Grad Placements

Completed PhD Dissertations & Placements


Melanie Fenton

  •        Masters Degree
  •        Placement: Research Coordinator at the University of British Columbia - Okanagan for a collaborative project on Aging-In-Place


Timothy Bransford

  • Dissertation Title: The Energetic Costs of Motherhood in Wild Bornean Orangutans
  • Chair: Erin Vogel
  • Placement: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Animal Studies at Eckerd College, Florida

Stanislaus Kivai

  • Dissertation Title: The influence of mechanical and nutritional properties of foods on feeding in wild juvenile Tana River mangabeys, Cercocebus galeritus, in Lower Tana River Forests, Kenya
  • Chair: Ryne Palombit
  • Placement: Head Conservation Department, Institute of Primate Research, Nairobi, Kenya

Emily Aronoff Lynch

  • Dissertation Title: Patrilineal Kinship in a Matrilocal Society of Olive Baboons (Papio hamadryas anubis) in Kenya
  • Chair: Ryne Palombit
  • Placement: Associate Curator of Research, North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, North Carolina

Nancy Moinde

  • Dissertation Title: The influence of land use practices on baboon-socioecology and human-wildlife interactions in Laikapa District, Kenya
  • Chair: Ryne Palombit
  • Placement: Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Sustainable Development, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Luca Moreno

  • Dissertation title: Behavioral Endocrinology of Wild Male Siamangs
  • Advisor: Ryne Palombit
  • Placement: Curator of Primates, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France

Marc Shur

  • Dissertation Title: Hormones Associated with Friendship between Adult Male and Lactating Female Olive Baboons, Papio Hamadryas Anubis
  • Chair: Ryne Palombit
  • Placement: Chair, Math and Science Dept., Chair, Humanities and Social Science Dept., Berkeley College, New York, NY
  • Anthropology, Buffalo University


Timothy Bransford

  • Dissertation Title: The Energetic Costs of Motherhood in Wild Bornean Orangutans
  • Chair: Erin Vogel
  • Placement: Northern Illinois University

Thomas Conte

  • Dissertation Title: Steppe Generosity: Cooperation, Labor Sharing, and Generous Giving among Mongolian Pastoral Nomads
  • Chair: Lee Cronk
  • Placement: Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • logy, Buffalo University


Padmini Iyer

  • Dissertation Title: Risk management through social networks among male and female pastoralists in Karamoja, Uganda
  • Chair: Lee Cronk
  • Placement: Regional Conflict Analysis Coordinator for the Danish Demining Group - Danish Refugee Council, East Africa and Great Lakes regional office

Shauhin Alavi

  • Dissertation Title: Diet, cognition and nutrient balancoing in an orangutan habitat
  • Chair: Erin Vogel
  • Placement: Max Plank Institute of Animal Cognitive Foraging

Mareike Janiak

  • Dissertation Title: Adaptations for Folivory and Insectivory in the Digestive Enzymes of Nonhuman Primates
  • Chair: Robert Scott
  • Placement: University of Calgary, Postdoctoral Fellow

Meghana Joshi 

  • Dissertation Title: ?
  • Chair: Dorothy Hodgson
  • Placement: Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Buffalo University


Frank Batiste

  • Dissertation Title: Theory of the Mind and the Role of the Target Individuals' Group Affiliation
  • Chair: Lee Cronk
  • Placement: Instructor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Columbia University

E. Marshall Brooks

  • Dissertation Title: Disenchanted Lives: Apostasy and Ex-Mormanism among the Latter-Day Saint
  • Chair: Dorothy Hodgson
  • Placement: 2016-2016: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Family Medicine an Population Health, Virginia Commonwealth University

Susan Coiner-Collier

  • Dissertation Title: Feeding Ecology and the Trabecular Structure of the Mandibular Condyle in Extant Primates
  • Chair: Rob Scott
  • Placement: 2016-2017 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Biological Sciences, Notre Dame University

Assaf Harel

  • Dissertation Title: "The Eternal Nation does not fear a long road": An Ethnography of Jewish Settlers in Israel/Palestine
  • Chair: Daniel Goldstein
  • Placement: 2015-2016 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University

Emily Aronoff Lynch

  • Dissertation Title: Patrilineal Kinship in a Matrilocal Society of Olive Baboons (Papio hamadryas anubis) in Kenya
  • Chair: Ryne Palombit


