Graduate Program Alumni

News from our alumni

Alumni by Graduation Year

2017

DEANNE DUNBAR

Dissertation: “The Home Keepers: Occupying Atlanta Homes in Foreclosure after the Great Recession

WHITNEY EASTON

Dissertation: “Emerging Ruralities: Constructing Distinction, Desire, and Class through Agritourism in Tuscany

HILARY KING

Dissertation: “The Meshwork of Alternative Food Systems: Negotiating Sustainability in Chiapas, Mexico”

GABRIELA SHEETS

Dissertation: “The Developmental Ecology of the Infant Gut Microbiome”


2016

ISABELLA ALEXANDER
Dissertation: “Burning at the Maghrebi Border: Race, Religion, Citizenship, and Morocco’s New Immigrant Class”


AUBREY GRAHAM
Dissertation: “Implicated Images: Photography, Aid, and Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo”
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Liberal Arts, Emory University


CLAIRE-MARIE HEFNER
Dissertation: “Shaping Muslim Subjectivities: Gender, Piety, and Modernity in Indonesian Islamic Boarding Schools”
Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Manhattanville College


SUMA IKEUCHI
Dissertation: “Brazilian Birth, Japanese Blood, and Transnational God: Identity and Resilience among Brazilian Pentecostal Migrants in Japan”
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Religious Studies, University of Alabama


AMANDA MUMMERT
Dissertation: “Maternal and Dietary Influences on Growth and Body Composition among Female Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta)”
Current Position: Research Leader, Consulting and Professional Services, IBM


SHUNYUAN ZHANG
Dissertation: “Performing Gender: Representations and Embodied Experiences of MTF (Male to Female) Transgenderism in China”
 
2015
KATHRYN BOUSKILL
Dissertation: "The Globalization of the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign in Austria, 2012-2014"
Current Position: Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist, RAND Corporation


MOYUKH CHATTERJEE
Dissertation: "Aftermath of a Riot Foretold: Violence, Impunity and Sovereignty in Gujarat, India"
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Global Governance, Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University


HOWARD CHIOU
Dissertation: "Changing Culture in Healthcare"
Current Position: School of Medicine, Emory University


BRONWYN (BONNIE) FULLARD KAISER
Dissertation: "An anthropological investigation of mental health in Haiti: Language, measurement, and the socio-spiritual world"
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University Global Health Institute


DREDGE KANG
Dissertation: "White Asians Wanted: Queer Racialization in Thailand"
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of California-San Diego
 
2014
AMY COBDEN
Dissertation: "Party Animals: Food, Sociality and Stress in Wild Bonobos (Pan Paniscus) of Iyema, Lomako Forest, Democratic Republic of Congo"


TYRALYNN FRAZIER
Dissertation: "The Social Production of Reproductive Health Disparities"
Current Position: FIRST Postdoctoral Fellow, Global Health, Emory University


DINAH HANNAFORD
Dissertation: "Married to the Mobile: Migration, Gender, Class and Kinship in Contemporary Senegal"
Current Position: Assistant Professor, International Studies, Texas A&M University


JENNIFER KUZARA
Dissertation: "Shifting Roles in Gender, Kinship and the Household: Women's Empowerment in Matrilineal Malawi"
Current Position: Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow, USAID and Social Solutions International, Inc.


AUN LOR
Dissertation: "What is Research in Public Health Practice? Social Construction and Cultural Interpretation of Research and Practice at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention"
Current Position: Health Scientist, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control


KWAME PHILLIPS
Dissertation: "Rivers of Blood and Babylon: An ethnography of social suffering and resilience among Caribbean service users in London"
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Communications and Media Studies, John Cabot University in Rome


JOSHUA ROBINSON
Dissertation: "The Paleoenvironmental Context of Middle and Late Stone Age Behavior and Social Networks in Sub-Saharan Africa"
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Institute of Human Origins, Arizona State University


LESLEY JO WEAVER
Dissertation: "When Family Comes First: Diabetes, Social Roles and Coping Among Women in North India"
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of Alabama
 
