Independent Researcher, Consultant, and Teacher
University of Washington, Ph.D., Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Seattle, 1993.
Portland State University
Areas of Interest
Social Research Methods
Historical and Contemporary Ethnology of the Middle East, Caucasus, and Central Asia
Historical and Contemporary Ethnology of North America
Ethnicity and Nationalism; Ritual; Globalization; Anthropology of Religion; Medical Anthropology; Anthropology of Democracy; Museums Studies; Visual Studies
Qualitative Research Methods;
Nationalism: Anthropological Perspectives;
Tribalism, Ethnicity and Nationalism in the Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia; Ritual, Power and Politics in the Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia;
Globalization, Culture and Power: Anthropological Perspectives;
Islam and Politics in the Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asia;
Cultural Anthropology; Survey of Anthropology; Anthropology of American Life; Comparative Religion; Religion and Culture; Cultural Tensions and Encounters; Intercultural Communication; Cultural Interactions; Anthropology of Iranian Tribes; Rural Sociology of Iran; Urban Sociology of Iran; Medical Anthropology; Culture and Agricultural Extension.
2012 Fulbright Scholarship. Tbilisi, Georgia, Tbilisi State U. (Five Months)
2005-2006 Fulbright Scholarship. Azerbaijan. Khazar U. (Ten Months)
2002 NEH Summer Institute on an Integrated History of Eurasia.
Harvard U., Cambridge, MA. (Five Weeks)|
1999 NEH Summer Seminar on the Literature of Islamic Mysticism,
U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. (Five Weeks)
1995-Present Intercultural Communication Researcher and Consultant
1995 -2013 Adjunct Instructor, Community Colleges in the Greater Seattle Area (intermittently)
2012-Spring Visiting Fulbright Faculty, Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia
2010-Spring Visiting Faculty, Caucasus University, Tbilisi, Georgia.
2009 (Fall) Visiting Faculty, Khazar University, Baku, Azerbaijan
2005-2006 Visiting Fulbright Faculty, Khazar University, Baku, Azerbaijan.
1998- Spring Adjunct Faculty, Dept. of Anthropology, U. of Washington, Seattle, WA
1985 Visiting Researcher, Dept. of Population Studies, Shiraz University, Iran
1978-88 Researcher and Instructor, Mazandaran University. Iran