1986 Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology; Univ. of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093.
1982 Master of Arts in Anthropology; Univ. of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093.
1979 Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, cum laude and “With Distinction in Anthropology”; Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA 98105.
2015 Grant from the John Templeton Foundation. $217,000 over two years to support the MA in Theological and Cultural Anthropology, to fund student scholarships for “Ethnography Through the Eyes of Faith,” and to found an online journal entitled, On Knowing Humanity.
2013 Grant from The John Templeton Foundation. $200,000 over two years to found the MA in Theological and Cultural Anthropology, and to sponsor the On Knowing Humanity research project, including an edited volume.
2010 Provost’s Fellowship for research in Christian Anthropology. Eastern University, St. Davids, PA 19087.
1994 An Indo-American Fellowship Grant for field research in India. Fulbright-Hays Scholarships and National Science Foundation.
1983 Fulbright-Hays Scholarship to do doctoral field research in India.
Awards & Honors
1996 The Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching. Eastern University, St. Davids, PA 19087.
1988 Finalist, The George P. Murdock Prize for Excellence in Ethnology. Given by the journal, Ethnology, for the article, “Traders and Marginality…”.
2015 “Ethnography as Committed Witness: A Post-critical and Biblical Epistemology for Anthropology.” Presented at the On Knowing Humanity conference, Eastern University, 5/28-30.
2012 “Exchange, Relationships, and Reciprocity: Living as a Christian in a Capitalist World.” Evangelical Society of Missiologists, Chicago, April 19-22, 2012.
2009 “Engaging the Religiously Committed Other: Cross-Border Conversations in Anthropology.” With Lindy Backues, David Bronkema, Eric Flett, and Ben Hartley. American Anthropological Association.
2008 “If You Belong to Christ: Ethnicity and the Global Church.” International Association for Mission Studies, Budapest.
2003 “Negotiating Agendas: Liberal Capitalism and Hindutva for Untouchable Women of South India.” American Anthropological Association.
2000 “Like a Mustard Seed: Quiet Revolution for India’s Dalit Women.” Society for Economic Anthropology.
1995 “Customers, Friends and Daughters; the Market and Home Arenas of South Indian Trading Women.” Society for Economic Anthropology.
1991 “Mother-Daughter Cooperation at the Edge of Survival” and, co-chair of symposium, entitled “Mothers and Daughters: Strategic Relations of Power and Survival.” American Anthropological Association.