2013
MATTHEW DUDGEON
Dissertation: "Birth After Death: Men and Reproduction in Two K'iche' Maya Communities"
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine; Associated Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Emory University


SWARGAJYOTI GOHAIN
Dissertation: "Imagined Places: Politics and Narratives in a Disputed Indo-Tibetan Borderland"
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur


ANA SCHALLER DE LA COVA
Dissertation: "Secular and Islamic Schooling in Senegal: Reconfiguring Knowledge and Opportunity in Uncertain Times"
Current Position: Adjunct Instructor, Portland State University


JENNIFER SWEENEY TOOKES
Dissertation: "Rice and Peas in the Diaspora: Food, Health and the Body among Barbadian Migrants in Atlanta"
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Georgia Southern University
 
2012
AVI BRISMAN
Dissertation: "Legal Consciousness Among Youth at the Red Hook Community Justice Center"
Current Position: Associate Professor, School of Justice Studies, Eastern Kentucky University


PATRICIA FOGARTY
Dissertation: "Building Moldova, Being Moldovan: Citizenship, Development, and Cultural Propriety"
Current Position: Assistant Professor, U.S. Air Force Culture and Language Center
 
2011
BRYCE CARLSON
Dissertation: "Reconstructing Diet from the Ground Up: Isotopic Dietary Ecology of Chimpanzees at Ngogo, Kibale National Park, Uganda"
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Purdue University


SARAH DAVIS
Dissertation: "The Corsican Quest for the Real: The Struggle for Self Identification among Cultural Militants in Corsica's Movement for Cultural Reacquisition"
Current Position: Tutor, St. Johns College, Santa Fe, NM


JENNIFER MASCARO
Dissertation: "A Longitudinal Investigation of Empathic Behavior and Neural Activity and Their Modulation by Compassion Meditation"
Current Position: Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Emory University


MICHELLE PARSONS
Dissertation: "Death and Freedom in Post-Soviet Russia: An Ethnography of a Mortality Crisis"
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Northern Arizona University


MAURITA POOLE
Dissertation: "'Brown Skin is Half of Beauty': Representations of Beauty and the Construction of Race in Contemporary Cairo"
Current Position: Director, Art Galleries, Clark Atlanta University


YAYA REN
Dissertation: "Vi(Abilities): Biology, Personhood, and Agency in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the U.S. and Taiwan"
Current Position: Founder and Executive Director, PreeMe + You


JED STEVENSON
Dissertation: "Schooling and Life Chances: Explaining the Effects of Mothers' Schooling on Child Health in Ethiopia"
Current Position: Research Associate, Medical Anthropology, University College-London
 
2010
SARAH BARKS
Dissertation: "Comparing Social Cognitive, Non-Social Cognitive, and Resting Brain Activity in Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)"
Current Position: Assistant Director for Graduate and Professional School Advising, Grinnell College


JAMES BROESCH
Dissertation: "Cultural Transmission and the Role of Evolutionary Forces: Empirical evidence for adaptive biases in learning and cultural transmission"
Current Position: Regional Leader, Population & Public Health Research & Knowledge Exchange, Vancouver Coastal Health System


AMBER CAMPBELL-HIBBS
Dissertation: "Irrigation and Infection: A Bioethnography of Schistosomiasis in Ancient Nubia"
Current Position: Adjunct Assistant Professor and Project Coordinator, EPSCoR Climate Change & Mitigation Project, Kansas State University


BRANDIE LITTLEFIELD
Dissertation: "Beyond Aggression and Dominance: The Effects of Social and Environmental Factors of Fecal Testosterone and Fecal Guticosteroid Levels in Wild Female Verreauxs Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi)"
Current Position: Instructor, Wake Tech Community College


KENNETH MAES
Dissertation: "Examining Social Determinants of Food Insecurity, Common Mental Disorders, and Motivations Among AIDS Care Volunteers in Urban Ethiopia During the 2008 Food Crisis"
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Oregon State University