Chaunetta Jones

  • Dissertation Title: Between State and Sickness: The Social Experience of HIV/AIDS Illness Management and Treatment in Grahamstown, South Africa
  • Chair(s): Peter Guarnaccia and Dorothy Hodgson
  • Placement: 2014-2015:Research and Evaluation Fellow, FDA Center for Tobacco Products

Robert Lynch

  • Dissertation Title: The Evolution of Life History Traits in Iceland 1650-1950
  • Placement: Postdoctoral Fellowship on the research of Napoleon Chagnon and the Yanomamo at the University of Missouri

Inga Vekler

  • Dissertation Title: "We Left Forever and Into the Unknown": Soviet Jewish Immigrants' Experiences of Transit Migration
  • Chair: Daniel Goldstein


Lincoln Addison

  • Dissertation Title: Delegated Despotism: Labor, Sex and Spirituality on a South African Border Farm
  • Chair: David Hughes
  • Placement: 2013-2014: Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of International Development Studies, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2014: Assistant Professor, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Memorial University (Canada)

Lisa Danish

  • Dissertation title: Following," an Alternative Mating Strategy of Male Olive Baboons (Papio hamadryas anubis)
  • Advisor: Robert Trivers
  • Placement: Postdoctoral research Grant from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) to support her project “Integration of Behavioral, Genetic and Endocrine Data on a Proposed Alternative Mating Strategy in Male Crested Black Macaques (Macaca nigra).”

Simone Delerme

  • Dissertation Title: The Latinization of Orlando: Race, Class, and the Politics of Place
  • Chair: Ana Yolanda Ramos-Zayas
  • Placement: 2013: Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi in the Departments of Anthropology and Southern Studies

Omotayo Jolaosho

  • Dissertation Title:
  • Advisor: Dorothy Hodgson
  • Placement: 2013-2015: Two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute for the Humanities, University of California-Merced
  • 2015: Assistant Professor, Department of Africana Studies, University of South Florida

Nell Quest

  • Dissertation Title: Portside Synaesthetics: Sensing The Politics of Place
  • Chair: Fran Mascia-Lees
  • Placement: 2012: Research Analyst, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Research Division, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Jay Reti

  • Dissertation Title: Methods for Determining Differential Behaviors in Stone Tool Production and Application to the Oldowan Of Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania and Koobi Fora, Kenya
  • Chair: Jack Harris
  • Placement: 2013: Lecturing at UC Santa Cruz teaching Intro to Human Evolution, and Adjunct Instructor at Santa Rosa College teaching Intro to Physical Anthropology.

Chigusa Yamaura

  • Dissertation Title: Locating Marriageable Communities: Cross Border Matchmaking between Japan and Northeast China
  • Chair: Louisa Schein
  • Placement: 2013: Visiting scholar at Oxford University, affiliated with the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies


Luca Morino

  • Dissertation title: Behavioral Endocrinology of Wild Male Siamangs
  • Advisor: Ryne Palombit
  • Placement 2013: Postdoc, Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University, Japan. Luca’s research investigates small ape (gibbons and siamangs) cognition.

Kari Prassack

  • Dissertation Title (2012): The Paleoenvironmental Utility of Fossil Birds from Bed I and Lowermost Bed II (Plio-Pleistocene), Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania
  • Advisor: Rob Scott
  • Placement: Chief Paleontologist/Curator at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument (National Park Service)

Helen Wasielewski

  • Dissertation title: Social Learning Mechanisms of Cultural Evolution
  • Advisor: Lee Cronk
  • Placement: 2015: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University

Sarah Wise

  • Dissertation Title: Conservation, Enclosure, and the Language of Ownership in the Bahamas
  • Advisor: Bonnie McCay
  • Placement: 2013: Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Bremen (Germany)


Chelsea Booth

  • Dissertation Title: These People Deprived of This Country: Language and the Politics of Belonging Among Indians of Nepali Descent
  • Chair: Laura Ahearn
  • Placement: Public Health Advisor, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Fatimah Williams Castro

  • Dissertation Title: The Politics and Everyday Experience of Race in Post-Constitutional Reform Colombia
  • Chair: Ana Ramos-Zayas
  • Placement: 2011: Partnership Coordinator of the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids - New Brunswick, a statewide program for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • 2014: Founder, Beyond the Tenure Track

Emily McDonald

  • Dissertation Title: Risky Embodiments: Momentum and Transnational Medical Travel in the Paris of South America
  • Chair: Fran Mascia-Lees
  • Placement: Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, John Jay College (CUNY)
  • 2012: Postdoctoral fellow in the Tobacco Control Program, Department of General Medicine, at the University of California, San Francisco

