I am originally from Baltimore, Maryland, but I have lived in Albuquerque, Chicago, and Oakland as well. I also lived in Luoyang, China for a year doing my dissertation research. I am an anthropological archaeologist, specializing in pottery from the late Neolithic period of China. This is my second semester teaching at NMSU, though I have taught at four other institutions: DePaul University (in Chicago), The University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Chicago, as well as California State University, East Bay. However, I graduated from NMSU with a BA in 2000. This is my first time with the Honors College, but I look forward to opportunities to be more involved. I love being outdoors, which is part of the reason for choosing archaeology, but I also like movies and reading fiction- what I might call “fun” reading! My favorite quote is “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” L.P. Hartley (1953) in The Go-Between.
I love the stimulating courses offered by the Honors College, and the sense of comraderie that seems to be shared by students in the college; whether from lively discussions in class, or through the Honor Societies. My advice to students preparing for their future is to pursue a field that you are passionate about. I know that might sound cliche, but considering you will spend the majority of your life in that field, if you are doing what you love, each new day will be full of wonder and excitement. The Honors program is an excellent way to push yourself in college, to help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Or, if you are looking at graduate school, the challenges you face in the Honors program will better prepare you for the level of work and dedication that will be required of you.