Accomplishments and Career Updates

Noam Sienna '12

Sienna's MA project at the University of Toronto entitled, "Blossoms, Bodies, and Boundaries: the Development of Jewish Henna Ceremonies," received a Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This grant not only covers the cost of Sienna's Master's program, but also allows for many educational opportunities and enhancements, including traveling to conferences and an colloquial Arabic immersion program in Morocco over the summer.

Eli Philip '15

Eli Philip's article, A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Israeli Arab (PDF), was recently published in the 2013 issue of the journal Imponderabilia.

Nelly Schalaefereit '16

Nelly Schalaefereit is a recipient of the 2013 Sorensen Fellowship. She will be returning to Senegal, where she worked in the fall of 2011, to work with the organization "Pour Une Enfance." Her work will focus on providing Senegalese children in the Koranic school system with social support and activities. Nelly is an Anthropology major.

Jessye Kass '13

With Sorensen Fellowship and DoSomething.org seed grants, Jessye Kass teamed up with Ghanaian artist Serge Clottey to co-found the Attukwei Art Foundation, becoming its vice president. The non-governmental organization aims to educate children about the world around them through art and to provide therapeutic arts programs in Ghana. 

Matthew Kupfer '12

Matthew Kupfer is a recipient of 2010 Sorensen Fellowship. In summer 2010 he interned in Osh, Kyrgyzstan with Info-Centre Rainbow, helping to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and find international funding for programs to serve 200 children who contracted HIV in the hospitals of Southern Kyrgyzstan. Matthew is a double major in Anthropology and International & Global Studies. 

Experiential Learning, Engaged Learners Symposium 

Four anthropology majors presented at the Experiential Learning, Engaged Learners Symposium. This annual Brandeis event, held on March 16-18, 2010, spotlighted the diverse ways undergraduate students contributed to research, learning, and social justice. Undergraduates shared their experiences of working with and learning from local communities in the U.S. and abroad and explained the importance of hands-on research opportunities.

Jennifer Dabrow ‘10 carried out a month-long, fieldwork-based Independent Study Project in the Subcentro health clinic of Apuela, where she interviewed 50 mothers regarding their age during first pregnancy, number of children, types of contraception, and the level of education. Through the Community Engaged Learning program at Brandeis Anna-Lisa Macon ’12 worked with faculty, staff, clubs and students to coordinate book drives for More Than Words (MTW), a non-profit, donation-run bookstore in Waltham, which empowers youth who are in foster care system, court-involved, homeless, or out of school. In summer 2009 Kathleen Rees ’10 volunteered in clinics in the Sacred Valley of Peru, studying disparities in healthcare access for indigenous Peruvians, exploring how the American and the Peruvian teams in Clinica Hampiy operate in conjunction and in opposition. Jessica Schaengold ’11 was part of a group that throughout the 2009-2010 school year has been working in the Classical Studies Artifact Research Center (CLARC), examining classical terracotta artifacts. Their project will culminate in an exhibit to be displayed in the Goldfarb Mezzanine.  

Wendy Herrera '09

Wendy Herrera is a 2009 recipient of the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award, a $10,000 grant for graduating seniors to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. Through this fund she will be coordinating a one year, sanitation campaign in the village of Usa River, Tanzania. The project will involve the implementation of fifty composting toilets in an area where access to improved sanitation does not exist. Through the use of composting toilets the community will prevent groundwater contamination, while also providing a source of safe, free fertilizer for local farmers. 

Benjamin Stevens '08

Anthropology major Benjamin Stevens '08 is the recipient of the J.V. Cunningham Award for Excellence in Writing in the category of Social Science. A copy of Ben's paper "On Jakobson, and Cicero's 'In Cataliam'" is available on reserve in the Writing Center in Goldfarb Library.

Aduei Riak '08 and Crystal Trulove '07

Anthropology students Aduei Riak '08, working with Professor Mark Auslander, and Crystal Trulove '07, working with Professor David Jacobson, received Schiff awards for 2006-07. This is a research program for sophomores, juniors or seniors, together with a faculty sponsor, which spans the summer and/or academic year.

jefferson arak filming his Jane's Travel Grant project

Jefferson Arak '07

Jeff Arak '07 was a 2005 Jane's Travel Grant recipient. He spent the summer of 2005 on his research in Chiapas, Mexico, and made a documentary film of his work: Those With Voice (Los Con Voz). Jeff graduated with highest honors in Latin American and Latino Studies and Anthropology and received the Betty and Harry S. Shapiro Endowed Award in Anthropology. In 2007 with $10,000 Project for Peace Grant from the Davis Foundation Jeff returned to Oaxaca to build a media center and teach filmmaking workshops. 

Daniel Duffy '07, Joshua Rosenthal '07 and Dana Sawitz '08

Three anthropology students were selected as Ethics Center Student Fellows in 2006. Fellows develop internship projects of their own and implement them in international organizations of their choosing. They engage in projects that encourage education, communication and healing in cities around the world. The three fellows were:

Daniel Duffy ’07 of Boalsburg, Pa., an anthropology major with minors in Latin American studies and English. Daniel is a core member of the Radical Student Alliance at Brandeis and has been involved in starting the Brandeis Fair Trade Brigade as well as the national Student Trade Justice Campaign. Awarded the Karpf Peace Grant, he spent the spring of 2005 in Grenada working with the Grenada Education and Development Programme and researching grassroots community-development organizations. Daniel spent the summer in Chiapas, Mexico, working with Red de Comunicadores Boca de Polen, an indigenous media networking organization.

Joshua Rosenthal '07 of Akron, Ohio, is a double-major in anthropology and politics. A Justice Brandeis Scholar, Joshua is past president and current programming coordinator for Brit Tzedek v’Shalom; an active member of the Brandeis Labor Coalition; and founding member of Waltham Links, a club devoted to developing connections between the Brandeis and Waltham communities along political, artistic and social lines. Active in the political realm, Joshua was an intern for the Deval Patrick for Governor Committee. He worked with the Access to Information Programme Foundation in Sofia, Bulgaria, assisting with civic education and government transparency in this developing democracy.

Dana Sawitz ’08 of Beacon, N.Y., majored in anthropology and minored in international and global studies. Dana volunteered for four summers in the impoverished coal-mining communities in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky, one of the poorest regions in the United States. A member of Brandeis' cheerleading squad, she was also involved in Students Taking Action Now: Darfur (STAND) and served as an English as a Second Language tutor. Her internship in Dakar, Senegal, with the West African Research Center involved supporting literacy by increasing the printed materials available in indigenous African languages, particularly human-rights documents.