Academic Work

I began taking college courses while in the Air Force in 1990 and have continued supplementing my education since then. In 2004 and 2007 I completed several degrees, but did not tire of gaining more education.

Please take a look at some examples of my academic work below, that include an ethnography on one Boston commuter train and a case study of a conflict over ancient human remains known both as Kennewick Man and Ancient One.



Portland State University transcript for classes completed 2020-2021.


Transcripts for ten colleges and universities I attended in nearly as many states, while maintaining full employment. Includes high school transcript 1984-88.


Brandeis University transcript for classes completed 2004-2007.

Case Studies

master’s thesis – brandeis 2007

From 2004-2007 I was embedded in a group of Boston-area commuters who shared a train weekdays and considered ourselves part of a club called The 720, which is the time the train left the Fitchburg, MA station. That group gave me the idea to conduct an ethnography on the train to try to understand more about social order that I was a part of. I asked my informants to tell me what they were afraid of, and found that it was not what I expected.

case study – psu 2020

I recently completed an examination of the events leading up to the Modoc War of 1872-1873. First I present a picture of what life was like for Modocs at the time of first contact, before General Sherman gave the order to exterminate the tribe. In the second post, I detail the events prior to the Modoc War and explain that the Modoc Tribe survives today against all odds.

Blog post of Modoc Tribe at the time of first contact by white immigrants, settlers, and miners.

Blog post of the events leading up to the Modoc War, and Modoc survival.

Case Study – brandeis 2006

Ancient human remains discovered in Washington State in 1996 and named Kennewick Man by scientists, Ancient One by Native Americans in the region. I completed this paper in 2006. In 2015 the remains were dated to roughly 8,500 years ago. The remains were removed from the Burke Museum on 17 February 2017 and repatriated. In this paper I approach the issue through a mediator’s lens with recommendations for conflict resolution.

A Smithsonian article updating the events of this story.

Awards & honors
  • Jerome A. Schiff Undergraduate Fellows Program ($2000 award) (06/2006)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude (05/2007)
  • Dean’s List every semester at Brandeis University (12/2004 – 05/2007) 
  • President’s Honors List at Community College of the Redwoods (2003-4)