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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Student Profiles

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Barbara I Abadia-Rexach

Graduate student

daycrisis@yahoo.com

Education   

M.A., Communications, University of Puerto Rico; Ph.D. Candidate in Social Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Racialization in Puerto Rico and the Hispanic Caribbean, Popular Culture, Music and Race, Afro Dominicans in Puerto Rico, Afro Latinos in US

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Laura Abondano

Graduate student

laura.abondano@utexas.edu

Interests

  primate behavior and ecology; primate socioendocrinology; mating systems; reproductive strategies; behavioral genetics; primate conservation; Neotropical primates

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Luisa Aebersold

Graduate student

luisa.a@utexas.edu  |  SAC 4.192

Interests

  Geoarchaeology, Environmental Archaeology, Archaic and Paleoindian Periods, Human-Environment Interactions, Analytical Methods, Mesoamerican Archaeology, Maya Archaeology, Community Archaeology

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Kiran Ahmed

Graduate student

kirannazirahmed@gmail.com

Interests

  My academic interests are eclectic and include narratives in Urdu and English fiction by South Asian writers, gender constructions and subcultures.

Ernest Alba

Graduate student

ealba@mail.utexas.edu

Interests

  Folklore, Performing Arts, Audiences, Borderlands

Sade Anderson

Graduate student

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Amy Atwater

Graduate student

atwater@utexas.edu  |  SAC 5.130

Education   

PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  primate evolution, paleoecology, vertebrate paleontology

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Katherine Bannar-Martin

Graduate student

kbannarm@utexas.edu  |  SAC 5.162

Education   

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  primate communities, anthropogenic disturbance, community ecology, and conservation

Karissa Basse

Graduate student

karissa.basse@utexas.edu  |  SAC 4.180

Education   

PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Historical Archaeology, Mortuary Studies, Gender and Identities, Texas History, Cultural Resource Management, Material Culture, Archaeologies of Children, African Diaspora in the US, and Dress in the Nineteenth Century

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Dominique Batiste

Graduate student

dominique.batiste@gmail.com

Education   

PhD Program, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Affect; Worldings; Attachment; Witchcraft, Sorcery & Enchantment; Queer Theory, Sex, Gender, & Sexuality; Power & Resistance; Geo-locative social media [Research Areas: France & The United States]

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Giovanni Batz

Graduate student

batzgio@utexas.edu

Education   

PhD Program, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Indigenous Studies; Maya Diaspora; Resistance; Development Studies; Racism; Identity; Los Angeles; Guatemala; Abya Yala/Latin America

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Maya Berry

Graduate Student

maya.berry@utexas.edu  |  SAC 5.114, Desk #6

Education   

MA, Performance Studies, New York University

Interests

  Latin American/Hispanic Caribbean Racial & National Formation, Cuba, Cultural Diplomacy, New Social Movements, Critical Feminisms, Critical Race Theory, Black Radical Performance & Theory, Afro-Atlantic Philosophy, Dance, Embodiment

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James Beveridge

Graduate student

jimmy.beveridge.anthro@gmail.com

Interests

  Indigenous rights in Amazonian Bolivia and Ecuador; struggles and negotiations over megaprojects and extractivism - rights to land and access to resources; mobility and migration.

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Hallie Boas

Graduate student

hallieboas@utexas.edu

Interests

  Resistance, Power and Consciousness, Neoliberalism and Political Subject Formation, Activist Anthropology, Native American and Indigenous Studies/Indigeneity, Anti-Racist Theory, Critical Feminisms, Settler Colonialism, Race and Ethnicity, Grassroots Environmental/Social Movements, Extractive Industries, Alternative Epistemologies/Ontologies

Jordan Bowers

Graduate student

jdbowers@utexas.edu  |  SAC 4.166

Education   

MA/Ph.D. Student, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Bronze and Iron Age archaeology, Celtic archaeology, landscape archaeology, the Balkans, Iberia, public archaeology

Melissa Burch

Graduate student

mburch@utexas.edu

Education   

PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Race, Class and Gender; Crime; Criminalization and Punishment; Power and Resistance; Urban Anthropology

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Abdul Chang

Graduate student

haq_chang@yahoo.com

Education   

MA, University of Texas at Austin

Julie Conquest

Graduate student

questable@gmail.com

Education   

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Digital and collaborative ethnographic methods, arts-based research, the American Dream, the everyday sensorium, tourism and experiences of space and mobility

