Student Research Interests

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

Medha Asthana

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

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

Power and authority, policing, race and ethnicity, surveillance, activism, gender, economic inequality; North America

Kim Craig

Kinship, gender, family planning policy, Guanggun, visual anthropology, graphic anthropology, China

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

Amy Hanes

Multispecies anthropology, wildlife conservation, care, race, touch, cuteness, postcoloniality, chimpanzees; West and Central Africa (Cameroon)

Narrative theory and visual anthropology, change across global communities, photography

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

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)

Jessica Priestley

Medical and economic anthropology, science and technology studies, kinship, digital identity and representation; North America

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:

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