Who am I?

I am a father to two boys in SDoL schools, husband to an architect with a local firm, and realtor-anthropologist.

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I have lived in a lot of places. I grew up in Washington State’s Puget Sound. I lived in Bogotá, Colombia as a Rotary exchange student in the 1980s. I went to college in Portland, Oregon. I lived in eastern Berlin, Germany, teaching ESL in the early 1990s. I earned my PhD in Anthropology from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. My research has been in Kamchatka, Russia and Alaska, where I have lived off and on since my first trip right after marrying Christina Kincaid in 1995. I did the actual writing of my PhD dissertation while living in Berkley CA, and my first job was at Chico State. After a 3-month trip in Kamchatka the summer of 2001, we moved to Halle an der Saale in SE Germany, where I worked at the Max Plank Institute for Social Anthropology until I was hired by the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Our two boys were born in Scotland, were we lived for 13 years before coming to Lancaster in 2016 to join Franklin & Marshall College. Subsequently we bought a house in the northeast and I continue to teach occasionally at F&M. In my spare time I translate Koryak myths for a book on Siberian mythology and oral narratives.