1994-2005 Yale University, New Haven, CT. PhD in Anthropology
Dissertation title: Development as a Political Gift: Donor/Recipient Relationships, Religion, Knowledge, and Praxis in a Protestant Development NGO in Honduras.
1991-1993 Yale University, New Haven, CT. Master of Arts in International Relations
Concentration in Development Studies
1979-1983 Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. Bachelor of Arts
2013 Templeton Foundation Grant (with 4 colleagues) for the promotion of the “On Knowing Humanity” project of creating a new faith-based theoretical school of anthropology.
2010 Provost Fellowship Grant (with 4 colleagues).
1997 University Dissertation Fellowship, Yale University.
1996 Smith Richardson Research Award, International Security Studies, Yale University.
1996 Mellon Foundation grant for pre-dissertation research.
1993 JDR3rd Fellowship, Program on Non-Profit Organizations (PONPO), Yale University.
1993 Yale University Agrarian Studies Program grant for field research.
May 2010 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Eastern University.
May 1997 Prize Teaching Fellow (Alternate), Yale University.
American Anthropological Association
National Association of Applied Anthropology
Society for Applied Anthropology
Latin American Studies Association Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
American Academy of Religion Community Development Society
Advocating for Justice by Stephen Offutt; F. David Bronkema; Robb Davis; Gregg Okesson; Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy
May 30, 2015 Spirituality: Insights from Theology for Applied Anthropology in the Development Field. Paper presented at the “On Knowing Humanity” conference at Eastern University, St. Davids, PA.
July 23, 2014 Insights from Latin American Community Development Practitioners for Democratic Practice and Community Development. Co-presented with Cornelia Flora at the Community Development Society Conference, Dubuque, IA.
Nov. 23, 2013 Towards an Understanding of the Evangelical Sector in International Development. With Deke Bowman and Heather Newton. American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Baltimore,MD.
July 23, 2012 Critical Pedagogy and Praxis in Community Development. With Mike Mtika. At the Community Development Society Conference, Cincinnati, OH.
Nov. 4, 2011 International Development in Missiological Perspective. Keynote presentation at the Eastern Fellowship of the American Society of Missiology meetings, Maryknoll, New York.
Feb. 25, 2011 Sin and the Noble Savage: Proposing and Testing the Basic Elements of Praxis of a Christian Anthropology School of Thought. Colloquium presentation as part of “On Knowing Humanity: Developing a Christian Anthroplogy” colloquium series, Eastern University.
Sept. 7, 2007 Creating Comprehensive and Effective Alternative Economic Development Policies in Central America: Beyond the Reach of Social Movements? Latin American Studies Association Congress, “CAFTA and Beyond” panel.
Nov. 11, 2000 Firm Foundations: Christian NGOs, Civil Society, and Social Change, at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, for “Will Civil Society Save the World? A Conference on Christian Insights into the Role of the Third Sector in International Development.”
Dec. 2, 1998 Power, Politics, and Position: A Case Study of a Honduran Development NGO, at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
Sept. 24, 1998 Economizing Social Justice: Leveraging Foreign Funding in Peasant Unions in Central America, at the XXI International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Chicago, IL.
April 18, 1998 Power, Politics, and Position: The Christian Commission for Development and the Structures of Power in Honduras, at the Conference on Interdisciplinary Work in Progress, Program in Agrarian Studies, Yale University.
Nov. 19, 1997 Development Re-Politicized: Nongovernment Elections and Local Power as a Community Development Strategy in Rural Honduras, at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 23, 1997 Relaciones donante-recipiente: implicaciones para las políticas de organizaciones no- gubernamentales (ONGs) en la educación popular, at FEPADE, San Salvador, El Salvador.
Apr. 27, 1997 Análisis crítico desde afuera del Proceso São Paulo (sus fuerzas y debilidades), at the fourth triennial evaluation of the São Paulo Process, San José, Costa Rica.
