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Dr. Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi does research in Gujarat, India

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Dr. Daniel Goldstein in Belgium

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Recently graduated anthropology major continues her work and studies

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Dr. Dorothy Hodgson and Maasai activist Ndini Kimesera Sikar at the U.N. in NYC

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Student discusses honors poster on “Undocumented Mexican Women in New Brunswick”

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Dr. David Hughes at Fukushima Workshop, Tokyo

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Graduate student meets orangutan as a T.A. in Borneo with Rutgers Study Abroad "Primates, Ecology and Conservation in Indonesia"

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Student discusses Honors work at historic site in Trappe, PA with Chair, Dr. Craig Feibel

Cultural Anthropology (CITE Program) Graduate Students

Emmanuel Martinez Alcaraz

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CITE Program
Advisors: Nina Siulc and Peter Guarnaccia

Research interests: migration, U.S. immigration policy, Latin America, medical anthropology, race in medicine and science, children/childhood, life-course, risk and uncertainty. I am a member of the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-Princeton University MD/PhD Program.

Michael Allen

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Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Graduate Advisor: David Hughes

Research Interests: Eastern Europe Land mines, landscape.

Donna Auston

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Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Graduate Advisor: Fran Mascia-Lees

Research Interests: My research interests include race, ethnicity, Islamophobia, gender, the body, phenomenology and embodiment, religion, language, media representation, and Islam in America.

My dissertation is an ethnographic study of Islam, race, sprituality, and protest through an examination of Black Muslim activism in the northeastern U.S., within the context of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Christopher Bauer

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Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Graduate Advisor: Daniel Goldstein

My current research project investigates post-conflict imaginings of the state and its legitimacy through an ethnographic analysis of shared feelings of resentment and public appeals for indemnity by internally displaced Peruvians in the Mantaro Valley.

Research interests: state-making, conflict management, political legitimacy, ethnoaesthetics, ritual/performance, social foundations of development, South America.

Allison Bloom

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Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Advisor: Dorothy Hodgson

Research Interests: gender, violence, domestic violence/IPV, embodiment, trauma, feminist anthropology, medical anthropology, practices of care, medical advocacy, plus 'trauma-informed care' and 'cultural competency' in the domestic violence field.

My research focuses on the embodiment of trauma, revictimization, and services for survivors of domestic violence in the U.S., particularly for Latina and other immigrant communities.

Enrique Jaramillo Buenaventura

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Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Graduate Co-Advisors: Ulla Berg
 

Research interests: The politics of place and identity in Latin America; political ecology, spatial analysis, state-formation, transnational legal regimes, Race and ethnicity, governance and subjectification

Project summary:My doctoral research focuses on the intersection between official multiculturalism, violence and development in Colombia. Particularly, I am interested in Afro-Colombian populations living amidst sugar cane plantations, industrial areas, and development plans in the Cauca Valley. Since colonial times these groups have been engaged in an ongoing struggle over land, access to resources and mainly over securing life and building autonomy. Today they maneuver between framing their claims under the ethical, political, and juridical categories of the multicultural state, and building alternative ways that can exploit politically the tensions within neoliberal governance.

What is particular about the Colombian case is that this eruption of rights has ironically coincided with the intensification of the armed conflict, along with the appearance of paramilitary groups, processes of displacement and new security practices and regimes of resource governance. By approaching these groups and discourses as complex cultural processes that are constituted through makeshift alliances and articulations, I hope to understand how this region and its long-marginalized populations are positioned vis-à-vis and incorporated into larger projects of modernity.

Elizabeth (Lissa) Crane

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Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Graduate Advisor: Louisa Schein

Research Interests: philanthropy; critical humanitarian studies; gender;
feminist anthropology; U.S.; China

I study contemporary philanthropy in two different contexts: women’s/feminist philanthropy based in the U.S. (but often with global reach); and Chinese social philanthropy.  In both cases, my research focuses on conceptualizations of “effective” philanthropy and the development of “best practices,” as well as on the role played by affective and instrumental donor-recipient relationships in the distribution of philanthropic gifts.

Siad Darwish

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Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Graduate Advisor: Dorothy Hodgson

 
I am curious about water, specifically water used to create commodities in Tunisia.

Research Interests: Political ecology; science studies; environmental history; gender; ecology and religion; phenomenology.

