Department of Anthropology

Anthropology Student-Faculty Research Partnership (ASFRP)

The ASFRP is a paid, on-campus internship designed to give undergraduate students a unique learning experience by allowing them to work side-by-side with anthropologists or affiliated faculty in a variety of fields. The program is open to Brandeis undergraduate students, and while priority is given to anthropology majors and minors, students from any major/minor may apply as long as you have passed at least one anthropology course. Students are hired for up to 50 hours over the course of the semester.

Current partnerships
(Note to students: Feel free to initiate a research partnership idea with an anthropology faculty member. Check back periodically for new openings, which will be listed below.)

Filled positions:

Archaeology Laboratory Assistant

Faculty researcher: Charlotte Goudge
Student researcher: Haleigh Rose


The laboratory Assistant works up to 50 hours during the fall 2023 semester in a hands-on capacity to support the ongoing research and teaching within the archaeology lab. She aids the lab director in various office-based activities, and participate in project analysis logistics, assessment of resources, collating, cataloging, and digitizing of lab resources, and lab maintenance. She performs artifact processing, including washing, sorting, and cataloging artifacts.

Asset Tokenization and Cryptocurrencies as Cultural Phenomena
Faculty researcher: Elizabeth Ferry
Student researcher: Haoran Cheng

Collaborates with professor on researching asset tokenization and cryptocurrencies as cultural phenomena. The work involves searching for and reading news, social media reports, and journalistic and academic analyses; writing summaries of readings; and discussing results with professor. 

Past positions:

In-depth historical archival research and transcription

Faculty researcher: Charlotte Goudge
Student researcher: Vivien Fair

This position focuses on transcribing and verifying transcriptions of the Tudway Papers, a collection of documents that contains records pertaining to the Tudway family’s ownership of an Antiguan sugar plantation during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The papers cover the period from the early slave trade to the post-slavery economy. The combination of statistical ledgers and narrative correspondence provides a unique insight into the operation and eventual abolition of the slave trade in the West Indies.

Summary of Vivien's work May 2023:
This semester I worked on transcribing and consolidating pay lists from Tudway of Wells, an Antiguan sugar plantation. Dating to 1875, these lists provide some information about the enslaved peoples living on the plantation, so wherever the enslaved workers were mentioned, I highlighted them in a catalog of the documents.