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

  • Beth Semel, MA'13, Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Princeton University
  • Nebulla Stephen, MA’08, Nurse Practitioner, Boston area

  • Salvatore Giusto, MA ‘11, Postdoctoral Fellowship in the University of Amsterdam's Department of European Studies
  • 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, Faculty in the Harvard College Writing Program 
  • Houman Oliaei, PhD '22, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Babson College
  • 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, Researcher, African Studies Center of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, 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