Deniz Daser

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Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Graduate Advisor: Rocío Magaña

Research Interests: labor and worker experience; transnational migration; race, class, and social inequality; urban built landscapes; critical phenomenology; violence and crime; New Orleans; Honduras

Nada El-Kouny

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Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Advisor: Becky Schulthies
 
Research interests: Infrastructure, mobility, violence, inter-generational disjuncture and political contention in rural Egypt.

Tristan Jones

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Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Graduate Advisor: Daniel Goldstein

My research concerns oil sands mining in northern Alberta, Canada. Oil sands mining is a unique form of resource extraction, with a host of special issues relating to migrant labor, First Nations communities, and the North American landscape. I am particularly interested in the discursive and ontological legitimization of extractive industries, especially within the context of a European settler state like Canada.

Research Interests: Actor Network Theory, Biopolitics, Environmental Anthropology, Environmental Justice, Ethics, Extractive Industries, Feminist Theory, Gender, Indigenous Studies, Labor Migration, Landscape, Phenomenology, Politics of Knowledge Production, Social Justice, Queer Theory, Sovereignty, State Formation

Meghana Joshi

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Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Graduate Advisor: Laura Ahearn and Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi

Research Interests: Research Interests/Project Summary: I do work in Berlin on childlessness, inter-generational memories and relationships, shifts in authority and meaning of category 'childhood' within the larger socio-historical context of Germany.

Senem Kaptan

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Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Graduate Advisor: Roció Magaña

Research Interests: Political and legal anthropology; militarism; memory studies; law and society; courts; Turkey.

Edith Laurencin

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Cultural Anthropology (CITE) Program
Graduate Advisor: David Hughes

Research Interests: Identity, representation, cultural belonging, land and labor, agriculture and food security.

My dissertation research examines revitalized grassroots efforts on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands to prioritize local agricultural production.  Among many things, I aim to understand how residents craft territorial arguments of belonging within efforts to re-engage with the land through farming and animal husbandry.

Marlaina Martin

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Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Advisor: Louisa Schein

Research Interests: race and the politics of representation; cultural production; gender, sexuality, and feminist thought; media anthropology; embodiment; colorblindness, post-race, and post-black theory; black diaspora studies

Based in New York City, my research explores production and distribution strategies among black women filmmakers, especially as they navigate issues of race, gender, and class.

 

Dunstan Matungwa

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CITE Program
Advisor: Dorothy Hodgson



I attended the University of Dar es Salaam (Bachelor and Masters) where I also worked as a junior faculty for a couple of years. I then moved to the National Institute for Medical Research in Mwanza as a Qualitative research coordinator for its five-year Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights program. I was later tenured as a Research Scientist.

I am interested in the political economy of health, structural violence, sex work and HIV/AIDS, ethics and the politics of medical research, power, gender, capitalism, development, ecological anthropology, political ecology and social theory.

Kartikeya Saboo

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Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Graduate Advisor: Fran Mascia-Lees

Research interests: Contrasting living conditions across three adjacent streets of a New Jersey city during a recession. On the seam line of two municipalities, residents negotiate their way through markets in financial, retail, or the informal economy. They try to differentiate from each other in a neighborhood of color. Prior to joining the program, I worked in the micro finance and development sector.

Marian Thorpe

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Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Advisor: David Hughes

Research Interests: Indigenous identity, climate change policy, sustainable development, social movements, environmental anthropology, political ecology, Latin America. My research explores indigenous participation in climate change policy implementation in Panama. 

Juan Pablo Vera Lugo

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Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Graduate Advisor: Daniel Goldstein


My research focuses on the appropriation and vernacularization of international law (human rights and transitional justice) within the Colombian institutional and legal culture. I analyze the work of public servants, and local and international experts in policymaking processes and knowledge, methods and technics production in the context of social and political conflict.

Timothy Weldon

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Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Graduate Advisor: Daniel Goldstein

Research interests: Political, Economic, and Historical Anthropology, especially Europe and North America; Democracy and Alternative Democracies; Social Movements/Control; Economic and Social Marginalization/Justice; Neoliberal Capitalism and Non-Capitalist Alternatives; Leftist Autonomist Movements, Squatting; Privatization; Disabilities/Different Abilities.

Dawn Wells

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Cultural Anthropology (CITE) program
Graduate Advisor: Angelique Haugerud

Research interests: Political, Economic and Environmental Anthropology; Anthropology of Corporations; Mining; Climate Change; Sustainable Development; Social Movements; Social and Environmental Justice; Australian Indigenous Economic Development; Australia.

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