Administrative and Leadership Roles


Chair, Department of Anthropology, 2019-2022

Ruth Collins Altshuler Professor and Director of the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute, 2012-2018 (I was the Founding Director)

Co-Director, Health and Society Program, Department of Anthropology, 2016-2018

Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Anthropology, 2008-2012

Dean ad Interim, Dedman College of Humanties and Sciences, Southern Methodist University, 2006-2008

President, Faculty Senate and Member of the SMU Board of Trustees, 2001-2002

Chair, Department of Anthropology, Southern Methodist University, 1994-2004

Director, Women’s Studies Program, Southern Methodist University, 1989-1994


Society for the Anthropology of Europe, Selection Committee, William A. Douglass Book Prize, 2003, 2004; 2010-2012; President, 1996-1998; President-Elect, 1994-1996; Program Committee, 1988-89

Social Science History Association, President, 2000-2001; Vice-President, 1999-2000; Nominating Committee, 1995-1996; Program Committee, 1994-1995; Executive Committee, 1989-1992, 1999-2003; Program Co-Chair, 1987-1988

Council for European Studies, Selection Committee, Luso-American Foundation; Predissertation Fellowship, 1999-2001; Executive Committee, 1994-1998; Steering Committee, 1988-1992;  Nominations Committee, 1989-1992;  Predissertation Fellowship Selection Committee, 1988-1990

International Conference Group on Portugal,  Program Committee, 1988-89;   Board Member, 1986-2002;   Advisory Board, Portuguese Studies Review, 1996-2004

I have also served on grant reviewing panels for the NSF, the NEH, the German Marshall Fund, the Radcliffe Institute, the Social Science Research Council, the European Research Council (ERC, Social Science and Humanities Domain). I was on the SNEM-3 Study Section of NIH for four years.