I enjoy writing. I've published newspaper, journal, and magazine articles. I've also done my fair share of book chapters, encyclopedia entries, book reviews, manuscript reviews, and blogging entries. I even wrote a book. Channeling my academically driven writing style to a general audience has stretched my ability to write significantly. There's no denying a social science background in my writing today as evidenced by my style right down to word choice - I make no apologies for that.
But, today, I get to write about different subjects and I don't have to do it for tenure or for publishers with deadlines -only for myself and others who choose to read it. My social science perspective involves examining multiple layers of an issue. Very rarely is a social issue, or most things actually, experienced or described in 'black and white' terms. If only life were that simple! Social scientists examine it all - the black, the white and especially the grey areas in between.
My profession exists because of the very nature of said
liminality. Take poverty for example. There is no singular
cause of poverty. I think of poverty as the epicenter of an
unsteady wheel wherein the spokes on the wheel - like
access to good healthcare, transportation, groceries,
affordable housing, childcare, living wage jobs, etc., are
absent, weak, and/or unstable. The wheel won't move
forward easily and in fact may feel like it's not moving at
all. Just when someone feels like they're getting ahead,
an unexpected life circumstance (one of the spokes)
interrupts the wheel's pace, perhaps even puncturing it.
This can easily lead someone to an economic standstill.
Those living in poverty as well as those living in the economic margins do so with wobbly wheels. There is no quick fix to poverty and if there were, it would have been resolved a long time ago. But, I believe if we all invest in our community just a bit more, we can balance the wheels for others and live more purposive lives.
Some of my work...
Ethnohistorical Work... a sampling
'To Hell with the Wigs!' Native American Representation and Resistance at the World's Columbian Exposition, American Indian Quarterly, Fall, 2012
A Legacy of Forced Removal: the Removal of the Miami Tribe, International Journal of Population Geography, March 2003
Psychological & Emotional Problems, In Encyclopedia of American Indian Issues Today, Russell Lawson, ed. 2013.
Miami Indian Removal, In Encyclopedia of American Indian Removal, Daniel Littlefield, Jr, & James Parins, eds. 2011.
The Agency of Language Ideologies in Miami Indian Recovery, In Ethnographic Contributions to the Study of Endangered Languages, Tania Granadillo & Heidi Orcutt-Gachiri, eds. 2011.
Contested Territories: Native Americans and Non-Natives in the Lower Great Lakes, 1700-1850, Charles Beatty Medina & Melissa Rinehart, eds. 2012
Huffington Post, May 26, 2012