Student Research Interests

Following is a list of current students and their research areas of interest. Click on a student's name for contact information.


M.A. Students

Lauren Bader
Folklore, German national identity, semiotics and reinterpretation.

Laura Broadwater
Religion, Linguistic Anthropology, Multispecies Ethnography and Intentional Communities

Douglas Bafford
Religious cosmology, scientific and evolutionary discourse, cross-cultural epistemology, social theory, and Christianity.

Brittany Collentro
Assimilation policies related to the removal of American Indian, Indigenous Canadian, and Aboriginal Australian children from their tribes.

Holly Doerflinger
Space and belonging, immigrant communities, American citizenship, and education.

Joshua Freedline
Political and social metamorphosis of ancient urban governments, kinship, ritual, and political influence on the leadership and solidarity of ancient civilizations

Katharine Gartner
The impact of social services/helping systems on rural and impoverished communities, health and economic disparities in western Massachusetts, human rights, social justice, engaged activism, applied anthropology, reproductive rights, structural violence

Allyson Goose
Cultural anthropology. Navigation of cultural differences within household settings.

Claire Hautot
The interaction of religion with healthcare in America, American religious movements (especially in the South), and the role of women in evangelical religions.

Syed (Zeeshan) Hussain
Psychological and linguistic anthropology. Power, political ideology, and Islam.

Idil Omar
Nomadism in emergent states, especially Somalia

Katherine Peterson
Maya archaeology, monumental architecture, linguistics, and bioarchaeology

Sarah Reynolds
Traditional religion and healing practices present in West and Central Africa

Eliott Rousseau
Ethnicity & religion, violence, conflict resolution, uprisings and protest movements, refugee issues, and GIS applications.

Scott Schnur
Land use, development, globalization, South Asia, political economy, media studies, and post-colonialism

Shuyang Su
Art, art in religion and spirituality, comparative cultural studies

Yijie Zou
African Diaspora in China

Joint Masters in Anthropology and Women's and Gender Studies

Jessica Bray
Sociocultural Anthropology. gender and queer based activism, everyday resistances, transnational feminism, social change; South Asia.

Zhiduo Cheng
Alternative dispute resolution, cultural anthropology, LGBT in post-socialist China

Jara Connell
Power and authority, policing, race and ethnicity, surveillance, activism, gender, economic inequality; North America.

Patrick Harhai
Linguistic and Sociocultural Anthropology. Linguistic hierarchies, performance, queer studies, sex work, social justice, transnationalism;
South America and contemporary United States.

Paige Henderson
Sociolinguistics, Islamophobia, gender violence, and medical anthropology.

Renée Robinson
Gender, performance, ethnomusicology, popular culture, the independent music scene, and semiotics of music, place & location.

Leah Wasil
Contemporary practice of archaeology in Japan and East Asia, gender politics, Japanese imperial history


Ph.D. Students

Emily Canning
Linguistic anthropology. Language ideology, ethnicity and nationalism, writing systems, religion. Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan.

Ryan Collins
Archaeology. Time and space, practice, meaning and material, collective memory, monumentality, political economies, and cross cultural interactions; Mesoamerica, the Maya, Yaxuna Yucatan, Mexico.

Adam Gamwell
Sociocultural. Economic anthropology, commodities and value, food studies, development, science and technology studies, genomics, quinoa; Andean South America, Peru and Bolivia. Anthropology blog and radio show: thisanthrolife.com

Amy Hanes
Sociocultural. Anthropology of knowledge, place and space, conservation, environmental education, youth, multi-species ethnography, epistemology, gender based violence; South West Province, Cameroon.

Ryo Morimoto
Semiotic anthropology, anthropology of disaster and loss; post-disaster trauma and social/cultural changes in relationship to the politics of memory; relationship between semiology and semiotics; Japan.

Sarah Schofield
Archaeology. Social interpretation of funerary practice, infant container burials, cultural/archaeological heritage management, gendered interpretation of domestic space and material culture, Mediterranean studies, GIS, historical archaeology, cultural interaction and exchange between Greece and the ancient Near East, the Aegean Bronze and Iron Ages; Israel, Greece.

Olivia Spalletta
Medical and economic anthropology, epistemology, causal models, phenomenology, language and power; Denmark.

Aneil Tripathy
Economic, urban, and environmental anthropology, transportation, anthropology of finance and development; South and East Asia. Anthropology blog and radio show: thisanthrolife.com

Holly Walters
Religious and linguistic anthropology. Power and identity, roles of language and religion in social organization, cultural constructions of gender, gender-focused political movements; India.

Mengqi Wang
Space and urbanization, housing market, shifting residential patterns and kinship relations; urban China.