I am professor of humanities and anthropology and Director of the Graduate Humanities Program at Marshall University. I am jointly appointed in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Education and Professional Development, and direct graduate projects, theses, and dissertations, as well as teach a broad range of graduate seminars in the humanities, the social sciences, and interdisciplinary research methods. I am also the Coordinator of the COEPD Certificate in Program Evaluation, for which I teach courses in program evaluation, mixed methods, and Appalachian Studies. My research and teaching interests include ethnographic theory and practice; reciprocal and collaborative research; social memory and oral history; race and ethnicity; folklore, ethnomusicology, and community aesthetics; belief and worldview; collaborative and community-based pedagogies. I am currently the co-editor of Collaborative Anthropologies, a journal I founded in 2007; Series Editor of "Anthropology Here and Now: Emergent Themes and Cutting-Edge Topics" for AltaMira Press; and President-elect of the General Anthropology Division, American Anthropological Assocation.