Anthropology of consciousness; Bilingual Education; Child
Development; Classroom discourse; Classroom research; Community
and rural development; Critical discourse analysis; Cultural
studies; Education in Developing Countries; Ethnography and
Ethnographic research; Feminist theory; Geographical areas of
Hawai’i and Solomon Islands; Indigenous epistemology; Language
Acquisition; Language development and socialization; Language
socialization theory; Linguistic anthropology; Literacy and
Language policy; Organizational structure/effectiveness;
Pidgin/creole languages; Social disability studies;
Sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics
Ph.D., Anthropology – University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu -
Awards and Honors
Featured Author, UC Davis Campus Authors Celebration,
University of California, Davis. 2004.
UC Davis Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award, University
of California, Davis. 2003
Current Activities and Service
Reviewer. Modern Language Journal. 2004-2005.
Reviewer. Text & Talk Journal. 2004-2005.
Reviewer. International Journal of Behavioral Development.
Reviewer. Soc. of Education Journal. 2004-2005.
Book & Ms. Reviewer. Anth/Cul Studies, Blackwell.
Book & Ms. Reviewer. Ed Socioling, Blackwell. 2004-2005.
Session Abstract Reviewer. AERA Social Context Sig.
Reviewer. American Ethologist Journal. 2000-2005.
Reviewer. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. 2000-2005.
Member and Reviewer. Editorial Board of the Discourse Studies
Consulting Editor. McGill Journal of Education. 2000-2005.
Member and Reviewer. International Editorial Board,
Anthropological Forum. 2000-2005.
Editorial Adviser. Journal of Hawaiian & Pacific
Reviewer. Anthro & Ed Quarterly. 2000-2005.
Reviewer. Ethos Journal. 2000-2005.
Reviewer. Current Anthr Journal. 2000-2005.
Reviewer. Journal of Pacific Studies. 2000-2005.
Reviewer. TESOL Q. 2000-2005.
Grant Proposal Reviewer. NSF Linguistics Program. 2000-2004.
Member. HVH International Writer’s (non profit). 2003-2005
Member. Advisory Board of iLEAP (non profit). 2002-2005.
Grant Proposal Reviewer. Spencer Foundation. 2003-2004.
Co-organizer. American Educational Research Association
Meetings. Chicago, IL. 2003.
Co-organizer. Sociology of Education Meetings. Asilomar, CA.
Member Advisory Board. Institute for Transforming Learning
Awareness Through Practice (iLEAP). 2002-present.
Invited Plenary (keynote). 4th Pacific Second Language
Research Forum (PacSLRF) Conference. Honolulu, HI. 2001.
Co-organizer. American Anthropological Association Meetings.
San Francisco, CA. 2000.
Member. International Editorial Board, Anthropological Forum