Students and Alumni News and Highlights

Anthropology Graduate Students Celebrate Halloween 2021!

November 18, 2021

Students costumed up and enjoyed Halloween festivities at Cholmondeley's, the student run coffee shop in the "castle."  Our MA and PhD cohorts are a close knit and supportive community!
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October 14, 2021

Dr. Hanes' work in primate sanctuaries in Cameroon explores interspecies care and what happens when humans try to help orphaned chimps become chimps. In a 2018 post for Sapiens she wrote about how our overwhelming similarities make it difficult for humans to know how to care for chimpanzees. 

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August 30, 2021

Shawn Dunlap has revised his Master's Paper on autoethnographic reflections as a soldier and veteran for publication in the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship. His paper "argues that those who choose to take part in military service exist as a unique, emergent form of life. This form of life often stands at the intersection of nationalistic mythmaking and the lived realities of service members prior to, during, and after their service." Shawn now works as a Research Coordinator at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. 

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July 13, 2021

Professor Ikeuchi's book also won the 2020 Francis L.K. Hsu Book Prize, sponsored by the American Anthropological Association (AAA) Society for East Asian Anthropology. After earning her degree at Brandeis, Suma went on to earn her PhD at Emory University in 2016. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara.

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May 25, 2021

Their poster focused on the excavation and understanding of the Sak Tz’i’-Lacanjá Tzeltal Marketplace

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May 21, 2021

Delande Justinvil, BA '13, MA '18, has  published a co-authored  article in Nature magazine calling for an African American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Delande is now a a third-year doctoral student in Anthropology at American University.
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April 22, 2021

For the 15th year, catchupa, an iconic West African dish, joined charoset on the Passover Seder plate as Boston-area Jews and Cabo Verdeans celebrated the holiday virtually Sunday. “Jews and Cabo Verdeans have much in common,” said Aviva Weinstein, a Brandeis University sophomore who helped lead the event. Both have “histories of enslavement and liberation, far-flung diasporas, the challenges of migration to the United States, and heritages prevailing over tremendous hardships.”

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March 26, 2021

Do you have an idea that can change the world? Focus on converting the innovators and early adopters first.

That was the advice Simon Sinek ’95 delivered March 20 to a group of 155 Brandeis students participating in the DeisHacks 48-hour social good hackathon.

Sinek is a popular TED Talk speaker and author of multiple bestselling books, including Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and The Infinite Game

“You actually don't aim your efforts at the majority, which is what most people do,” said Sinek, who studied cultural anthropology at Brandeis. “The law of diffusion proposes that if you can hit 15 to 18 percent market penetration, there's a social phenomenon called a tipping point, and it just goes off from there."

January 13, 2021

Ara, a three year resident of Cambridge, has been involved in a range of volunteer experiences, all of which are related to immigrant concerns. She is fluent in Spanish and English, and proficient in Portuguese. She hopes to contribute to CIRC through outreach to immigrant communities and to help raise awareness of the concerns of those communities. Congratulations Ara!


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December 16, 2020

This article, Refugee and Internally Displaced Women's Abortion Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices: Addressing the Lack of Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, focuses on the need for more research on refugee and displaced women's abortion knowledge, attitudes, and practices in low and middle-income countries.
Aneil Tripathy
Aneil Tripathy, PhD '21, Takes Position at University of Bologna, Organizes Panels and Podcasts

November 24, 2020

This October, Aneil Tripathy formally joined the University of Bologna European Research Council funded project IMPACT HAU:.  He also put together two recorded panels entitled "Whose Money? Whose Morals?" for the American Anthropological Association Raising Our Voices event of November 2020. The two-part series investigates "impact investing," a growing phenomenon in global finance that promises to reconcile capitalism with social and environmental sustainability. The panels can be heard at the following links: Whose Money? Whose Morals? Part 1Whose Money? Whose Morals? Part 2 . Additionally, Aneil will be the main editor for the first Mergers & Acquisitions podcast series launched by the Society for Economic Anthropology. Series 1 focuses on economic anthropology and climate change. 

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October 18, 2020

Adam discusses Design, Podcasting, Organizational Culture, Language, and communicating Anthropology's value to Companies.
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Doctoral student Medha Asthana receives prestigious Alexander and Shirley Leaderman President's Scholarship and Fellowship Trust

October 20, 2020

Medha received this honor based on recommendations from faculty and staff. This scholarship is part of the Brandeis named donor fellowhip fund, established by alumni, parents and friends of the University.  The scholarship supports a portion of existing financial awards for doctoral students.


