Curriculum Vitae


 

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Global and Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University, 2018

           Dissertation: “Plant Pedagogies, Salmon Nation, and Fire: Settler Colonial Food Utopias and the (Un)Making of                                        Human-Land Relationships in Coast Salish Territories”

           Recipient of Alex Stepick Outstanding Dissertation Award

M.A. in American Religious History, Duke University, 2007

 

B.A. in Anthropology and History of Religion, University of California, San Diego, 2004

           Degree Awarded with High Distinction in Sociocultural Anthropology

           Recipient of A. Irving Hallowell Award for Excellence in Sociocultural Anthropology

 

ADDITIONAL TRAINING

Strategic Writing Initiative (Pedagogical training and mentorship program for graduate instructors of Interdisciplinary Writing), Florida International University, English Department, 2012 - 2015

 

CURRENT APPOINTMENTS

Writing and Research Design Associate, 2019 - present

Mount Saint Mary’s University, The Professional and Academic Resource Center, 

Los Angeles, CA

 

Critical Studies Faculty, 2019 - present

AMDA College of the Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA

 

Social Science and Writing Adjunct Faculty, 2019 - present

Columbia College Hollywood, Tarzana, CA

 

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT/SERVICE 

Member, Student Learning Outcomes Working Group, 2019-2020

AMDA College of the Performing Arts

 

TEACHING 

Instructor, 2019 - present

Columbia College Hollywood, Tarzana, CA

Summer 2020:    SOC121: Social Anthropology

Spring 2020          SOC123: Human Geography

Winter 2020        SOC123: Human Geography

Fall 2019                HUMA101 Comp I: Introduction to College Writing 

                                     (Cross-listed) GH101: Writer’s Workshop

Winter 2020        SOCS 123: Introduction to Human Geography

 

Instructor, 2019 - present

AMDA College of the Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA

Summer 2019        SOC 202 History of World Civilizations 

Fall 2019                  SOC 304 Introduction to Sociology

Spring 2020            SOC 304 Introduction to Sociology

 

Humanities Teacher, October 2018 - August 2019

Futures Academy, Woodland Hills, CA

World History (Modern), College Prep Grade 10

U.S. History, College Prep Grade 11

American Government, College Prep Grade 12

English Language Arts, Honors and College Prep Grades 10 - 12

 

Digital Teaching Assistant, 2016

Florida International University, African & African Diaspora Program, Miami, FL

Spring 2016         ANT 4340 Cultures of the Caribbean, FIU

Spring 2016         ANT 3451 Anthropology of Race, FIU

 

Instructor of Record, 2013 - 2015

Florida International University, Miami, FL

Fall 2015                 ANT 2000 Introduction to Anthropology (Online)

Summer 2014      ENC 1101 Writing and Rhetoric I

Spring 2014          ENC 1102 Writing and Rhetoric II

Fall 2013                ENC 1101 Writing and Rhetoric I

Summer 2013      ENC 1101 Writing and Rhetoric I

Spring 2013          ENC 1101 Writing and Rhetoric II

 

Teaching Assistant, 2011-2013; 2015

Florida International University, Miami FL - Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies

Spring 2015           SYP 3000 Sociology of the Individual in Society

Fall 2014                 SYP 3000 Sociology of the Individual in Society

Fall 2012                 ENC 1101 Writing and Rhetoric I

Summer 2012      GEA 3635 Geography of the Middle East

Spring 2012           SYA 3303 Research Methods in Social Science

Fall 2011                 ANT 2000 Introduction to Anthropology

 

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Writing Lab Coach, 2019 

AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA


Museum Teacher, 2018

Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, CA

 

Curriculum Develepment Team Member, 2016-2017

Tend, Gather, and Grow (A Foods and Plants Curriculum for Native and Regional Youth), Olympia, WA

 

Food Sovereignty Policy Intern, 2015-2017

Center for World Indigenous Studies, Olympia, WA

 

Social Studies and Writing Tutor,  2015-2016

ATAC Inc., Seattle, WA

 

Co-editor, 2013-2015

Anthropology & Environment Society (A subsection of the American Anthropological Association) ENGAGEMENT Blog

 

WORKSHOPS PRESENTED

How to Apply to Graduate School, Professional and Academic Resource Center, Mount Saint Mary’s University, April 4, 2020

 