MOLLY ZUCKERMAN
Dissertation: "Sex, Society, and Syphilis: A Social, Ecological, and Evolutionary History of Syphilis in Late Medieval and Early Modern England (c. 1494-1865)"
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Cobb Institute of Archeology, Mississippi State University
 
2009
RICHE DANIEL BARNES
Dissertation: "Still Uplifting the Race: Black Professional Wives and the Career and Family Debate"
Current Position: Dean of Pierson College, Yale University


ERIN FINLEY
Dissertation: "Faltering Heroes: Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Among Male Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan"
Current Position: Research Health Scientist and Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, UT Health Science Center, South Texas Veterans Health Care System


BRANDON KOHRT
Dissertation: "Wounded Hearts, Wounded Minds: Psychological Trauma in Nepal"
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Global Health Institute and Anthropology, Duke University
 
2008
SVEA CLOSSER
Dissertation: "Global Development in Policy and Practice: The Polio Eradication Initiative from Atlanta to Rural Pakistan"
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Middlebury College


MAYSOUN FREIJ
Dissertation: "The Lighter Side of Evil: Arab American Artists in New York"
Current Position: Research Scientist, NORC, University of Chicago


SARAH MATHIS
Dissertation: "The Politics of Land: a Study of Power and Authority in Rural KwaZulu-Natal"
Current Position: Associate Professor of Anthropology, School of International Studies, University of the Pacific


FAIDRA PAPAVASILIOU
Dissertation: "The Political Economy of Local Currency: Alternative Money, Alternative Development, and Collective Action in an Age of Globalization"
Current Position: Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Georgia State University


BETHANY TURNER
Dissertation: "The Servants of Machu Picchu: Life Histories and Population Dynamics in Late Horizon Peru"
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Georgia State University
 
2007
JOANNA DAVIDSON
Dissertation: "Feet in the Fire: Social Reproduction among the Diola of Guinea-Bissau, West Africa"
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Boston University


ALEXA DIETRICH
Dissertation: "The Corporation Next Door: Pharmaceutical Companies in Community, Health and the Environment in Puerto Rico"
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Wagner College


KENDRA HATFIELD-TIMAJCHY
Dissertation: "Delayed Diagnosis: The Experience of Women with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLS) and SLE-like Symptoms in Atlanta, Georgia"
Current Position: Health Scientist, Division of Reproductive Health, Centers for Disease Control


BENJAMIN JUNGE
Dissertation: "Citizenship Appeals: Gender and the Lived Experience of Leftist Politics in Porto Alegre, Brazil"
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, State University of New York, New Paltz


DAN MAINS
Dissertation: "Desire and opportunity among Urban Youth in Ethiopia"
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Honors College, University of Oklahoma


MELISSA MELBY
Dissertation: "Biocultural Approaches to the Study of the Local Biology of Menopause in Japan"
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Delaware


HAL ODDEN
Dissertation: "The Acquisition of Cultural Knowledge of Hierarchy by Samoan Youth"
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne


AMANDA THOMPSON
Dissertation: "More than Just Birth Weight: a Longitudinal Study of the Reproductive Ecology of Infant Growth and Development"
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, and Faculty Fellow, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
 
2006
ANDREA ABRAMS
Dissertation: "Who I Am and Whose I Am: Race, Class, Gender and Nation in an Afrocentric Church"
Current Position: Associate Professor and Chair, African and African American Studies, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Centre College


JOHN BING
Dissertation: "The Poison Grows Next to Its Cure: Substance Abuse, Life-History, Ritual, and Self-Transformation on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation"


RYAN BROWN
Dissertation: "Resilience, Derailment and Hope During the Transition to Adulthood among Cherokee and Anglo Youth"
Current Position: Full Behavioral/Social Scientist, RAND Corporation


JASON DECARO
Dissertation: "The Proximal Ecology of Stress and Bioecocultural Architecture of Daily Life"
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Alabama


DAN HRUSCHKA
Dissertation: "The Diverse Functions of Friendship"
Current Position: Associate Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University


