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    Purdue University, alum

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    I hold a Master’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology from Purdue University. My academic research has focused on companion animals in human society, especially cats in Western Civilization. The title of my Master's thesis is "The Meanings of Dogs and Cats in US American Culture Based on Cartoons, Movies, and Consumer Goods."
    I have also given a presentation at the ISAZ 2011 conference titled "Housecat Origins Revisited: Commensalism, Co-Domestication, and Behavioral Evolution."
    More recently I served as a part-time lecturer for a Purdue Honors course titled "Animals in Global Cultures."
    In my free time I have volunteered at the Wolf Park in Battle Ground, Indiana, home to the lovely little gray fox seen in my profile photo.