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.
Religion, Linguistic Anthropology, Multispecies Ethnography and Intentional Communities
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.
Applied anthropology, anthropology of literature, transnationalism, and neomarxist anthropological theory
Political and social metamorphosis of ancient urban governments, kinship, ritual, and political influence on the leadership and solidarity of ancient civilizations
Medical and applied anthropology; reproductive rights; engaged activism; chronic illness; virtual emotional support communities
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
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
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
Religion, Eastern philosophies, traditional medicine, and the impact of tradition on diet and wellness in contemporary society
Archaeology. Landscape, architecture, temporality, materiality, osteology, bioarchaeology and linguistics; Ancient Southwest, Ancient Puebloan, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.
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.
Ethnicity & religion, violence, conflict resolution, uprisings and protest movements, refugee issues, and GIS applications.
Land use, development, political ecology, globalization, agriculture, media studies, anthropology of the future.
Art, art in religion and spirituality, comparative cultural studies
Alternative dispute resolution, cultural anthropology, LGBT in post-socialist China
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, and transhumanism
The interaction of religion with healthcare in America, American religious movements (especially in the South), and the role of women in evangelical religions.
Education, youth, queer studies, social justice, identity, community,transnationalism, applied anthropology; United States and Latin America
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.
Linguistic anthropology. Language ideology, ethnicity and nationalism, writing systems, religion. Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan.
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.
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
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
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.
Medical and economic anthropology, epistemology, causal models, phenomenology, language and power; Denmark.
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.