• PhD Bryn Mawr College 1986
  • MA Arizona State University 1981
  • BA Eisenhower College 1974

Academic interests

Economic development, economic anthropology, gender, gender and development, aging, life course transitions, genderand aging, applied anthropology, religious economy, field methodology, Oceania, and Western Europe


Include Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award from Gerontological Society of America 1995


Co-author, The Aging Experience: Diversity and Commonality Across Cultures (Thousand Oaks 1994)

Co-editor/editor, special issues of Urban Anthropology, and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economy, Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, and Pacific Studies

Co-editor, Women Among Women: Anthropological Perspectives on Female Age Hierarchies (University of Illinois Press,1998)

Author of numerous articles


Member, Indianapolis Retirement Home Board of Directors; Co-Organizer, Indianapolis Anthropological Network; member, Society for Applied Anthropology Executive Committee; and member, School of Liberal Arts Academic Affairs Committee

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