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.
Celia Marilley Burke
India, postcolonial politics, democracy, military occupation, the intersection of art, politics, and justice.
Fraud economy in China, economic anthropology; urban anthropology.
MA project: understanding soldiering as a way of life.
The anthropology of religion, (specifically Buddhism and Shinto) and the religious conversion experience.
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.
Citizenship, Dominican Republic.
Cristina (Nina) Oria-Loureiro
MA project: Huari-Ancash Bioarchaeological Field Project in Peru
Religion, Eastern philosophies, traditional medicine, and the impact of tradition on diet and wellness in contemporary society.
MA project: Reading Between the Lines: The counter-productivity of defining terrorism through laws.
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
MA project: English-Speaking Tamil Women’s Perceptions of Manjal Neerathu Vizhai [a Tamil menarche ritual].
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.
US rural communities and ideologies; feminism.
Pacific immigrant communities in the Northwest
MA project: Inventing Japanese Nationality: The Impact of Archaeology on National Identity, Personhood, Historical Narrative
Religious cosmology, scientific and evolutionary discourse, cross-cultural epistemology, social theory, and Christianity.
Alternative dispute resolution, cultural anthropology, LGBT in post-socialist China
Archaeology. Time and space, practice, meaning and material, collective memory, monumentality, political economies, and cross cultural interactions; Mesoamerica, the Maya, Yaxuna Yucatan, Mexico.
Power and authority, policing, race and ethnicity, surveillance, activism, gender, economic inequality; North America.
Literature and its relation to the formation of ethnic identities, the use of pedagogical narratives; US, Israel and Palestine.
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.
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
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.
Archaeology; ancient economies; household archaeology; household production; urbanism; ceramic analysis; landscape archaeology; settlement analysis; Mesoamerican; Maya.
Medical and economic anthropology, epistemology, causal models, phenomenology, language and power; Denmark.
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
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.