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September 16, 2020

Ryan has conducted archaeological field research in the northern Maya lowlands since 2011, he graduated with his doctorate in anthropology from Brandeis University in 2018. Currently, Collins's research focuses on the role of ritual and identity in the development of urbanism and complex society in the ancient Maya world with a regional focus in the Northern Lowlands of Eastern Mesoamerica.
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Doctoral candidate Aneil Tripathy publishes three articles in the Journal of Environmental Investing

Aneil's expertise is economic, urban, and environmental anthropology, transportation, anthropology of finance and development, and climate finance and green bonds. He also has an anthropology blog and a radio show. He recently published three articles:


Doctoral student Arantxa Ortiz selected to participate in the AAA's 2020 OpEd Project
With 19 other anthropologists, both students and faculty, Arantxa will participate in "Write to Change the World" workshops led by five anthropologists with public writing experience. The OpEd Project's mission is to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world. Their “Write to Change the World” workshops are based on time-tested models of transformational learning. Participants will explore the source of credibility, the patterns and elements of persuasion, the difference between being “right” and being effective, and how to think bigger about what they know to have a greater impact in the world.
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August 18, 2020

Her 2019 book is titled Faith and the Pursuit of Health: Cardiometabolic Disorders in Samoa (Rutgers University Press); she has a 2019 article in American Ethnologist titled "'Father Released Me': Accelerating Care, Temporal Repair, and Ritualized Friendship among Pentecostal Women in Samoa," and was awarded an NSF.
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August 6, 2020

Jessye notes that "2020 has definitely been an intense year for the entire world, but we're proud to present this accomplishment and sliver of excitement.  We're excited to be providing community & services in-person as best we are able to!"  Outdoor programming at the Center opened on Monday, August 3rd; in 3 days 15 people received 64 different care points ranging from food, material assistance, laptop time and emotional support.

Jessye was recently recognized for her work in the New York Times article, Legacy Of Suffrage, for contining her great great grandmother's advocacy on behalf of women.  Good work, Jessye!

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August 6, 2020

Katherine is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies; Translation Research and Instruction Program at SUNY Binghamton. She received her PhD in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan. 
Casey Golomski

July 21, 2020

We are delighted to announce that Casey Golomski (PhD '13) has been promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at the University of New Hampshire. Casey is the author of  Funeral Culture: AIDS, Work, and Cultural Change in an African Kingdom (Indiana University Press, 2018) and numerous ethnographic articles and works of poetry.
Holly Walters

July 15, 2020

Holly Walters, PhD '18, is now a Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology at Wellesley College. She is a cultural anthropologist whose ethnographic work focuses on pilgrimage and politics in the Nepal Himalayas, as well as material culture, divine personhood, and ritual practice in South Asia. Her new book focuses on the veneration of sacred fossil ammonites called Shaligrams - an important part of Hindu and Buddhist ritual practice throughout South Asia and among the global Diaspora for roughly two thousand years.
Ieva Jusionyte
Ieva Jusionyte's book, Threshold: Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico Border, is the product of some of the most rigorous, humane, and original fieldwork in the anthropology of work. Jusionyte’s firsthand experiences as an emergency responder at multiple sites along the U.S.-Mexico border inform her compelling narratives of the daily experiences of these workers in the communities they serve.
Jonathan Jacob, BA '17, completed his MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago

July 15, 2020

Jonathan's Master's Thesis is titled "Beyond the Gridiron: Race and the Costs and Benefits of American Football."  He has been admitted to the doctoral program at the Heller School and will be returning to Brandeis in Fall 2021 to begin his path toward a PhD in Social Policy!
Jessica Priestley

June 3, 2020

Jessica Priestley received this prestigious fellowship for her project, "And Science Makes Three: Discovering Kin through DNA Testing, a Digital Story Archive."  In collaboration with Associate Professor Anita Hannig, Jessica will develop an audio archive of family experiences with genetic ancestry testing.

January 24, 2020

Jeffrey Dobereiner '09 is an anthropologist studying the role of cultural diversity in the emergence of social complexity.
PhD Student Jessica Priestley MA'17 Awarded GSAS Fellowship

Jessica was named the recipient of the Edward A. Schaffer Teaching Fellowship in the Humanities for the 2019-20 academic year based on faculty recommendations.

