I grew up in Ventura County, took my first job in Oxnard in 1974. I worked as a paralegal, in Oxnard, from 1976 to 1983, mostly in summers and vacations from school. I am a graduate of Santa Paula Union High School, and I attended Ventura College for a while. Before I came to Oxnard College, I was the program coordinator of a federally funded project called ARLO which assisted in job shadowing and internships for students, at Stanford University. I earned some degrees in anthropology, gained a National Science Foundation Fellowship, was a Latin American Studies Fellow at Stanford, a Feminist Studies Fellow, and eventually earned a professional certificate in Film (Stanford Mass Media Institute).
My first job after graduate school was at UCLA, as part of their Neuropsychiatric Institute’s research project based at a Veterans’ Hospital. We studied the physiology and genetics of schizophrenia, although my job required that I learn diagnostics of many other conditions. I then went to CSU Northridge, where I taught a wide variety of anthropology courses.
Then, I was fortunate enough to be chosen for a full time position at Oxnard College. I had wanted, for years, to be a teacher “back home,” but there were no CSU’s in Ventura County when I was job-hunting. Today, we have 10 years of CSUCI, the place where most of our students will transfer (about half).
My research has included time spent in Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico in the borderlands of El Paso and Juarez, Navajoland, and most recently, researching the prehistory of Europe. Europe’s archaeological, paleontological and linguistic depth of data is amazing, and deserves study by those of us interested in how civilizations developed…and why they fail.
This blog is not hosted with district resources. It is my own work and product.
I have a personal blog, too. My most recent post was about the desecration of a Native American site in the Eastern Sierra, the preservation of ancient art being of great personal significant to me. Most of what I write about, though, ends up being about anthropological views on the past, including the past of my own family.