2007.  Assistant, Aymar Arux Akhamawa project led by Miguel Huanca, Instructor of Aymara at the University of Chicago’s Center for Latin American Studies.

1999-2002. Research Assistant to Michel-Rolph Trouillot. Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago. 

1995-1997. INCAE  (Central American Graduate School of Business and Economics). Alajuela, Costa Rica.  Assistant to the Dean.

1993, 1994. Small Ruminant Collaborative Research Support Program (SR-CRSP).  La Paz, Bolivia.  Intern.  Six months.



2008. Graduate Student Teaching Award for Excellence in Course Design. Awarded by the Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Chicago for the course "Tourism and Capitalism in a Globalizing World."

2004. University of Chicago Magazine Alumni Photography Contest.  2nd Place for color photo of Winter Solstice at Tiwanaku, June 21 2003.  Finalist, Color, for photo of Guaqui marketplace, Bolivia. U. of Chicago Magazine 96(4) and at

1997. David Buchan Student Essay Prize.  Winner.  Granted by the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research. 



1998-present. American Anthropological Association, Member

1998-present. Latin American Studies Association, Member


2007-present.  Moderator, web administrator, and contributor.

2007-present. Recycling Block Captain, First Ward, Chicago.

2002-2004. Proyecto “Jutam Uñjiri” (“Come and See” in Aymara).  Directing a team of young investigators (all high school graduates or university students from Tiwanaku) conducting surveys with visitors and compiling extensive data on visitor trends at Tiwanaku, Bolivia. 

2003-2004. November 2003 – August 2004.  Radio Program “Proyecto Wila Jawira.” Weekly radio program summarizing into Spanish the results of the Archeological Program “Wila Jawira” as published in Tiwanaku and Its Hinterland: Urban and Rural Archeology Vol II, Alan Kolata, ed. (Smithsonian Press, 2003).  The summaries were simultaneously translated into Aymara by native speaker Mario Loza.  Radio Tunupa, AM1380, Tiwanaku, Bolivia.

2003. May – December.  Volunteer Instructor at the Municipal Computer Center “Wila Jawira.”  Teaching basic computer skills in Spanish to local adults twice a week. Tiwanaku, Bolivia.

2002. September – December.  Radio Program “Inglés Clarita.” Program recorded once a week to teach basic English to local Spanish/Aymara speakers. Radio San Pedro, AM1510, Tiwanaku, Bolivia.