Ph.D., Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1995).
B.S., Anthropology and Social Science, Radford University (1990).
Director of the Graduate Humanities Program, Professor of Humanities and Anthropology, Marshall University Graduate College (2005-Present).
- Jointly appointed in Marshall University’s College of Liberal Arts and the College of Education and Professional Development.
SELECTED AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
John & Frances Rucker Outstanding Graduate Advisor Award, Marshall University (2010).
The Marshall University Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award (2007).
Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology (2007).
Margaret Mead Award, American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology (2005).
Indiana African American History Award, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Indiana Holiday Commission (2004)
Fellow, Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry, Ball State University (2003).
Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, Ball State University (2001).
Excellence in Leadership Teaching Award, Ball State University (2001).
For a more extensive list of books, essays, and articles, see here, which is updated on a more regular basis.
Doing Ethnography Today. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell (2015).
Invitation to Anthropology, 4th edition. Lanham: AltaMira/ Rowman & Littlefield (2014).
Collaborative Anthropologies, vols. 1-2 (editor) & vols. 3 - 6 (co-editor with Samuel R. Cook). Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press (2008-2014).
“’To Fill in the Missing Piece of the Middletown Puzzle’: Lessons from Re-studying Middletown.” Invited article for “Community Re-Studies and Social Change,” Special Issue edited by Nickie Charles and Graham Crow, Sociological Review 60:421-37 (2012).
Explorations in Cultural Anthropology. Co-edited with Colleen Boyd. Lanham: AltaMira/Rowman & Littlefield (2011).
“What Will We Have Ethnography Do?” Co-authored with Elizabeth Campbell. Qualitative Inquiry 16(9):757-67 (2010).
“Moving Past Public Anthropology and Doing Collaborative Research.” National Association of Practicing Anthropologists, Bulletin 29, 70-86. Washington, D.C.: American Anthropological Association (2008).
The Chicago Guide to Collaborative Ethnography. Chicago: University of Chicago Press (2005).
“Collaborative Ethnography and Public Anthropology” (with CA Commentary and Author Reply). Current Anthropology 46(1):83-106 (2005).
Powwow: Ethnographic Texts. Co-edited with Clyde Ellis and Gary H. Dunham. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press (2005).
The Other Side of Middletown: Exploring Muncie’s African American Community. Coauthored with Hurley Goodall, Elizabeth Campbell, Michelle Natasya Johnson, and the students of Ball State University’s “Other Side of Middletown” seminar, Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry. Lanham: AltaMira/Rowman & Littlefield (2004).
“Music.” In Companion to the Anthropology of American Indians, edited by Thomas Biolsi, pp. 196-211. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers (2004).
“Kiowa Hymns, sung by Ralph Kotay (with Kiowa words and their English translations).” 2 CD Box Set, Co-produced with Ralph Kotay and Chris Wendt. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press (2004).
“The Muncie Race Riots of 1967, Representing Community Memory through Public Performance, and Collaborative Ethnography between Faculty, Students and the Local Community.” Co-authored with Lee Papa. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 32(2):147-66 (2003).
“Theorizing the Local.” Anthropology News 44(5):13 (2003).
Signifying Serpents and Mardi Gras Runners: Representing Identity in Selected Souths. Coedited with Celeste Ray. Atlanta: University of Georgia Press (2003).
The Jesus Road: Kiowas, Christianity, and Indian Hymns. Co-authored with Clyde Ellis and Ralph Kotay. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press (2002).
“Kiowa: On Song and Memory.” In Social Memory and History: Anthropological Perspectives, edited by Jacob Climo and Maria Cattell, pp. 131-41. Lanham: AltaMira/Rowman & Littlefield (2002).
“From ‘Reading Over the Shoulders of Natives’ to ‘Reading Alongside Natives’, Literally: Toward a Collaborative and Reciprocal Ethnography.” Journal of AnthropologicalResearch 57 (2):137-49 (2001).
“‘From Here On, I Will Be Praying to You’: Indian Churches, Kiowa Hymns, and Native American Christianity in Southwestern Oklahoma.” Ethnomusicology 45(2):338-52 (2001).
“Authoritative Texts, Collaborative Ethnography, and Native American Studies.” American Indian Quarterly 24(4):601-14 (1999).
“‘Who Am I? I Am the One Who Sits in the Middle’: A Conversation with Billy Evans Horse, former Kiowa Tribal Chairman (1982-1986, 1994-1998).” American Indian Quarterly 23(2):59-69 (1999).
“We Keep What We Have by Giving it Away.” Anthropology News 40(1):3, 7 (1999).
The Power of Kiowa Song: A Collaborative Ethnography. Tucson: University of Arizona Press (1998).
