Graduate Students

Gbemisola Abiola
Research Interests: post (post) colonial studies, African literature, African political thought, war studies, and critical terrorism studies
Aurora Allshouse
Xitlalli Alvarez
Research Interests: United States, disaster, citizenship, illegality, migrant subjectivity, policing, gender and sexuality, legal and political anthropology
Myriam Amri
Research Interests: Tunisia, money, debt, urban ecologies, natural resources, subjectivities, political economy, postcolonialism
Andrew Bair
Research Interests: Ireland, Europe, archaeological geophysics, medieval archaeology, historical archaeology, landscapes, inequality, post-colonialism, materiality, geoarchaeology
Jack Bishop
Research Interests: Middle East, Neolithic and Bronze Age, agriculture, sedentism, urbanism, evolution of humans and domesticates, zooarchaeology, landscape archaeology.
Margaretha Blignaut
Research Interests: Knowledge production, heritage politics, post-genomic era, Roma, Turkey
Eda Cakmakci
Research Interests: social anthropology, cultural history, Turkey
Wade Campbell
Research Interests: Southwest US, Navajo (Diné) archaeology; Spanish/indigenous colonial contacts; pericolonialism & borderland communities; ethnicity & migration; diet & subsistence practices; pastoralism; landscape archaeology; indigenous archaeology
Vivien Chung
Research Interests: South Korea, design, gender and sexuality, fashion industry, marketing, language and politics
Paul Clarke
Research Interests: Gun violence in American & South African cities, race and biopolitics, materiality, urban anthropology, settler colonialism, private security
Joe Cronin
Research Interests: Value, Temporality, Credit and Debt, Anthropology of Labor, Post-Fordism, Latin America, Economic Citizenship, Belonging, Political Economy
Margaret Czerwienski
Research Interests: Nigeria, biopolitics; how do pharmaceutical treatment modalities link individual bodies and local communities to global political economic processes, and how do these networked interconnections shift local, national, and global histories, narratives, and experiences of mental anguish and suffering?
Jessica Dickson
Research Interests: South Africa; media anthropology, cinema and the film industry, post-colonial science fiction and futurism, political economy, subjectivity, race and gender, tourism
Jarrett Drake
Research Interests: United States (Rust Belt), archives, memory work, human rights, justice, accountability, state violence, policing, and incarceration
Max Durayappah-Harrison
Research Interests: Japan; agriculture, impacts of globalization, collaborative visual anthropology
Kanishka Elupula
Research Interests: India, U.S., political anthropology
Gangsim Eom
Research Interests: Anthropology of development; techno-politics; identity and social belonging; labor and industrialization; infrastructure; Indonesia; Southeast Asia; South Korea.
Mariachiara Ficarelli
Research Interests: political ecology, infrastructure, labor, Italian settler-colonialism, visual anthropology
Mackinley "Mack" FitzPatrick
Research Interests: Record keeping systems, ancient media, epigraphy, Mesoamerica, Andean archaeology, landscape archaeology, GIS, computational archaeology, data science
Christian Free
Social Anthropology/AAAS
Ria Gyawali
Research Interests: South Asia; kinship, media, literature, political economy.
Aparna Gopalan
Research Interests: western India, agrarian studies, postcolonialism, anthropology of the ‘economic,’ development & neoliberalism, debt & poverty, value & finance, labor & land.
Dalyn Grindle
Research Interests: Rocky Mountain West, Alpine; human-nonhuman animal interactions and relationships, elk (wapiti), animal domestication, ethnoarchaeology, Indigenous rights and subsistence practices, decolonialization, pastoralism
Alexis Hartford
Research Interests: Mesoamerica; ritual and religion, ceramics, residue analysis, community outreach.
Parker Hatley
Research Interests: Appalachia, Central America, political ecology, labor and work, crime and criminality, natural resources, migration, value.
Samantha Hawkins
Research Interests: Visual anthropology, violence, inner city experience, social marginalization, memorialization, power structures, identity, material culture, and the United States.
Annikki Herranen-Tabibi
Research Interests: Finland; The medical, political and historical anthropology of care in the Finnish Sámi region; European and Circumpolar anthropology; belonging, citizenship and sovereignty; welfare state transformations; demography.
Yookyeong Im
Research Interests: South Korea, international law, human rights discourses and institutions, gender and sexuality.
Sebastian Jackson
Social Anthropology/AAAS
Ilkim Karakus
Research Interests: Turkey; body politics, resistance, ethics.
Damina Khaira
Research Interests: SouthEast Asia, Borneo; indigeneity, identity politics, heritage.
Dina Khatib
Research Interests: Urban landscapes, Political Ecology, Space, Materiality, Memory and Trauma, Visual Culture, Lebanon
Bethany Kibler
Research Interests: U.S. & Middle East; U.S. Military, Gender and Sexuality.
Lilia Kilburn
Research Interests: Vocality and sound technologies, media and communication disorder, labor and capital, kinship and intimacy, Cameroon.
Alexander Mee-Woong Kim
Research Interests: Siberia, Central Asia, and North America; ancient DNA and population genomics; admixture, migration, and demography; hunter-gatherer mortuary behavior; “complex” foragers; ceramics without farming; caste systems and hereditary slavery
Jada Ko
Research Interests: Western China; emergence of social hierarchies and complex societies; zooarchaeology; Media Anthropology.
Sarah Loomis
Research Interests: Archaeology, Mesoamerica, West Mexico, Teotihuacan, Ceramics, Childhood, Identity, Osteology, Mortuary Archaeology
Mohit Mandal
Research Interests: South Asia; Gulf; transnational migration; religion; citizenship
Amulya Mandava
Research Interests: South Asia; marriage, caste, political economy.
