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M.A. Students

Celia Marilley Burke
India, postcolonial politics, democracy, military occupation, the intersection of art, politics, and justice.

Haoqian Chen
Fraud economy in China, economic anthropology; urban anthropology.

Shawn Dunlap
MA project: understanding soldiering as a way of life.

John Grigas
The anthropology of religion, (specifically Buddhism and Shinto) and the religious conversion experience.

Madison Hyman
Jewish burial socities; collective memory; and trans-generational trauma.

Delande Justinvil
Biological archaeology/anthropology. Biocultural politics of race and ancestry. Materiality of identity. Mediterranean archaeology.

JinJu Kim
Representations of Korean food and how food affects the identities and dietary habits of Korean Americans and Koreans living in the US.

Sierra Dakin Kuiper
Environmental anthropology, land management, place and identity, North America.

Hwa (Clara) Yeon Lee
MA project: Anti-Feminism and Men’s Rights: Politics of Imagination in South Korea.

Ella N'Diaye-Muller
Citizenship, Dominican Republic.

Cristina (Nina) Oria-Loureiro
MA project: Huari-Ancash Bioarchaeological Field Project in Peru

Warren Parsons
Religion, Eastern philosophies, traditional medicine, and the impact of tradition on diet and wellness in contemporary society.

Jessica Priestley
Latin America, political-economic relations between the Americas.

Jonathan Rocha
Protestant Christians and the remaking of self.

Kristina Tams
MA project: Reading Between the Lines: The counter-productivity of defining terrorism through laws.

Hui Wen
MA project: Life in the Market: How People Conceptualize Class, Gender and Reproduction through the Surrogate Industry in Contemporary China.

Joint Masters in Anthropology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Ilana Cohen
MA project: English-Speaking Tamil Women’s Perceptions of Manjal Neerathu Vizhai [a Tamil menarche ritual].

Talia Coroniti
Buddhism in the US; gender and class systems; marginalized communities.

Steven Gonzalez
Postcolonial feminist science studies, cyborg anthropology, ethnographies of computing cultures, social science of data centers, indigeneity and technology, ethnoscience, history and anthropology of science fiction, ethnohistory.

Alexandra (Sasha) Martin
Reproductive, medical, and sociocultural anthropology; the stigma of infertility and its impact on women’s gender identity in the United States.

Ashlee Moser
US rural communities and ideologies; feminism.

Melanie Vandegrift
Pacific immigrant communities in the Northwest

Leah Wasil
MA project: Inventing Japanese Nationality: The Impact of Archaeology on National Identity, Personhood, Historical Narrative


Ph.D. Students

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

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

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.

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

Maya Dworsky
Literature and its relation to the formation of ethnic identities, the use of pedagogical narratives; US, Israel and Palestine.

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.

Paige Henderson
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

Houman Kooraei Oliaei
Cultural history and politics, anthropology of religion and ritual, religious minorities in Iran, psychological anthropology, and ethnomusicology. Iran

Sarah Schofield-Mansur
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.

Max Seidita
Archaeology; ancient economies; household archaeology; household production; urbanism; ceramic analysis; landscape archaeology; settlement analysis; Mesoamerican; Maya.

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; climate finance and green bonds; London, UK. 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.