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August 29, 2019

The fieldwork Doug conducts with his National Science Foundation funding will inform his Spring 2020 University Prize Instructorship course, African Ways of Knowing.

August 8, 2019

Ieva Jusionyte MA'07, PhD'12 was awarded 3rd place in the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing, while Steven Gonzalez MA'17 earned honorable mention for Ethnographic Fiction and Creative Nonfiction, and Casey Golomski PhD'13 took 1st place in the society's poetry competition.

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Yiyi Wu'19 awarded 2019 Richard Saber Undergraduate Research Grant

March 13, 2019

Yiyi Wu was awarded the 2019 Richard Saber Undergraduate Research Grant. Yiyi Wu’19, is a senior with majors in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Anthropology and International and Global Studies. The project she was awarded the grant for presents the narratives of a population of heterosexual women, referred to as  tongqi (同妻) who marry homosexual men aiming to fulfill their societal obligations of marriage and fatherhood. Using these narratives, she aims to challenge heterosexual norms in China and trace the impact of civil society in the country. This is a critical issue for the formation to this type of marriage has a lot to do with the stigma against homosexuality in China and an anti-gay agenda in China. The main goal of this project is to understand the motivations for marriages between gay men and homosexual women and the factors that lead to their divorce and separation. Based on the results drawn from the analyses, this project aims to support the establishment of a non-governmental organization to support tongqi and their civil society. Publication of the results from this project also seeks to promote international awareness about phenomenon that are similar to tongqi and the need for laws permitting gay marriage.
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Adam Gamwell PhD '18, co-host of the popular podcast "This Anthropological Life," offers audio workshop

March 1, 2019

 In this workshop media producer and podcaster Adam Gamwell PhD'18  (This Anthro LifeMissing Link Studios) introduced participants to narrative audio and voice styles across public media and podcasting, recording and  interview techniques, and crafting narrative audio.Whether to interview a family member for oral history, start a podcast, or make one's scholarship more public, this workshop provided the framing and techniques to hit the ground recording.
Aneil Tripathy

February 19, 2019

Aneil's dissertation is tentatively titled "Assembling the Green Bond Market: Work and Personhood in Climate Finance." Aneil's research centers on understanding the development of the green bond market and how investment bankers, policy analysts, and environmental engineers in this market go about making climate change legible in finance. He is fascinated by processes of social change and how people try to make sense of our world. Aneil is a cofounder of the anthropology podcast This Anthro Life.
Amy Hanes sits with another researcher in the rainforest with chimpanzees
Amy Hanes' doctoral fieldwork at chimpanzee sanctuaries sheds light on how one species cares for — and about — another

December 23, 2018

AAA 2018 Book celebration for Ieva Jusionyte's Threshold, Keridwen Luis' Herlands, Casey Golomski's Funeral Culture, Jessica Hardin's Faith and the Pursuit of Health

November 17, 2018

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a book cover showing the back of an opened ambulance with the text Threshold Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico Border Ieva Jusionyte

November 9, 2018

A book launch event for Threshold: Emergency Responders on the U.S.-Mexico Border will take place at PM on Friday, November 9, at the Harvard Book Store.

Amy Hanes publishes in Sapiens on her fieldwork in Cameroon

November 2, 2018

"For Chimps, Human Touch Can Hurt"
Amy Hanes

Amy Hanes

May 17, 2018

Doctoral student Amy Hanes is awarded a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, the nation's largest and most prestigious award for PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. Amy's project is entitled: Caring for Their Sake: Interspecies Care, Race, and Conservation in Cameroon's Chimpanzee Sanctuaries.

Noam Sienna

Noam Sienna

March 8, 2018

Noam Sienna ’11 is publishing a groundbreaking work with the support of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, tentatively titled: "The LGBTQ Jewish Anthology: a Reader of Primary Sources from the Talmud to Stonewall."

Megan McClory stands with 3 other women in traditional Japanese clothes, in Japan

Megan McClory (right) in Japan.

Photo Credit: Megan McClory

Marcelo Brociner, wearing headphones, stands in front of a wall that has been drawn on

Marcelo Brociner

Brenton Easter stands in front of large artifacts

Brenton Easter

January 2, 2017

Sarah Magda Zainelabdin

Sarah Magda Zainelabdin