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.
Folklore, German national identity, semiotics and reinterpretation.
Religious cosmology, social theory, ritual, performance, and Islam.
Space and belonging, immigrant communities, American citizenship, and education.
Cultural anthropology. Navigation of cultural differences within household settings.
Medical anthropology. Telemedicine and other distance medicine technologies and usage, entanglements between Western biomedicine and ethnomedicine, culturally-appropriate health solutions, science and technology studies. Kinship and adoption. South Asia, Alaska.
Syed (Zeeshan) Hussain
Psychological and linguistic anthropology. Power, political ideology, and Islam.
Sociocultural. Aging and "other"-ability, territoriality, uses and perceptions of space and place, cross-cultural dynamics, multi-species ethnography.
Sociocultural. Immigration, computer-mediated communication; East Asia.
Sociocultural and visual anthropology. Agriculture and aesthetics, economics, policy making processes, farming and human/animal identity, cooperation, tradition and change; Amish and Mennonite communities, Canada, United States, Mexico, Brazil.
Post-colonialism, transition, religion, queer theory, sexuality, feminist anthropology; India.
Marginalized communities, gender, intersectionality, human rights and social justice, and feminist anthropology; India.
Radical and queer theory, performance, ritual, violence/non-violence, and social movements; Mexico.
Sociolinguistics, Islamophobia, gender violence, and medical anthropology.
Gender, performance, ethnomusicology, popular culture, the independent music scene, and semiotics of music, place & location.
Sociocultural. Memorialization, memory, ritual and performance, public spaces, post-colonialism, existential anthropology. United States, Caribbean, West Africa
Linguistic anthropology. Language ideology, ethnicity and nationalism, writing systems, religion. Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan.
Archaeology. Time and space, practice, meaning and material, collective memory, monumentality, political economies, and cross cultural interactions; Mesoamerica, the Maya, Yaxuna Yucatan, Mexico.
Archaeology. Architecture, place-making, and the built environment; production, exchange, and ancient economies; material semiotics; categorization and systems of knowledge; ethnohistory and colonial changes in the Americas; physical anthropology and human evolution; Mesoamerica, the Andes, the Mediterranean.
Sociocultural. Andean ethnography; social activism, resistance, cosmology, community among indigenous Andeans, politics of identity, existential anthropology, pragmatism.
Sociocultural. Ethnography of public health; theories of embodiment and the body; anthropology of food and foodways; obesity, chronicities, and body size; Christianity; healing and interfaces between religion and medicine; gender and religious experience; health and well-being; ethnography and anthropological representation. American Samoa, Samoa, and the diaspora.
Sociocultural. Anthropology of knowledge, place and space, conservation, environmental education, youth, multi-species ethnography, epistemology, gender based violence; South West Province, Cameroon.
Archaeology. The impact of the Classic Period Collapse on the sociopolitical and economic organization of the Postclassic Period Maya through the ceramic, lithic, and architectural analysis. Community formation, style, economic production and consumption, trade networks and exchange, and state collapse. Peten, Guatemala.
Archaeology, Pre-Colombian Mesoamerica. The Maya, commoners, and the construction of communities. Figurines, petrography and other material studies.
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.
Archaeology. The Maya, Mesoamerica. Caves, portals, cosmology, iconography, and power in Central Yucatan, Mexico.
Medical and economic anthropology, epistemology, causal models, phenomenology, language and power; Denmark.
Religious and linguistic anthropology. Power and identity, roles of language and religion in social organization, cultural constructions of gender, gender-focused political movements; India.
Space and urbanization, housing market, shifting residential patterns and kinship relations; urban China.