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Agbelusi, Oluseyi  Email: ooagbelu@syr.edu

Agbelusi, Oluseyi
Oluseyi is currently a second-year Ph.D. student in anthropology with a concentration in archaeology. He is a Syracuse University Graduate Fellow and the Anthropology Graduate Students Representative. He holds a B.A in archaeology from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria and an MSc in conservation studies from the University College London (Qatar Campus). Oluseyi’s region of interest is West Africa where he has participated in numerous archaeological research and conservation projects. He has conducted fieldwork on several sites across south-western Nigeria and on Tasso Island in Sierra Leone. He has also participated in a number of excavations and conservation projects in the Mediterranean Basin, the Arab and Islamic World, and recently in the Caribbean. Oluseyi’s research interests include African archaeology, the African Diaspora, culture contact and change, colonialism, cultural heritage law, and archaeological conservation. His interest in African archaeology and Africa’s intersection with the Atlantic world is what led him to apply for the doctoral program. He is currently developing a dissertation project focusing on the early colonial period archaeology of Sierra Leone and completed initial fieldwork in 2018. Oluseyi is the Chair of the World Archaeological Congress Students Committee (WACSC) and the student representative for Western Africa region on the WACSC. 


Amartey, Samuel  Email: samartey@maxwell.syr.edu

Samuel Amartey                
Samuel is a doctoral student of anthropology with research interest in historical archaeology and heritage management in West Africa. He is particularly interested in African-European interaction on the coast and immediate hinterlands of West Africa during the Atlantic Trade. He holds an M. Phil. Degree in archaeology from the University of Ghana, Legon. His master's research involved a survey of Nyanao Hill landscape (both cultural and natural) as an approach to enhancing our understanding of Akwamu history at Nyanaoase (c. 1630-1750) in south eastern Ghana. He has tremendous archaeological field experience in Ghana. He also has strong interest in heritage management in West Africa. Samuel is a member of Heritage and Site Save Africa (HaSSA), a non-Governmental Organization that provides advocacy and education on heritage management issues in Ghana. His current research focuses on African-European interaction in the Sierra Leone Estuary particularly relationship of Bunce Island (a seventeenth century British Fort) to other adjoining African settlements in the Sierra Leone Estuary.


Anthony, Alexander Email: awathon@syr.edu

Anthony, Alexander
Alex is a doctoral student in anthropology with a focus in historical archaeology. His primary research interest is in the lived experiences of individuals living and working at sites of institutional confinement in Western Europe and the Mediterranean. He holds a MS in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His MS thesis is an analysis of the material medical waste interred with individuals at the Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery in an attempt to narrow down from which county medical institution the waste, and thus the associated human remains, originated. Alex’s research interests also include the Irish Diaspora due to his extensive involvement in the CRM excavation and analysis of an Irish-American farmstead in central Wisconsin. His field and lab experience extend over a decade and include projects in the Midwest, Great Plains, Pacific Northwest, and the Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. His more recent work has included participating in a supervisory capacity on a survey of two mountains in Northwestern Sicily and at excavations at Spike Island Prison in Cork Harbor, Ireland.


Appiah-Adu, Siaw   Email: sappiaha@syr.edu
Siaw Appiah-Adu
Siaw is a doctoral student of anthropology with research interest in pre-European contact in West Africa. He holds a Master's degree in archaeology from the University of Ghana, Legon. His master’s research involved survey and documentation of the spatial distribution of mounds at Hambuikong of Komaland, Northern Ghana. This contributed to the construction of culture history and an understanding of the spatial organization of the ancient settlement. He has conducted archaeological research in several parts of West Africa, including Ghana, Benin, Togo, and Sierra Leone. He has also engaged in cultural resources management projects. Prior to his arrival at Syracuse University for the doctoral program, he was teaching as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies. His current research focuses on a mound-site of Northern Ghana, exploring elements of Trans-Saharan trade and contacts.



