MAJOR RESEARCH (fieldwork-based, primarily involving ethnographic and questionnaire data)
2005-2007: College as Culture: exploration of the culture of 1st year college students. Field Site: San Jose State University. In conjunction with MUSEFreshman classes, College as Culture.
1981-present: Cultural and Cultural Diversity Issues in American (U.S.) Schools.
Long-standing action-oriented research to identify and address issues of cultural diversity (including race, ethnicity, gender, U.S.centrism, ethnocentrism) in pre-college education and within teacher education. Has included working with teachers and teacher educators, developing curriculum and teaching resources. Includes recent work on RACE museum exhibit (see publications; info below)
1988-present. Cross-Cultural and Cross-Ethnic (within the United States) Research on gendered science, academic choice processes and cultural and social contextual factors affecting participation of South Asian [India] women in science & engineering.
Research-related work in India. 1988, 1989, 1996, 2004, 2008.
Research-related fieldwork and analysis of secondary sources in the United States. 1987- present,
1992-present. Changing family, gender, and sexuality systems in theSilicon Valley among cultural groups with patrifocal family traditions (e.g. South Asians).
1984--1988. Initiated research on cross-cultural and ethnic differences in women’s participation in science and engineering. Initial ethnographic study of academic decision-making among multiethnic sample of college students [Chico,CA]. Also gathered and analyzed CaliforniaStateUniversityand national aggregate institutional data on ethnic and gender differences in Applied Science participation and performance. Subsequently extended to comparative study in India.
1982--present. Gendered work in family, educational and scientific contexts, using cultural models and ethnographic decision processing approaches.
1980-81. New York. Folk models of race/ethnicity and gender. Explored the intersection of ethnic and gender stereotypes using ethnosemantic data and multidimensional scaling.
1979. United States--selected sites. Researcher for Successful Sites Study, a national study of compensatory education programs. Contractor: Systems Development Corporation, Santa Monica,CA.
1976-80. Los Angeles,California. Dissertation research on sexual division of labor in families of hospital nurses, using an ethnographic decision-modeling perspective. Explored cultural models of gender, work, and family underlying household task decisions; implications for prevailing theories of gendered labor.
1970-74. LA. MA Thesis: Cultural & nutritional aspects of changing foodways of Indian immigrants. A cultural model of Hindu food decisions.
SIGNIFICANT EXTERNAL GRANTS, AWARDS AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL HONORS (additional grants/awards are available on request)
Co-Initiated & Helped Write Grant Proposals for American Anthropological Association (AAA) public education project, Understanding Race and Human Variation [RACE]. Funded by Ford Foundation and National Science Foundation ($4.5 m.). 1998-2007
2005. Invited Lecture for Annual Lecture Series, Harvard Graduate School of Education, HarvardUniversity, May 2005. Title of Presentation: Are American Theories of Gendered Science Culture-Bound? A Cautionary Tale from India
National Science Foundation, Anthropology Program. Project: The Cultural Context of the Gendering of Science: An Indian Case Study. 1995-1997. $90,000+
NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates [REU] supplement to existing Award. 1996: $4000.
Indo-American Research Fellowship, Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), l987-l988 Award. Research Project: Women in Science and Technology: The Indian Case. Utilized in Spring 1988 [sabbatical]. India.
Invited Scholar, Centre for Theoretical Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, March 1988. Lectures (Hierarchical Decision Models in Ethnographic Research, Beyond Babies and Brawn: Rethinking the Sexual Division of Labor) and served as a consultant to a Ph.D seminar on Ethnographic Research Methods.
Professional Development Research Fellowship, American Institute for Indian Studies, 1987-8. Project: Women in Science and Technology: The Indian Case. India. Utilized in late 1988--early 1989.
1986-1987- Administrative Fellow, San Francisco State University, Coordinated Campus Response to CSU Task Force Report on Representation of Women in Math, Science and Engineering. Produced policy report and comprehensive set of recommendations.
Appointed to California State University Chancellor's System-Wide Task Force on Representation of Women in Math, Science and Engineering, l985-1987. Chaired sub-committee on students.
CSU Chancellor's Academic Program Improvement Grants: Mainstreaming Multicultural Perspectives into Teacher Training Programs. A Curriculum Resource Guide. With Hilda Hernandez. l984-5. Released time & monies. l983-4. Faculty Workshop Series. Release time & monies.
NIMH-ADAMHA Small Grant Program: "Father -Infant Relationship Among Central African Pygmies". With Barry Hewlett. Approved for funding but inadequate priority number. l983.
Travel Grant, Conference on Women and Development, WellesleyCollege, l976.
Regent's Fellowship, University of California,Riverside, l973-74.
NDEA Grant--Institute on Teaching Disadvantaged Students. l965.