Apr. 17, 1997 Bringing Together Secular and Religious Networks in International Development: Genesis and Growth of a Honduran Development Agency, at the XX International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Guadalajara, Mexico.
Nov. 22, 1996 Changing Perceptions of Mission, Development, and the State: A Historical Study of the Committee for Cooperation in Latin America, at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco.
Apr. 26, 1996 Beating Methodological Atheism into a Christ-Centered Tool of Analysis: Reflections on Bringing God into Social Science, at the Yale Graduate Christian Fellowship Colloquium, Yale University.
Apr. 12, 1996 The São Paulo Process: Discourse, Power, and Relationships among Christian Development Agencies, at the Workshop on Religious Institutions and Society, Yale University (Program on Non-Profit Organizations, Departments of Religious Studies and Sociology).
May 13, 2015 Panel on Human Sexuality Presenter. Faculty Development Workshop, Eastern University, St. Davids, PA.
Nov. 3, 2014 Spiritual Metrics Workshop. Five hour workshop co-facilitated at the Accord Network conference, Colorado Springs, CO
Sept. 25, 2014 Monitoring & Evaluation/Spiritual Metrics. One hour workshop conducted for the participants in the Christian Microenterprise Development (CMED) Summit, in Arlington, VA.
Oct. 19, 2013 Monitoring and Evaluation. One hour training module delivered at the Abolition International Shelter Association (AISA) Conference, Linthicum Heights, MD.
July 12, 2013 Program Planning. Four hour training module delivered to the Americorps Community Service Fellows at Eastern University, St. Davids, PA.
June 14, 2013 Program Planning. Four hour training module delivered to the Americorps Community Service Fellows at Eastern University, St. Davids, PA.
April 26, 2013 On Knowing Humanity Colloquium Responder. Comments presented in response to Dr. Omri Elisha’s presentation to the Colloquium at Eastern University, St. Davids, PA.
April 5, 2013 International Economic Development from a Missions Perspective: Poverty, Advocacy, and Social Entrepreneurship through the Lens of Scripture. Delivered at Swarthmore College’s Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Group large group meeting, Swarthmore College, PA.
April 3, 2013 Girl Rising Panel Participant. Participated in panel convened to discuss the screening of the documentary “Girl Rising” at Eastern University, St. Davids, PA.
Mar. 25-6, ’13 International Development and Missions, Social Entrepreneurship, Relief and Disaster Mitigation, and Advocacy. Four course modules delivered at Iris Ministries’ Harvest School of Missions, Sarasota, FL.
Feb. 22, 2013 Theology of Advocacy. Delivered at Justice Conference as part of a pre-conference workshop on evangelical advocacy organized with Bread for the World and Asbury Theological Seminary.
Feb. 8, 2013 Business for the Common Good: A Groundswell before our Eyes. Talk delivered to the staff of HOPE International, Lancaster, PA.
Jan. 26, 2013 Paragraphs and Sentences. Delivered at SLD Writing Workshop, Eastern University, St. Davids, PA.
Nov. 9, 2012 Interviewed by Dr. Richard Cooper on 900am WURD Radio Station for Karamu show on relief and disaster mitigation.
Mar. 30, 2012 From an Articulated Peasantry to Articulated Business and Civil Society Relationships: Building on Professor Mayer’s Insights for Structural Changes in Development Contexts. At Yale University, New Haven, CT.
Mar. 23, 2012 On Knowing Humanity Colloquium Responder. Comments presented in response to Dr. Jenell Paris’ presentation to the Colloquium at Eastern University, St. Davids, PA.
April 25, 2012 Spiritual Metrics: Can We Measure Impact?. At CRWRC’s Global Leadership Retreat Summit, Holland, Michigan.
Jan.27, 2012 Writing is an Academic Craft. At SLD Writing Workshop, Eastern University, St. Davids, PA.
Jan. 27, 2012 Paragraphs and Sentences. Delivered at SLD Writing Workshop, Eastern University, St. Davids, PA.