Resume and LinkedIn: The Job Search’s Dynamic Duo, Professional and Academic Resource Center, Mount Saint Mary’s University, March 28, 2020

Thriving Not Surviving: Tools for Returning Students, Professional and Academic Resource Center, Mount Saint Mary’s University, February 15, 2020

Understanding Writing Assignments: Summaries, Reviews, Critiques, Professional and Academic Resource Center, Mount Saint Mary’s University, February 15, 2020

 

Approaching the Research Paper and Using APA Citation Style, Professional and Academic Resource Center, Mount Saint Mary’s University, February 1, 2020; September 14, 2020

 

Grammar and Style Toolkit, Professional and Academic Resource Center, Mount Saint Mary’s University,  February 1, 2020; September 14, 2020

 

AWARDS and FUNDING

Alex Stepick Outstanding Dissertation Award, FIU, 2019

Dissertation Evidence Acquisition Fellowship, FIU ($8,300), 2016

Digital Assistantship, awarded full tuition and stipend for Fall and Spring, Department of Global  & Sociocultural Studies and the African and African Diaspora program, FIU, 2016

Awarded full tuition and TA stipend for one year from the Department of Global  & Sociocultural Studies, FIU, 2014

Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF), Social Science Research Council, funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation ($3,865), 2013

Strategic Writing Initiative Teaching Assistantship, FIU, 2012-2014

Departmental Conference Travel Award ($550), Global & Sociocultural Studies Department, FIU, 2012

Awarded full tuition and TA stipend for three years from the Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies, FIU, 2011

Awarded tuition remission, Duke University, 2005-2007        

Recipient of the A. Irving Hallowell Award for Excellence in Sociocultural Anthropology ($200), University of California San Diego, 2004

 

PUBLICATIONS 

Ryser, Rudolph, Yvonne Sherwood, and Janna Lafferty. “Fourth World Nations Under the Nuclear Cloud: Exposing Indigenous Nations to Radioactivity” Intercontinental Cry, April, 2016.

 

Lafferty, Janna. “Troubling Place in Alternative Food Practices: Food Movements, Neoliberalism, and Place” in Place-Based Perspectives on Food in Society. Kevin Fitzpatrick and Don Willis (eds.). New York: Macmillan/Palgrave Publishers, 2015.

 

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

Presenter, Virtual Panel. “Salmon People, Biotechnology, and the Politics of Refusal in Coast Salish Territories.” Biennial Meeting of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, Cosponsored by the Society for Visual Anthropology. March, 2018.

 

Presenter. Poster Session. “Salmon People in the Age of Biotech Food Production: Mare Nullius, Settler Colonialism, and GMO Salmon Politics in Coast Salish Territories.” Society of Economic Anthropology Annual Meeting: Water and Economy. Tempe, AZ, March 2018.

 

Presenter, “Articulating Coast Salish Food Sovereignty: Tribal Sovereignty and Alternative Food Geographies in the US Pacific Northwest” American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA, March 2016.

 

Discussant, Immigrants in Miami Session, Second Annual SAGGSA Graduate Student Conference: Im/Mobilities & Dis/Connections. April 2013.

 

Presenter, “Growing Movements to Revitalize Traditional Food Economies: Toward a Political Ecology of Diabetes.” Dimensions of Political Ecology, Conference on Nature/Society. University of Kentucky, March 2012.

 

ACADEMIC SERVICE 

Reviewer, May 2019

Fourth World Journal

 

Vice President, 2012-2014 

Sociology-Anthropology-Geography Graduate Student Association (SAGGSA)

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Studies Association (ASA)

Association of American Geographers (AAG) 


REFERENCES

Professor Gail Hollander, Florida International University, Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, Geography. hollande@fiu.edu

 

Professor Rod Neumann, Florida International University, Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, Geography. Nuemannr@fiu.edu

 

Professor Guillermo Grenier, Florida International University, Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, Sociology. Grenierg@fiu.edu

EDUCATION

TEACHING AREAS

Cultural Anthropology

Environmental Anthropology

U.S. Environmental History

Global Environmental History

Race and Ethnicity in U.S.

World History 

Human/Cultural Geography

Native American History

Critical Food Studies

U.S. Anthropology

Indigenous Studies

American Religious History/American Religions

Writing and Composition

2018

Florida International University 

Global and Sociocultural Studies, Geography Track

2007

Duke University

American Religious History

2004

University of California, San Diego

Anthropology, The Study of Religion