LEANDRIS LIBURD
Dissertation: "The medical anthropology of type 2 diabetes at the intersection of race, class, and gender"
Current Position: Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Centers for Disease Control


SARAH WILLEN
Dissertation: "'No Person Is Illegal'? Configurations and Experiences of 'Illegality' Among Undocumented West African and Filipino Migrant Workers in Tel Aviv, Israel"
Current Position: Assistant Professor and Director, Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights, Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut
 
2005
ERIC LINDLAND
Dissertation: "Crossroads of Culture: Religion, Therapy, and Personhood in Northern Malawi"
Current Position: Senior Researcher, The Frameworks Institute


SARAH LYON
Dissertation: "Maya Coffee Farmers and the Fair Trade Commodity Chain"
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Kentucky


HOLLY PLASTARAS MALUK
Dissertation: "Cross-Race Friendships and Segregated Peer Groups Among Teens: An Educational Anthropology Study of Race Relations in Two 'Integreated' U.S. High Schools"
Current Position: Education Consultant, FRONTIER 21 Education Solutions.


DIANA SMAY TOEBBE
Dissertation: "Measurement of Inclusion Biases in Archaeological Skeletal Collections: A Case Study of Hasanlu"
Current Position: Upper School Teacher, The Key School, Annapolis
 
2004
KATHARINE SIECK
Dissertation: "Nowhere Else to Go: Cultural Models and Class Conflict in the Juvenile Welfare System"
Current Position: Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation


VINAY KAMAT
Dissertation: "Negotiating Illness and Misfortune in Post-Socialist Tanzania"
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia


KEITH MCNEAL
Dissertation: "Ecstasy in Exile: Divinity, Power, and Performance in Two Trinidadian Possession Religions"
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Houston


ELAINE SALO
Dissertation: "Respectable Mothers, Tough Men and Good Daughters: Producing Persons in Manenberg Township, South Africa"


REBECCA SELIGMAN
Dissertation: "Sometimes Affliction is a Door: A Bio-Psycho-Cultural Analysis of the Pathways to Candomble Mediumship"
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University


SALLY SERAPHIN
Dissertation: "The Neuroendocrinology, Neuroanatomy, and Behavior-Pharmacology of Dopamine in Juvenile Nursery-Reared and Mother-Reared Rhesus Monkeys (Macaca Mulatta)"
Current Position: Lecturer, Psychology, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
 
2003
LARA DEEB
Dissertation: "An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Diety Among Islamist Shi'I Muslims in Beirut"
Current Position: Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Scripps College


DANIEL LENDE
Dissertation: "Pattern and Paradox: Adolescent Substance Use and Abuse in Bogota, Colombia"
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of South Florida


DONNA MURDOCK
Dissertation: "When Women Have Wings: Feminist NGO Strategies and Social Class in Medellin, Colombia"
Current Position: Professor, Department of Anthropology, Sewanee: University of the South


MARK PADILLA
Dissertation: "Looking for Life: Male Sex Work, HIV/AIDS, and the Political Economy of Gay Sex Tourism in the Dominican Republic"
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University
 
2002
RONALD BARRETT
Dissertation: "Aghor Medicine: Pollution, Power, and Healing in Banaras, Northern India"
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Macalester College


NICHOLAS KOTTAK
Dissertation: "Stealing the Neighbor's Chicken: Social Control in Northern Mozambique"
Current Position: Principal, Ethnographic Solutions
 
2001
SEAMUS A. DECKER
Dissertation: "Modernity, affluence, and well being: A comparison of stress and social life in a remote-rural and a central-urban community in Botswana"

KATHERINE HIRSCHFELD (Mary "Tassie" Crabb)
Dissertation: "Socialism, Health, and Medicine in Cuba: A Critical Re-Analysis"
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma


CHRIS KUZAWA
Dissertation: "Maternal Nutrition, Fetal Growth, and Cardiovascular Risk in Filippino Adolescents"
Current Position: Professor, Department of Anthropology, & Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University


