Teaching Philosophy

I teach with two goals in mind. The first goal is to present cultural anthropology as a conceptual framework through which students can understand and explain historical and quotidian events. The second goal is to provide students with conceptual tools that allow them to make their own connections between abstract theoretical concepts and specific, concrete ethnographic examples. In 2021, I received the CSUN (Consolidated Students of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas) Faculty Achievement Award that recognizes faculty members for outstanding dedication to students through advising, classroom instruction, mentorship, or special events.

Teaching Experience:

At the University of Nevada, Las Vegas:


ANTH 101 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Classroom instruction/Online instruction)

ANTH 304 – Ethnography of Contemporary Mexico

ANTH 436 – History of Anthropology

ANTH 438 – Ethnographic Field Methods (Classroom instruction/Online instruction)


ANTH 638 – Ethnographic Field Methods

ANTH 741 – Anthropology of Borders and Migration

At the University of Texas at El Paso:

ANTH 1302 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 3361 – Contemporary Mexican Culture (cross-listed with Sociology)

ANTH 4370 – Masculinities (cross-listed with Sociology, and Women and Gender Studies)

ANTH 4370 – Animals and Society (cross-listed with Sociology, and Philosophy)

ANTH 4370 – Modern Families (cross-listed with Sociology, and Women and Gender Studies)

At the University of Oregon:

ANTH 329 – Immigrants and Farmworkers

ANTH 441 – Recent Cultural Theory