Anthro Day at Harvard


Friday, September 17, 2021, 2:00pm to 5:00pm


Tozzer Atrium, 11 Divinity Avenue


2:00-2:05 p.m.           



2:05-3:00 p.m.           


Amy Clark 

Jeromel Dela Rosa Lara 

Rowan Flad 

Mohit Mandal 

Alex Kim 

Manuela Arroyave 

 Moderator: Mala Reddy  


3:05-4:00 p.m.           


Joyhanna Garza 

Julia Fierman 

Anna Jabloner 

Jili Bulelani 

Anne Lheem 

Cade Williams 

 Moderator: Kaya Williams  


4:05-5:00 p.m.           

Monuments, Mortuary, Memory 

Jason Ur 

Jarrett Drake 

Jess Beck 

Sarah Loomis 

Kelli Aquino 

Paul Tamburro

 Moderator: Anya Bernstein




Kelli Aquino is a senior in Dunster House pursuing a joint concentration in Archaeology and History with a secondary in Computer Science. She’s currently writing a senior thesis that will discuss revisionist history (i.e. how history can be used as a political tool.)

Manuela Arroyave is a senior concentrating in Social Anthropology with a secondary in Ethnicity, Migration and Rights. She is interested in the intersections of medical anthropology and migration studies and is involved in research on healthcare access and delivery for pregnant asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border and for Spanish-speaking (im)migrants in the Boston area.

Jess Beck is the College Fellow in Archaeological Science. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan in 2016 and has held postdocs at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Cambridge. She is a bioarchaeologist focused on the prehistory of Transylvania and Iberia during the third millennium BCE.

Anya Bernstein is a Professor of Anthropology. Her research and teaching interests include religion and secularism, death and immortality, science and technology, futurism, body, materiality, time and temporality, visual ethnography; Russia, Eurasia, Inner Asia, Siberia.

Jili Bulelani is a Ph.D. candidate, as an Oppenheimer Graduate Fellow. His research interests include Africa-China relations, Cybersecurity, ICT development, Internet Policy, Social Theory, Law and Development, and Privacy Law.

Amy Clark holds a PhD from the University of Arizona and is currently a Lecturer. Her research focuses on the archaeology of early modern humans and Neanderthals. She currently leads a field project at a Middle and Late Stone Age rockshelter site near Essaouira, Morocco.

Jeromel Dela Rosa Lara, Class of 2023, is a Joint Concentrator in Social Anthropology and Comparative Study of Religion. He studies Social Anthropology and Comparative Study of Religion. He hopes to amplify through a postcolonial framework the stories of the Filipino diaspora. He comes from a family of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) which shapes his interests in migration, U.S. colonialism, and labor export policy.

Jarrett Martin Drake is a PhD candidate in social anthropology. He recently published a peer-reviewed article ( that engages with the lawsuit of Tamara Lanier v. Harvard in order to contemplate the complicity of memory institutions in regimes of dispossession.

Julia Fierman is a sociocultural anthropologist with a PhD from Columbia University. Her central focus is understanding the affective dimensions of political identity to move away from a purely ideational conception of political ideology. Her research is based in Argentina, with a focus on the social world of Argentine populism (Peronism).

Rowan Flad is the John E. Hudson Professor of.Archaeology. His research investigates past technology, production and distribution practices, ritual activities, landscape, human-environment interactions, questions of material ontology, and recently questions of bias in archaeological research and media coverage of archaeological topics.

Joy Garza is a College Fellow coming from UC Santa Barbara where she completed a PhD in Linguistics. She studies local engagements with transnational Korean popular culture, especially its consumption in Mexico and the US with an analytic focus on language and racialized gendered performance.

Anna Jabloner is a lecturer in the Social Anthropology program. Her research centers on knowledge production processes, in particular about commonsense identity categories. She specializes in ethnographies of the U.S. and in feminist science studies. Anna holds a Phd from the University of Chicago and an MA from the University of Vienna.

Alexander Kim is a PhD candidate in the Archaeology program working at the confluence of anthropology and population genomics, chiefly in North Eurasia, with excavation experience in Siberia, Kazakhstan, and Alaska. He focuses archaeogenetics on problems of relatedness, boundaries, interfaces, and mobility across a range of social and biogeographic scales.

Anne Lheem is a second-semester senior at the College studying social anthropology, global health, and health policy. She is currently writing her senior honors thesis on the cultural construction of aesthetic norms in South Korea through the evolution of surgical practices and is more broadly interested in using anthropology to better conceptualize the human body, mental health, and mental illness, particularly through studying the cross-cultural psychiatry of eating disorders and body dysmorphia in East Asia, among other topics relevant to forming a more culturally-attuned agenda of understanding global mental health.

Sarah Loomis is a 6th Year in the Archaeology PhD Program. She researches burial sites and skeletal remains at the site of Los Guachimontones in Jalisco, Mexico. Her focus is sacrificial practices at the monumental core and how they relate to social identity, power consolidation, and ceremonialism.

Mohit Mandal is a graduate student in social anthropology, specializing in issues of labor and migration across the Indian Ocean, particularly between South Asia and the Arab peninsula. Before coming to Harvard, Mohit studied and worked at NYU Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates.

Malavika Reddy is an Assistant Professor, and a sociocultural anthropologist. Her research focuses on the law and its shadows; kingship, authority and sovereignty; the temporal, spatial and ethical claims made through legal discourse; theories of materiality and form; and translation. Her work examines these themes from the perspective of Thailand.

Ajantha Subramanian is Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies and the Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies. Her research interests include political economy, political ecology, colonialism and postcoloniality, space, citizenship, South Asia, and the South Asian diaspora.

Paul Tamburro is a senior at the College joint concentrating in Archaeology and the History of Art and Architecture with a secondary in Classical Civilizations. His thesis research focuses on the role of orality and performance in depictions of Maya scribes and artists from the Late Classic Period (AD 600-900).

Cade Williams is a junior at Harvard College joint concentrating in Social Anthropology and Folklore and Mythology. He is currently conducting senior thesis research on the intersections between romantic nationalism and white conservative evangelicalism in the American South.

Kaya Williams is an Assistant Professor as well as Assistant Director of Graduate Studies. Her research and Teaching interests include ethnographic methods; race; incarceration; mental health; municipal governance; law and law enforcement; U.S.-based ethnography.

Jason Ur is the Stephen Phillips Professor of Archaeology and Ethnology. He specializes in early urbanism, landscape archaeology, and remote sensing, particularly the use of declassified US intelligence imagery. He has directed field surveys in Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and Iran. Since 2012, he has directed the Erbil Plain Archaeological Survey, an archaeological survey in the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq.