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Department of Anthropology College of Arts and Sciences
One Discipline, Four Fields

Graduate Students

Erica Ausel
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Alex Badillo
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Mesoamerica, Oaxaca, Mexico

Topical Interests: Archaeology and Social Context, Colonization, Anthropology of Violence, Landscape, Settlement Patterns, Trade and Commerce, Archaeological Survey Methods, GIS, Dialect Geography, Archival Research.

Education: 2010 - present: Indiana University, Ph.D. Program, Anthropology
2002 - 2005: Radford University, B.A. in Anthropology and Spanish

Biography: I am currently investigating people who lived in proximity to trade roads during times of conquest in the Nejapa region of Oaxaca, Mexico. My research spans the Late Postclassic period and the Colonial period and focuses on settlement patterns throughout the region.

Malika Bahavadinova
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Suzanne Barber
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology & Folklore

Rebecca Barzilai
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Midwestern and Southeastern United States

Topical Interests: Midwestern and Southeastern US archaeology and ethnohistory, Mississippian societies, ceramic analysis, archaeometry and geochemical applications, popular archaeology and media, digital archaeologies.

Feray J. Baskin
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Western Europe and Western Asia (in particular France and Turkey respectively)

Topical Interests: Linguistic identity, migration studies, gender, language policy, human rights sociolinguistics, multilingualism, discourse analysis, globalization.

Education: Anthropology PhD Student 2011-Present.
Ma, French Linguistics 2007: Indiana University
MA, French Linguistics and Literature 2005: Universiteit van Leiden, the Netherlands.

Biography: Feray's research focuses on linguistic identity among first and second generation Turkish immigrant women in France. Especially, in the role of language in promoting greater integration within French society. Feray is also a steering committee member of the Many Faces of Human Trafficking Study Group at IU.

Zohra Ismail Beben
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Nicholas Belle
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Ulan Bigozhin
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Catherine Bishop
Degree Program: Ph.D. & Geography
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Western and central Africa

Topical Interests: My research interests take material culture as an entry point to understanding political economy and human-environment interactions in Africa.  For my thesis, I worked with collections of political textiles at the Mathers Museum and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.  My dissertation research explores culture and technological change in the African oil palm belt.

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Sheila Blanchard
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Maureen Boyle
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Archaeology

Lewis Addison Bradford
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Lilian Brown
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Meghan Buchanan
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Midwestern and Southeastern United States

Topical Interests: Violence, conflict, and warfare; Mississippian societies; Zooarchaeology; Ceramic studies; Geophysics; Social theory; Materiality; Embodiment; Relational ontologies; Foodways; Spatial, landscape, and environmental studies; GIS 

Samuel Buelow
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Emily Buhrow
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology & Folklore

Tetiana Bulakh
Degree Program: M.A.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

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Elizabeth Burbach
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology & Folklore

Amanda Burtt
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Archaeology

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Leigh Bush
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: United States, France, virtual worlds, mediascapes, soundscapes, foodscapes

Topical Interests: Food Studies (Social-Cultural Anthropology), food and the senses (sensorial, sensual and sensory ethnography), media, emotion, narrative, creative ethnography, practice theory

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Eric Carlucci
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Archaeology

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Julian Carrillo
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Nataliya Chemayeva
Degree Program: M.A.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Central Asia (particularly Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan)

Topical Interests: Archaeology

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Madeline Chera
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: South Asia (primarily South India, Tamil Nadu), United States

Topical Interests: Socio-cultural Anthropology, food studies, environmental anthropology, biological and cultural diversity, indigenous knowledge, place-based identities, food activism, environmental and cultural heritage conservation

Education: B.A.s in Honors and Humanities, Villanova University, 2005; administrative and management experience in food localization non-profit organizations

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Woojeong Cho
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Andrea Conger
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Sara Conrad
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Tibet, China

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology & CEUS

Education: Anthropology PhD Student 2011-Present. MA, Central Eurasian Studies (Tibetan Studies) 2012, Thesis Title - Oral accounts of the Sa skya 'bag mo, past and present voices of the terrifying witches of Sa skya (available on ProQuest).

