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.

2018

Name

Thesis

Current Position

Gregory Burns

"Evolution of Shell Bead Money in Central California: An Isotopic Approach." (J.W. Eerkens, advisor)

 

Meghan Donnelly

"Practices of Perserverance: Violence, Impossible Information, and Critical Journalism in Mexico." (J.A. Dumit and M. de la Cadena, advisors)

 

Rachel Feldman

"The Third Temple Movement: An Ethnography of Messianic Activism." (S. Joseph, advisor)

Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies/Judaic Studies, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA

Adam Liebman 

 “Turning Trash into Treasure: Shadow Economies and Toxic Ecologies in Kunming, China.”  (L. Zhang, advisor)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University

Peter Stamos

"On the Ontogeny of the Hominoid Distal Femoral Metaphysical Surface: Towards Reconstructing the Locomotor Behavior of the Dikika Child." (T.D. Weaver, advisor)

 

Adrian Yen

"The Life After Life: Pills, Peace and Cen in Postwar Northern Uganda." (A. Klima, advisor)

 

2017

Name

Thesis

Current Position

Carlos Andrés Barragán

"Lineages within Genomes: Situating Human Genetics Research and Contentious Bio-Identities in Northern South America." (J.A. Dumit, advisor)

Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Davis

 

Dena Clink

"The Evolutionary and Ecological Implications of Variation in Bornean Gibbon (Hylobates muelleri) Female Calls." (M. Crofoot, advisor)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University (2019)

Doris Duangbudda

"Consuming Mobilities: Staging China in the World through Middle Class Car Culture." (L. Zhang, advisor)

Adjunct Instructor, Sierra College 

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.W. Eerkens, advisor)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Evolution and Medicine, Arizona State University, Tempe

Julie Linden

"Factors Affecting Hair Cortisol, Rank, and Aggression in a Large Newly Formed Social Group of Captive Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta)." (L.A. Isbell, advisor)

Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Davis

Jorge Núñez

"Markets of Excitement: Debt, Speculation, and Catalonia." (A. Klima, advisor)

Faculty and co-founder, Centro de Etnografía Interdisciplinaria de Université Cuenca and FLACSO, Ecuador

Xinjun Zhang

"Zoonotic Malaria in Southeast Asian Macaques." (D.G. Smith, advisor)

Postdoctoral Scholar, Evolution and Ecology, Brown University

 

2016

Name

Thesis

Current Position

David Katz

“The Influence of Climate and Diet on Human Skull Shape, Form, and Size.” (T.D. Weaver, advisor)

Postdoctoral Researcher, Cell Biology and Anatomy, University of Calgary, Canada

Amy Porter

“Variability in the Social Lives of Red Titi Monkeys (Callicebus discolor) and Equatorial Saki Monkeys (Pithecia aequatorialis), Two Pair-living Primates in Ecuador.” (L.A. Isbell, advisor)

Bonobo Project Manager, World Wildlife Fund, Democratic R epublic of Congo

Camilo Sanz

"Oncopolitics of Deferral and Temporal Urgency: Health Insurances, Biomedical Practices, and Cancer in Colombia" (M. de la Cadena, advisor)

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Indianapolis

Carly Whelan

"Hunter-Gatherer Storage and Settlement: A View From the Central Sierra Nevada" (A. Eerkens, advisor)

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, California State University, Chico

 

2015

Name

Thesis

Current Position

Jacob Culbertson

"Recombinant Indigeneities: Maori Environmental Design and the Architecture of Biculturalism." (A. Klima, advisor)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Haverford College, Pennsylvania

Vanessa deKoninck

"Disruption, Transformation, and Division: Negotiation Joint-Management in Northern Australia." (S. Sawyer, advisor)

Executive Director, CRC Consulting, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Stefanie Graeter

"Mineral Incorporations: Lead Science, Ethics, and Politics in Central Peru" (M. de la Cadena and J.A. Dumit, advisors)

Postdoctoral fellow, Science and Human Culture Program and Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University

Bascom Guffin

"Cyberabad Moves: Mobilizing Futures in a South Indian City." (S. Srinivas, advisor) 

Sessional instructor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada

Jieun Lee

"The Promise of Biology, Biology of Promises: An Ethnography of the Korean Stem Cell Enterprise." (J.A. Dumit, advisor)

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Rima Praspaliaskiene

"Enveloped Lives: Caring, Giving and Relating in Lithuanian Health Care." (J.A. Dumit, advisor)

