“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.
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