I am an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Eastern Washington University, teaching classes in human geography, energy, and GIS; and adding to a growing collection of academic publications and conference presentations
As a doctoral student in the Department of Geography at The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign I researched American intercity passenger rail and taught classes on GIS, globalization, the developing world, the digital earth, and web development. As a postdoctoral research associate in the UIUC Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences I investigated Detection of foreclosure-related landscape management changes using Landsat.
I am an avid street photographer and student of the built environment, and I have assembled extensive photographic collections of American cities (especially New York City), railroad infrastructure, bridges, and theatres. I have chronicled three centuries of my family's history on The Privett Family Website
Open Source Software
I am an advocate for the Linux computer operating system, which I have used on my home systems exclusively since 2000. I have a Linux+ / LPIC-1 certification and I have been working with various flavors of UNIX since graduating from North Texas State with a Master's degree in Computer Science.
I created and support MMQGIS, a plugin tool set for the QGIS open source geographic information system. My thesis project at Hunter College was TRAMM, a web-based framework for visualizing "transportation poverty." using Open Layers. I have maintained a number of Linux installation and documentation pages over the years.
I've been performing music of some kind for most of my life and have been a singer / songwriter since the late 1980s, specializing in pop vocal harmony. This website includes MP3 collections of some of my work.
I wrote and produced Mossadegh, a rock opera based on the C.I.A.-orchestrated 1953 Iranian coup, for the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival and the show website had a surprising afterlife, receiving attention from the BBC, Radio Farda, and numerous Iranian blogs. I also wrote and produced the musical comedy The Irreplaceable Commodity for the 2003 New York International Fringe Festival
I have a music education degree from North Texas State (now UNT) and I've played a number of instruments at various times and at modest levels of proficiency. I marched for three seasons with the drum corps Blue Stars (1980), Louisiana Southernaires (1981) and Madison Scouts (1984). Photos and reminiscences from those experiences are HERE...
From 1991-2006 I worked in theatre in New York City. Off-Broadway I appeared as a performer in the musicals Making Tracks and Shanghai Lil's. Regionally I appeared in productions of 42nd Street (Julian), The Pajama Game (Sid), The King & I (King). Television credits include All My Children, As The World Turns, The City, Law & Order and background work on an extensive number of other forgettable television shows and feature films. You may view my theatrical photo résumé HERE...
I toured four seasons with the award-winning children's theatre company Theatreworks/USA (Secret Garden, Swiss Family Robinson, Charlotte's Web, Romeo & Juliet) and worked as a stage manager with Artspower, The Kaleidoscope Theatre Company and the 78th Street Theatre Lab. At various times I have been a member of The Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity Association, AGMA, AFTRA and SAG.
I maintain a marginal connection with the theatre by maintaining the ballet history site Andros on Ballet as a legacy for the late instructor Dick Andros, as well as the website for the Obie-award-winning The National Asian-American Theatre Company.
With grades students learn to guess the professor's mind and to obey. It is a very sophisticated machinery, whereby the natural desire to learn, the intrinsic motivation to want to learn something because you are interested in the thing itself, is destroyed. (Denis Rancourt)