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Travis Cooper
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology & Religious Studies

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Leslie Coss
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: American Great Basin and Midwest; Japan and Asia

Topical Interests: Evolution of human disease and drug resistance; immunology; paleopathology; ancient and modern tuberculosis; disease burden and health in prehistoric populations.

Alexandra Cotofana
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Jennifer Cullin
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

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Caroline Deimel
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Robert DeMuth
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Understanding factors that limit food choice and the resulting health outcomes

Evan Dennis
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Darlynn Dietrich
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Kimberly Dingess
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Leslie Drane
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Midwest and Southeastern United States

Topical Interests: Archaeology, Mississippian societies, gender, identity, ceramic analysis

Education: Currently in the PhD Archaeology program at Indiana University of Bloomington (2012 - Present) 

BA in Anthropology and Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012)

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Paul Chris Eells
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Marissa Emond
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Esma Erdogan
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

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Gabriel Escobedo
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

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Aziz Fatnassi
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Linguistic Anthropology

Solaiman Fazel
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Afghanistan, Iran, Central Asia, and Diaspora Communities in the United States


Topical Interests: Modernity, State and Minorities, Social Organization and Kinship, Political and Cultural Self-Representation, Ethnography, History of Anthropology, History and Historiography of Shi’a Islam and modern Iran and Afghanistan

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Biography: My interest lies in the social and intellectual histories of Persianate societies of Afghanistan, Iran, and Central Asia from about early 18th century to the present. My thesis was concerned with the question of modernity and social transformation of Afghanistan within the context of the two world wars. My PhD dissertation research is tentatively titled, A History and Culture of Qizilbash: State and a Shi’a Minority in Kabul. It seeks to anthropologically understand state-formation from the perspective of an urban Shi’a group who once formed the military and bureaucratic backbone of the dynastic polities, and later held important civil and educational jobs while being discriminated against by the state on the basis of their religion and language. My research not only engages previously overlooked Qizilbash literature, sources and memories, which influenced the rise of a vibrant cosmopolitan culture that derived its identity from the Persian language, but it also deals with the contemporary academic debates over the identity and actual power of Qizilbash within the context of urbanization that took place in the second half of the 20th century.  More broadly, my interest lies in what lessons could be learned from past political cultures that may help us understand the question of how to democratize the politics in non-industrial societies such as Afghanistan.


Catalina Fernandez
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Allison Foley
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Todd Foster
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Norihide Furukawa
Degree Program: Ph.D. & Education
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Malawi, Africa

Topical Interests: Education, youth, state, postcoloniality, ethnicity, public policy and comparative research methodology

Education: BA in British and American Studies, Nanzan University
MA in International Educational Development, Nagoya University

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Colleen Friedly
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

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LaTeeka Gray
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

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Meagan Guilfoyle
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Frederick Hanselmann
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Archaeology

Danielle Hanson
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Amy Harris
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Jessica Harrison
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Blaire Hensely-Marschand
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology & Geology

Kaeleigh Herstad
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Upper Great Lakes region, Central America

Topical Interests:Heritage studies, industrial heritage, industrial archaeology, socio-cultural anthropology, the anthropology of media

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Ricardo Higelin Ponce de León
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Mexico, Latin America

Topical Interests: My research focus on Identity, Mortuary Rituals, Cultural Heritage, Taphonomy and Trauma, Warfare and Ancestry Veneration in Mesoamerica and modern population, especially among Zapotecs and Mixtecs in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Education: Currently in the PhD program of Archaeology and Social Context concentration
M.A. in Biological Anthropology: 2012 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC)
B.A. in Physical Anthropology: 2010 at Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia (ENAH), Mexico

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Satoko Hirano
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Maura Hogan
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Archaeology

Delanie Hurst
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Shawn Hurst
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Simon Hurst-Dodd
Degree Program: M.A.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Ellen Ireland
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Meredith Johnson
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Lewis Jones
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Jonathan Ryan Kennedy
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Archaeology

Sheena Ketchum
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Archaeology

Safak Kilictepe
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

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Biography: Safak Kilictepe received her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at Cumhuriyet University in Sivas, and completed her coursework in Physical Anthropology at Ankara University in Ankara, Turkey. She received the Republic of Turkey National Education Ministry Scholarship for her M.A. and Ph.D. degree studies in the United States. Her research has been supported by Social Science and Research Council’s Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, the Kinsey Institute Student Research Grant Program, and theSkomp Feasibility Fellowship. Her dissertation project focuses on the effects of the changing local and global dynamics on the bodies and lives of women in Turkey. Her research areas are medical anthropology, political anthropology, gender, reproduction, reproductive technologies, demography, citizenship, identity, and ethnicity/ race. She has also taken part in various projects, such as ancient DNA studies in Molecular Biology Laboratory, anthropometric evaluation of children (2000 school children were measured), determinants of oral health in primary school students (2000 children attended), and biocultural approach analysis.

Chi-Hoon Kim
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

A'ame Kone
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Elizabeth Konwest
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Mesoamerica, Oaxaca, Mexico

Topical Interests:Archaeology, Archaeology in Social Context, Community organization and identity, Public outreach and education, Collaborative research methods

Education: Currently PhD candidate, Indiana University
2010, M.A. in Anthropology, Indiana University
2006, B.S. in Anthropology, Kent State University



Biography: My doctoral project is a study of community organization in the Postclassic period (A.D. 900-1521) of Oaxaca, Mexico.  I am currently writing my dissertation titled “Material Markers of Community Identity in Postclassic Nejapa, Oaxaca, Mexico” under the direction of Dr. Stacie M. King.  I am also involved in outreach and public education activities at IU, in Mexico, and with the Society for American Archaeology.  As part of this work, I am currently serving as a member of the SAA Public Education Committee.  For more information on my research, please visit: https://iub.academia.edu/ElizabethKonwest

Brad Kroupa
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Krystiana Krupa
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Midwestern North America

Topical Interests: ancient genetics, population movement, disease evolution

Susan Lamberth
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Savannah Leach
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Matthew Lebrato
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: My research revolves around questions of identity, citizenship, knowledge, multiculturalism, and human rights.  I am particularly interested in how these concepts are taken up and customized by indigenous peoples as a means to revitalize local practices and to renegotiate their relationship with the state.  Geographically, my work is focused in Oaxaca, Mexico, although I’m interested in similar questions throughout Latin America.

Education: B.A. The Evergreen State College, Iberian and Latin American Studies. 2005
M.A. The University of Chicago: Latin American and Caribbean Studies. 2012

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Alissa Caitlin Lester
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology & Ed Policy

Cari Lewis
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Primate socioecology and behavior, physiology, endocrinology, immunology and parasitology. Specifically, Cari’s dissertation research has three primary goals: 1) explore the relationship between energy, protein, and mineral absorption and innate/adaptive immune function, 2) investigate the hormones that mediate this relationship [leptin, insulin, and cortisol], and 3) discover how grain in primate diets affects the digestibility of protein and minerals. She is currently working with the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.

Education: 2007-present: Indiana University, PhD, Biological Anthropology 2011: Indiana University, MA, Anthropology 2007: University of Southern Indiana, BS, Biology

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Ana de Lima
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Latin America, Brazilian Amazon

Topical Interests: Nutritional Transition, Food Security, Household Economics, Conditional Cash Transfer Programs, and Urban-Rural Interactions

Education: Anthropology PhD Student 2011-Present
M. A. in Latin American Studies with specialization in Tropical Conservation Development University of Florida, 2011
B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering Universidade de São Paulo, 2006
Work experience with social-environmental coffee certification and sustainable timber management (2006-2007).

Biography: Ana is pursuing her PhD in Social-Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Food Studies. Her research focuses on the effects of the Bolsa Família program in the Brazilian Amazon, especially with regards to diet change.

John Lorinskas
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Mackenzie Loyet
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Jordan Lynton
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Jamaica

Topical Interests: Jordan's interests include migration, citizenship, migrant networks, diaspora, hyphenated communities,and cultural citizenship. Specifically, Jordan focuses on understandings of identity, diaspora, and cultural citizenship within Chinese Jamaican communities.

Robert Mahaney
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Archaeology

Lindsey Mattern
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: South Asia, particularly India

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology, Infant and young child feeding practices, India studies, Human Biology, Medical Anthropology, Nutrition, Human Reproduction, Maternal and Infant health, Human Growth and Development, Biocultural Approaches, Life History Theory, Reproductive Ecology

Education: 2010 - present: Indiana University, Ph.D. Program, Anthropology
2004 - 2009: Ohio State University, B.S., Biology and Anthropological Sciences

Biography: Lindsey's research focuses on infant and young child feeding practices and maternal work in urban and rural Tamil Nadu, India.

Matthew Maus
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Archaeology

Emma McDonell
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Peru; Andean highlands; Latin America; North America, and relations between these geographical regions

Topical Interests: Political ecology, food studies, politics of indigenous recognition, quinoa and the commercialization of “traditional” foods, consumerism, environmental politics, anthropology of development

Education: Indiana University, Ph.D. Program, Anthropology (2013 - present)
B.A. in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2008 - 2013)

Biography: I am currently investigating the ways quinoa producers and development practitioners in the Peruvian highlands negotiate changing agricultural production practices in the context of quinoa commercialization.

Ben Michaels
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Alifu Mierxiati
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Linguistic Anthropology

Lucy Miller
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Georgia Millward
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Sara Minard
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: United States

Topical Interests: Food Studies, food waste, garbage, valuation, sustainability, magic, human cognition, consumption, built environments, waste proxemics, inertia, heuristics, the human microbiota

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Sarah Dillard Mitchell
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Sarah Monson
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Ghana

Topical Interests: Language, identity, performance, pragmatics, agency, gender.

Education: Anthropology PhD (2012-Present)
M.S. in Anthropology, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 2010
B.A. in English, Gustavus Adolphus College, 2003

Biography: My research interests focus on language, identity and performativity, particularly the creative and strategic use of language in social interactions. My dissertation research will examine how language is used in bargaining negotiations in a Ghanaian market setting to achieve communicative goals, such as exercising agency, negotiating identity, and establishing solidarity.

Kelsey Noack Myers
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: The Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern U.S.

Topical Interests: Zooarchaeology, Ecology, Food Studies, Archaeological Ethics, Cultural contact periods, Mississippian archaeology, English and French colonial archaeology, Economy, Hunting as a sport and provisioning method, Public Archaeology & Education

Education: 2012 - present: Indiana University Bloomington, Ph.D. program, Anthropology
2006 - 2008: The College of William & Mary, M.A. Historical Archaeology
2002 -2005: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, B.A. Anthropology

Biography: I am currently analyzing faunal data from various contexts, including legacy collections and recently excavated materials from Angel Mounds. In the past I have also worked for the Illinois State Archaeological Survey in East St. Louis near Cahokia Mounds, The Jamestown Rediscovery Project in Virginia, and developed and taught a summer children's program on archaeology and museum display for The Sun Foundation. My research focuses on faunal provisioning during stress periods or periods of rapid change, and food culture change in contact periods. My M.A. thesis research was conducted through the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's Archaeology Department, and focused on examining diversity in the urban meat diet of the mid-18th century. I also have work in press on the Starving Time of 1609-1610 at Jamestown.

Rebecca Nathan
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Archaeology

Teresa Nichols
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Mongolia, Indigenous North America

Topical Interests: Archaeology, Sociocultural Anthropology, Museum Studies

Education: I am pursuing a PhD concentration in Archaeology and Social Context as well as a PhD minor in Native American and Indigenous Issues.

