Student Research Interests

Following is a list of current students and their research areas. Click on each student's name for their contact information.

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Medha Asthana

Personhood, gender and sexuality, kinship and the home, power, political anthropology, person-centered ethnography and the everyday; India, South Asia

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Religious cosmology, evangelical Christianity, race and multiculturalism after apartheid, scientific and evolutionary discourse, cross-cultural epistemology, social theory; South Africa

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Maya Dworsky

Literature and its relation to the formation of ethnic identities, the use of pedagogical narratives; US, Israel, Palestine

Sarah Han

Mobility, precarity, belonging, coherence & differentiation, the nation, memory, the everyday, narratives & discourse; Middle East, GCC, UAE


Nationalism, race, ethnicity, identity and belonging, political anthropology, kinship, adolescence, Eritrean families in Tel Aviv

Kalie Jamieson

Palestine and the diaspora, alternative temporalities, queer theory, visual art

Taha Kaleem
Taha Kaleem

Gender, sexuality and queerness in the Gulf


Guanggun (Chinese bachelors), masculinity, media representation, cross-border marriages, oral history, visual and graphic anthropology

Race, property rights, farmland conversion, agriculture, environmental anthropology, visual anthropology and multimodal ethnography; US

Deniz Kizildag

Medical anthropology; temporalities of health, illness, and suffering; stories of the body; medical technologies; death and mortality; narratives of cancer; genetic counseling; United States

Van Kollias

Archaeology, ancient political economies, market and exchange networks, architecture, settlement and landscape archaeology, archaeology of complex societies, GIS, digital modelling; Mesoamerica, Maya

Houman Oliaei

Humanitarianism, displacement, secularism and religious minorities, ethnicity and race


Anthropology and philosophy of the state, ethics and politics of representation, visual anthropology (ethnofiction, ethnopoetics, sensory ethnography)

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Gender, sexuality, caste, legal anthropology, human rights, South Asia  

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

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Aging, Value Theory, Kinship, Senior Community, Social Transformation, China

Yura Yokoyama

Digital technology, the anthropology of money and finance, economic anthropology, blockchain development, cryptocurrency; Brazil, Latin America

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Visual anthropology, disposable migrant laborersglobal capitalist system, silence, education, China, Colombia, U.S