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M.A. Students

Erez Buki
edical anthropology, alternative healing communities, person-centered ethnography

Celia Marilley Burke
Postcolonial politics, democracy, military occupation, the intersection of art, politics, and justice; India

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

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

Christiana Joseph
The impact of race, gender, and faith on mental health perspectives and practices; Black women’s experiences

Delande Justinvil
Biological archaeology/anthropology; mortuary archaeology; paleopathology; intersections of race, ancestry, and the body; North America

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

Jessie Leonard
Bioarchaeology, osteology; Mesoamerican societies and ancient Maya

Ella N'Diaye-Muller
Citizenship; Dominican Republic

Shikha Nehra
Social welfare, citizenship, development, and gender; India

Jonathan Rocha
Protestant Christians and the remaking of self

Amanda Votta
Religion, ritual, the creation and transmission of myth. Role of sound, music and musicians in ritual, their sacred/profane dichotomy. Ritual and recreational use of drugs. Perceptions of mental health. North America.

Amaranth Weiss
Anthropology of religion, Judaism

Hui Wen
Surrogate industry, conceptualizations of class, gender, and reproduction; contemporary China

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

Amber Brown
Sociocultural anthropology, feminist theory, alternative sexualities, psychohistory, and popular culture

Alysa Hodgson
Medical anthropology, critical whiteness studies, history of science, feminist anthropology, anthropology of the body, and reproduction

Haley Kandler
Gender and sexuality, East and Southeast Asia, anthropology of the body, sex work, and sex tourism

Ashlee Moser
Ideology formation, politics, feminisms, rurality and the negotiation of difference; Midwestern United States

Ph.D. Students

Douglas Bafford
Religious cosmology, evangelical Christianity, scientific and evolutionary discourse, cross-cultural epistemology, and social theory; South Africa

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
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
Anthropology of knowledge, place and space, conservation, environmental education, youth, multi-species ethnography, epistemology, gender based violence; South West Province, Cameroon

Van Kollias
Settlement archaeology, rise of social and political complexity, trade and exchange systems, elite interaction; ancient Maya

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

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

Jessica Priestley
Economic and medical anthropology; science, technology, and society; corporate ethics and motivations; ethnicity and race; identity, kinship, origin, and embodiment; public engagement with science and technology

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; Mesoamerica, 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:

Holly Walters
Religious and linguistic anthropology, power and identity, roles of language and religion in social organization, sacred stones and material ritual culture, cultural constructions of gender; Nepal and India

Mengqi Wang
Space and urbanization, housing market, shifting residential patterns and kinship relations; urban China