Graduate Student Accomplishments



Emily Canning

“Misplaced Morphemes: Pursuing Language Purity on the Kyrgyz-Uzbek Border,” at Borders and Identities, Rijeka, Croatia, March 2013.

“Vanishing Words: Language and Ethnicity in Post-Conflict Osh”, at Language and Identity in Central Asia, UCLA, May 2012.

Ryan Collins

"The Raised-Heel in Art, Writing, and Ritual Process," at the Society of American Archaeology Annual Meeting, April 2011.

Bryce Davenport 

"Lords, Landscapes and Sovereignty in Mesoamerica," (co-presented with Charles Golden) at the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, Memphis, April 2012.

"Caves, Courts, and Countrysides: Spatial Rhetoric in West Mexican Colonial Manuscripts," at the Society of American Archaeology Annual Meeting, April 2011.

"Substance and Style: Evaluating Mixteca-Puebla Influence in the Aztatlán Complex," at the Society of American Archaeology Annual Meeting, April 2010.

Chris Duffy

"Globalizing Morality: The Role of History and Economy in Defining Europe's Southern Problem." at the American Anthropological Association conference, Chicago, November, 2013.

Amy Hanes 

"Inept Dads and Donor Moms: Adoptive Patrimony and Value in Elephant Conservation In Cameroon," at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, November 2012.

"Women or Women? the Analytic and Epistemological Origins of Development's Mishandling of Female Genital Cutting (FGC)." Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Montreal, November 2011.

Jessica Hardin 

“Introducing New Foods: Health, Foreignness, and Processes of Habituation,” with Christina Kwauk, Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania meetings, Kona, 2014.

“Friendship and Peer Relationships,” Panel with Mary Good. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania meetings, Kona, 2014.

"Institutional Publics and Futures." American Anthropology Association Conference, Chicago, 2013.

"Producing Healthy Food." Yale Food Systems Symposium, New Haven, 2013.

“Engaging the Counterfeit and Developing Worship Style among an Intercessory Prayer Group in Samoa.”  American Ethnological Society conference, Chicago, 2013.

“Ethnographies of Ritual Failure and Contestation.” Panel.  American Ethnological Society conference, Chicago, 2013.

“Producing Healthy Food: Negotiating Meaning, Building Exports, and Addressing Obesity in independent Samoa,” with Christina Kwauk. Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania meetings, San Antonio, 2013.

“Mentalities and Priorities: Public Health Struggles with Health and Well-being Approaches to Body Size and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).” Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania meetings, San Antonio, 2013

“‘Father released me from her:’ Mentoring Friendships and Gendered Social Support among Evangelical Christians in Samoa.” SPA Invited Panel. American Anthropological Association conference, Chicago, 2013   

“Institutional Publics and Futures: How Social Support Emerges from Friendship and Peerhood,” with Anna Corwin. SPA Invited Panel. American Anthropological Association conference, Chicago, 2013.

“Ethnography, Chronic Disease, and Community-Based Research.” Population Science Coordinator and Research Assistant Discussion Group. Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 2013  

“Conversion as Well-Being Wayfinding: Samoan Spiritual Responses to Heart Attacks, Strokes, and Sepsis” at the University Seminar in the Anthropology of Religion, Teachers College, Columbia University, Spring 2013, 2013  

"Prioritizing Health: Public Health Perspectives on the Problem of Culture and NCDs in Samoa.” Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania meetings, San Antonio, February 2012.

"Ai Afu [Eating Sweat]: The Mana and Ethics of the Fat Pastor’s Body In Independent Samoa,"at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, November 2012.

“Power Lies in the Tongue: Addressing Metabolic Disorders through Fashioning Intentionality among Evangelical Christians in (independent) Samoa,” at the American Ethnological Society Annual conference, NYC, April 2012. 

“Food Availability and Health Choices: Reconsidering Risk and Reciprocity in  Independent Samoa,” at the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania meetings, Portland, 2012.

"Christian Solutions to Chronic Problems: Healing Diabetes in Samoa." Chair and co-organizer (with Anna I. Corwin) of panel titled "Healing Legacies: Bridging Medical Anthropology and the Anthropology of Religion" (SAR Invited Panel). American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, November 2011.

"Body Idioms and Fasting: Charismatic Samoan Approaches to Obesity and Chronic Illness," at the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Honolulu, February 2011.

"Transactional Moralities: Charismatic Challenges to Exchange," at the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Honolulu, February 2011.

"Challenging Exchange, Fashioning Emotions: Learning to Alofa," at the Society for Psychological Anthropology, Santa Monica, April 2011.

Melanie Kingsley 

"In the Wake of Collapse: post-dynastic or Early Postclassic occupation at El Zotz, Guatemala," at the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, Memphis, April 2012. 

Co-Organizer of the 2012 International Committee of Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM) Annual Conference in Cuzco, Peru.

"Reboot or Shutdown? The Lowland Maya Postclassic as Community Reorganization," at the European Maya Conference, Madrid, December 2010.

