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Education & Career

2016- Garden Program Director and Lecturer in Environmental Studies, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California
2015-16 Coordinator of the MA in Anthropology & Development, Maynooth University of Ireland
2014-15 On Sabbatical / Honorary Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin Madison
2012-14 Director of Postgraduate Studies in the Department of Anthropology, Maynooth University of Ireland
2008-2016 Lecturer (full-time, permanent), Department of Anthropology, Maynooth University of Ireland
2007 Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure
2004-14 Associate Editor of the journal Sibirica: Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies, Berghahn Journals (voluntary position)
2003-06 Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks
2000-02 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany; Coordinator of the Siberia Project Group 2001-02.
1999 Adjunct Instructor of Anthropology, Central Missouri State University
1998 PhD in Anthropology, University of Wisconsin Madison, with Graduate Certificate in Russian and East European Studies; Supervisor: Anatoly Khazanov
1995-96 Fourteen months fieldwork in Russia, supported by Fulbright and IREX fellowships
1993 Summer Field Archaeologist, Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison, WI
1992-93 Archivist’s Assistant, Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison, WI
1992-98 PhD Candidate/Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin Madison
1991 & 1992 Field Archaeologist, Eldorado National Forrest, California (two summers)
1990-92 MA Student/Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1987-89 Assistant Film Editor, Cutters, Inc., Chicago, IL
1986-87 Assistant Film Editor, Image Express, Southfield, MI
1982-86 Freelance work in filmmaking, film editing, photography and theater
1982 BA in Communication (Journalism), University of Michigan Ann Arbor
1978-82 Undergraduate study at University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Grants and Fellowships

2015 Paterno Visiting Scholar, College of the Liberal Arts & Schreyer Honors College, Penn State University (January 2015)
2014-16 Scientist-in-Charge of a Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship for the postdoctoral project “The Second World in the Third: Polish Aid to Sudan and Nigeria from COMECON to European Accession”, Researcher Elżbieta Drążkiewicz-Grodicka.
2011 NUIM Centre for Teaching and learning Teaching Fellowship (with Mark Maguire and Thomas Strong) for the project “Reflexive Large-Group Evaluation for Anthropology”.
2010-11 Co-Investigator on the project “The ‘non-DAC donors’ and the role of public perspectives in shaping the future of aid”, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Principle Investigator Emma Mawdsley (U. Cambridge, Geography). Total shared budget: £49,763.
2008-10 Principle Investigator, Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) Research Development Initiatives Programme, 2-year grant for the project “Changing Vectors of Development: Locating Russia in Development Discourse and Practice”, €96,163.
2009 Co-Principle Investigator, Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) Ulysses Research Visits, with Virginie Vaté, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), for collaborative writing project “Documenting two decades of change in Russia’s far northeast region of Chukotka: Two ethnographers sharing perspectives”, €2,444.
2006-09 Project Leader, European Science Foundation Project NEWREL: New Religious Movements in the Russian North: Competing Uses of Religiosity After Socialism. Part of the ESF EUROCORES Programme “BOREAS – Histories from the North: Environments, Movements, Narratives”. Project comprised 9 PIs from 6 countries: Estonia, Finland, France, Switzerland, Russia, USA. Total collaborative project funds over €2 million.
2006-09 Principle Investigator: National Science Foundation Individual Project “Missionaries, Humanitarian Aid, and Accompanying Ideologies in the Russian Far East”. Part of NEWREL project, $545,985 awarded jointly with co-PI David Koester at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, NSF Arctic Social Science award No. ARC-0631419.
2000-02 Postdoctoral fellowship, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.
2000 Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Richard Carley Hunt Fellowship, to aid research and writing for the book The Predicament of Chukotka’s Indigenous Movement: Post-Soviet Activism in the Russian Far North, $5,363.
1998 Co-Principle Investigator, National Science Foundation Arctic Social Science Program, “Regional Problems and Local Solutions in the Post-Soviet Transition: A Pilot Study to Assess the Problems Faced by Reindeer Herding Communities in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug,” award no. OPP-9726308, PI Peter Schweitzer, Co-PIs Patty A. Gray and Michael Koskey, $50,001.
1997-98 Research Fellowship to support dissertation writing, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, administered by the Global Studies Program of the International Institute, University of Wisconsin Madison.
1995-96 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, $23,170.
1995-96 International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) 12-month Research Residency for study in Asian Russia, $12,368.
1995 Selected participant, Social Science Research Council (U.S.) Summer Workshop in Post-Soviet Sociology and Anthropology, June 24-July 1, University of Michigan Ann Arbor.
1993-95 MacArthur Scholar, Program on the Third World’s Relationship to International Peace and Cooperation, Global Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison (tuition and stipend paid).

Ethnographic Fieldwork

2013 Moscow, Russia, brief follow-up field trip to investigate public perceptions of Russia’s donor role.
2011 Moscow, Russia, funded by UK DFID, two weeks focused field research to investigate public perceptions of Russia’s donor role.
2009 St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, funded by Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences, one month exploratory field research on the topic of Russia’s re-emergence as a donor of international development assistance
2007 Magadan, Russia, funded by the National Science Foundation, two months field work to investigate American missionary activity in Magadan.
2001 Republic of Marii El, Russia, funded by the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, two weeks of comparative research to investigate changing property relations and the experiences of smallholder farmers.
2001 Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia, funded by the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, three months to investigate the development of rodovye obshchiny (ancestral communities) of indigenous people.
2000 Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia, funded by the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, three months to investigate changing property relations in reindeer herding communities.
1998 Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia, funded by the National Science Foundation, four months to investigate the impact of state farm reorganization on rural residents, especially reindeer herders.
1995-96 Russia, funded by Fulbright-Hayes and IREX, fourteen months (five months in St. Petersburg and Moscow, nine months in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug) to investigate the rise of indigenous activism in Chukotka.

Professional Activities & University Service

2014- Member of Advisory Board of the journal Sibirica: Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies, published by Berghahn.
2013- Co-Convenor (with Hugo Valenzuela Garcia of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) of the Anthropology of Economy Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists
2012-14 Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Anthropology, NUIM
2011- Member of Advisory Board, Eastern Europe Aid and Development Network (a network of Irish charities)
2008- Second Year Coordinator in the Department of Anthropology, NUIM
2004-14 Associate Editor and joint owner of the journal Sibirica: Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies, published by Berghahn.
2010-11 Director of the Centre for the Study of Wider Europe, National University of Ireland Maynooth
2009-12 Chair of the Social Research Ethics Sub-Committee at NUIM
2009-10 Member of the organizing committee for the biennial conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, 24-27 August 2010
2008-09 Ordinary Member of the Organizational Committee of the Anthropological Association of Ireland
2006-08 Secretary of Soyuz, The Post-Communist Cultural Studies Interest Group, elected to 2-year term

Grant proposals reviewed for the National Science Foundation; book manuscript reviewed for University of Nebraska Press; articles reviewed for Alaska Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Culture and Agriculture, Irish Journal of Anthropology, Journal of Folklore, Nationalities Papers, Polar Record; tenure reviews performed for University of North Carolina Charlotte and Stonehill College; External Examiner for PhD viva at University of Aberdeen.

Professional Memberships

Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)
European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)
European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)
International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES)

Languages

English (mother tongue)
Russian (fluent)
German (conversational speaking ability, basic reading and writing)
French, (reading knowledge, basic speaking)
Chukchi (beginner’s knowledge)
Irish (beginner’s knowledge)