Behrens, Joanna  Email: jpbehren@syr.edu  

Black, Cullen  Email: cublack@syr.edu
Cullen black

Cullen is a doctoral student in anthropology with a concentration in bioarchaeology.  His dissertation research focuses on the impact of structural violence on the body throughout the life course and extending into the postmortem period with his field work conducted in La Verbena Cemetery in Guatemala City.  Cullen is currently a forensic anthropologist with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.




Bloomston, Bethany  
Email: brblooms@maxwell.syr.edu

Bowes, Jessica   Email: jbowes@syr.edu
Jessica Bowes
Jessica is a PhD candidate in anthropology with a focus on historical archaeology, African diaspora, and paleoethnobotany. She has her master's degree his historical archaeology from UMASS Boston and her thesis focused on the social relationships of slaves and their masters's over multiple owners at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest as seen through plant remains. Her PhD research focuses on faunal and botanical remains from the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn, NY. She will use these remains to understand food and identity among the former slaves making up Tubman's household. Jessica has been fortunate to serve as a National Council for Preservation Education intern and help at the new Harriet Tubman National Historical Park.




Chamoun, Tony
  Email: tjchamou@syr.edu
Tony Chamoun






Collazo Lopez, Julissa
Email: jcollazo@syr.edu

 Julissa Collazo Lopez
Julissa is a doctoral student from Puerto Rico with a focus on Historical Archaeology. She holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Puerto Rico and an MA in Nautical and Underwater Archaeology from the University of Cadiz, Spain. Her research interests include gender in the 16th century Spanish Caribbean, specifically the presence of women in domestic spaces of early settlements.  




Darroch, Melissa  Email:  mmdarroc@syr.edu
Melissa Darroch
Melissa is a first-year doctoral student of anthropology with a concentration in bioarchaeology. She is interested in studying quality of life and identity. Melissa holds a BS in Anthropology with a minor in History from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has tremendous archaeological field experience in prehistoric and historic archaeology in the Southeastern United States, as well as experience in Guatemala.




Deal, Rachel
   Email: rbdeal@syr.edu
Rachel Deal

Rachel Deal is a Ph.D. student with research interests in historical archaeology, Portuguese expansion and colonialism in Africa, capitalism, and the Atlantic slave trade. She received her B.S. in Anthropology from Missouri State University in 2015 and worked for three years as an archaeology technician in the Western and Midwestern United States before pursuing a doctorate degree. She has also participated in a number of archaeological excavations concerning enslavement and emancipation, race relations, and labor in both the United States and Africa.






Fiorentino, Nicholas
  Email: nifioren@syr.edu

Nick Fiorentino


Nick Fiorentino is a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology, with an ethnographic focus on Japan and its foodways. This interest extends to issues of globalization and sociolinguistics.
Nick is originally from Philadelphia, PA and is an alumni of Temple University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Asian Studies. He has lived in Tokyo, Japan and studied Japanese at Middlebury College in Vermont.
He served two years in AmeriCorps, with City Year Philadelphia and NCCC FEMA Corps stationed out of Vinton, Iowa.





Freedenberg, Ross 
Email: refreede@syr.edu

Gagnon, Terese  Email: tvgagnon@syr.edu

 Gagnon, Terese

Terese Gagnon is writing her dissertation, entitled "Hungering for Freedom" about Karen individuals from Myanmar (Burma) investigating transnational relationships between people, plants, and sensory politics in the context of forced migration and exile. She is interested in the political and affective dimensions of human engagement with plants, especially in relation to gardening, foraging, and cooking. She combines poetry with her work in Anthropology. Her writing has appeared in Ethnography, Anthropology and Humanism, Ethnobiology Letters and other journals. She is co-editor of the book, Itineraries and Sanctuaries of Memory (forthcoming 2020) from the University of Arizona Press. Her ethnographic poetry has been recognized with a prize from the Society of Humanistic Anthropology (2013) and her poems have been published in academic and literary journals alike. She is a recipient of the Syracuse University Outstanding Teaching Assistant (OTA) Award (2018).


