Annual Conference, April 20-23, 2017.
2016 Urban Mythopoesis: Accidental Analogues in Northern Ireland and the Upper Midwest. In Panel Theorizing and Constructing 21st Century Urban Landscapes. American Anthropological Association 115th Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota. November 16-20, 2016.
2016 The Culture of Callipolis: French Structuralism and Plato’s Republic. In Panel On the Difficulties, Challenges and Changes in Student Reading. ACTC 22nd Annual Conference, April 14-17, 2016.
2013 The “European City” as a Utopian Ideal: Imagining a Future for Belfast. In Panel Urban and Regional Spaces in Europe: Utopian Geographies. American Anthropological Association 112th Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois. November 20-24, 2013.
2013 How to make a European City: Politics and Policy of Regeneration in Belfast. On the Future of Anthropology in Schools of Education. Teachers College, Columbia University. October 18-19, 2013.
2012 On the Borderline between Art and Life; Belfast and the Aesthetics of Carnival. In Panel Transnational Symbols, Performance and Art. American Anthropological Association 111th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California. November 14-18, 2012.
2011 What is this Place? Site Analysis of Belfast City Hall. In Panel Shaping Place, Sensing Place. Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore 201l, Lisbon, Portugal. April 17-21, 2011.
2010 Painting the New City: A Study of Murals and Re-Imagining in Belfast, Northern Ireland. American Anthropological Association 109th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. November 17-21, 2010.
2009 Virtual Crossings: Boundaries and Transgressions in Representation and Practice in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Virtual Reality Symposium: Frameworks and (mis)-Conceptions, Institute of Education, University of London. June 24-26, 2009.
2009 Drawing Lines: Contested Space and Segregation in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Florida Association of Visual Anthropologists, University of Florida, Gainesville. March 4-6, 2009.
2008 Bounded Movement; Space and Segregation in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Theoretical Archaeology Group, Columbia University. May 23-25.
2007 “21st Century Fieldwork: Building on the Past,” International Education Week, Teachers College. October
2017 Teaching College with Core Texts: Enculturation in the Liberal Arts. Association of Core Texts and Courses, 23rd Annual Conference. April 20-23, 2017
2012 Speaking of Language. American Anthropological Association 111th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California. November 14-18, 2012.
2009 Cross Perspectives Panel: Anthropology and the Military, Teachers College. February 19th, 2009.
2018 Dangerous Symbols: Public Art and Political Conflict. Carthage College Fine Arts Colloquium on Art in Public Spaces, March 16, 2018.
2015 Patterns of Callipolis: Structuralism in Plato’s Republic. Carthage College Hannibal Lecture Series, October 15, 2015.
2015 The Struggle for Existence: Marx, Darwin, and the Emergence of a Human Consciousness. Carthage College Hannibal Lecture Series, April 16, 2015.
Applied Work / Research Consulting
2017 Evaluation of the Humanities Citizenship Initiative. Carthage College, Kenosha, WI. White Paper.
2016 Assessment Specialist, Humanities Citizenship Initiative, Carthage College. Designed and implemented ethnographic assessment of a pilot program aimed at preparing traditionally underserved high school students for college. Utilized survey, time sample, interview and ethnographic methods to identify student needs, barriers to college enrollment and the impact of the program on the students’ college readiness.
2012 Ethnographic Consultant, Efficacy of Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for Depression Among Spouses of Military Service People. New York State Psychiatric Institute and Navy Medical Center of Portsmouth. Designed and facilitated focus groups on unique needs of military families affected by depression. Reported findings, which informed design of a clinical study.
2011 Ethnographic Consultant, Rapid Assessment of organ Procurement barriers in Donation (RAPiD). Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Dept of Social and Behavioral Health. Conducted ethnography-based case-studies of New York area hospitals for national study of in-hospital barriers to organ donation.
2006 Ethnographic Consultant, Smart Revenue. Conducted ethnographic market research for multiple projects. Employed street-intercept methods, structured interviews and direct observations.
- Anthropology of Ireland (Spring 2018) At Carthage College
- Qualitative Research Methods (Summer 2016-2017, Spring 2018, Graduate Continuing Studies) at Carthage College
- Comparative Mythology (Fall 2017) at Carthage College
- Ethnography of Kenosha (J-Term 2016, 2017, 2019) at Carthage College
- Introduction to Anthropology (Fall 2013) at Fordham University at Lincoln Center
- Magic Science and Religion (Fall 2013) at Fordham University at Lincoln Center
- Introduction to Anthropology (Spring 2008-2010, Fall 2008-2009) at CUNY York College
- Introduction to Archaeology of the 21st Century, (Fall 2009, as a Teaching Fellow) at Columbia University
- Origins of Human Civilization (2008-2009, as a Teaching Fellow) at Barnard
- Interpretation of Cultures (2007-2008, as a Teaching Fellow) at Barnard
Core and Social Humanities
- Foundations of Western Thought Renaissance to Modern (Spring 2016) at Carthage College
- Foundations of Western Thought Ancient to Medieval (Fall 2017) at Carthage College
- Western Heritage I (Fall 2014-2017) at Carthage College
- Western Heritage II (Spring 2015-2018) at Carthage College
- Contemporary Civilization of the Western World I (Fall 2011-2013) at Columbia University
- Contemporary Civilization of the Western World II (Spring 2012-2014) at Columbia University
Advising and Mentoring
Graduate Thesis Advising
Helene Weitzel “Attendance, Motivation and Attitude: Impacts on Language Development”, 2017.
Arnulfo Figuroa Aceituno “Teachers Effectiveness: The Key to Succeed in a New Language”, 2016 (Committee Chair).
Adam Larson, Summer Undergraduate Research "More Ghosts Than People: Perceptions of Place in a Ghost Town in the American West"
Jamie Tyrrell, Senior Capstone Project, “The Liminality and Plurality of Neo-Familism in South Korea: The effects Industrialization on Social Change” (2016).
Sharai Jacob, Summer Under Graduate Research Experience, “Discrimination as a Barrier to Student Success” (2016).
- Search Committee Western Heritage Postdoctoral Fellow (Spring 2018)
- Western Heritage Oversight Committee (2017-2018)
- Equity and Inclusion Initiative (2016-2017)
- First Year Read Facilitator (2015)
- Faculty Development Facilitator, Western Heritage Training (2015)
- Western Heritage Trivia Night, Student Life Activity (2014-2016)
- Lincoln Scholarship Interviewer (2015, 2016, 2017)
- Forward Kenosha (2017-Present)
- Downtown Design Committee, Downtown Kenosha, Inc. (DKI), Kenosha, WI (2015-Present)
- Immigration Taskforce, Congregations United to Serve Humanity (CUSH), Kenosha, WI (2015-2016)
- English Tutor, Northern Ireland Center for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (NICRAS), Belfast, Northern Ireland (2010-2011)
Carthage Bridge “Summer Humanities Program Demystifies College” August 24, 2016 https://www.carthage.edu/live/news/11355-summer-humanities-program-demystifies-college
Kenosha News “What Makes a Kenoshan?” January 26, 2016 http://www.kenoshanews.com/news/what_makes_a_kenoshan_486316468.php