Fletcher Linder, Ph.D., is a Professor and Director of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies at James Madison University. Trained as an anthropologist, Dr. Linder considers beliefs and values central to human practice and interaction. He has studied and published on beliefs and values across a variety of topics, including sports and aesthetics, illness experience and care, interpersonal violence, and intellectual politics. Dr. Linder has served as co-investigator and project director on U.S. federal and international grants totaling over $1 million, and has conducted ethnographic, epidemiological, urban landscape, and community-based intervention research in such areas as the southern United States, California, Canada, and Australia. In addition to his current position at James Madison University, Dr. Linder has held faculty positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Davidson College.