• 2005 – 2012 University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Ph.D. in Anthropology

Tribal economic development, Small Businesses; Sovereignty
• 1998 – 2001 Wayne State University
M.A. in Economics

Labor economics, human resources
• 1992 – 1996 University of Michigan
B.A. in Economics


I completed my dissertation and defended in the Spring of 2012. My dissertation, titled “The Business of Being Cherokee: An Examination of the Transformative Power and Vision of Small Businesses on the Qualla Boundary of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians,” is chaired by Dr. Valerie Lambert.

Other Committee members include:

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