Shanya Cordis

Graduate student

sdc199@gmail.com

Education   

MA/PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Indigeneity, the Asian Diaspora, the African/Black Diaspora, Post-Colonial Studies, Queer Theory, Critical Feminisms

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Maria Darr

Graduate student

maria.darr@utexas.edu  |  SAC 5.130

Education   

MA, Anthropology, New York University

Interests

  Biomechanics, functional morphology, ontogeny, locomotion

Christopher Davis

Graduate student

davischris1981@gmail.com  |  SAC 5.170

Education   

MA Anthropology, Colorado State University

Interests

  Human evolution, Neandertals, body size evolution, paleoecology

Elizabeth De Marigny

Graduate student

elizabethdemarigny@gmail.com

Education   

PhD, The Department of Anthropology

Interests

  Bronze and Iron Age archaeology, Ceramics, Landscape archaeology, Trade and communication between regions, Technology and aesthetic approaches to material culture.

Robyn Dodge

Graduate student

rldodge@utexas.edu  |  SAC 4.192

Education   

Doctoral Candidate, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Maya archaeology, household archaeology, Belize, Mesoamerica, Maya material culture, hinterland complexity, and ancient Maya social complexity

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Stacy Drake

Graduate student

stacymdrake@gmail.com  |  SAC 4.192

Interests

  Bioarchaeology; prehistoric archaeology; the ancient Maya of Mesoamerica; human osteology; public outreach and education in archaeology

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Kelsey Ellis

Graduate student

kelseyellis@utexas.edu  |  SAC 5.162

Education   

Ph.D.Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Primate behavior and ecology; fission-fusion dynamics; animal group movements; consensus decision making

Arnold Farias

Graduate student

farias@utexas.edu  |  SAC 5.114

Education   

PhD (Social Anthropology), The University of Texas, Austin

Interests

  U.S.-Mexico Borderlands; Mexican-American Society; Chicanos/as and Indigeneity; Indigenous Studies. Mesoamerica; ethnohistory; the Aztecs; Nahuatl songs and epistemologies.

Gwendolyn Ferreti

Graduate student

gferreti@mail.utexas.edu

Education   

PhD Candidate, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Latin@ Studies, Immigration Studies, U.S.-Mexico Borderlands Studies, Critical Race Theory and Racial Formation, Social Reproduction, Governmentality, Anthropology of the State, Anthropology of Public Policy, Feminist Theories, Community Studies, U.S. Southern Studies

Ayana Flewellen

Graduate student

Alejandro M Flores Aguilar

Graduate student

alexflo76@utexas.edu

Education   

Dipl.Soz, FU-Berlin. Ph.D. Student, UT Austin

Interests

  Infrastructure; Space; Security; Post-genocide; Genealogies of Race and Sex; Desire, Power and Dissensus; the Body; the Sensible; Aesthetics; Social Activism and Social Imaginaries; Affect; Photography/Visual Anthropology; Continental Philosophy; Minor Literature/Ethnography; Political Anthropology; Latin America; Guatemala.

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William Gblerkpor

Graduate student

gblerkpor@utexas.edu  |  51220057474  |  SAC 4.188

Education   

M.Phil, University of Ghana, Legon

Interests

   Archaeology, Ethnoarchaeology, Iron Age Archaeology in Ghana, landscape archaeology, rituals and identity, and public archaeology

Gregory Gonzales

Graduate student

ggonz@utexas.edu

Interests

  Genízaro Studies; Indigenous Political Theory; Politics of Recognition; Politics of Representation; Cultural Citizenship; Indigenous Borderlands of the Southwest; New Mexico

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Christina Gonzalez

Graduate student

cmgonzalez@utexas.edu

Interests

  Indigeneity (especially urban, diasporic, resurgent and non-recognized types of indigenous subjectivity), mestizaje, ethnogenesis, multi-sited ethnography, interdisciplinarity/transdisciplinarity/postdisciplinarity, film and visual anthropology, the Antilles, the Americas, the Pacific (Aotearoa/New Zealand)

Danielle Good

Graduate student

dlgood@utexas.edu

Education   

PhD, University of Texas
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Amber Heard

Graduate student

amber.heardbooth@utexas.edu  |  Locomotion Lab, SAC 5.130

Education   

Physical Anthropology, PhD Candidate, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  functional morphology, evolutionary anatomy, evolution and diversity of primate locomotion with an emphasis on hominin bipedalism

Sarah Ihmoud

Graduate student

sihmoud@utexas.edu

Interests

  Race and Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality, Settler Colonialism, Violence, Militarization, Surveillance and Securitization, