Dr. Nolan’s research has centered on issues of change and development. He has done research in Eastern Senegal, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Somalia, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinee, Indonesia, Thailand, and Western Siberia.
Dr. Nolan worked overseas for nearly twenty years in the field of international development as a project designer, manager and evaluator, in Senegal, Tunisia, Papua New Guinea, and Sri Lanka. His experience with development includes grassroots community projects with the Peace Corps, project design and management with USAID, and policy analysis with the World Bank. He has also participated in numerous consulting assignments for both bilateral agencies and NGOs.
Prior to joining the Anthropology Department in 2009, Dr. Nolan was Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs at Purdue. He has also held administrative and teaching positions at the University of Cincinnati, Golden Gate University, the University of Pittsburgh, the School for International Training, Georgia State University, and the University of Papua New Guinea.
Currently half-time at Purdue, he teaches courses in applied and practicing anthropology, development anthropology, and working across cultures. He also teaches in the MPhil program in International Development at the University of Cambridge in the UK, each Fall.
Dr. Nolan is active in several national organizations, including the Society for Applied Anthropology and the Association of International Education Administrators. He is a past board member of both of these associations, and is currently on the national board of Engineers Without Borders. He is also on the editorial board for the UK journal, Anthropology in Action.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Fulbright Scholar, 1968-70
Foreign Area Fellow, 1970-72
Ford-Rockefeller Fellow, 1977-78
GSPIA Teaching Award (University of Pittsburgh), 1994-95
Simon Award for Internationalization (to Purdue University), NAFSA, 2006
Timothy J. Rutenber Award for service to international education, AIEA, 2011
Purdue Anthropology Department Teaching Award 2012