I have trained as a cultural anthropologist (MA ’98), worked with refugees in Texas, lived overseas for six years, done consulting with businesspeople and international students, and moved back to the States in 2006.  Now back in Texas with three kids, it’s still an adventure!  Having experienced a strongly conservative upbringing, then receiving a fairly liberal education and working with the poor, I sometimes feel caught in the middle on social issues.

As an anthropologist, my areas of interest and research include displaced/diaspora peoples, ethnic identity, cross-cultural adaptation, and corporate/business culture.  I’ve had the privilege of working with a broad range of ethnicities and venues, and have gained quite a few friends.  The experience of being the “other” in another culture has given me a great deal of empathy for “strangers” here in my home country. When you’ve each had the experience of being the village idiot, there’s a camaraderie like no other.

My conservative Christian faith powerfully affects my worldview, permeating all of those past experiences and giving perspective in the here and now.  The blog name, for example, comes from Philippians 2.12. And all of the above has lead to a fascination with how we people work out our values in real time and space.

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One Response to “About”

  1. Angela Hough Says:

    We all have many walls to permeate, yes? Cultural, values, gender, financial status, more cultural…

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