MATSHELISO MOLAPO
Dissertation: "A Biosocial Study of High Blood Pressure Among Underground Mineworkers in One South African Gold Mine"
Current Position: Senior Specialist for Institutional Research with the University Council and Executive Management, University of South Africa (UNISA)
 
2000
ANDREW COUSINS
Dissertation: "Ideology and Biomedicine on the Palestinian West Bank"


JUN HU
Dissertation: "Under the Knife: Medical 'Noncompliance' in Hmong Immigrants"


GAYATRI REDDY
Dissertation: "With Respect to Sex: Charting Hijra Identity in Hyderabad, India"
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago


HOLLY WARDLOW
Dissertation: "Passenger Women: Gender and Agency in a Papua New Guinea Modernity"
Current Position: Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto


ERIC WARGO
Dissertation: "Towards a Cultural Iconology: Meaning in Art and Anthropology"
Current Position: Science Writer, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health
 
1999
JENNIFER PHILLIPS DAVIDS
Dissertation: "New Lives: Migration, Fertility Transition, and Life Course Change Among Ethiopian Jewish Immigrants in Israel"
Current Position: Dean-Grade 8 & Middle School Director of Israel Engagement, Middle School Curriculum Specialist, Solomon Schechter School of Westchester


JESSICA GREGG
Dissertation: "Virgins without Hymens and Cancer without Cure: Sexual Strategies and Cervical Cancer in Recife, Brazil"
Current Position: Associate Professor of Medicine, General Internal Medicine, Oregon Health & Sciences University


THOMAS MCDADE
Dissertation: "Culture Change, Stress, and Immune Function in Western Samoan Youth"
Current Position: Professor, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University


DANIEL SMITH
Dissertation: "Having People: Fertility, Family and Modernity in Igbo-Speaking Southeastern Nigeria"
Current Position: Professor, Department Chair, Department of Anthropology, Brown University
 
1998
MARGARET BUCK
Dissertation: "Female Mate Choice in Sooty Mangabeys Social Constraints on Mating Behavior"


M. CAMERON HAY-ROLLINS
Dissertation: "Remembering to Live: Coping with Health Concerns on Lombok"
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Miami University (Ohio)


WYNNE MAGGI
Dissertation: "Our Women are Free: An Ethnotheory of Kalasha Women's Agency"
Current Position: President and Chief Cultural Officer, EnergyLogic


JAMES RILLING
Dissertation: "Comparative Regional Neuroanatomy of Higher Primates Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Insights into Human and Non-Human Primate Brain Evolution"
Current Position: Professor, Department of Anthropology, Emory University


THEODORE SCHURR
Dissertation: "Population Genetic Analysis of Indigenous Peoples of Northeast Siberia: Prehistoric and Historic Influences on Genetic Diversity"
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
 
1997
ALEX HINTON
Dissertation: "Cambodia's Shadow: An Examination of the Cultural Origins of Genocide"
Current Position: Professor and Director, Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, Rutgers University


JOHN WOOD
Dissertation: "When Men Are Women: Opposition and Ambivalence Among Gabra Nomads of East Africa"
Current Position: Professor, Department of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Asheville
 
1995
VICKI K. BENTLEY-CONDIT
Dissertation: "Infant-Adult Male Relationships as Adult Female Reproductive Strategies in Yellow Baboons (Papio cynocephalus cynocephalus)"
Current Position: Professor, Department of Anthropology, Grinnell College


ELIZABETH DIXON WHITAKER
Dissertation: "The Medicalization of Maternity in Italy: Fascism and Breastfeeding in an Apennine Community"
Current Position: Visiting Professor, College of the Atlantic, and the University of Bologna in Italy
 
1994
RONDA STAVISKY
Dissertation: "Socioendocrinology: Non Invasive Techniques for Monitoring Reproductive Function in Captive and Free-Ranging Primates"
Current Position: Colony Director, Yerkes NPRC Field Station, Lawrenceville, GA