As a social scientist and a writer, my ambition is to understand the world – including myself – as objectively as possible, without prejudice or wishful thinking.
I have a Ph.D. in psychological anthropology, specializing in the analysis of cultural models (or frames) which are key influences on individual behaviour and experience. Two things drew me to anthropology: the disciplined method of participant-observation fieldwork, and the global comparative perspective. These appealed to me as ways of relating to the world, making sense of my experiences growing up and living between places, from farm to city and from Canada to Italy and southern Africa.
I’m a freelance qualitative and ethnographic researcher. If you’re interested in reading about my freelance services, that info (plus my work history and education) is available on my public Linkedin profile. If you think I might be able to assist you with something, please send me a note through my Contact page — I’ll be happy to hear from you and learn about your work.
Presently I’m writing a book about a year that I lived and worked in Lesotho. I was 18 at the time, faced with becoming a man in an apartheid environment where the question “what is a man” was fraught on many levels. It’s a year that had a profound effect on how I see the world, and I’m examining the meaning of it now as I write it into a story. The story is as much about the work of remembering as it is about the original experience.
You’re welcome to read the rough draft (in progess) of my Lesotho story, “Learning to Drive”.
And here’s a link to the abstract and full text of my Ph.D. dissertation.
If you’d like to know more, please send me a note from the Contact page. Thanks for your interest.