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Josh Collins
M.A. Student, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Plains Cultures, Landscape Utilization, Landscapes of Movement, Paleo-to-Archaic Transition, Historic Cellars, Pedestrian to Horse transition in the Protohistoric period.

Ph.D. Student, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Sourcing studies, ceramic technology, experimental archaeology, digital archaeology, digital reconstructions, 3D modelling, landscape archaeology.

Paige Taylor Englert

Geoarchaeology, Paleoenvironmental reconstruction, paleoclimate, soils and museums.

Justin Garnett
Ph.D. Student, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Peopling of the Americas, Paleoindian Archaelogy of the High Plains, Projectile Weapon Technology, Development of Agriculture

Michael Guarino
Doctoral Candidate

Archaeological implications of adapting to rapid climatic shifts. I will be conducting an ethnoarchaeological investigation of how the Deg Hit'an people of west-central Alaska are adapting to modern climate change, and the archaeological implications of such adaptations.

Ph.D. Student, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Geoarchaeology, GIS, Quaternary Landscape Evolution, CRM, and Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction.

Bethany Potter
Ph.D. Student, Chacellor's Doctoral Fellow, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Lithics, the Paleoindian

Doctoral Candidate

Geoarchaeology, Quaternary Landscape Evolution, Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction, Landscape Archaeology and Predictive Modeling, Remote Sensing and GIS; Near Eastern and South Asian Archaeology (Focus: Afghanistan), Southeastern US Archaeology.

Sarah Alden
Doctoral Candidate, Graduate Teaching Assistant with EEB

Anthropological genetics, population genetics, genetic epidemiology

Doctoral Candidate, Graduate Research Assistant with Prof. Raff

Anthropological genetics, ancient DNA, epigenetics, population genetics, archaic introgression, human adaptation, human migration, human physiology, bioethics, biological aging, stem cell biology, epidemiology, Siberia, Beringia, and the Americas.

Jessica Dow
M.A. Student
Ph.D. Student, Graduate Research Assistant with Prof. O'Rourke

Evolutionary genetics, population genetics, ancient DNA analysis, environmental DNA.

Amanda G. Kittoe

Population genetics of Central Asia, morphological variation of modern humans, forensic applications, and psychiatric genetics (particularly ADHD)

Ph.D. Student, Graduate Teaching Assistant

The effects of enrvironment on the activation and expression of genes assocaited with physical activity

McKenna Lohr
Ph.D. Student, Chancellor's Doctoral Fellow, University Graduate Fellow

Anthropological Genetics, Ancient DNA, Bioarchaeology, Osteology

Lydia Sykora
M.A. Student, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Ancient DNA, Anthropological Genetics, Molecular Genetics, Genomics and Sequencing, Infectious Diseases, Human Migration, Peopling of the Americas, Osteology, and Forensic Anthropology. 

Sarah Unkel
Ph.D. Student, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Anthropological genetics and genomics, ancient and modern DNA, peopling of the Americas and the Arctic, human migration, population genetics, adaptation, and variation, bioethics.

Doctoral Candidate, Graduate Research Assistant with Prof. Dwyer

Economic anthropology of Xinjiang, China. Influence of industrialization on subsistence societies. Changes in the mode of production and social organization, transformation of cultures and values. Financialization and consumerism, construction of identities through consumption.​

Daniel Bagheri Sarvestani

Indigenous peoples' rights, migration, Latin America

Joel Curtis Evans

The relationship between the military and the discipline of anthropology by comparing each group’s conceptualization of ethics to reveal overlap and identify areas for potential cooperation, peacemaking and how ideas like religion and history influence peace processes.

Wen-Yao Lee
Ph.D. Student, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Historical anthropology; the mutuality between organization of sociality and construction of space; kinship, ethnicity and rituals on the landscape in the Sino-Tibetan borderlands; changes in human-environment relations under the development policy for ethnic minorities in Southwest China; cultural transformation and continuity of the Pumi speaking people (Pumizu/Premi/Prmi) in Yunnan and Sichuan, China.

Kate Ragland
M.A. Student, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Human-environment interactions, non-renewable resources, socio-politics, economics

Silvia Sanchez Tappan
Doctoral Candidate, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Social division of labor, integration into the market economy, worker solidarity, ethnic inequalities, rapid urbanization, migration, development, Guatemala City, Ch’orti’ Maya area.

Deborah Williams

Applied Ethics (Environmental Ethics, Medical Ethics), Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Indigenous Ways of Knowing;  Interdisciplinary intersections between law, science, ethics and anthropology.

Gulina Aizezi
Doctoral Candidate, Graduate Teaching Assistant with EALC

Currently conducting research on "light verbs" (what we call yardemchi pe 'il "helping verbs"). My primary focus is Uyghur verbs and grammatical topology, but I am also interested in culture.

I plan to use the corpus of pre-modern and modern Uyghur to research these questions for my PhD dissertation. Creating an electronic corpus will allow tracking the development of these helping verbs of 150 years. We will be able to count them and study their discourse context.

Doctoral Candidate, Lecturer with Humanities

Persian Language ideology and language identification of Iranian people; Role of idioms and proverbs on a nation’s identification: How Iranians express their identities, personalities and behaviors through using idioms and proverbs.


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