Solsire Cusicanqui Marsano
Research Interests: Peru; Andean Archaeology, Cajamarca, Mochica, Peru; identity, technology, style; archaeology and heritage management.
Jessica McNeil
Research Interests: paleoanthropology; lithic technology; experimental archaeology; archaeology of South Africa, East Africa, Sahul; human evolution; modern human origins and behavioral variability; Middle Stone Age technology; Middle to Later Stone Age transitions; raw materials properties; raw material sourcing
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Noha Mokhtar
Research Interests: Egypt, kinship, domesticity, architecture, design and art
Anna Neumann
Social Anthropology/AAAS
Abigail Niebuhr
Research Interests: South Africa; xenophobia and the issue of xenophobic violence in post-apartheid South Africa
Joseph Nunez
Research Interests: Theories of sovereignty; cross-border indigenous nations at the US-Mexico border region; juridical subjectivities; security; crime and violence.
Chrystel Oloukoï 
Research Interests: African studies, Johannesburg, Lagos, night studies, the politics of leisure, sexuality, crime and security at night, neoliberalism, urban citizenship, infrastructure, urban anthropology
Kristin Pearson
Archaeology & Inner Asian and Altaic Studies 
Research Interests: Inner Asian archaeology and ethnography, pastoral nomadism, craft production, archaelogical organics, ancient and ethnographic textiles, human-animal relations, circumpolar archaeology and ethnography.
Veronica Peterson
Research Interests: historical archaeology, 19th century Chinese migration, foodways, zooarchaeology, organic residue analysis, community collaboration, and commemoration
Vipas Prachyaporn
Research Interests: Southeast Asia, Laos; Artisanship, personhood, nationalism, post-socialism.
Renugan Raidoo
Research Interests: South Africa; gated communities, histories of enclaving, urban anthropology, anthropology of space and place, crime and security, democracy and citizenship.
Eric Reinhart
Research Interests: U.S.; Urban and medical anthropology.
Kate Rose
Research Interests: Ancient Egypt and Near East; Urbanism and settlement design, spatial analysis, domestic ritual practice versus state religious ideology.
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Daria Savchenko
Research interests: robots and robotics, China, education, digital technology, governmentality, nation building
Melina Seabrook
Research Interests: Mesopotamia; Southern Iraq. Kenya, Northern Iraq. Changing relationship between humans and animals as urban centers develop. She won an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Prize in 2019. Her work incorporates zooarchaeological, spatial, micromorphological and isotopic analysis which allows for observations of shifting human-animal interactions at both a macro and a micro scale.
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Benjamin Shaffer
Research Interests: China; media/visual anthropology, art communities.
Maya Singhal
Research Interests: Organized crime, narcotics trafficking, histories of capital, African American and Chinese American communities
Miari Stephens
Research Interests: Afro-Latin American; Hispanic Caribbean; politics of beauty as they intersect with race, gender, and class; politics of hair; beauty as expression, art form.
Galen Stolee
Research Interests: Indonesia, Silicon Valley, anthropology of media, popular culture, visual ethnography, masculinities, mind-machine interfaces, pornography, digital nomads, dogs
Xin Su
Research Interests: Bronze Age in China, East Asia, lithic craft production and social organization, man-land relationship, petrography and geoarchaeology | website
Adriaan Steyn
Social Anthropology/AAAS
Susan Taylor
Research Interests: Japan; urban markets, cultural geography, and virtual spaces. I am interested in configurations between knowledge and places, specifically constructions of nationalistic and bibliographic knowledge in used book districts in Tokyo and Seoul.
Keye Tersmette
Research Interests: Oman; Middle East politics; popular conceptions of the state; youth (un)employment
Rachel Thompson
Research Interests: Indonesia, Netherlands; colonialism, trade, political ecology/economy
Leonardo Valdez-Ordonez
Dana Vigue
Research Interests: Medical Anthropology, United States,trauma-informed care, race, gender, sexuality, disability
Randa Wahbe
Research Interests: Palestine, expressions of sovereignty, settler-colonialism, necropolitics, body commodification
Alex Warburton
Research Interests: Kazakhstan and Turkic Central Asia; semiotic and linguistic anthropology; voice and the body; transnational infrastructure projects
Katherine Warren
Research Interests: medical anthropology, United States, race and gender, public health, addiction, suicide, epidemics
Courtney T. Wittenkind
Research Interests: Spatial politics, landscape and the environment, materiality, visual and collaborative ethnography, Southeast Asia, Burma/Myanmar.
Dilan Yildirim
Research Interests: Turkey; Kurdish political movements, structural violence & memory, marginality, landscape and subjectivity, politics of culture.
Armanc Yildiz
Research Interests: Germany and Europe; sexuality, race, labor, political economy, colonialism, migration, the anthropology of Europe. 
Sara Zaia
Research Interests: Archaeology of Egypt and Nubia, Predynastic Egypt, navigation and trades, ships and shipcraft, ancient technologies, Digital Humanities, computer graphics, 3D and virtual reconstruction, field archaeology, field survey, landscape archaeology; GIS, photogrammetry, web design, experimental archaeology.
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Chengrui Zhang
Research Interests: Neolithic China, East Asia, regional cultural interactions and social development, human-animal relationship, stable isotope analysis, and environmental archaeology
Shanni Zhao
Research Interests: China, affective labor and capitalism, gender and sexuality, citizenship and belonging, post-socialism.
Yevgeniy Zhuravel
Research Interests: Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, post-socialism, transition to capitalism, class formation, race and class, race and colonialism in popular culture, modes of nationalism
Kristen Zipperer
Research Interests: South Asia, borders, sovereignty, law, media