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.
Religion, Linguistic Anthropology, Multispecies Ethnography and Intentional Communities
Religious cosmology, scientific and evolutionary discourse, cross-cultural epistemology, social theory, and Christianity.
Assimilation policies related to the removal of American Indian, Indigenous Canadian, and Aboriginal Australian children from their tribes.
Space and belonging, immigrant communities, American citizenship, and education.
Political and social metamorphosis of ancient urban governments, kinship, ritual, and political influence on the leadership and solidarity of ancient civilizations
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
Cultural anthropology. Navigation of cultural differences within household settings.
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.
Nomadism in emergent states, especially Somalia
Maya archaeology, monumental architecture, linguistics, and bioarchaeology
Traditional religion and healing practices present in West and Central Africa
Ethnicity & religion, violence, conflict resolution, uprisings and protest movements, refugee issues, and GIS applications.
Land use, development, globalization, South Asia, political economy, media studies, and post-colonialism
Art, art in religion and spirituality, comparative cultural studies
African Diaspora in China
Sociocultural Anthropology, queer and feminist anthropology, law, digital representations of the self and ontology, postcolonialism, transnational sexualities, linguistic anthropology, South Asia and contemporary United States.
Alternative dispute resolution, cultural anthropology, LGBT in post-socialist China
Power and authority, policing, race and ethnicity, surveillance, activism, gender, economic inequality; North America.
Linguistic and Sociocultural Anthropology. Linguistic hierarchies, performance, queer studies, sex work, social justice, transnationalism;
South America and contemporary United States.
Digital anthropology; cyborg anthropology; new media; postcoloniality; anthropology of gender/sexuality; anthropology of possibility; anthropology of the body; feminist anthropology; queer anthropology; linguistic anthropology; South Asia; India
Gender, performance, ethnomusicology, popular culture, the independent music scene, and semiotics of music, place & location.
Contemporary practice of archaeology in Japan and East Asia, gender politics, Japanese imperial history Emily Canning
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.
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
Sociocultural. Anthropology of knowledge, place and space, conservation, environmental education, youth, multi-species ethnography, epistemology, gender based violence; South West Province, Cameroon.
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. 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.
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.