I graduated from the anthropology department at SIUE in May 2005. Before graduating, I was fortunate to participate in some amazing experiences, courtesy of the anthro department, that have since proved to be invaluable in my subsequent academic and professional careers. With the help and encouragement of the anthropology faculty, I went to South Africa with Dr. Dallas Browne, worked closely on my senior paper with Dr. Nancy Lutz, and won several awards while doing so. Good times!
I have done a number of fun and rewarding things since graduating from the anthro department. Shortly after receiving my degree, I worked for ITARP for seven months at the Janey B. Goode site (11S1232) in Brooklyn, IL. I wrote a Fulbright proposal to study the culture of tourism in Xiamen, China with Dr. Lavallee in the Foreign Language and Literature department; Drs. Lutz and Wilmott both provided much appreciated help in editing and reviewing my proposal. Currently, I am a graduate student in the International Studies Program at the University of Oregon. Incidentally, it was at Dr. Lutz’s suggestion that I applied to UO and I have not regretted it.
No doubt based upon my experiences in the anthro department at SIUE and my relationships with the professors there, the University of Oregon offered me a Graduate Teaching Fellowship, which I happily accepted. This includes a tuition and fee waiver as well as a monthly living stipend—very lucrative deals when you are poor graduate student such as myself! Recently, I was awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship to continue my Chinese language studies at UO. This is an equally exciting award, as it will provide the means to study Chinese under a very ample living stipend. I have also received a research internship with MercyCorps, a Portland, Oregon based non-governmental organization involved in international human rights and economic development initiatives. For this internship, I will be preparing a review of the literature concerning global climate change; I will also be reviewing the literature for the implications behind the rise of China and India as major global players. Oddly enough, it was in South Africa with Dr. Browne that I first became interested in environmental justice, climate change, and human rights; it was through my studies in Chinese at SIUE that I first encountered China’s monumental environmental challenges. I credit the anthropology faculty at SIUE for instilling in me the confidence to pursue my interests and dreams—no matter how disparate and haphazard they may seem!
In my spare time, I enjoy artistic glass blowing, music, reading, hiking, tennis, and riding my bike around rainy Eugene, Oregon. I have just taken up snowboarding and am having a blast trying learning a new activity. I have an abiding interest in Buddhism—again, with thanks to Nancy Lutz for pushing me to write my senior paper on something I am truly passionate about. Live long and live mindfully