• Associate Professor, Anthropology Department
  • Adjunct Curator of Anthropology, Natural History Museum of Utah

Professional Service

  • Cultural Evolution Society. Secretary. 09/01/2021 - present
  • Cultural Evolution Society. Role: Committee member. Media and outreach committee. 09/01/2020 - 09/01/2021

Internal Service

  • Academic Senate. Senator, 08/01/2022 - present. University service.
  • Director of Graduate Studies. 08/19/2019 - present. Department service.
  • Committee member assisting to organize and advise The Quantitative Analysis Certificate, awarded by CSBS to undergraduate students. 10/19/2016 - present. College service.
  • Member of the Pacific Islander Studies Initiative -- an initiative aimed to develop scholarship and outreach around Pacific Islander studies at the University of Utah. We plan symposiums, conferences, and outreach events for community and university leaders. The university has just approved a Pacific Islands Studies undergraduate certificate. Committee member, 01/2016 - present. University service.
  • Committee structuring the Masters program in Anthropology. organizer, 09/2014 - 09/2015. Department service.
  • Undergraduate Scholarship Committee. 01/2014 - 01/2017. Department service.

Community Partnership

  • National Tongan-American Society. 10/01/2011 - 08/01/2012


  • Advocate for Pacific Islander student research. Coordinating with the Pacific Islander Student Association (PISA) to encourage student research opportunities. 08/18/2016 - present

In the Media