Early human migrational patterns and human wall-building behavior.
After receiving a B.S., Business & Economics from the University of Kentucky, I attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine where I received an M.D. in 1988. Post-medical school, I completed internships in both Internal Medicine at the University of Louisville Affiliated Hospitals and General Surgery at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Then, I directed a small, rural Emergency Department in central Indiana for several years. Once that commitment was completed, I began a residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University Medical Center, eventually serving as Chief Resident in that program. Upon completion of my training, I remained on the medical faculty at Duke University for several years prior to returning home to Louisville. For the last twenty years, I've been practicing anesthesiology mostly in a bustling, complex medical practice.
While I had no previous anthropology classroom experience as an undergraduate, I was fortunate to have been exposed to a wide variety of cultural and biological anthropology reading - Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, George Friedman, Sean Carroll, David Sloan Wilson and Christopher Hitchens amongst my favorites - over several decades. My return to graduate school has been nothing short of delightful and has offered me an opportunity to formalize my anthropology education in the presence of a top-notch, engaged faculty, while also integrating with bright, young pre-professional graduate students.
I have enjoyed all of my seminars thus far, but especially the discussions of plague, TB and leprosy in medieval Europe in Fabian Crespo's ANTH 650 - Health & Disease; the expansion of mercantile wealth and evolution of global capitalism in Shawn Parkhurst's ANTH 608 - Social & Cultural Theory; the complex concept of race in Christopher Tillquist's ANTH 663 - Perspectives on Race; and, the conflict of human mobility vis-a-vis the creation and maintenance of borders in Julie Peteet's ANTH 612 - Refugees and Mobility seminars. Currently, I am in the process of developing and writing my Master's thesis on human-wall building behavior. I hope to complete and defend my project in the spring of 2019.
My wife, Caroline, and I enjoy traveling throughout the United States and Europe. Amongst our favorite destinations are this country's great National Parks - Acadia, the Grand Tetons, Mesa Verde and Olympic; as well as Amsterdam, Florence and Prague further afield. I have also had the pleasure of touring Tanzania's Serengeti National Park and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro [the view from the top was stunning!] with our department's own Keith Mountain in 2008.
We also enjoy frequent visits to see our adult children - Sarah, in Washington, D.C. where she consults on international aviation policy issues; and, Kiernan, in Chicago where he consults on the implementation of customer service platforms for e-commerce brands. Both of our children are graduates of UNC-Chapel Hill.
Caroline and I have been collecting local art - Louisville's local art scene is unique and remarkable - for almost 30 years.