"Laguna Mendoza: Island Settlement in a Shifting Maya Landscape," at the Society of American Archaeology Annual Meeting, April 2010.

Katie Lukach 

"Representation and Exchange in Late Classic Mesoamerica: A Study of Some Figurines from the Brandeis University Material Culture Laboratory Collection," at the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, April 2011.

Ryo Morimoto 

"What Happened Is the Sum of All What Did Not Happen: Disastrous Slips, or Reading Cultural Memories In the 3/11 Tohoku Disasters,"at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, November 2012.

"Brave New World: The Disaster Volunteer as the Storehouse of Memories," at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Toronto, March 2012.  

"The Use and Abuse of Mnemonic Objects: (Re)framing Experience in Post-Tsunami Japan," at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Montreal, November 2011. 

"Signs on the Shore: Unification, Schismogenesis, or ... Japanese's responses to the triple catastrophe," at New England Association for Asian Studies Conference, Wellesley College, October 2011. 

Jennifer Skinnon

"National Grieving and Collective Memory: Liminal Spaces Captured in Some 9/11 and post-9/11 Visual Art," at the American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association National Conference, Washington D.C., March 2013.  

"Paying Tribute: Processes of Othering and Meaning-Making at a U.S. National Memorial" at the Anthropology and Otherness Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, November 1-3, 2013.

Donald A. Slater 
"To the Four Corners:Fragmentation, Scattering, and Termination in the Caves of AncientCentral Yucatan, Mexico" at the 78th Annual Society for American Archaeology Meeting, Honolulu, HI, April 2013.

"Linking the Depths of the Earth to the Sky: A Solar Observatory within Ikil Cave 1, Yucatan, Mexico" at the 77th Annual Society for American Archaeology Meeting, Memphis, TN., April 2012. 

"Emerging from the Underworld: Highlights of the Central Yucatan Archaeological Cave Project (CYAC)." Invited “Closer Look” presentation at National Geographic Headquarters, Washington D.C., January 2012.

"In the Footsteps of the Founders: Current Archaeological Research at the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology," at the Society for American Archaeology, April 2011.

"Seeking Xibalba: Preliminary Investigations of the Central Yucatan Archaeological Cave Project (CYAC)," at the Society of American Archaeology Annual Meeting, April 2010.

Olivia Spaletta 

"Blood Essentialism and Lifestyle Choice: The Practice of Becoming Danish,"at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, November 2012.

Holly Walters

"I Am Not This Body: Persons, Bodies, and Boundaries in Vaishnava Ritual Practice"at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, November 2013.

"Divine Husband, Divine Lover: Subjectivity, Sensuality, and Sacred Space Among the Krishna Devotees of Mayapur" at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, November 2012.

Mengqi Wang

"The Moral Life of Buildings: Narratives on Post-Socialist China’s Construction Qualities"at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, November 2013.

"The Moral Economy of Chinese Home Owners: Negotiating the Right to Housing in Post-Purchase Conflicts"  at the International Conference on Anthropology and Urban Conflict in Barcelona, Spain, November 2012.

"Housing Agencies As Public Spaces: Negotiating 'the Right to Housing' In China,"at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, November 2012.

"Scripturalizing Buyi Culture and Development Project: Building a Museumof Ethnic Minorities in Southwest China," at the American Ethnological Society conference, NYC, April 2012. 

Nicole Welk

"Facilitating Traditions and Farming Futures: Selling feed and advice to the last small-scale farmers of Pennsylvania." at the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, November 23, 2013.

"Bullet Holes and Band Aids: Graffiti, murals and contested 'visual truth' in Philadelphia" at the Society for the Anthropology of North America Conference, Durham, March 2013.

Grants and Fellowships

(Our students also received a number of internal grants, including Mellon-Sachar, which are not listed below)

Emily Canning
Fulbright IIE Fellowship, Kyrgyzstan, 2012-2013. 

Dissertation Research Award, Research Circle on Democracy and Cultural Pluralism, Brandeis University, 2011.

Jessica Hardin

Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, for research project "Exchange and Health: Negotiating the Meaning of Food and Body among Evangelical Christians in Independent Samoa," 2011. 

Robert A. Manners Award, Brandeis University, for paper titled "Anthropology as Cultural Politics: (Re)Motivating Tradition in Oceania," 2010.

Fulbright-Hays Advanced Samoan Language Abroad Group Project Abroad, Samoa, 2010.

Melanie Kingsley

National Geographic Society-Waitt Foundation Grant for dissertation research "After the end-a look at a Maya site after the Classic Period collapse," 2010.

Casa Herrera Scholar in Residence, Antigua, Guatemala, 2010.

Ryo Morimoto

Japan Foundation doctoral fellowship grant for dissertation research, 2013-2014. 

Donald A. Slater 

Phillips Academy Andover, Abbot Academy Association Grant for the development of a student expedition to Peru, 2012.

National Science Foundation, Dissertation Research Improvement Grant for "At the Heart of the Turtle: Caves, Power, and Liminality in Ancient Central Yucatan, Mexico," 2011.

