Department of Anthropology

Careers, Placements, and Publications

Graduates of our MA and PhD program have gone on to successful academic and professional careers. The American Anthropological Association and the H-Net Job Guide both list academic career openings.  You can find information about jobs, post doctoral positions and grants in the United Kingdom and Europe here.

Selected MA Alumni Job Placements

  • Laur Broadwater MA '16, Senior People Analyst, Recruiting Research at Salesforce
  • Rachel Bukanc MA’99, Senior Associate Dean, Williams College
  • Talia Coroniti MA’17, Research Lead, Britain Thinks
  • Shawn Dunlap MA’17, Health Science Specialist, U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs

  • Rebecca Friedlander MA '20, Cultural Resources Department at civil engineering firm Anderson Perry
  • Paige Holloway MA' 15, UX Content Strategist with CVS Health
  • Christiana Tamika Joseph MA '19, Senior UX Researcher at Ascent Services Group
  • Anandam (Andy) Kavoori MA’92, Professor of Entertainment & Media Studies, University of Georgia

  • Sierra Dakin Kuiper MA'18, Corporate Grants Administrator at City of Lethbridge
  • Brittany Long MA '13, Lead Market Research Analyst at Bloomberg Industry Group
  • Sasha Martin MA '17, Development Specialist at Planned Parenthood Northern California
  • Ashlee Moser MA '18, Human-Centered Design Strategist at Medtronic
  • Katherine Peterson MA’16, Archaeological Field Technician at PaleoWest Archaeology

  • Elliott Rousseau MA’16, Specialist, Greater Lynn Senior Services

  • Nebulla Stephen MA’08, Nurse Practitioner, Boston area

  • Keely Swan MA’11 Assistant Director, Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment, Princeton University

  • Emily Vetter MA '11 Senior Project Manager, Office of the Provost at Harvard University
  • Amaranth Weiss MA’18 Adjunct Instructor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

MA Alumni PhD Placements

Our Brandeis Anthropology MA alumni have gone on to receive admissions offers at PhD programs across North America, including recently at Brown University, Brandeis University, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Irvine, University of Chicago, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Connecticut, The CUNY Graduate Center, University of Maine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, and University of Toronto.

Selected PhD Alumni Job Placements

  • Doug Bafford PhD '22, Visiting Assistant Professor, College of the Holy Cross
  • Houman Oliaei PhD '22, Mellon funded postdoctoral fellowship in the Kalamazoo College Department of Anthropology and Sociology
  • Ryan Collins PhD '21, Southeastern Archaeology Research Incorporated (SEARCH, INC.)
  • Jara Connell PhD '21, Qualitative Data Specialist, Wise Systems
  • Olivia Spalletta PhD'21, postdoctoral position at the University of Copenhagen in the Center for Medical Science and Technology Studies and Department of Public Health
  • Amy Hanes PhD '20, Faculty in the Harvard College Writing Program
  • Aneil Tripathy PhD '20, postdoctoral position at the MIT Climate & Sustainability Consortium (MCSC) Impact Fellowship Program
  • Adam Gamwell PhD '18, Researcher, Motivbase, Toronto, Ontario
  • Holly Walters PhD '18, Full-time Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology, Wellesley College
  • Mengqi Wang PhD’18, Assistant Professor, Duke University, Kunshan campus

  • Ryo Morimoto PhD’16, Assistant Professor, Princeton University

  • Jessica Hardin PhD’14, Assistant Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology

  • Donny Slater PhD’14, Philips Academy, Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology
  • Casey Golomski PhD’13, Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire

  • Melanie Kingsley, PhD’13, Data analysis, US Department of State
  • Casey Miller PhD’13, Assistant Professor, Muhlenberg College

  • Anna Jaysane-Darr PhD’13, Assistant Professor, Mass College of Liberal Arts

  • Mrinalini Tankha PhD’13, Assistant Professor, Portland State University
  • Allison Taylor, PhD’13, Research Associate II, U-Mass Boston, Institute of Community Inclusion
  • Ieva Jusionyte PhD’12, Watson Family Associate Professor of International Security and Anthropology, Brown University

  • Arnaud Lambert PhD’12, Professor and Chair, Onandaga Community College

  • Samia Huq PhD’10, Professor, BRAC University 
  • Daivi Rodima-Taylor PhD’08, Research Associate, Center for Finance, Law and Policy of Boston University

  • Amy Todd PhD’04, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, U Mass Boston


Our alumni have published in the top journals in the discipline as well as with high-impact university presses.

Ryan Collins, PhD’18 and Adam Gamwell, PhD’18 also founded and ran the popular podcast "This Anthro Life" while in graduate school at Brandeis.

Selected Articles

by Casey Golomski, PhD’13, published in American Ethnologist

by Jessica Hardin, PhD’12, published in Medical Anthropology