Teaching

My courses are designed to encourage independent thinking. For interested undergraduates, all my courses fulfill either the International Requirement (IR) or the Quantitative Intensive (QI) requirement. Please contact me for more information about a course.

Fall courses
Anth 4245/6245. Human Migration & Social Change
Anth 5230. Introduction to Statistical Thinking in Anthropology

Spring courses
Anth 3151/6151. Peoples of the Pacific
Anth/Biol 5471. Fundamental Methods of Evolutionary Ecology

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

  • Anth/Biol 5471. Fundamental Methods of Evolutionary Ecology. Evolutionary ecology is the scientific discipline that uses evolutionary theories to understand the ecology and behavior of plants and animals (including people). As these theories are often quantitative, budding evolutionary ecologists need training in the relevant quantitative methods. This course fills that need. It will cover optimization models, game theory, kin selection, cultural transmission, and life history. Fulfills the Quantitative Intensive (QI) requirement. (syllabus)
  • Anth 5230. Introduction to Statistical Thinking in Anthropology. Making sense of data is vital to a deeper understanding of anthropological phenomenon. Designed for students with little or no experience with statistics, this course introduces basic tools needed to analyze and interpret datasets. We will focus on practical skills, using examples from anthropology to conduct question-motivated applied statistics. Topics include descriptive methods, probability theory, random variables, and statistical models. Students will also learn and complete work in the R statistical computing language. Fulfills the Quantitative Intensive (QI) requirement. (syllabus)
  • Anth 4245/6245. Human Migration & Social Change. Due to the extent of contemporary migration, society is being shaped by immigrants and the children of immigrants. Increasing numbers of migrants are being forced or voluntarily choosing to leave more different places and move to more different destinations than ever before. These global migration processes have led some authors to warn of a “global migration crisis” and others to wonder “why migration policies fail.” Migration issues will only become more acute as climate change, international conflict, and globalization reshape the push-pull factors of different regions. This course will confront these issues through lectures, readings, discussions and assignments. As students learn of the cause and effects of migration, they will gain a broad understanding of human mobility, and migration as a force for social evolution.  Fulfills the International Requirement (IR). (syllabus)
  • Anth 3151/6151, Peoples of the Pacific. This course introduces students to the cultures of the Pacific islands, from the past and to the present, offering lecture and discussion on the social and environmental pressures that have shaped Pacific societies. A variety of perspectives from archeology, biology, economics, history, and cultural anthropology will be used to illustrate the numerous forces that shaped Pacific cultures from the time of the first explorers to today’s globalized world. Remarkably, Utah is home to growing Polynesian diaspora groups, and local issues will be emphasized along with the discussion of immigration, remittances, political conflict, adaptation, and globalization.  Fulfills the International Requirement (IR). (syllabus)

PAST SEMESTERS

  • Anthro 2020. Human Evolution. 
  • Anthro 4150. Evolution of Societies and Cultures
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