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Some stuff I’ve done…

In the course of typical obsessive bureaucratic auditing culture that is part and parcel of the life of a working academic, I have just been subject to a series of queries by institutional powers-that-be probing me for an accounting of my academic and employment history (why the mysterious employment ‘gap’ in 1993-1995? … anthropologists should be able to figure that one out). This led me to create the following list. So here, for the record and to the best of my memory, is everything (or at least the highlights of everything) I recall since high school and up to joining NUS in December 2001.

Academic and Employment History


Academic History (Degree Programs; Secondary School onward)

1985 – Graduated Manhattan High School, Manhattan, Kansas, USA

               National Merit Scholar (awarded scholarship to Macalester College)

1989 – Graduated Macalester College, St Paul, Minnesota, USA

               BA with Majors in Anthropology and Philosophy

               Graduated magna cum laude (equivalent to a high Second Upper in the British System)

               Admitted to the Phi Beta Kappa (society of fellows based on academic excellence)

1993 – Awarded Master Degree/Ph.C. (Candidate for PhD), Department of Anthropology, University of Washington (Seattle), USA

2000 – Awarded PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington (Seattle), USA


Academic History (Certificate Programs)

1989 – Nursing Assistant Certification, Washington State, USA

1996 – Japan Times / Wollongong University Certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language


Academic History (Other)

1991 – Academic Honors (awarded to top students on comprehensive exams), Department of Anthropology, University of Washington

1992 (Summer) – National Science Foundation Pre-Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

1993 – 1994 – Blakemore Foundation Scholarship for Advanced Language Study (undertaken at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

1994 – 1995 – Fulbright Research Scholar, Malaysia


Employment History (Some positions held concurrently)

1985 – 1989 – Student assistant, mainly in the Department of Anthropology, Macalester College

1985 and 1986 (Summers) – Research Assistant, Microbiology Laboratory, Kansas State University

1985 (Summer) – Busboy, Raoul’s Mexican Restaurant, Manhattan, Kansas

1987 – 1989 – Personal Care Attendant (Assistant to Severely Handicapped Individuals), St. Paul, Minnesota

1987 – Tutor, Department of Anthropology

1989 (Summer) – Taxi Driver, St. Paul, Minnesota

1989 – 1991 – Nursing Assistant, Greenwood Nursing Home, Seattle, Washington

1991 – Research Assistant for Debra Boyer, NIH Grant on Teen Pregnancy

1992 – 1993 – Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington (Seattle)

1995 – 1997 – English Instructor, Tokyo Center for Language and Culture, Tokyo, Japan

1998 – 2000 – Teaching Assistant & Lead Teaching Assistant, University of Washington (Seattle)

1999 – 2000 – Intern and Southeast Asia Research Coordinator, National Bureau of Asian Research, Seattle, Washington, USA

2000 – 2001 – Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

2001 – Present – Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore




June 19, 2008 - Posted by | Random Walks

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