Research Projects

I am / was PI or Co-PI in all the projects described below. In addition, I consulted and collaborated on several other projects. I have collaborated with Dr. Amy Noon (Vanderbilt University) on a project on stress and health risks among Hispanic youth in Nashville.

Heinz Foundation (in preparation), “Burning Down The Ships: Underwater Exploration Of The Hernán Cortez Landing Site in Villa Rica, Mexico.

National Science Foundation (under review). “Organizing the Social: Competing Forms Of Social Organization In The Kurdish Regional Government Of Northern Iraq.” 3 years; (The proposal includes funding for a postdoctoral researcher; graduate, and undergraduate students.)

National Science Foundation (May 2014), Co-PI with Werner Hertzog (Ph.D. candidate), “Social Change, Moral Decision-Making, and Resource Allocation among the Tzotzil-Maya of Southern Mexico.” 1 year.

National Science Foundation (May 2010), Co-PI with Mike Kohut (Doktorant), “Evolution and Science education in Tennessee.” 1 year.

National Science Foundation (Febr. 2009), “Evolution teaching and the new science standards in Tennessee.” 2 years.

Vanderbilt University Center of the Americas (July 2008), “Villa Rica de la Veracruz: Archaeology, Ethnohistory and their impact on local understandings of race, ethnicity and the nation.” Pilot study (with William Fowler), 3 weeks.

National Science Foundation (Febr. 2007), “Language and Conceptual Development: Role of Language Differences and Bilingualism in the Development of Spatial Concepts.” 3 years.

National Science Foundation (June 2007), Supplement for student participation to NSF HSD;

National Science Foundation (June 2006), Supplement for student participation to NSF HSD;

National Science Foundation (Sept. 2005),  “The role of flexibility and expertise in conceptual and cultural change.” Co-PIs: Tom Palmeri (Psychology) & David Noelle (Computer Science).

National Institute of Health, Anthropological Research on child development in Chiapas, Mexico, 2005-2007.

National Science Foundation, Anthropological Research on child development in Chiapas, Mexico, and the USA, 2003-2007. Co-PI with D. Medin, S. Waxman & S. Atran.

National Institute of Health, Anthropological Research on child development in Chiapas, Mexico, and the USA, 2003-2007. Co-PI with S. Waxman, D. Medin & S. Atran.

Vanderbilt University Intramural Discovery Grant, Pilot studies on Race and Cognition. 2 years.

National Science Foundation, REU Environmental Decision Making; College of the Menominee Nation and Northwestern University. 3 years.

National Science Foundation,  $ 52,285, Folkbiology and social change in Chiapas, Mexico (2002-2004).
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