Galluzzo, Arianna  Email: angalluz@syr.edu

Arianna Galluzzo







Ghosh, Ipshita
  Email: ighosh@syr.edu

ipshita Ghosh
Ipshita Ghosh is a doctoral candidate in the department whose interests bridge cultural and medical anthropology. Her research is focused on entrepreneurs working to reinvent health paradigms in India and the United States. She is interested in the transnational entrepreneurial subjectivities and  forms of care created through the intersection of biopolitics and humanitarian discourses. Ipshita holds a BA from LSR college, Delhi University and MSc from Oxford University where she was awarded a national scholarship. She was awarded the Humane Studies Fellowship to complete her dissertation research in 2018-19. Ipshita also holds an MPA from Maxwell School, Syracuse University. She has previously worked as a research consultant for civil society organizations in India and as an Assistant Professor at Delhi University.



Greenfield, Sally
Email: smgreenf@syr.edu

Sally Greenfield


Sally is a graduate student in cultural anthropology.  Her work focuses primarily on the body, including issues of performance, gender, ethnicity, and identity.  She studies materiality within the context of cultural anthropology, and she is specifically interested in the use of archival materials to inform the analysis of current cultural practices.  She also has interdepartmental interests, particularly in the fields of musicology and ethnomusicology.




Greer, Matthew  Email: mcgreer@syr.edu

Matthew Greer


Matthew is a doctoral student in archaeology, and holds a B.A. from the University of Mary Washington and a M.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi. Since 2015, he has directed excavations at Belle Grove Plantation (Frederick County, Virginia). This plantation sits within the Shenandoah Valley, a region where the relatively ‘low’ number of enslaved persons has led scholars to ignore the lives of these individuals. His research addresses this gap, exploring if / how enslaved life was different here than in other regions of Virginia, and how enslaved women and men contributed to the development of the Shenandoah Valley during the early 19th century.




Harris, Steven
  Email: sgharr01@syr.edu

Harris, Steven


Steven Harris is a third-year doctoral student in historical archaeology, with an interest in archaeometallurgy, African diaspora, and XRF analysis. He received his B.S. in Earth Science and Anthopology with a minor in Chinese Studies from Syracuse University in 2016. His current research is focused on the production of iron and steel, the ritual significance of said production, and isolating distinct chemical characteristics of metal artifacts found within the Caribbean setting, to determine their point of origin. While Steven's research is primarily situated in Barbados, eventually his research will include iron and steel collections found in West Africa and parts of Europe as well.




Hicks, Katherine Elizabeth  Email: kehick01@syr.edu

Katherine Hicks
Katie is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Syracuse University, focusing on historical archaeology. She holds a BSc from Kent State University and a MA from the University of Cincinnati. She has participated in fieldwork at sites throughout England, Martinique, Barbados, and central New York. Her doctoral research explores landscapes of life and death in nineteenth century Manhattan, as viewed through the lens of the diverse, abolitionist Spring Street Presbyterian Church. This study uses GIS, historical address data, and mortuary artifacts excavated from the burial vaults associated with the church, to examine the influences of urbanization, economic revolution, and social reform on the movements and mortuary practices of the church congregation. For more information about past and present research on the Spring Street burial vaults, please visit the Spring Street Archaeology Project website: http://springstreetarchaeology.syr.edu/



Hinds, Elizabeth
Email: ekhinds@syr.edu

Hinds, Elizabeth


Elizabeth is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology. Her area of focus is Cultural Anthropology, though her background is in Archaeology having pursued a BA in History and Archaeology at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. During the course of earning her BA she was a recipient of the Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarship which afforded her the opportunity to study in Canada for a year which ultimately led to her co-curating her own exhibit entitled “Native Traders: Pre-Contact Trade at the Lawson Site”, which focused on the investigation of Native American trade routes prior to European contact. Her areas of interest include the examination of discourse surrounding black women’s’ bodies as well as the culture of urban villages in Barbados in the Post-Colonial Period. She has also participated in several excavations under the direction of Dr. Doug Armstrong on Trent’s Plantation in Barbados.



