About me
Self portrait in a taxi. Shanghai. 2012.

Self portrait in a taxi. Shanghai. 2012.

“Daily life is scattered with marvels, a froth…as dazzling as that of writers and artists. Lacking proper names, all kinds of language give birth to these ephemeral celebrations that surge up, disappear, and return.”

—Michel de Certeau, Culture in the Plural (1997: 142)

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 the anthropology of museums and tourism, visual culture, ethnographic film, and globalization. I also teach classes on modern Chinese society and regularly take short term study seminars to China.

Very few of the hundreds of hits on this site ever leave comments. Blogging is enjoyable, but feedback makes it even more interesting. I’d love to hear more from folks and perhaps even get a few conversations going.

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7 thoughts on “About me

  1. Almost an hour into reading, engrossed, I must respond. My initial intent tonight was to ‘stop the Strib ads.’ My west suburban City sent out a postcard re the littering. I haven’t seen any such rubbish in my yard for a good few months. Good. But that topic eventually led me to your blog. Led me to the Mystery Objects. One by one, fascinated, I worked my way back from the most recent. When I ended up at the end— the rear-end— it was just too much! I laughed, after a long time without smiles. In an odd way, thank you. I think.

    Posted by Kris | August 29, 2014, 11:58 pm
    • I’m pleased to hear that you enjoyed reading some of the posts on my blog. I really have fun writing them. Also, thank you so much for taking time to leave a message. It’s always nice to get feedback on one’s labors

      Posted by Museum Fatigue | August 30, 2014, 9:42 am
  2. Thank you for blogging. I just finished consuming you entire blog in one sitting. I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent here today.

    PS Amanda sent me

    Posted by lisa moy | June 23, 2015, 12:17 pm
  3. Funny to read Lisa Moy’s post of June 23, 2015, I too am here because of Amanda the human computer of Lifes Giving Moments you blogged about on January 14, 2014. Interesting site!

    Posted by Michelle (@Silverweed) | July 9, 2015, 2:37 pm
  4. Ironically, Amanda led me here but now I don’t want to leave.

    Posted by Ruth Lewis | September 4, 2015, 8:03 pm
  5. DUDE, YOU’RE MY NEW FAVORITE BLOGGER!!! Thank you for letting us peek behind the curtain 🙂

    Posted by David Wojdyla | November 30, 2015, 9:16 am

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