Nancy Sullivan is an anthropologist who has lived and worked in Papua New Guinea for the past 24 years, where she runs a research conculting company with Papua New Guineans. She is married to a Bougainvillean man and has children and grandchildren, along with hundreds of unavoidable relatives. Her degrees come from Princeton, New York University and CUNY, and she has been awarded a Guggenheim, a Fulbright, a Rockefeller, and funding for her work in conservation from The Christensen Fund.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the suburbs of New York. But I'd say it was more of a launchpad than an inspiration.
When did you first start writing?
I started in college, or maybe before. But in college I took a Creative Writing minor with my English major, and even got a prize my junior year for my stories.
A memoir in essay form about living and working in Papua New Guinea for 24 years, which is both personal and anthropological. It is about parenting, media influence, social change, gender, sexual antagonism and raising girls in a rapidly changing third world setting.