I am a sociocultural anthropologist and professor. Being an anthropologist has given me an excuse to follow my curiosity about social life across a wide range of interests. Most of my research has been in China, where I have worked on projects dealing with memory and nostalgia for socialism, the management culture of Wal-Mart stores in China, and the rise of celebrity businesspeople.
Teaching at a liberal arts university affords me the opportunity to also teach a wide variety of classes. I teach on visual culture, ethnographic film, globalization and the anthropology of museums and tourism. I also teach classes on modern Chinese society and regularly take short term study seminars to China.