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.
Psychological and medical anthropology; eating disorders; body; gender.
Fraud economy in China, economic anthropology; urban anthropology.
Applied anthropology, anthropology of literature, transnationalism, and neomarxist anthropological theory.
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.
Religious minorities in China.
Diaspora, migration, and identity as it pertains to Ethiopian Jews living in Israel; navigation of national identity as it pertains to a recently transplanted community; collective memory; and trans-generational trauma.
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
Political ecology; ecological conservation; multispecies ethnography; critical development studies.
Hwa (Clara) Yeon Lee
Internal and external lives of women and grassroots activism.
Citizenship, Dominican Republic.
Cristina (Nina) Oria-Loureiro
Symbolic nature of violence and what it tell us about Mesoamerican and Andean societies.
Religion, Eastern philosophies, traditional medicine, and the impact of tradition on diet and wellness in contemporary society.
Joint Masters in Anthropology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
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.
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; infertility, stratified reproduction, gender identity, “womanhood," awareness discourse, IVF and fertility technology, menopause, and medicalization.
US rural communities and ideologies; feminism.
Pacific immigrant communities in the Northwest
Contemporary practice of archaeology in Japan and East Asia, gender politics, Japanese imperial history
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.