Papua New Guinea: Tambunum Village, Sepik River, 1988‑1990, 1994, February 2008.
Research topics included: self and identity; emotion; masculinity; concepts of the body; cosmology; ritual; mythology; art
and aesthetics; tourism; social organization, kinship, and marriage. My recent work focuses on modernization, fatherhood,
masculinity, families, children, and children's drawings.
Additionally, this project will include a study of contemporary Jewish American
fathers. What, if anything, do they see as distinctly Jewish about their fathering? How does Judaism--as a religion
and an ethnicity--shape their fathering, and also their perceptions of childhood and mothering?
Currently, I am writing a book on the history of Jewish clothing, which
includes interviews with American Jews involved in the manufacture and sale of religious and secular Jewish apparel.
Other potential fieldwork projects include:
immigrant fathers and children in Boston.
Jews and ethnic relations on Martha's Vineyard.
Brief study-travel experiences include:
Tourism in Nepal (January 1997).
Urbanization in southern Africa (Zimbabwe,
Malawi; June-August 1993,
Consortium for International Programs).
Japanese culture and religion (October
2005, DePauw University Asian