Emmanuel Ndiema

  • Dissertation Title: Mobility and Subsistence Patterns Among Mid-Holocene Pastoralists at Koobi Fora, Northern Kenya, New Archaeological Sites and Evidence from Obsidian Sourcing and Geochemical Characterization
  • Chair: John W.K. Harris
  • Placement: 2011: Research Scientist, National Museum of Kenya

Jane Park

  • Dissertation Title: Locating Korean American Adoptees: Race, Emotion, And Out-Of-Place Subjectivity 
  • Chair: Louisa Schein
  • Placement: Bloomfield College

Sarah Schaefer

  • Dissertation Title: Personality, Subjective Well-Being , and Vocal Communication in Captive Male Western Lowland Gorillas
  • Chair: Dieter Steklis
  • Placement: Adjunct Faculty, Central Michigan University's Global Campus

Stephen Merritt

  • Dissertation Title:Controlled butchery observations as a means for interpreting Okote Member hominin carnivory at Koobi Fora, Kenya.
  • Chair: John W.K. Harris and Robert Blumenschine
  • Placement: Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham


Bria Dunham

  • Dissertation Title: Applications of Signaling Theory to Contemporary Human Courtship
  • Chair: Lee Cronk
  • Placement: 2010: MPH student with a concentration in Global Health Leadership, New York University
  • 2013: Assistant Professor, Department of International and Global Studies, Mercer University
  • 2015: Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Health and Rehabilitive Sciences, Boston University

Drew Gerkey

  • Dissertation Title: From State Collectives to Local Commons: Cooperation and Collective Action Among Salmon Fishers and Reindeer Herders in Kamchatka, Russia
  • Chair: Lee Cronk
  • Placement: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington
  • 2013: Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Oregon State University

Michael Pante

  • Dissertation Title: The Larger Mammal Fossil Assemblages from Beds III and IV, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania: Implications for the Feeding Behavior of Homo Erectus
  • Chair: Robert  Blumenschine
  • Placement: Research Fellow, Institute of Archaeology, University College London
  • 2013: Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Colorado State University

Satsuki Takahashi

  • Dissertation Title: Surviving Modernization: State, Community, and the Environment in Two Japanese Fishing Towns
  • Chair: Bonnie McCay
  • Placement: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University
  • 2015-2016: Toyota Visiting Professor, Center for Japaneses Studies, University of Michigan
  • 2016: Assocoate Professor, Faculty of Humanity and Environment, Hosei University (Japan)

Adam Heinrich

  • Dissertation Title: A Zooarchaeological Investigation into the Meat Industry Established at the Cape of Good Hope by the Dutch East India Company in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
  • Chair: Carmel Schrire
  • Placement: Monmouth University


Arpita Chakrabarti

  • Dissertation Title: A Fine Balance: Remaking Muslim Modernity and Religious Practices in Delhi and New York City
  • Chair: Louisa Schein
  • Placement: Research Associate, India

Christopher Lepre

  • Dissertation Title: Plio-Pleistocene Stratigraphy and Paleogeography for Hominin Remains from Areas 130 and 133, Koobi Fora, Kenya
  • Chair: Craig Feibel
  • Placement: Adjunct Faculty in Anthropology, William Paterson University

Sarasij Majumder

  • Dissertation Title: “Peasants” Against the Nano?  Neoliberal Industrialization and the Land Question in Marxist-Ruled West Bengal, India
  • Chair: Bonnie McCay
  • Placement: Assistant Professor, Asian Studies & Anthropology, Kennesaw State University

Debarati Sen

  • Dissertation Title: From Illegal to Organic: Fair Trade Organic Tea Production and Women's Political Futures in Darjeeling India
  • Chair: Dorothy Hodgson
  • Placement: Assistant Professor, Kennesaw State University

Sharon Baskind-Wing

  • Dissertation Title: Reclaiming Rural Character: Conservation, Conflict, and Nostalgic Landscapes of Orcas Island, WA
  • Chair: David Hughes
  • Placement: Associate Director of Institutional Advancement, American Museum of Natural History

Dillon Mahoney

  • Dissertation Title: The Art of Connection: Negotiating the Digital Divide in Kenya’s Curio Industry
  • Chair: Angelique Haugerud
  • Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of South Florida-Tampa; 2013-2015

Jack McCoy

  • Dissertation Title: Ecological and Behavioral Implications of New Archaeological Occurrences from Upper Burgi Exposures at Koobi Fora, Kenya
  • Chair: John W.K. Harris
  • Placement: Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ

Edgar Rivera Colón

  • Dissertation Title: Getting Life in Two Worlds: Power and Prevention in the New York City House Ballroom Community
  • Chair: Louisa Schein
  • Placement: Assistant Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Johnelle Lamarque

  • Dissertation Title: The Making of a Waterfront Suburb: An Ethnography of Coastal Gentrification in New Jersey
  • Chair: Bonnie McCay
  • Placement: Research Analyst, Utah Department of Health


Marc Shur

  • Dissertation Title: Hormones Associated with Friendship between Adult Male and Lactating Female Olive Baboons, Papio Hamadryas Anubis
  • Chair: Ryne Palombit
  • Placement: Full-Time Professor, Berkeley College

Montserrat Soler

  • Dissertation Title: The Faith of Sacrifice:  Commitment and Cooperation in Candomblé, an Afro-Brazilian Religion
  • Advisor: Lee Cronk
  • Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati; currently teaching at Montclair State University
  • Lecturer and Assistant Researcher, Department of Anthropology, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • list – Human Origins, The Smithsonian Institution


Christopher Campisano

  • Dissertation Title: Tephrostratigraphy and Hominin Paleoenvironments of the Hadar Formation, Afar Depression, Ethiopia
  • Chair: Craig Feibel
  • Placement: Assistant Professor - Institute of Human Origins & School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University

Ju-Chen Chen

  • Dissertation Title: Capital Dreams: Global Consumption, Urban Imagination and Labor Migration in Late Socialist Beijing.
  • Chair: Louisa Schein
  • Placement: Lecturer in the department of Anthropology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Dorothy Gioia

  • Dissertation Title: Scientific Vision and Spiritual Sense: Scientists’ Attitudes Toward Religion, Science, and Their Own Work
  • Chair: Warren Shapiro
  • Placement: Associate Director, English Writing Program, Rutgers University

Noelle Molé

  • Dissertation Title: Protection and Precariousness: Workplace Mobbing, Gender and Neoliberalism in Northern Italy
  • Chair: Laura Ahearn
  • Placement: Lecturer, Princeton Writing Program & Department of Anthropology, Princeton University

Ronald Smith

  • Dissertation Title: An Individual Based Comparative Advantage Model: Did Economic Specialization Mediate the Fluctuating Climate of the Late Pleistocene during the Transition from Neanderthals to Modern Humans?
  • Chair: Susan Anton

Darine Zaatari

  • Dissertation Title: Individual Biological Traits and Behavior in Economic Games in Two Populations: Lebanon and Jamaica
  • Chair: Lee Cronk
  • Placement: Project Director, Biosocial Research Foundation

Rowena Magid

  • Dissertation Title: Isotopic Evidence of the Consumption of C(4) Plant Material by Deer in the Lowe Illinois River Valley and Its Implications for Deer Management by the Middle Woodland Amerindian Population
  • Chair: Susan Cachel
  • Placement: Science Teacher and Department Head, Hillel Yeshiva High School

Briana Pobiner

  • Dissertation Title: Hominin-Carnivore Interactions: Evidence from Modern Carnivore Bone Modification and Early Pleistocene Archaeofaunas (Koobi Fora, Kenya; Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania)
  • Chair: Robert Blumenschine
  • Placement: Education Programs Specialist – Human Origins, The Smithsonian Institution


Mona Bhan

  • Dissertation Title: Visible Margins: State, Identity & Development among Brogpas of Ladakh (India)
  • Chair: Dorothy Hodgson
  • Placement: 2006: Assistant Professor, DePauw University
  • 2015: Associate Professor, DePauw University

David Braun

  • Dissertation Title: The Ecology of Oldowan Technology: Perspectives from Koobi Fora and Kanjera South
  • Chair: John W.K Harris
  • Placement: Associate Professor, Anthropology, Baylor University

Hillary Pielet Delprete

  • Dissertation Title: Secular Changes in the Morphology of the Modern Human Pelvis and the Implications for Human Evolution
  • Chair: Susan Cachel
  • Placement: 2015: Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Monmouth University.