Visiting Scholar, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society, University of California, Berkeley

Andrew Tremayne

"The Origin and Development of Maritime Foraging Systems in Northern Alaska." (C.M. Darwent, advisor)

Regional Archaeologist, National Park Service, Anchorage, Alaska

 

2014

Name

Thesis

Current Position

Katie Feilen

"Feeding Ecology and Sleeping Site Selection of Proboscis Monkeys (Nasalis larvatus) in West Kalimantan, Indonesia" (A.J. Marshall, advisor)

Conservation Program Manager, Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Md. Kamrul Hasan

"Origin and Dispersal of Rhesus Macaques with a Special Emphasis on Bangladesh."(D.G Smith, advisor)

Professor, Department of Zoology, Jahangikrnagar University, Bangledesh

Vandana Nagaraj

(A. Klima, advisor)

ReD Associates, New York, New York

Cody Ross

"Bayesian Methods in Applied Anthropology and Human Behavior Ecology." (B. Winterhalder. advisor)

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture,  Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

Ryan Schacht

"Multilevel Determinants of Reproductive Decision Making Among the Makushi of Guyana." (M. Borgerhoff Mulder, advisor)

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, East Carolina University, Greenville

 

2013

Name

Thesis

Current Position

Kristina Lyons

"Soil Practitioners and 'vital spaces': Agricultural Ethics and Life Processes in the Colombian Amazon." (M. de la Cadena, advisor)

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

Rossio Motta Ochoa

"Psychiatric Technologies Under Neo-Liberal Restructuring in a Peruvian Psychiatric Hospital." (M. de la Cadena, advisor)

University of California Cooperative Extension

Charles Pearson

"Tea Party Technologies and Imaginaries: The Emergence of a Conservative Network Politics." (A. Klima, advisor)

Principal Researcher, InVisionApp, Oakland, California

 

2012

Name

Thesis

Current Position

Madeline Otis Campbell

"Family, Nation, and Colonial Belonging in the Iraqi Diaspora." (S. Joseph, advisor)

Associate Dean, Global and Distance Education, Worcester State University, Providence, Rhode Island

Vivian Choi

"After Disasters: The Persistence of Insecurity in Sri Lanka." (S. Srinivas, advisor)

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota

Clint Cole

"Prehistoric Archaeology and the Fremont Frontier at North Meadow Valley Wash, Eastern Nevada." (R.L. Bettinger, advisor)

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)

Wenner-Gren Hunt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, New York University

Kathryn Demps

"Dynamics of Social Learning: Socialization into a Honey-Collecting Tribe and the Ecology of Cultural Knowledge Transmissions. (B. Winterhalder, advisor)

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Boise State University, Idaho

Jonathan Echeverri

"Errant Journals: Stories of Movement of African Foreigners Suspended in Dakar, Senegal." (S. Sawyer, advisor)

Faculty, Department of Anthropology, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia

Raven Garvey

“Human Behavioral Responses to Middle Holocene Climate Changes in Northern Argentine Patagonia.” (R.L. Bettinger, advisor)

Assistant Professor, Department of 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)

Adjunct Faculty, Cosumnes River College, Sacramento, California

Trine Johansen

"A Zooarchaeological and Ethnographic Investigation of Subsistence Change Through Time at Iita, Northwest Greenland" (C.M. Darwent, advisor)

Adjunct Faculty, Los Rios Community College District, Sacramento, California

Gina Jorgenson (Munson)

"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)

Cultural Resource Specialist, Archaeologist, and Tribal Liaison, Bureau of Land Management, Arcata, California

Christopher Kortright

"C4 rice and Hoping the Sun Can End Hunger: Tales of Plants, Evolution, Transgenics, and Crisis.” (J.A. Dumit, advisor)

Sessional Lecturer/Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Timothy Murphy

“Bohemia and Belonging in a Middle of Nowhere Somewhere” (D.L. Donham, advisor)

Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Studies, Worcester State University, Providence, Rhode Island

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)

Project Manager, Bighorn Archaeological Consultants, Santa Clara, Utah

 

Kristin Rauch

"Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Assortative Mating." (R. McElreath, advisor).

Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, California State University, Sacramento

Nathan Stevens

"Technological Plasticity and Cultural Evolution along the Central Coast of California.” (J.W. Eerkens, advisor)

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, California State University, Sacramento

 

2011

Name

Thesis

Current Position

Jennifer Aengst

"Reproductive Politics at the Border: Pronatalism, Intermarriage and Moral Movements in Ladakh, India." (S. Srinivas, advisor)

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Portland State University, Oregon

Won Choi

Deceased in 2009 (degree awarded posthumously)

 

"Emergence of Agricultural Society: A Chronological Review of the Early and Middle Bronze Age on the Korean Peninsula." (R. L. Bettinger, advisor) 

 

Stephanie Etting

"Primate Anti-Predator Behavior toward Snakes: Ecological and Evolutionary Implications." (L.A. Isbell, advisor)

Lecturer, Departments of Anthropology, Sacramento City College, Sacramento State University, and UC Davis.

Lena Meari

“Sumud: A Philosophy of Confronting Interrogation.” (S. Joseph, advisor)

Assistant Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Director, Institute of Women’s Studies, Birzeit University, Palestine

Ayesha Nibbe

"Effects of a Narrative: Humanitarian Aid and Action in the Northern Ugandan Conflict." (C.A. Smith, advisor)

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)

Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, California State University, Sacramento

Matthew Preston

"Anthropogenic Disturbance of Forests, its Effects on Primates, and Conservation in West Usambara, Tanzania." (A.H. Harcourt, advisor)

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)

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Montana, Missoula

Michelle Stewart

"Subjects of Prevention: Risk, Threat and Anticipation in Canadian Policing.” (J.A. Dumit, advisor)

Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

 

2009

Name

Thesis

Current Position

Loukas Barton

"Early Food Production in China's Western Loess Plateau." (R.L. Bettinger, advisor)

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

John Bunce

"Ecology and Genetics of Color Vision in Callicebus brunneus, a Neotropical Monkey.” (L.A. Isbell, advisor)

Senior Researcher, Department of Human Behavior, Ecology, and Culture, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

Micah Hale

"Santa Barbara and San Diego: Contrasting Adaptive Strategies on the Southern California Coast." (R.L. Bettinger, advisor)

Senior Archaeologist, Dudek, Encinitas, California

Fabiana Li

  • "How Pollution Comes to Matter: The Science and Politics of Twenty-First Century Mining in Peru." (S. Sawyer, advisor)

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Manitoba, Canada

Carl McCabe

"Human Behavioral Ecology and the Individual in Society." (B. Winterhalder, advisor)

Scientific Program Specialist, National Cancer Institute, Center for Biomedical Informatics, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Kari Britt Schroeder

"Genetic Perspectives on Population Prehistory in the Americas." (D.G. Smith, advisor)

 

Shannon Tushingham

"The Development of Intensive Foraging Systems in Northwestern California." (R.L. Bettinger, advisor)

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology/ Assistant Director, Museum of Anthropology, Washington State University, Pullman

 

2008

Name

Thesis

Current Position

Brianne Beisner

"The Effects of Ground Substrate on the Behavior and Well-being of Outdoor Captive Groups of Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta)." (L.A. Isbell, advisor)

Research Scientist, California National Primate Research Center, University of California, Davis

Rebecca Chancellor

“Feeding competition and social relationships in two female-resident primate species: Rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) and gray-cheeked mangabeys (Lophocebus albigena).” (L.A. Isbell, advisor)

Associate Professor, Departments of Psychology and Anthropology & Sociology, West Chester University, Pennsylvania

Susan Glover

“Behavioral Ecology of Silver Prospectors in late 19th century Gothic, Colorado: Migration, Group Formation and Central Place Foraging.” (B. Winterhalder, advisor)

Adjunct Faculty, Dennison University, Granville, Ohio

Kregg Hetherington

“Guerilla Auditors: Transparency, Democracy and Rural Politics in Paraguay.” (M. de la Cadena, advisor)

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec

Robert Stallman

“The Pace and Processes of Early Divergence and Stasis: Morphological Evolution in Isolated Populations of the Sulawesi Boot Macaque, Macaca ochreata (Cercopithecidae)

 

Adrian Whitaker

“The Role of Human Predation in the Structuring of Prehistoric Prey Populations in Northwestern California.” (R.L. Bettinger and C.M. Darwent, advisors)

Principal Investigator, Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Davis, California

 

2007

Name

Thesis

Current Position

Sherine Hafez

“Women's Islamic Movements in Question: Reconsidering Desire, Religion and Secularism” (S. Joseph, advisor)

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of California, Riverside