Graduate Program Alumni

We in the Department of Anthropology are justifiably proud of the academic and career achievements of our alumni.

Many Graduate Program alumni remain in touch with us. Here, along with their dissertation topics, are updates on what they're doing now.


  • Carlos Andres Barragan "Lineages Within Genomes: Situating Human Genetics Research and Contentious Bio-Identities in Northern South America" (Joseph Dumit, advisor)
  • Doris Duangbudda "Consuming Mobilities: Staging China in the World through Middle Class Car Culture" (Li Zhang, advisor)
  • Alexandra Greenwald “Isotopic Reconstruction of Weaning Age and Childhood Diet Among Ancient California Foragers: Life History Strategies and Implications for Demographics, Resource Intensification, and Social Organization.”  (J.Eerkens advisor)
  • Julie Linden "Factors Affecting Hair Cortisol, Rank, and Aggression in a Large Newly Formed Social Group of Captive Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta)" (Lynne Isbell, advisor)


  • Camilo Sanz: "Oncopolitics of Deferral and Temporal Urgency: Health Insurances, Biomedical Practices, and Cancer in Colombia" (M. de la Cadena, advisor)
  • Carly Whelan: "Hunter-Gatherer Storage and Settlement: A View From the Central Sierra Nevada" (A. Eerkens, advisor)


  • Jacob Culbertson: "Recombinant Indigeneities: Maori Environmental Design and the Architecture of Biculturalism" (A. Klima, advisor)
  • Vanessa deKoninck: "Disruption, Transformation, and Division: Negotiation Joint-Management in Northern Australia" (S. Sawyer, advisor)
  • Stefanie Graeter: "Mineral Incorporations: Lead Science, Ethics, and Politics in Central Peru" (M. de la Cadena and J.A. Dumit, advisors); Current position: Postdoctoral fellow, Science and Human Culture Program and Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University (Advisor, A. Klima)
  • Bascom Guffin: "Cyberabad Moves: Mobilizing Futures in a South Indian City" (S. Srinivas, advisor); Current position: Sessional instructor, Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Jieun Lee: "The Promise of Biology, Biology of Promises: An Ethnography of the Korean Stem Cell Enterprise" (J.A. Dumit, advisor)
  • Rima Praspaliaskiene: "Enveloped Lives: Caring, Giving and Relating in Lithuanian Health Care" (J.A. Dumit, advisor)
  • Jonathan Salerno: "Human Behavior and Biodiversity Conservation in Tropical Systems: Mobility, Livelihoods, and Wildlife Conflict at Multiple Scales" (M. Borgerhoff Mulder, advisor)
  • Andrew Tremayne: "The Origin and Development of Maritime Foraging Systems in Northern Alaska" (C.M. Darwent, advisor); Current position: Regional archaeologist, National Park Service, Anchorage, Alaska


  • Katie Feilen: "Feeding Ecology and Sleeping Site Selection of Proboscis Monkeys (Nasalis larvatus) in West Kalimantan, Indonesia" (A.J. Marshall, advisor)
  • Md. Kamrul Hasan: "Origin and Dispersal of Rhesus Macaques With a Special Emphasis on Bangladesh"(D.G Smith, advisor); Current position: professor, Department of Zoology, Jahangikrnagar University, Bangledesh
  • Cody Ross: "Bayesian Methods in Applied Anthropology and Human Behavior Ecology" (B. Winterhalder. advisor); Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Behavioral Sciences Program, Santa Fe Institute
  • Ryan Schacht: "Multilevel Determinants of Reproductive Decision Making Among the Makushi of Guyana" (M. Borgerhoff Mulder, advisor); Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Anthropology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City


