“It is not I who create myself, but rather I happen to myself” C.G. Jung
“when i tell my story/ what is the story/ it tells to me?” from Silent They Are Lit, 2004
Left: in Tilden Park, Berkeley, during graduate school; Right: on research assignment in New Mexico, for the East-West Center, Honolulu
Throughout my career, I have worked on issues important to Native Hawaiians, working-class urban and rural communities on the U.S. Mainland, and especially with David Welchman Gegeo the Kwara‘ae people of Mala‘ita, Solomon Islands.
As a senior professor of Sociocultural Studies, and Language, Literacy and Culture, I teach in the School of Education, University of California, Davis, where I am on the Graduate Faculty. I am also a member of the Graduate Faculty in the Ph.D. and M.A./M.S. programs of Anthropology, Linguistics, Human Development, International Agricultural Development, and Community and Regional Development. I previously taught at CSU Hayward, Harvard Graduate School of Education for nine years, Northeastern University, and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa for five years. I also was a Research Associate at the East-West Center for four years, doing projects in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific islands.
Since becoming disabled by an herbicide accident in 1994, I have continued to write and publish with David and with my students, while teaching full-time, mentoring a large number of Ph.D. and M.S. students, and pursuing art for social justice.