SELECTED INVITED TALKS AND CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
“Collaborative Ethnography, Collaborative Research: Co-Imagining New Possibilities for Appalachian Studies” (with Elizabeth Campbell). Invited Plenary. Thirty-seventh Annual Appalachian Studies Conference, Huntington, West Virginia (2014).
“Futures of Collaborative Ethnography.” Invited Talk, Institute on Black Life and the Center for Africa and the Disapora, University of South Florida (2014).
“Collaborative Anthropologies: Where to Next?” Invited Talk, Department of Anthropology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (2013).
“Collaborative Research in Kiowa and Native American Studies: Reflections on Past, Present, and Future Trends.” Invited Talk, Collaborative Research in the Study of Native American Cultures Symposium, Native American Studies Program, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire (2013).
“Theorizing Collaborative Research: A Conversation.” Invited Discussant, Georgetown University, April 5-6, Invited Workshop Participant. Washington, D.C. (2013).
“Doing Engaged Ethnography.” Invited Workshop, Center for the Humanities, University of California, San Diego (2013).
“Is Collaborative Ethnography Finished?” Invited Talk, Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia, Athens (2012).
"Collaborative (Participatory) Research in Anthropology: Concerning its Current Conditions and Future Trajectories.” Invited Talk, Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia (2011).
Invited Presentations for the Economic and Social Research Council National Centre for Research Methods, United Kingdom (2011):
- “’To Fill in the Missing Piece of the Middletown Puzzle’: Lessons from Re-studying Middletown,” Community Re-studies Symposium, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham;
- “Fieldwork Methods and the Experience of Working Collaboratively” (with Elizabeth Campbell), Collaborative Methods in Community Research Workshop, School of Sociololgy and Social Policy, University of Nottingham; and
- “Collaborative Community Research: A View from the United States,” Community University Partnership Programme (Cupp) International Seminar Series, University of Brighton.
“What Will We Have Ethnography Do?” Invited Talk, Rackham Graduate School (Ethnography-as-Activism Workgroup), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2009).
“New Developments in Student Ethnography.” Invited Talk, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee (2009).
“Re-Imagining Collaborative Activisms.” Paper presented for Invited Session, “Equal Opportunities, Cultural Rights, and Ethics of Fieldwork and Publication.” One hundred-eighth Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2009).
“When We Disagree: On Engaging the Force of Difference in Collaborative, Reciprocal and Participatory Researches.” Paper presented for Invited Session, “Toward Critical Collaborative and Reciprocal Researches.” One hundred-seventh Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, California (2008).
“Collaborative Anthropologies.” Introduction to Invited Presidential Session, “Collaborative Anthropologies, Public Engagements, and Epistemologies of Equity” (Chair & Organizer). One hundred-sixth Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C. (2007).
“Collaborative Research Methodologies.” Keynote Address. College of Education Spring Research Conference, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas (2007).
"The Other Side of Middletown Oral History Project." Keynote Address, co-presented with Elizabeth Campbell. “Can You Hear Me Now? Digitizing the Voices of the Past: A Conference on Digitizing Oral History.” University Libraries, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (2007).
“Teaching Race, Teaching Ethnography.” Invited Panel Participant for “Teaching about Race from the Sub-Fields of Anthropology,” AAA Committee on Minority Issues in Anthropology. One hundred-fifth Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Jose, California (2006).
“The Other Side of Middletown (Mead Award Panel).” Sixty-sixth Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (2006).
“Collaborative Ethnography, Collaborative Engagement.” One hundred-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C. (2005).
“Middletown, Collaboration, and Undergraduate Research.” Invited Talk, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, Maryland. (2005).
“Kiowa Song and Collaborative Ethnography.” Invited Talk, Southern Plains Lecture Series, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma (2005).
“The Immersion Semester: A Cross-Disciplinary, Project-Based Approach.” Co-presented with Nancy B. Carlson and Chin-sook Pak. Sixteenth Annual Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching (West), Pomona, California (2004).
“The Other Side of Middletown: A Panel Discussion about a Collaborative Project Between Faculty, Students, and the African American Community of Middletown (Muncie, Indiana).” Co-presented with the student authors of The Other Side of Middletown.One hundred-second Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, Illinois (2003).
“Native American Music,” The second annual Kirkham Lecture presented to The Friends of the Alexander M. Bracken Library, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (2002).
“That’s What Makes These Songs So Beautiful’: On Kiowa Hymns and Collaborative Ethnography.” Invited Talk, Department of Anthropology, Miami University, Miami, Ohio (2002).
“Hymns, History, and Experience: A Discussion of Collaborative Ethnography.” Co-presented with Clyde Ellis and Ralph Kotay. Invited Talk, Native American Studies Program and the Department of Anthropology, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire (2002).
“Teaching a Relevant and Public Anthropology.” Invited Talk, Department of Social Anthropology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden (2000).
