Cultural anthropologist and certified archivist with experience in collections management, small museums operations, and non-profit program management. I currently teach courses in information science with specialty in collections management and archival practices. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, I apply non-dominant cultural perspectives and critical approaches to cultural heritage preservation practices. Methods include cultural theories of collective memory and meaning, place-keeping, and narrative inquiry, with a focus on material culture as narrative that articulates community and culture. Center to my work is place, culture, and identity as they relate to cultural heritage preservation in libraries, archives, and museums, and the reciprocal relationship between creators, preservation work, and society.

Research Interests

Memory-keeping practices; mytho-historical societal and symbolic expressions in cultural material artifacts; bio-mythography and literary anthropology; Black/African American and Chicano/Mexican-American material culture & cultural heritage knowledge practices; and the application of tradition and folklore in cultural heritage preservation. Doctoral scholar in Expressive Material Culture, Narratives, and Collective Memory.

field quotes

A powerful way we connect with a diverse world is by listening to the different stories we are told. These stories are a way of knowing. Therefore, they contain both power and the art of possibility. We need more stories.

bell hooks

There are years that ask questions and years that answer.

Zora Neale Hurston

Oral traditions remain a most important way of developing trust, sharing information, strategies, advice, contacts, and ideas.

Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Let’s work together.