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Network Weaving Vocation

Well, Here’s How *I* Pay Rent with my Anthro Major

An urban anthropologist at work.

An urban anthropologist at work: may include testifying on urban issues for City Government.


I identify as an anthropologist, among other things. Anyone who ever studied anthropology, me included, needs an answer to, “What job can you get with an anthro major?” In jokes about useless majors, it ranks up there with art and philosophy. In 2011, Florida Governor Rick Scott took on the whole discipline, noting, “We don’t need them here.

Amy Santee, another applied anthropologist, writes about just this question on her blog, Anthropologizing. She has a series of posts titled, “Anthropologists in Practice.” I was pleased for the chance to reflect more on my anthropology training — and to answer the question of how I use an anthropology major to pay my rent — when she invited me to do an interview for the series.

Green Building

Translating “Expert” into “Homeowner”

After a year of plugging away at an ambitious project, the Green Remodeling Home Guide is live!

My task was as expert content adviser to the team, as well as making sure we presented the “whole-building approach” and green building jargon into something accessible to the non-expert homeowner.

Green Remodeling Home Guide

Green Remodeling Plan Book homepage

We had a fantastic team, including intern Jodi Wilson who drafted the bulk of the content, Roseville HRA Housing Program Manager Jeanne Kelsey, and website designer/visionary George Hornik.

Specific content experts also weighed in on our details – Karen Filloon of Southview Design, Pat Huelman from the U of M, Cindy Ojczyk of More than a Beautiful Home, Becky Olson president of MBPA, Tom Sagstetter, and Billy Weber.

What do you think about the site?