Biography: My dissertation research focuses on the impact of international aid in the management of Mongolian cultural heritage, as well as local and national strategies Mongolian non-profit organizations use to conceptualize Mongolian culture and achieve project success.

Katherine Nold
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Archaeology & Geology

Olof Olafardottir
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Aynur Onur
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: the Middle East, particularly Turkey

Topical Interests: modernity, military, gender

Education: 2008 - present: Indiana University Bloomington, Ph.D. Program, Socio-Cultural Anthropology;
2001 - 2006: Middle East Technical University, B.Sc., International Relations.

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Fileve Palmer
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Jenny Parker
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Elena Popa
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Eastern and Western Europe (particularly Romania and France)

Topical Interests: Post-socialist transformations, migration, labor, gender studies, globalization, citizenship, identity.
For her dissertation Elena plans to research the topic of transnational migration between Eastern and Western Europe, with a focus on Romanian feminine labor migration after 1989, taking as a case study the migration to France (mainly to Bordeaux and Paris). She is interested in assessing the socio-cultural consequences of migration on a micro-level, i.e. Romanian families from rural communities, and in understanding the relation between gender and work in post-1989 migratory regimes.

Education: 2012-present Ph.D. student in Sociocultural Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington
2008-2010 M.A. Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology, and Folklore, University of Bucharest/University of Bordeaux 2
2004-2008 B.A. Romanian Language and Literature/ Ethnology and Folklore, University of Bucharest

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David Posthumus
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Sean Prall
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Evolutionary endocrinology, life history theory, human disease ecology. For his dissertation he plans to research the functional significance of DHEA/S variation as it relates to immunocompetence and energetic status.

Education:
2012: Indiana University, MA, Anthropology
2008: Boise State University, BA, Anthropology

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Gilbert Ramos
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Joshua Richards
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Linguistic Anthropology

Jenny Riley
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Archaeology

Leland Rogers
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology & CEUS

Amanda Rollins
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Katie Rudolph
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Brian Rupert
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization:

Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Dawn Rutecki
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: US Southern Plains, Midwest, Southeast

Topical Interests: My research focuses on the use of faunal and botanical resources both as subsistence and within iconography to indicate patterns of community discourse that challenge current understandings of social complexity in North America.

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Lita Sacks
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: North America, particularly the Midwest and Lower Illinois River Valley

Topical Interests: Osteology, ancient DNA, paleopathology, infectious disease, North American origins of tuberculosis, pathogen evolution, human migration

Education: Vassar College - BA in Biology (2008-2012); Indiana University - PhD in Biological Anthropology (2012-Present)

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Clark Sage
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: North America, Great Plains

Topical Interests: Ethnoecology, material culture, Indigenous North America, ethnohistory, environmental anthropology, museum studies, folklore

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Seleste Sanchez
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: United States, Nepal, Bhutan

Topical Interests: Storytelling, Displacement, Identity, Refugees, Migration, Diaspora, Resettlement, Ethnography, Life History

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Tekla Schmaus
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Archaeology

Julie Searcy
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Eric Shattuck
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Eric’s research interests include infectious diseases, immunology, psychoneuroimmunology, evolutionary medicine, and the co-evolution of humans and pathogens, and human disease ecology.
Specifically he is interested in the extent to which infectious diseases are able to affect human behavior and mood, subsequent physiological changes, and whether these have any implications for disease transmission and behavior/mood disorders.

Education: 2010-present: Indiana University, PhD, Biological Anthropology 2009: SUNY Binghamton, MS, Biomedical Anthropology 2005: University of Georgia, BA, Anthropology

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Devorah Shubowitz
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Evanna Singh
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Guyana, South America

Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology, Human Growth and Development, Biocultural Approaches, Life History Theory, Youth Activity Patterns

Education: 2009 - present: Indiana University, Ph.D. Program, Anthropology.