Hosek, Lauren   Email: lrhosek@syr.edu 

Lauren Hosek

Lauren is a doctoral student in historical archaeology with a concentration in bioarchaeology.  She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis where she specialized in archaeology and anthropology.  She has participated in fieldwork on prehistoric sites in the Midwestern United States, as well as medieval sites in England, Scotland, and the Czech Republic.  Lauren has worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in St. Louis MCX CMAC assisting with NAGPRA compliance. Lauren's research interests include human osteology, health and disease, materiality of the body, political violence, religion and the body, and mortuary archaeology. Her dissertation research, funded by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, examines the intersections of social status, religious discourses, violence, and disease in early medieval skeletal remains from the Czech Republic.  This bioarchaeological investigation incorporates multiple types of evidence including skeletal analysis, material culture, historical narratives, and comparative cases. Lauren is currently teaching in the Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute (FNSSI) at Syracuse University.


Ireland, Morgan  Email: mireland@syr.edu

Morgan Ireland
Morgan is a PhD student in cultural anthropology with particular interest in urban anthropology, feminist theories and particularly in how the intersections of race, caste, class and gender impact urban mobility. Her work is primarily focused on the creation of feminist spaces in Mumbai and New York City. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology with a Minor in Asian Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She also currently holds a CAS from Syracuse in Women and Gender Studies. 




Jackson, Jonathan
  Email: jjack05@maxwell.syr.edu  
I am interested in the study of gay, lesbian, and bisexual rabbis and how their emergence in American Reform Judaism has transformed sacred notions of Jewish kinship.

Jamieson, LuAnn  Email: ljamieso@syr.edu

Khalid, Zainab Eamil:  zmkhalid@syr.edu

Khalil, Hamza Email: hkhalil@syr.edu

Hamza Khalil






Korn, Andrew  Email: ankorn@syr.edu

Korn, Andrew
I am most interested in researching the connections between decisions made by political/societal leaders and the way those decisions impact marginalized populations and contribute to systems of ingrained inequality, especially in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.




Lans, Aja
 Email: amlans@syr.edu 
Aja Lans
Aja Lans is a doctoral candidate in historical archaeology with a focus on bioarchaeology. She holds a B.S. from Binghamton University and a M.A. from New York University. Her dissertation is a study of the archival and skeletal remains of black women who died in turn of the century New York City. Their remains are now part of the Huntington Collection, which is housed by the Smithsonian Institution. Utilizing life course and intersectional approaches, she aims to better understand how race, gender, class, and place came to be literally embodied by the women who ended up in this skeletal collection, and (re)insert their physical remains into the wider discussion of black women’s histories in the United States. Also of interest are the ethics of museum collections, the objectification of human remains, and the history of race.



LaVoy, Catherine
   Email: celavoy@maxwell.syr.edu  

Mali, Ajaya  Email: anmali@syr.edu
Ajaya Mali
Ajaya N. Mali is a fourth-year graduate student interested in politics and religion. His focus is on changes to the religious life of small communities when political contexts change. He is also interested in the conservation strategies adopted at UNESCO cultural sites and the experience and participation of local communities in such state projects. For his doctoral research, Ajaya will study the efforts made by the Nepalese state to develop the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath in Kathmandu into a South Asian, and global, pilgrimage and tourism hub.




McCormick, Francis
Email: fmmccorm@syr.edu
Francis McCormic
Fran McCormick is a historical archaeologist whose research has focused on historic period Brazil, slavery, and the African Diaspora. Graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2008 and entering the Syracuse University Anthropology graduate program in 2009, Fran has studied archaeology, anthropology, and Portuguese for over 13 years. He also has several years of experience in contract archaeology across the east coast, and currently works as an archaeologist for the U.S. Forest Service.




McDaniel-Bouley, Julia
  Email: jumcdani@syr.edu

Julia McDaniel-Bouley
Julia is a graduate student in cultural anthropology at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in 2018. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and French Language and Literature from SUNY Geneseo in 2012. 

 Julia has worked with community planning and female empowerment in Rwanda while in the Peace Corps. She has also conducted leadership research and training at the NYU Stern School of Business for five years. She has studied international affairs, policy, and leadership in developing contexts for over 13 years. Her current research concerns policy, empowerment, and leadership among female Somali Bantu refugees in urban areas. 



