Santiago, Chile


Ph.D. (anthropology) 1997, Wayne State University. Dissertation: An Ethnohistory of Coptic Monasticism.

MA (linguistics) 1990, Oakland University. Thesis: Morphosyntax of the English phrasal verb with comparisons to the German separable prefix verb and compound verbs in Vata and Karang.

BA (anthropology and linguistics) 1988, Oakland University, magna cum laude.

Teaching Experience

Lee University
Professor of Anthropology 2009
Associate Professor of Anthropology 2004-2009
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, 1998-2004.

Henry Ford Community College: Adjunct Lecturer in anthropology.

Wayne State University: Adjunct Lecturer in Anthropology.

University of Michigan–Dearborn: Adjunct Lecturer in linguistics.

Wayne State University: Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Oakland University: Graduate Assistant, department of linguistics.


Cleveland Tunnels. Presentation for the Bradley County Historical Society at the Cleveland Public Library, July 9, 2017.

Christianity and Islam. Four part lecture series given at the Broad Street United MetthodistChurch, Cleveland, Tennessee, January 18 and 25; February 1 and 8, 2017.

Cleveland, Tennessee Underground: Tunnels, Sewers, and Storm Drains. Monograph report to Museum Center at Five Points, Nov. 2016.

Taylor’s Spring Archaeological Assessment, August 2015. Monograph report to Bob George and development committee for the site.

Cultural Resources Survey of Long Branch Creek, North River Watershed, Monroe County, Tennessee, Field Season 2016. Monograph Report of the U.S.D.A. Forest Service.

Fort Hill Cemetery: An Archaeological Assessment. Monograph generated from ground penetrating radar and surface survey of cemetery property conducted for the Fort Hill Cemetery Board in November, 2013.

Archaeological Survey of the Unicoi Turnpike and View Shed: June 30 to July 12, 2013.  Monograph report to the U.S. Forest Service.

Archaeology: Reading Dirt in East Tennessee. Presentation at Adult Summer Reading Program   at Cleveland Bradley Library. June 4, 2013.

Archaeology at Lee. Presentation at Karak Resources Project Summit, April 5, 2013.

View Shed Survey of 40MR408, Unicoi Turnpike, from the North Carolina Border to the National Forest/Private Property Boundary: May 10-21, 2012. Monograph report to U.S. Forest Service.

Early Travelers in Arabia: John Lewis Burchkhardt in Karak, Jordan. Presentation at Karak Resources Project Summit, March 29, 2012.

Go Global, revised edition. (With Murl Dirksen) Pathway Press, 2011. (Textbook for the LEEU 102 A Global Perspective Program. In Freshman Gateway Textbook. Pathway Press, 2011.

Fort Armistead, the Unioi Turnpike, and the Trail of Tears: Archaeology on Federal Land in Southeast Tennessee. Talk given by invitation to the Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution, Colonel Benjamin Cleveland, Chapter, February 10, 2011.

Engaged Learning: Archaeology, Ethnographic Research, Internships, and Professional Networking. ACA conference, October 23, 2010. Murl Dirksen co-presenter.

Final Summation and Commentary. “Reflections on Our Journey Stories.” As a Humanities Scholar for the Journey Stories exhibit (a traveling exhibit of the Smithsonian, funded by Humanities Tennessee and by the Mosaic Center). Cleveland Public Library: August 14-September 26, 2010.

Kinship Systems. In 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook, Sage Publications, 2010.

Values in Anthropology. In 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook, Sage Publications, 2010.

Course in Federation Linguistics. In Star Trek as Myth: Essays on Symbol and Archetype at the Final Frontier, edited by Matthew Wilhelm Kapell. McFarland, 2010.

Go Global. Pathway Press, 2009. (Textbook for the ANTH 200 Global Perspective Seminar)

Human Culture, [with Murl Dirksen] in Sociology, 2nd edition. Cynthia Benn Tweedell, editor. Triangle Publishing, 2008.

Culture Context, Pentecostal Experience, and Knowing God. Presented at the 36th annual meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, March 8-10, 2007. (Paper is jointly authored by 8 students in my ethnographic writing and research class which did fieldwork in Chile during the summer of 2006).

Chant. In Encyclopedia of Anthropology, 5 volumes. H. James Birx, editor. Sage Publications, 2005.

Coptic Monasticism. In Encyclopedia of Anthropology, 5 volumes. H. James Birx, editor. Sage Publications, 2005.

Greenberg, Joseph. In Encyclopedia of Anthropology, 5 volumes. H. James Birx, editor. Sage Publications, 2005.

Religion and Anthropology. In Encyclopedia of Anthropology, 5 volumes. H. James Birx, editor. Sage Publications, 2005.

Long distance nationalism, globalization, and linguistic identify in the Chilean Palestino Community. Presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Anthropological Society in Chattanooga, TN, March 10-13, 2005.

Book Review. Anthropological Theory: An Introductory History, 3rd edition. R Jon McGee and Richard Warms. McGraw Hill, 2004. Paid review for 4th edition.

Introduction to Archaeology (author and editor). An online archaeology course funded by an ACA grant, 2004.

Book Review. Anthropology: A Global Perspective. Raymond Scupin and Christopher R.DeCorse. Prentice Hall, 2003. Paid review for 6th edition.

Religion, Community, and Revitalization: Why Cinematic Myth Resonates. In Jacking In To the Matrix Franchise: Cultural Reception and Interpretation, Matthew Kapell and William Doty, eds. Continuum Press International, 2004

Christianity in Simakiyya.  An Appalachian College Association funded project, 2002.

Book Review. Muslims in the Diaspora: the Somali Communities of London and Toronto. International Migration Review, Vol. 35, summer 2001, pp. 618-619.

Egyptian Copts in North America: Community and Long-distance Nationalism. In Arab Detroit: From Margin to Mainstream. N. Abraham and A. Shryock, eds, Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 2000.

The First 11 Chapters of Genesis and the Last 30,000 Years of Human History. A research paper produced at a CCCU faith and learning workshop in 1999.

Speaking Saints Into Being: Coptic Monks, Communal Discourse, and Myth. Presented at the 1997 meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, D.C.

An Ethnohistory of Coptic Monasticism. Ph.D. dissertation, Wayne State University, 1997.

Pharaonic symbols in Coptic Art and Iconography. Presented at February 25, 1996 meeting of Fulbright scholars at the Binational Fulbright Commission in Cairo.

Morphosyntax of the English Phrasal Verb with Comparisons to the German Separable Prefix Verb and Compound Verbs in Vata and Karang. MA thesis, Oakland University, 1990.

Syntactic level and verb particles. November 2, 1990 meeting of Michigan Linguistics Society.

Syntactic distribution of Simple Clitics, Bound Words, and Verb Particles in English. October 4, 1991 meeting of Michigan Linguistics Society.