  • Kristina Lyons: "Soil Practitioners and 'vital spaces': Sgricultural Ethics and Life Processes in the Colombian Amazon" (M. de la Cadena, advisor); Current position: University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz
  • Rossio Motta Ochoa: "Psychiatric Technologies Under Neo-Liberal Restructuring in a Peruvian Psychiatric Hospital" (M. de la Cadena, advisor); Current position: Postdoctoral fellow, Programme ARUC-Trajectoires addictives et les trajectoires de services, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, University of Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • Charles Pearson: "Tea Party Technologies and Imaginaries: The Emergence of a Conservative Network Politics" (A. Klima, advisor); Current position: senior ethnographic researcher at Adobe Systems
  • 2012
  • Vivian Choi: After Disasters: The Persistence of Insecurity in Sri Lanka" (S. Srinivas, advisor); Current position: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University, NY
  • Clint Cole: "Prehistoric Archaeology and the Fremont Frontier at North Meadow Valley Wash, Eastern Nevada" (R.L. Bettinger, advisor); Current position: Principal investigator, Kautz Environmental Consulting, Reno, NV
  • Nicholas D’Avella: "From Banks to Bricks: Architecture, Investment and Neighborhood Life in Buenos Aires, Argentina" (D.L. Donham, advisor); Current position: Postdoctoral scholar, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society, UC Berkeley
  • Kathryn Demps: "Dynamics of Social Learning: Socialization into a Honey-Collecting Tribe and the Ecology of Cultural Knowledge Transmissions (B. Winterhalder, advisor); Current position: Assistant professor, Anthropology, Boise State University, ID
  • Jonathan Echeverri: "Errant Journals: Stories of Movement of African Foreigners Suspended in Dakar, Senegal" (Advisor, S. Sawyer). Current position: Faculty, Anthropology, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia
  • Raven Garvey Human Behavioral Responses to Middle Holocene Climate Changes in Northern Argentine Patagonia (R.L. Bettinger, advisor); Current position: Assistant professor, Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Cassandra Gilmore: "A Comparative Context for the Interpretation of Antemortem Tooth Loss in the Fossil Record: Implications for the Evolution of Human Behavior and Longevity (T.D. Weaver, advisor)
  • Trine Johansen: "A Zooarchaeological and Ethnographic Investigation of Subsistence Change Through Time at Iita, Northwest Greenland" (C.M. Darwent, advisor); Current position: adjunct professor, Anthropology, Sacramento City College, CA
  • Gina Jorgenson: "Human Ecology and Social Organization in the Prehistoric California Delta: An Examination of 87Sr/86Sr Isotope Ratios in the Human Burial Population at CA-CCO-548" (J.W. Eerkens, advisor); Current position: Cultural resource specialist and tribal liaison, Bureau of Land Management, Arcata, CA
  • Christopher Kortright: "C4 rice and Hoping the Sun Can End Hunger: Tales of Plants, Evolution, Transgenics, and Crisis (J.A. Dumit, advisor). Current position: adjunct professor, Anthropology, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Robert Nash: "The Role of Maize in Low-Level Food Production Among Northern Peripheral Fremont Groups in the Northeastern Uinta Mountains of Utah (R.L. Bettinger, advisor). Current position: Project manager, Bighorn Archaeological Consultants, Santa Clara, UT
  • Kristin Rauch: "Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Assortative Mating" (R. McElreath, advisor). Current position: Lecturer, Anthropology, Sacramento State University
  • Nathan Stevens: "Technological Plasticity and Cultural Evolution Along the Central Coast of California (J.W. Eerkens, advisor); Current position: Assistant professor, Anthropology, Sacramento State University


  • Jennifer Aengst: "Reproductive Politics at the Border: Pronatalism, Intermarriage and Moral Movements in Ladakh, India" (S. Srinivas, advisor); Current position: Adjunct assistant professor, Anthropology, Portland State University, OR
  • Won Choi: "Emergence of Agricultural Society: A Chronological Review of the Early and Middle Bronze Age on the Korean Peninsula" (R. L. Bettinger, advisor); Deceased in 2009 (degree awarded posthumously)
  • Stephanie Etting: "Primate Anti-Predator Behavior Toward Snakes: Ecological and Evolutionary Implications" (L.A. Isbell, advisor); Current position: Lecturer, Anthropology, Sonoma State University, CA
  • Lena Meari Sumud: "A Philosophy of Confronting Interrogation (S. Joseph, advisor); Current position: Assistant professor at the Institute of Women's Studies at Birzeit University
  • Ayesha Nibbe: "Effects of a Narrative: Humanitarian Aid and Action in the Northern Ugandan Conflict" (C.A. Smith, advisor); Current position: Assistant professor, Department of Social Sciences, Hawai'i Pacific University
  • Gowoon Noh: "Life on the Border: Korean-Chinese Negotiating National Belonging and Transnational Capitals in the Global Economy" (L. Zhang, advisor); Current position: Lecturer, Anthropology, Sacramento State University
  • Matthew Preston: "Anthropogenic Disturbance of Forests, its Effects on Primates, and Conservation in West Usambara, Tanzania" (A.H. Harcourt, advisor); Current position: Presidential Management fellow, National Science Coordinator, Bureau of Land Management, Washington, DC
  • Meradeth Snow: "Ancient DNA in North America and the Effects of Migration on Prehistoric Populations" (D.G. Smith, advisor); Current position: Assistant professor, Anthropology, University of Montana, Missoula
  • Michelle Stewart: "Subjects of Prevention: Risk, Threat and Anticipation in Canadian Policing (J.A. Dumit, advisor); Current position: Assistant professor, Criminology, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada


  • Loukas Barton: "Early Food Production in China's Western Loess Plateau" (R.L. Bettinger, advisor); Current position: Assistant professor, Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, PA
  • John Bunce: "Ecology and Genetics of Color Vision in Callicebus brunneus, a Neotropical Monkey (L.A. Isbell, advisor); Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Anthropology, UC Davis
  • Micah Hale: "Santa Barbara and San Diego: Contrasting Adaptive Strategies on the Southern California Coast" (R.L. Bettinger, advisor); Current position: Senior project manager and archaeologist, Dudek, Encinitas, CA
  • Fabiana Li: "How Pollution Comes to Matter: The Science and Politics of Twenty-First Century Mining in Peru" (S. Sawyer, advisor); Current position: Assistant professor, Anthropology, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Carl McCabe: "Human Behavioral Ecology and the Individual in Society" (B. Winterhalder, advisor); Current position: Public health analyst, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
  • Kari Britt Schroeder: "Genetic Perspectives on Population Prehistory in the Americas" (D.G. Smith, advisor); Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Psychology, Boston University, MA
  • Shannon Tushingham: "The Development of Intensive Foraging Systems in Northwestern California" (R.L. Bettinger, advisor); Current position: Assistant director, Museum of Anthropology, Washington State University, Pullman