June 1, 2011 Towards a Systemic Understanding of International Social Services. At BuildaBridge Institute, Falls Center, Eastern University.
May 2011 Interview on Business as Mission published in the SIM/Vamos Magazine, May 2011 issue.
Feb. 19, 2011 Program Planning. Short workshop delivered in Eastern University’s School of Leadership and Development Open House. Eastern University.
Feb. 5, 2011 Sowing Seeds in Facilitating Grassroots Development Work: A Spirit-Filled, Relational Method to Social Change and Justice Work. At the Faith and International Development Conference, Calvin College.
Feb. 5, 2011 What are the main issues to keep in mind for effective advocacy work? Topic table facilitated at the Faith and International Development Conference, Calvin College.
Nov. 20, 2010 Push/Pull Factors and Effects on Local Economies of Migration from Latin America: A General, Macro-Level View. Presentation at Immigration Symposium: “Third Wave, The Dream Act, and Crossing Borders.” At Faith Hope Tabernacle, Lancaster, PA.
Nov. 17, 2010 Moderator, Social Justice Film Festival. Eastern University.
Sept. 17, 2010 Invited presentation to Dr. Jack Bower’s “International Economics and Finance” class.
June 5, 2010 Towards a Systemic Understanding of International Social Services. At BuildaBridge Institute, Falls Center, Eastern University.
Mar. 25, 2010 Political Advocacy, Conflict, and Development. Invited presentation in Dr. Lindy Backues’ “Economic Reasoning Seminar.” Eastern University.
Nov. 13, 2009 Latin America: A Land of Extremes calling for Discipleship and Prayer. Missions Conference presentation, Grace Bible Fellowship Church.
June 3, 2009 Towards a Systemic Understanding of International Social Services. At BuildaBridge Institute, Bryn Mawr College.
April 23, 2009 An Evangelical Perspective on Economic Development. At Harding University, sponsored by the College of Business Administration.
April 1, 2009 Chapel Address. International Chapel Day, Eastern University.
Mar. 20, 2009 Political Advocacy, Conflict, and Development. Invited presentation in Dr. Lindy Backues’ “Economic Reasoning Seminar.” Eastern University.
Feb. 7, 2009. Advocacy and Human Rights. Topic Table at the Faith and International Development Conference, Calvin College.
Feb. 7, 2009 Business as Mission and Development: New Grounds for Partnership? At the Faith and International Development Conference, Calvin College.
Feb. 7, 2009 Partnerships in Development: Can the Donor/Recipient Relationship be Overcome? At the Faith and International Development Conference, Calvin College.
Feb. 6, 2009 Planning Methods in Development: A Discussion on Tools and Techniques. Topic Table at the Faith and International Development Conference, Calvin College.
Jan. 23, 2009. How Faith Informs My Teaching and Scholarship. New Faculty Seminar, Eastern University.
June 4, 2008 Towards a Systemic Understanding of International Social Services. At BuildaBridge Institute, Bryn Mawr College.
Apr. 13, 2008 Business as Mission Impact Lab. Grace Bible Fellowship Church.,
Feb. 1, 2008 Promoting Dialogue and Exchanges in the South and North: A Tool for Sustainable Development. At the Faith and International Development Conference, Calvin College.
Feb. 2, 2008 Using a Politically Conscious Approach to Development Sustainability. At the Faith and International Development Conference, Calvin College.
Jan. 10, 2008 Workshop on Results-Based Management. For Mennonite Central Committee upper level management at Akron, PA office.
Oct. 17, 2007 Workshop on Program Planning and Management. With Sharon Gramby-Sobukwe for International Justice Mission International Program Department managers, in Arlington, VA office.
Mar. 21, 2007 Faith and International Development: Christians, Economic Justice, and Business in Social Transformation. Grove City College.
Feb. 7, 2007 Chapel Address. Heritage College and Seminary.
Feb. 7, 2007 Faith and International Development: Christians and the Social and Economic Justice Dimensions of Development. Redeemer College.
