Independent Researcher, Consultant, and Teacher
Ph.D., Socio-Cultural Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle, 1993.
Areas of Interest
Social Research Methods
Historical and Contemporary Ethnology of the Middle East, Caucasus, and Central Asia
Historical and Contemporary Ethnology of the U.S.
Tribalism, Ethnicity and Nationalism; Ritual; Anthropology of Religion; Medical Anthropology; Anthropology of Democracy; Museums Studies; Visual Studies; Urban Studies; Pastoral Nomadism; Ethnography of Paleoanthropological Knowledge Production
Social Research Methods
Qualitative Social 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;
Undergraduate Courses (regular, hybrid, and online)
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.
2005-2006 Fulbright Scholarship. Azerbaijan. Khazar U.
2002 NEH Summer Institute on an Integrated History of Eurasia,
Harvard U., Cambridge, MA.
1999 NEH Summer Seminar on the Literature of Islamic Mysticism,
Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.
1995-Present Researcher, Teacher, and Consultant
2014-Spring Visiting Faculty, GIPA (Georgian Institute of Public Affairs)
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