Muffuletto, Samantha
Email: slmufful@syr.edu

Samantha Muffuletto

Samantha Chaudhry-Muffuletto is a cultural anthropology PhD candidate. She earned her Maser’s degree in Anthropology and Archaeology at the Harvard Extension School in 2018, her B.A. in anthropology at Temple University in 2015, and her A.A in Social Sciences at the Harrisburg Area Community College in 2013. Samantha’s research interests include the real life effects of popular and political media representation, structural violence, human rights, and disability studies. Her primary geographical interests include the United States, India, and Pakistan. Samantha aims to build upon her published Master’s thesis and fieldwork at Harvard University titled, “Effects of American Media Representation of South Asian Americans”. Another aspect of the program Samantha is passionate about, is continuing to study Hindi and eventually learn the Shahmukhi (Urdu Script) as well.


O'Leary, Matthew Email: molear03@syr.edu

O'Leary, Matthew
Matthew O'Leary is a first year graduate student with a focus on historic archaeology. He received his BA from the University of North Georgia, where he conducted archaeological research on early industrial sites in Lumpkin County, GA. Prior to enrolling at Syracuse University, he worked with the New York State Dept. of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation at the Washington Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh, NY.




Olesch, Dana  Email: dtolesch@syr.edu

Olesch, Dana

Dana Olesch is a third year PhD student who specializes in the historical archaeology of urban spaces. Her research focuses on structural and cultural violence in urban spaces during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in the United States. Dana earned her B.A. with high honors in Anthropology and History from Beloit College in 2016. Before pursuing her doctoral degree, Dana was the McDermott Intern for Ancient American Art at the Dallas Museum of Art and has excavation experience in the United States and Peru.  




Ortiz-Valdez, Fabiola  
Email: fortizva@syr.edu
Fabiola Ortiz-Valdez
Fabiola is originally from Mexico and a doctoral student in cultural anthropology, her dissertation focuses on labor relations and labor organizing among undocumented dairy workers in Central New York. Her research interests include undocumented migration to the U.S., alternative forms of organizing for low wage workers, farmworkers’ social reproductive labor, and activist research.  For the past six years, Fabiola has been a labor  and immigrants' rigths organizer with the Workers’ Center of Central NY and now with the New York Immigration Coalition.  Fabiola is also member of the advisory board of the Labor Research and Action Network, a collaborative effort to connect workers’ rights organizations and academics.



Perucchio, Giulia  Email: gaperucc@syr.edu
Giulia Perucchio








Platt, Sarah
  Email: seplatt@syr.edu 
Sarah Platt
Sarah is currently a PhD candidate and her research focuses on the southeastern metropolis of Charleston, South Carolina at its economic and sociopolitical height in the eighteenth century. Utilizing a multi-faceted approach, Sarah is unpacking the social and material networks as the center on and unfold from one urban town lot, 87 Church Street (currently The Heyward-Washington House owned and operated as a house museum by The Charleston Museum), across generations of human occupants – both free and enslaved – from 1730 to 1792. Her research is entirely collections based, her field site a museum storeroom, and she is invested in creative uses of legacy collections and data in the face of the ongoing “collections crises.” She received her B.A. in anthropology with minors in history and museum studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2013 and her M.A. from Syracuse University in 2018.   She just completed a two-year residency with The Charleston Museum with the support of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Over the course of her residency she worked extensively on public interpretation projects both at The Charleston Museum and McLeod Plantation Historic Site, and is particularly interested in interpreting difficult histories to the public. Sarah joined the team at the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS) based out of the archaeology lab at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia as an Archaeological Analyst in May 2019.


Posega, Jessica  Email: jmposega@syr.edu 
Jessica Posega
Jessica is a Ph.D. candidate in cultural anthropology. She received her B.S. in anthropology from Michigan Technological University in 2012, and her M.A. in anthropology from the University of South Carolina in 2014. Her dissertation project critically explores the life histories of pro-choice activists in Northern Ireland through multi-sited collaborative research with local pro-choice groups.







