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.

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M.A. Students

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

Ph.D. Students

M.A. Students

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

Brittany Collentro
Construction of kinship ties and familial relations in adoptive and foster families, assimilation policies related to the removal of American Indian, Indigenous Canadian, and Aboriginal Australian children from their tribes.

Shawn Dunlap
Applied anthropology, anthropology of literature, transnationalism, and neomarxist anthropological theory

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
Medical and applied anthropology; reproductive rights; engaged activism; chronic illness; virtual emotional support communities

John Grigas
The anthropology of religion, (specifically Buddhism and Shinto), East and Southeast Asian cultural groups and religions, religious and cultural identity among immigrants and refugees, the religious conversion experience, and the anthropology of happiness.

Xiaowei Guo
Religious minorities in China

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

Hwa (Clara) Yeon Lee
Internal and external lives of women and grassroots activism

Alexandra (Sasha) Martin
Medical anthropology, nomadism in Sub-Saharan Africa and childless women in heteronormative-dominated societies

Idil Omar
Nomadic Pastoralism in Northern Somalia and Eastern Ethiopia. The intersection of migratory patterns, environment, and clan social systems in a stateless region, identity, ethnicity, and postcolonialism.

Cristina (Nina) Oria-Loureiro
Symbolic nature of violence and what it tell us about Mesoamerican and Andean societies

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

Katherine Peterson
Archaeology. Landscape, architecture, temporality, materiality, osteology, bioarchaeology and linguistics; Ancient Southwest, Ancient Puebloan, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

Sarah Reynolds
Medical anthropology; indigenous forms of medicine; biomedicine; transnational medicine; anthropology of religion; African traditional religions; spirituality; belief; secularism; development; nationalism; resistance; post-coloniality; West Africa; Central Africa, Benin Republic.

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

Scott Schnur
Land use, development, political ecology, globalization, agriculture, media studies, anthropology of the future.

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

Kristina Tams
How cultures collide within the confines of inherently culturally defined institutions

Yijie Zou
African Diaspora in China

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

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

Ilana Cohen
Post-structuralist studies of how women’s bodies, selves, and reproductive abilities are both controlled through culture and used to create culture; medical anthropology, anthropology of religion, and post-development theory; Southeast Asia.

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, and transhumanism

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.

Patrick Harhai
Education, youth, queer studies, social justice, identity, community,transnationalism, applied anthropology; United States and Latin America

Melanie Vandegrift
Pacific immigrant communities in the Northwest

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

Ph.D. Students

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

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.

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

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:

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

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.

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

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:

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.