2005 - 2009: University of Delaware, B.A. in Anthropology, Concentrations: Anthropology, Biological Sciences

Biography: Evanna's research focuses on children's activity patterns and helping behaviors in the home in urban and rural areas of Guyana.

Alianne Steffenson
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Clara ("Cally") Steussy
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Upper Paleolithic, hunter-gatherers, folklore, museum studies

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Alicia Rich Stout
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Africa

Topical Interests: My dissertation is examining the effect that dry, highly heterogeneous habitats have on male chimpanzee patterns of ranging and affiliation as well as inter-community relations.  I am studying this in a semi-habituated community of chimpanzees, and therefore employing molecular ecology as an indirect test for patterns of association, ranging, and kinship.  Finally, I am also interested in adding stable isotope analysis to indirectly analyze diet in this same population at the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve in western Uganda.

Education: 2009-present Indiana University, PhD, Biological Anthropology
2009: Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Cook Honors College) BA, Biology and Anthropology

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Charity Tabaos
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Midwest North America, in particular Indiana and Illinois

Topical Interests: My research interests are in how Type 2 diabetes affects bones. This includes the influences for Type 2 diabetes, such as prehistoric diet and how it has changed through time in Midwest North America, from Archaic through Mississippian time periods, as well as status considerations.

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Robert Taylor
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Aybike Seyma Tezel
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Central Asia, North-Western China, Mongolia

Topical Interests: Historical Archeology, Material Culture, Graves and Tombstones, Bal-bal stones of the Early Turks

Education:
• Ph.D., Department of Anthropology (Archeology), Indiana University, Indiana, the USA, in progress
• Ph.D., Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, the USA, in progress
• Participant, Summer School for the Young Mongolists, National University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 2013
• Ph.D., Department of History, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, Ph.D. candidate, 2009 – 2012
• Senior Visiting Student, Center for Research on Ancient Chinese History, Peking University, Beijing, PRC, 2011 – 2012
• M.A., Department of History, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2007 – 2009
• Language Training, Mandarin Training Center, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan ROC., 2006 – 2008
• B.S. (Double Major), Department of Sociology, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2002 - 2005
• B.A., Department of Philosophy, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2001 – 2005

Biography: I am a dual Ph.D. student in Central Eurasian Studies and Anthropology with a specific focus on the history of the Turkic speakers in Inner Asia and northwestern China from 6th to 13th centuries. I'm trying to understand the very basic motives of political authority, legitimacy and "medieval international relations" in the early Inner Asia through reading the material culture represented in the mortuary monuments.

Huixin Tian
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Archaeology

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Davina Two Bears
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Archaeology

John Chris Upton
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

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Robin Valenzuela
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

Matthew Van Hoose
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Social-cultural Anthropology & Folklore double major

Thierry Veyrié
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Geographical Areas of Specialization: Native cultures of North America, more specifically the Northern Paiute and the Great Basin.


Topical Interests: Study of myths, anthropology of the body, linguistic identity

Education: Graduate student at Indiana University, 2014 - present

Master degree in Ethnology and Social Anthropology at the École des Hautes Études en Science Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, 2014.

Licence of Philosophy and licence of History from the Sorbonne, Paris IV (2011)

Biography: Thierry’s research focuses on the representation of the body in the Northern Paiute oral tradition. He identifies emic and meaningful actions in a system of representation by articulating subsistence practices, rituals and myths.

Polina Vlasenko
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology

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Elizabeth Watts
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Archaeology

Kurt White
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Evolutionary endocrinology, life history theory, evolutionary developmental biology, and exercise physiology. Specifically, he is interested in the male life history tradeoff between reproductive effort and survivorship and the role testosterone plays in modulating this tradeoff through its interaction with both the reproductive and immune systems.

Teresa Winstead
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology & Education

Paige Wojcik
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Biological Anthropology

Eveline Yang
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology & CEUS

Shijing Zhang
Degree Program: Ph.D.
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Topical Interests: Social-Cultural Anthropology