Jackson Njau

  • Dissertation Title: The Relevance of Crocodiles to Oldowan Hominin Paleoecology at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania
  • Chair: Robert Blumenschine
  • Placement: Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences, Paleoanthropology, Paleontology, Indiana University-Bloomington

Susan Swiat Yorke (Passed away in 2009)

  • Dissertation Title: More Things of Heaven on Earth: Reading Ancient Landscapes of the Americas
    Chair: Robin Fox & Wendy Ashmore

Debra Curtis

  • Dissertation Title: Globalization and Sexuality: Coming of Age on Nevis
  • Chair: Louisa Schein
  • Placement: Assistant Professor, Salve Regina University

Elizabeth Jordan

  • Dissertation Title: “From Time Immemorial”: Washerwomen, Culture, and Community in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Chair: Carmel Schrire
  • Placement: Preservation Program Manager/Archeologist, Virginia Department of Transportation

Rhonda Quinn

  • Dissertation Title: Stable Isotopic Evidence for Plio-Pleistocene Hominin Paleoenvironments of the Koobi Fora Formation, Turkana Basin, Northern Kenya
  • Chair: Craig Feibel
  • Placement: Assistant Professor, Loyola University

Dorothy Weaver

  • Dissertation Title: The Difference It Makes: Contested Gender and the Production of Religion
  • Chair: Louisa Schein


Dawn Ekdahl

  • Dissertation Title: Social and Ecological Effects on Endoparasites in Vervet (Cercopithecus Aethiops) and Patas (Erythrocebus) Monkeys in Laikipia, Kenya
  • Chair: Susan Cachel
  • Placement: Self-employed, Nature and Conservation Photographer

Purity Kiura

  • Dissertation Title: An Ethnoarchaeology and Stable Isotope Study on the Diets of Three Modern Groups of People in Northern Kenya
  • Chair: John W.K. Harris
  • Placement: Head of Archaeology, National Museums of Kenya

Jessica Libove

  • Dissertation Title: Dancing a Fine Line: Gender, Sexuality, and Morality at Women’s Tours in Dakar, Senegal
  • Chair: Dorothy Hodgson
  • Placement: Consultant/Researcher, Context Research

Christoph Norton

  • Dissertation Title: Taphonomic Perspectives on the Subsistence Patterns of Late Paleolithic Hunter-Gatherers in Northeast Asia
  • Chair: Robert Blumenschine
  • Placement: Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Nia Parson

  • Dissertation Title: Gendered Suffering and Social Transformations: Domestic Violence, Dictatorship, and Democracy in Chile
  • Chair: Dorothy Hodgson & Peter Guarnaccia
  • Placement: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Dedman College, Southern Methodist University

Amy Jacobson

  • Dissertation Title: The Effect of Fluctuating Asymmetry and Attractiveness on Self-Perception, Self-Deception, and Preferences for Others in Rural Jamaica
  • Chair: Robert Trivers
  • Placement: Instructor, Rutgers University

Joanne Tactikos

  • Dissertation Title: A Landscape Perspective on the Oldowan from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania
  • Chair: John W.K. Harris & Robert Blumenschine
  • Placement: Field Director - Lithic Analysis, ACS Archeological Consulting Service

Sabrina Chase

  • Dissertation Title: Mujeres Ingeniosas (Resourceful Women): HIV + Puerto Rican Women and the Urban Health Care System
  • Chair: Peter Guarnaccia
  • Placement: Primary Care/Health Services Research Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • 2013: Assistant Professor in the Graduate Joint Urban Systems Program at the UMDNJ School of Nursing, Newark



Sandi Copeland

  • Dissertation Title: Paleoanthropological Implications of Vegetation and Wild Plant Resources in Modern Savanna Landscapes, with Applications to Plio-Pleistocene Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania
  • Chair: Robert Blumenschine
  • Placement: Assistant Professor, University of Colorado-Boulder

Rebecca Etz

  • Dissertation Title: Sounding Out Community: Meanings of Community Identity and Difference among Lesbians Living in New Zealand
  • Chair: Louisa Schein
  • Placement: Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University

Raymond Lefebvre

  • Dissertation Title: Hakenasa: The Archaeology of a Rock Shelter in the Altiplano of Northern Chile
  • Chair: Craig Feibel
  • Placement:


Waranee Pokapanichwong (Passed away in 2003)

  • Dissertation Title: Negotiating Rural Subsistence: Cultural Politics and the Commodification of Thai Female Sexuality
  • Chair: Uli Linke

Hsiu-Hui Su

  • Dissertation Title: Within-Group Female-Female Feeding Competition and Inter-Matriline Feeding Competition in Taiwanese Macaques (Macaca Cyclopis) at Fushan Experimental Forest, Taiwan
  • Chair: Susan Cachel
  • Placement: Professor, Institute of Wildlife Conservation, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

