With a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Arizona, he has taught at the National University of Singapore, the University of California Berkeley, University of California Santa Cruz, New Mexico State University, and University College London, and has held fellowships at Gothenburg University and the University of London. His research in Belize, Europe, the USA and West Africa has been supported by three Fulbright fellowships, grants from the National Science Foundation and many other organizations. He has also worked as an applied anthropologist with UNICEF, USAID, USDA, Cultural Survival and other development organizations. Most recently he has testified in several important Indian land tenure cases in the Belize Supreme Court. His initial research on the cultural ecology of farming and family organization was followed by work on consumer culture and sustainable consumption, energy consumption, globalization, television, beauty pageants and food. Much of his recent work has turned towards the history of food, the linkages between tourism and sustainable development, and the origin of modern masculinity. His publications include more than 150 papers and book chapters, a textbook in Economic Anthropology, three monographs and and several edited volumes.
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Honorary Doctorate from Lund University