My teaching style is casual and informal. I'd rather talk to my students like it was a regular conversation than be called "Doctor" or "Professor". I use a lot of examples and stories from my experiences and observations around the world, and do my best to talk about how schoolwork topics apply to real life situations.
I received my PhD in 2016, and am currently working at UCLA as a research fellow. My research focuses on sleep in hunter-gatherer populations, and has been featured in National Geographic, NPR, the LA Times, and even an XKCD webcomic! I have been teaching college courses since 2011, especially freshmen classes. I enjoy discussing advanced material with my A students, and have always been especially proud seeing my students who get C's and D's on midterms get A's and B's on finals after working with me.
PhD in Anthropology issued with distinction, Dec 2016. University of New Mexico.
B.S. in Evolutionary Anthropology issued Summa Cum Laude, May 2011.
Teaching at the University of New Mexico. ANTH 160, “The Human Life Course.” ANTH 150: “Evolution and Human Emergence.” Anth 360: “Human Behavioral Ecology.” Anth 363: “Primate Social Behavior.”. ANTH 161: “Human Evolutionary Ecology Computer Lab.” ANTH 151: “Human Evolution Lab.”
Natural sleep and its seasonal variations in three pre-industrial societies. Current Biology, 2015.
Sleep variability and nighttime activity among Tsimane forager-horticulturalists. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 2018.
Fieldwork and International Study.
Sleep, environmental conditions, well-being, and ethnography. Tsumkwe, Namibia. (3 months total, 2016-2017).
Sleep and time-allocation tradeoffs between health and production. El Beni, Bolivia. (10 months total, 2012-2015).
Advanced Mandarin Chinese, Peking University, Beijing. 2010.
Languages. Spanish- proficient, R (programming and statistics language)- proficient, Mandarin Chinese- intermediate, Tsimané (language of indigenous group in Bolivia)- beginner/ intermediate, Ju/’hoansi (language of San hunter-gatherer group in Namibia): beginner
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