Lisa Vanderlinden

  • Dissertation Title: Conceiving Fertility: Ethnic Difference, Reproductive Politics, and the Experience of Infertility in Berlin
  • Chair: Uli Linke
  • Placement: Assistant Professor, Texas Christian University
  • 2013: Promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at Texas Christian University

Georgia Kalamida

  • Dissertation Title: Music, Politics, and Identity in Greece and the Greek-American Diaspora
  • Chair: Robin Fox
  • Placement: Professor, Queens College, CUNY

Fionnuala Rose

  • Dissertation Title: A Fresh Perspective: Isotopic Evidence for Prehistoric Human Subsistence in the Upper Mississippi River Valley of West-Central Illinois
  • Chair: Susan Cachel
  • Placement: Research Development Officer, University of Sussex, UK


Andrew Bickford

  • Dissertation Title: Command Performance: Militarization, Masculinity, and the State in the German Democratic Republic and Post-Unification Germany
  • Chair: Uli Linke
  • Placement: Assistant Professor and Co-Director of Graduate Studies, George Mason University

Mzalendo Kibunjia

  • Dissertation Title: Archaeological Investigations of Lokalalei (GaJh 5): A Late Pliocene Site, West of Lake Turkana, Kenya
  • Chair: John W.K. Harris
  • Placement: Director, National Museums of Kenya

Wendy Birky

  • Dissertation Title: Mating Patterns and Social Structure in a Wild Group of Formosan Macaques (Macaca Cyclopis)
  • Chair: Dieter Steklis
  • Placement: Adjunct Faculty, California State University at Northridge

Amy Cushing

  • Dissertation Title: The Landscape Zooarchaeology and Paleontology of Plio-Pleistocene Olduvai, Tanzania and Their Implications for Early Hominid Ecology
  • Chair: Robert Blumenschine

Ken Mowbray

  • Dissertation Title: Growth of the Occipital in Human Evolution: Understanding the Developmental Foundations for Morphological Variability through Experimental Models and Surface Bone Histology
  • Chair: Susan Cachel
  • Placement: Curatorial Associate, American Museum of National History

Janel Tortorice

  • Dissertation Title: Written on the Body: Butch/Femme Lesbian Gender Identity and Biological Correlates
  • Chair: Dieter Steklis
  • Placement: Lone Star College, Houston, TX


Adriana Greci Green

  • Dissertation Title: Performances and Celebrations: Displaying Lakota Identity, 1880-1915
  • Chair: Robin Fox
  • Placement: Northern Michigan University

Robert Marlin

  • Dissertation Title: Possessing the Past: Legacies of Violence and Reproductive Illness in Central Mozambique
  • Chair: Peter Guarnaccia
  • Placement: Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School & Director of the Coordinated Care Program for Political Violence Survivors

Virginia Cornue

  • Dissertation Title: Recognizing Women: Gender, Non-Government Organizations, and Contemporary Change in China
  • Chair: Louisa Schein
  • Placement: Visiting Instructor, Rutgers University

Zaibette Maldonado

  • Dissertation Title: Coping with Vulnerability to Coastal Hazards in Loiza, Puerto Rico
  • Chair: Bonnie McCay
  • Placement: Assistant Professor, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras

Violetta Zentai

  • Dissertation Title: Exchange of Values and Circulation of Meanings: Social Imagination on Money and Wealth in Post-Socialist Hungary
  • Chair: Uli Linke
  • Placement: Assistant Professor, Central European University


Robert Blinkoff

  • Dissertation Title: Creating and Maintaining Access Fields in Sokamin, Papua New Guinea
  • Chair: Bonnie McCay
  • Placement: President, Context Research Marketing

Barbara Jones

  • Dissertation Title: Bogged Down: The Issue of Wetland Expansion for New Jersey and Massachusetts Cranberry Growers, Environmentalists, and Regulators 
  • Chair: Bonnie McCay
  • Placement: Assistant Professor, Brookdale Community College

Paige West

  • Dissertation Title: The Practices, Ideologies, and Consequences of Conservation and Development in Papua New Guinea
  • Chair: George Morren & Dorothy Hodgson
  • Placement: Professor, Barnard College

Stacey Jordan

  • Dissertation Title: The “Utility” of Coarse Earthenware: Potters, Pottery Production, and Identity at the Dutch Colonial Cape of Good Hope, South Africa (1652-1795)
  • Chair: Carmel Schrire
  • Placement: Principal, AECOM