Adjunct Assistant Professor in Anthropology
PhD in Anthropology, University at Albany; MA in Educational Media, University of Connecticut; BA in Anthropology, University of Connecticut
Two of the four winners in this year's student video contest sponsored by the Weigle Information Commons (Van Pelt Library) were students from the Spring 2011 "Anthropology and the Cinema" course. Their winning projects were class assignments. Julia Silva won first place and Jayson Weingarten won the People's Choice Award. Both videos can be seen at: 2011 Mashup Contest
Student comic book projects can be viewed at:
Student video projects can be viewed at: 2008 Video Projects
The use of video production projects in anthropology classes was documented in a video by the Weigle Information Commons. See it at: Nurturing Student Creativity in Anthropology
Research Interests:Media, Film, Fan Culture, Virtual Worlds, Narrative, Metaphor and Symbolism, Gaming and Gambling, Digital Media, Ritual Researching topics in Anthropology and the Media, including symbolic systems, narrative, metaphor, discourse, and ritual behavior in contemporary media cultures. Research also includes the analysis of movies as mythology and as alternative universes, participatory fan culture and the rituals of merchandising, and gaming in cross-cultural perspective. Experience producing creative learning opportunities for students through the use of new media, participatory research, and media production based in anthropological principles. Extensive experience in communicating academic research through digital media. Skilled in media production including graphics design, video editing, website design, interactive media design, digital and traditional photography, image processing, graphic novels, 3D modeling, and animation.