Ramchandani, Taapsi  
Email: taramcha@syr.edu  

I am a third-year doctoral student in Anthropology at Syracuse University; I am also a Master’s candidate (executive track) in Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. My research falls within the realm of civic anthropology and broadly encompasses bureaucracy, collaborative governance, and the modern state. For the past two years, I have been studying local government reform and decentralization in Trinidad and Tobago, and am interested in the ways new collaborations are formed with non-state actors in the name of participatory governance. I came to the field of anthropology with five years of work experience in India as a features reporter/anchor with CNBC-TV18, and later as the country manager for Mela Artisans, LLC – a “socially conscious” shopping portal for Indian handicrafts. My work with Mela Artisans took me all over India where I worked closely with artisan groups and developed programs for them around capacity building, impact assessment and online micro-lending. Here is the link to my webpage www.taapsiramchandani.com

Reid, Sean  
Email: shreid@syr.edu 

Sean Reid
Sean H. Reid is a doctoral student in the anthropology department at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. He specializes in African archaeology, maritime archaeology, and the archaeology of the Atlantic world. His doctoral research examines broad transformations over the past two thousand years in the lifeways of the people inhabiting the coast and hinterlands of Central and Western Region, Ghana. He specializes in the use of remotely sensed imagery to aid archaeological survey, particularly satellite imagery. He received his BA in sociology and anthropology from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2007 and his MA in anthropology, with a concentration in international development, in 2010 from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.   His undergraduate thesis , Un Comptoir Oublié: Reconstruction of a French Trading Post on The Gambia River 1681-1857, is an exploration of the historical, physical, and cultural dimensions of the French trading post Albreda, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. After finishing his master's degree, he began working with the Slave Wrecks Project. He is a former Critical Language Scholar (Egypt '09) and has worked on archaeological projects in Sierra Leone, South Africa, The Gambia, Barbados, Maryland, Florida, and France. He is a Fulbright scholar for the 2016-2017 academic year affiliated with the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon. 


Rivera, Mariel   Email: mriver02@syr.edu
Rivera, Mariel
 Mariel is graduate student in cultural anthropology. She graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology as well as a Certificate in Women's and Gender studies from SUNY Brockport in 2016. Her research interests are within Medical Anthropology with a specific focus on reproductive health. She is interested in how race and gender influence reproductive and maternal health experiences. For her doctoral research, she will be focusing on the use of community-based doulas in Syracuse, New York, who specifically work with Black women and other women of color. 




Sanchez, Shaundel
  Email: snsanche@syr.edu

Sanchez, Shaundel
Shaundel Sanchez is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School in 2014. Shaundel's research interests include citizenship, belonging, and mobility. Her current research focuses on the question of belonging for US-citizen Muslim residents in the United Arab Emirates. This research analyzes a community as its members travel between their country of citizenship and a Muslim majority country where many have resided for over 25 years. This research follows these highly mobile people during a time when many countries are seeking to enforce state borders. She has conducted ethnographic research since December 2015, following research participants in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates and throughout various locations in the United States. Shaundel is a Certified Atlas.ti Student Trainer.




Shabnam, Moushumi
  Email: mshabnam@maxwell.syr.edu 

Moushumi Shabnam
 Moushumi is a doctoral candidate in the field of cultural anthropology. Her research looks at how South Asian diasporic Muslim youth and adults negotiate their lives in the U.S. She observes the differing ways the first and second-generation immigrants experience their religious identity in the post 9/11 context, and how they navigate their sense of citizenship being Muslim. Her research title is “American Islam: Ethnographic Understanding of Diasporic Bangladeshi Muslims and their Negotiated Identities in New York City During the Post 9/11 Era.” Moushumi investigates class, gender, ethnic and family backgrounds, and length of residency in the U.S. in the process of identity construction for the Muslim American immigrants. Social movements, digital spaces of knowledge production, and the role of place and space are some of the key lenses for her research. 



Sharma, Jay   Email:  jasharma@syr.edu

Jay Sharma


Jay Prakash Sharma is a doctoral candidate in the department specializing in cultural anthropology. His doctoral research is with the indigenous communities of Central India where he aims to investigate how memory, spirituality, and notion of indigeneity shape local movements against mining and land acquisition.  