Cave Research Foundation Graduate Research Grant for "Investigations of the Central Yucatan Archaeological Cave Project: Caves, Power, and Legitimation in the Ancient Yaxcaba Region, Yucatan, Mexico," 2010.

Cleveland Grotto of the National Speleological Society Science Fund grant for "Investigations of the Central Yucatan Archaeological Cave Project: Caves, Power, and Legitimation in the Ancient Yaxcaba Region, Yucatan, Mexico," 2010.

Teaching Positions, Awards, and Appointments

(Our graduate students also serve as tutors for the English as a Second Language Program, and work for the Writing Center, assisting undergraduates)

Jessica Hardin

Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences, National University of Samoa.

July-November 2012.

Affiliate Student, Center for Language, Interaction, and Culture, UCLA, 2010.

Melanie Kingsley

Teaching Coordinator, English as a Second Language Program, Brandeis University, 2009-2010.

Outstanding Teaching Fellow, Brandeis University, 2009.

Donald A. Slater 

Outstanding Teaching Fellow, Brandeis University, 2010.

Robert A. Manners Prize 2009.

Educator, Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archeology, 2002-present. 

Publications

Melanie Kingsley

"Parallelism in Occupation: Tracking the Pre- and Post-Dynastic Evolution of Piedras Negras, Guatemala Through its Secondary Site, El Porvenir," co-authored with Charles Golden, Andrew Scherer, and Luz Midilia Marroquin de Franco. Mexicon 34(5):109-117. 

"Conservation and Preservation." The Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology.  Co-edited with Douglas Comer.

Jessica Hardin

“‘God is Your Health’: Healing Metabolic Disorders in Samoa.” In Conflicts and Convergences: Critical Perspectives on Christianity in Australia and the Pacific. Carolyn Schwarz and Fiona Magowan, eds. (Forthcoming).

Review of No Family is an Island: Cultural Expertise among Samoans in Diaspora. By Ilana Gershon. Cornell University Press. Pacific Affairs (Forthcoming).

Review of Managing Modernity in the Western Pacific. Edited by Mary Patterson and Martha Macintyre. The Contemporary Pacific (Forthcoming).

"Electronic Decision Supports for Obesity Prevention," co-authored with Eileen Dryden, Julia McDonald, Elsie Taveras, and Karen Hacker. Clinical Pediatrics 51(5), December 2012.

The Meaning of Measures, the Measures of Meaning: New Directions Obesity Research, Berghahn Books, co-edited with Megan McCullough. (Forthcoming October, 2013).

“Fasting for Health, Fasting for God: Samoan Evangelical Christian Responses to Obesity and Chronic Disease,” in The Meaning of Measures, the Measures of Meaning: New Directions Obesity Research. (Forthcoming).

Katharine W. Lukach

"Un análisis descriptivo de las figurillas descubiertas en la temporada de campo 2009 del Proyecto Arqueológico El Zotz." In Proyecto Arqueológico “El Zotz:” Informe No. 5, edited by P. R. Griselda, E. Román, and S. Houston, pp. 371-390. Guatemala: Proyecto Arqueológico El Zotz, 2009.

Ryo Morimoto

"Shaking Ground, Unearthing Palimpsests: Semiotic Anthropology of Disaster,” Semiotica, 2012.

How Humanity Came into Being: Understanding the Evolutionary Dynamics of Consciousness. Floris Books, 2010. (co-authored with Dr. Martin Lockley) 

Donald A. Slater

Donald Slater: National Geographic Explorer Bio 

"Into the Earth: Exploring Maya Ceremonial Caves in Yucatan." Explorers Club Journal, December 2012.

"Power Materialized: The Dart Thrower as a Pan-Mesoamerican Status Symbol,"Ancient Mesoamerica 22 (2), 2011. 

"Proyecto de Interacción Política del Centro de Yucatán (PIPCY), Tercera Temporada de Campo Informe Técnico Anual al Consejo de Arqueología del Instituto Nacional de Anthropologyía e Historia Cholula, Puebla," (co-authored with Travis W. Stanton, Aline Magnoni, and Scott Johnson), 2010.

"Proyecto de Interacción Política del Centro de Yucatán (PIPCY), Segunda Temporada de Campo Informe Técnico Anual al Consejo de Arqueología del Instituto Nacional de Anthropologyía e Historia Cholula, Puebla" (co-authored with Travis W. Stanton, Aline Magnoni, and Scott Johnson), 2009.

"Landscapes of Memory and Power at Joya, Yucatan” (co-authored with Scott R. Hutson, Aline Magnoni, Travis W. Stanton, and Scott Johnson) under review for publication in Power and Identity in Archaeological Theory and Practice: Case Studies from Ancient Mesoamerica, edited by Eleanor Harrison-Buck.

Mengqi Wang

"The Social Life of Scripts: Staging Authenticity in China's Ethno-Tourism Industry,"Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development, Vol. 41, 2012.