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Agbelusi, Oluseyi Email: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Appiah-Adu, Siaw Email: email@example.com
Behrens, Joanna Email:
Black, Cullen Email:
am currently focused on periods of encounter and migration in Guatemala City through the analysis of human skeletal remains and associated mortuary materials. My research interests also focus on memory in the context of human remains recovery in the
Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Bloomston, Bethany Email:
Bowes, Jessica Email:
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.
Boza Cuadros, Maria Fernanda Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research concentration: Historical
Chamoun, Tony Email: email@example.com
Tony is currently a third year Ph.D. student. His research concerns historical human skeletal remains and their material-discursive involvement in creating and dissolving various social relations. He is also interested in the ways in which (post)colonial
processes make their ways into bodies.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fiorentino, Nicholas Email: email@example.com
Freedenberg, Ross Email:
Gagnon, Terese Email:
is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Syracuse University. Her
current research is with Karen individuals from Burma/Myanmar, investigating
transnational relationships between people, plants and memory in the context of
forced migration and exile cause by the nearly 70-year-long civil war between
Karen armed groups and the Burmese military: the longest civil war in the
world. She is generally interested in the political and affective dimensions of
human engagements with plants, especially related to cooking, foraging and
farming/gardening. Terese writes poetry and often combines her poetic
attunements with her work in anthropology. Her writing has appeared in Anthropology and Humanism, Ethnography, Ethnobiology Letters and other journals. She is co-editor, with Virginia D.
Nazarea, of a forthcoming volume, Itineraries and Sanctuaries of Memory from University of Arizona Press. As a T.A. and Teaching
Mentor at Syracuse University she enjoys the opportunity to teach, engage with,
and learn from her undergraduate students and fellow graduate instructors. She
has also taught a course in social science to college students in Mae La
refugee camp, along the Burma-Thai border.
Galluzzo, Arianna Email:
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.
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:
received his B.S. in Earth Science and Anthropology (double major) and minor in Chinese Studies from Syracuse University in 2016. After taking a year off, he has return to pursue a Ph.D. with a academic interest in both archaeology and geoarchaeology.
Hicks, Katherine Elizabeth Email:
Hosek, Lauren Email:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackson, Jonathan Email: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Khalid, Zainab Eamil: email@example.com
Khalil, Hamza Email:
Korn, Andrew Email:
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:
Aja Lans is a doctoral student 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 history of race.
LaVoy, Catherine Email:
Mali, Ajaya Email:
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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Olesch, Dana Email:
Ortiz-Valdez, Fabiola Email:
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 five years Fabiola has been an organizer with the Workers’ Center of Central NY, a grassroots organization
focused upon workplace and economic justice, she now serves in their board of directors. 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: email@example.com
Platt, Sarah Email:
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
Ramchandani, Taapsi Email:
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
Reid, Sean Email:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ethnicity, class and gender impact health and access to healthcare. For her doctoral research, she will be focusing on birthing practices and the intersection of traditional and
biomedical practices in the Peruvian Andes.
Shaundel Sanchez is a PhD
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. Her
dissertation examines the question of belonging for US-citizen Muslim residents
in the United Arab Emirates. This research analyzes this community as its
members travel between their country of citizenship and a Muslim majority
country where many have resided for over 20 years. Thus, her 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 her research participants in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates and
throughout various locations in the United States. Shaundel is a Certified Atlas.ti Student
Shabnam, Moushumi Email:
Emergence of "New " American Islam: An ethnographic research on first and second generation Bangladeshi Muslims living in Queens, NY in the post 9/11 era.
Sharma, Jay Email: email@example.com
Sly, David Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Smith, Maria Email:
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 on the education of girls in colonial Peru.
Thakur, Nimisha Email:
Tolley, Thomas Email:
My interests include forming a more global approach to historical archaeology, the archaeology of landscapes, the archaeology of children in colonial contexts, manifestations of colonial and post-colonial mythologies, identity formation among indigenous
peoples, and the formation of economies in frontier/borderlands contexts
Warner, Alanna Email:
Weinstein, Alisa Email:
Werner, William Email:
Williamson, Christian Email:
Received is B.A. in Anthropology from Mississippi State University in 2000. After working in Los Angeles for two years, he decided to return to academia. Christian recently 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. He is currently pursuing a PhD at Syracuse University with research interests
including historic archaeology, colonialism, the Caribbean, osteology, forensic anthropology, and historic cemeteries.