Sly, David  Email: dsly01@syr.edu
David Sly
Dave, an Anthropology doctoral student, graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  Following his graduation from RIT, Dave served for 14 months in Southern Baghdad, Iraq and 6 months in Khost Province, Afghanistan with the U.S. Army, and was later selected to receive the 2012 MacArthur Leadership Award. After leaving active service, Dave spent 5 years working in alternative education, which included leading an outdoor adventure therapy program for at-risk youth. As an Anthropology student, Dave is interested in identity formation and post-conflict reintegration, with a geographic focus on Europe and North America.




Smith, Maria  Email: msmith01@syr.edu

Smith, Maria


Maria is a graduate student in archaeology. She graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology and Spanish with a History minor from Western Michigan University in 2016. Her research interests include the archaeology of childhood, colonialism, and gender. Her doctoral research is looks at lifeways of Colonial textile producers across the lifecourse at the Obraje de San Marcos de Chincheros in Ayacucho, Peru.





Stroud, Sarh  Email: sestroud@syr.edu

Taylor Riccio, Kia Email: ktaylorr@syr.edu

Taylor Riccio, Kia

Kia Taylor Riccio is a first year graduate student with research interests in the intersection between environmental archaeology and the  archaeology of colonialsim. She attended undergrad at Florida Atlantic University with concentrations in Anthropology and Environmental Studies. Her previous field experience includes the search and recovery of WWII American fighter-pilots in Stuttgart, Germany, seasonal analysis of pre-Columbian shell mounds in Jupiter, Florida as well as shorter projects on Belize and Ecuador.



Thakur, Nimisha  Email: nithakur@syr.edu

Thakur, Nimisha
Nimisha Thakur is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She is currently specializing in Cultural Anthropology and previously earned a Masters in Archaeology and a B.A. in History from Pune and Delhi University, India respectively. As a child experiencing life on the river island of Majuli in Assam, India her maternal grandmother’s home, Nimisha observed the dominance of the River Brahmaputra on the lives of the inhabitants of the region as it flooded every year during the monsoons. This formed the foundation for her current PhD work which focuses on how the waterscapes of the Brahmaputra River shapes the lives of an indigenous migratory community called the Mising in the region while also accounting for the exclusory citizenship discourse propagated by the state in Northeast India. Nimisha centers her work on community stories among Mising women that bring up questions of gender, sexuality and religion juxtaposed against state discourses of indigeneity in India.



Tolley, Thomas Email: tetolley@maxwell.syr.edu

Tolley, Thomas
Thomas is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology (Historical Archaeology) who is trained both as a cultural anthropologist and historical archaeologist. He completed his B.A. at the University of Arizona in 1996, then finished his Master’s (with honors) at Syracuse in 2002. Tom returned to Syracuse to complete his doctoral studies after a decade working in CRM and management pursuits. In 20+ years as an archaeologist/anthropologist, Tom has worked on 3 continents and multiple countries across the globe. His doctoral research engages a landscapes-based approach to investigate the influential role the missions of Alta California had in expanding global economies into the eastern Pacific Basin. Using two missions as case studies, he is determining how each mission developed unique strategies for responding to frequently changing conditions and a lack of external support from New Spain. Critically, Tom is highlighting how indigenous peoples were not passive receptors of Spanish colonial activity, but were prominent active agents in their own lives, cultural adaptations, transformations, and survival.


Warner, Alanna  Email: alwarner@syr.edu

Weinstein, Alisa  Email: afweinst@syr.edu

Alisa Weinstein




Werner, William  Email: wjwerner@maxwell.syr.edu  

Williamson, Christian  Email: crwill03@maxwell.syr.edu

Received his B.A. in Anthropology from Mississippi State University.  Christian received his M.A. in Anthropology from Louisiana State University. His thesis project focused on the removal and reburial of a historic Louisiana family from an abandoned cemetery to the family's ancestral home at Nottoway Plantation.  His current PhD research at Syracuse University focuses on examining social and spatial relationships within a nineteenth century, house compound in Charlotte Amalie on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.