“American Indian History, Three Issues: Economic Development, Education, Race and Racism.” Invited Talk, School of Education, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden (2000).
“‘From Here On I Will Be Praying to You’: Indian Churches, Kiowa Hymns, and Christianity in Southwestern Oklahoma.” Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society, Memphis, Tennessee (1999).
“The Plains: Culture, Change, and Meaning.” Invited Talk, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, Indiana (1998).
“Understanding Kiowa Song through a Collaborative Framework.” Forty-third Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Bloomington, Indiana (1998).
SELECTED GRANTS & CONSULTATIONS
“Tuition Assistance Initiative for Graduate Humanities Students: Spring 2014.” Historic Glenwood Foundation, Inc. (2014).
“The Glenwood Project” (Phase I - III). West Virginia Humanities Council, Charleston, West Virginia (2006-2013).
West Virginia Center for Professional Development, Charleston, West Virginia (project evaluation, with Lisa Heaton) (2009-2012).
West Virginia Prevention Resource Center, Dunbar, West Virginia (project development, evaluation, and consultation) (2009-2010).
“Collaboration in Practice: A Qualitative Evaluation of the Partnership Enhancement Program (PEP), AMSP-MU.” Co-PI with Elizabeth Campbell. Appalachian Math and Science Partnership – Marshall University; an expansion of the NSF funded Appalachian Math and Science Partnership project, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky (2007-2010).
The EdVenture Group, Morgantown, West Virginia (project evaluation, with Lisa Heaton) (2007-2009).
Regional Center for Distance Education and Professional Development, Marshall University Graduate College, South Charleston, West Virginia (content consultant and evaluation research) (2007-Present).
Marshall University Internal Research and Professional Development Grants: MU Summer Research Award, INCO, Quinlan Endowment Faculty Development Grant, COLA Fund for Faculty Research and Travel, GSEPD Professional Development Grants, University Libraries Teaching with Primary Sources Program Grant (2005-Present).
“American Indian Songs Preservation Project.” The Center for Media Design, a Lilly Endowment, Inc. and iCommunications funded initiative, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (2002-2005).
“An Oral History and Collaborative Interpretation of the Center for Media Design.” The Center for Media Design, a Lilly Endowment, Inc. and iCommunications funded initiative, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (2004).
“The Other Side of Middletown.” The Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (2002-2003).
“Anthropology in Pre-Collegiate Education (APE).” Luke Eric Lassiter (Faculty P.I.), W. Dustin Cantrell (Student P.I.) & other Ball State U students; Student Media Production Award; the Center for Media Design, a Lilly Endowment, Inc. and iCommunications funded initiative, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (2002-2003).
“Placing Anthropology in Local Schools (PALS).” (with W. Dustin Cantrell), Integrating Anthropology into Schools, Anthropology Education Commission, American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C. (2002-2003).
“Culture and Diversity in the New Millennium: A Colloquium.” George and Frances Ball Fund for Academic Excellence (2001-2002).
Creative Teaching Grant, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (2000).
European Teacher Education Network & International Faculty Development Fund Award (Sweden), ETEN, Glostrup, Denmark & Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (2000).
Internal Faculty Research Grant, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (1999).
“Preserving Our Kiowa Heritage: Challenges and Solutions (a Kiowa colloquium).” Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (1999).
Ball State University Instructional Development Grants: Service Learning Course Development Stipend, Environmental Course Development Stipend, and Technology Integration Grant; Office of Teaching and Learning Advancement, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, and Office of Information Technology, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (1998-1999).
New Faculty Research Grant, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (1997).
Supplemental Travel Grants, Center for Teaching and Learning, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (1996-2002).
The Jacobs Research Funds, Whatcom Museum Society, Bellingham, Washington (1996).
SELECTED PUBLIC AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
President-elect, General Anthropology Division, American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C. (2012-2015).
Board of Directors, Historic Glenwood Foundation, Inc. Charleston, West Virginia (2009-Present).
Director of GAD Communications, General Anthropology Division, American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C. (2007-2012).
Advisory Board, “Project TEACH II: The Constitution in Historical Context,” West Virginia Regional Education Service Agency, Region III, Dunbar, West Virginia (2006-2010).
Executive Board, General Anthropology Division, American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C. (2004-Present).
TEAMwork for Quality Living (committee member), Muncie, Indiana (2003-2004).
Director of the Kiowa Education Fund, the Education Committee of Satethieday Khatgomebaugh, Inc. (a Kiowa community 501 [c]  non-profit organization), Anadarko, Oklahoma (1997-2012).
American Anthropological Association, National Association for the Practice of Anthropology, Society for Applied Anthropology (Fellow), Phi Kappa Phi, Association for Graduate Liberal Studies Programs.