Feb. 6, 2007 Faith and International Development: Christians, Social and Economic Justice, and Business in Development. Tyndale University College. Talk to a business class.
Feb. 5, 2007 Faith and Development: Christians and the Social and Economic Justice Dimensions of Development. Wilfrid Laurier University.
Feb. 3, 2007 Discerning Your Calling: How Do I Get Started in International Development? At the Faith and International Development Conference, Calvin College.
Feb. 2, 2007 Faith, Development, and Economic Justice: Integrating the Spiritual, Material, and the Political. At the Faith and International Development Conference, Calvin College.
Nov. 29, 2006. Development and Civil Society. Presentation to ECON 240 class, Eastern University.
Sept. 8, 2006 Christian Development Organizations and the Political Sides of Development. Windows on the World presentation, Eastern University.
Nov. 16, 2005 Las ONGs y el Neoliberalismo: Una Aproximación Teológica, Teórica, y Práctica. Invited Lecture at the Kairos Conference in Lima, Peru.
June 5, 2005 Commentator at panel on Ashesi University, Ghana, at Swarthmore College.
Apr. 27, 2004 Peacemaking Through Social Justice Work: Work as a Calling From God, Not a Career. Invited presentation at Delaware County Christian School to high school students on Career Stewardship Day.
Dec. 5, 2003 Business and the Human Side of Globalization: A Theoretical, Moral, and Practical Approach. Invited lecture at the University of Delaware Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics class “The Globalization of Business.”
Oct. 2, 2003 Peacebuilding in a Time of War: AFSC’s Work with Afrodescendents and Indigenous Peoples in Colombia. Invited lecture at Bryn Mawr College.
Oct. 7, 2002 Cómo escoger temas y sectores en el trabajo de paz y justicia social: Reflexiones desde la región andina del American Friends Service Committee. Invited lecture at Bryn Mawr College.
Sept. 18, 2002 Community Based Development: Meanings and Lessons Learned, at the Third US-Japan CSO Forum, Washington, D.C.
Apr. 25, 2001 Economic Justice Initiatives in Central America. Invited lecture at Swarthmore College.
Aug. 8, 2009 Business as Mission through the Lens of Development. With Chris Brown, at the Transformational Development Conference, Eastern University.
June 6, 2012 Towards a Systemic Understanding of International Social Services. At BuildaBridge Institute, Arcadia University.
Mar. 8, 2007 Poverty, Repression, and Human Rights: Peasant and Indigenous Struggles in Central America and the Andes. At the Human Rights Day at The Shipley School.
Apr. 17, 2000 Asistencia Internacional para el Desarrollo de Comunidades y Sociedades en Centro América: Reflexiones sobre Relaciones y Efectividad. Invited lecture at Bryn Mawr College.
April 22, 1999 Responding to Hurricane Mitch. Invited presentation at Princeton Theological Seminary. Sept. 25, 1998 Discussant for panel on “Policy Reform in Latin America: Changes in the Provision of Education,” at the XXI International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Chicago, IL.
Oct. 3, 1996 NGOs in International Development. Invited lecture at Yale University to Graduate Course in “International Affairs: Core Issues and Approaches.”
Sept. 23, 1996 Reflexiones sobre las posibles bases históricas, lineamientos globales, y preguntas para la evaluación del Proceso São Paulo, to the Committee on the Caribbean and Latin America of the Church World Service and Witness Unit of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., New York.
Apr. 9, 1996 Catholics, Protestants, Development and Politics: Suspicion, Confrontation, and a Search for a Better Life. Lecture at Yale University to undergraduate course in “Peoples and Cultures in Latin America.”
Nov. 16, 1995 International Development: History and Consequences of an Institutionalized Form of Magic. Lecture at Yale University to undergraduate course in “Medical Anthropology.”
Oct. 6, 1995 Commentator at the Agrarian Studies Colloquium, Yale University on “Violence, Colonization and the Geography of Cultural Difference in Colombia,” paper presented by Mary Roldan.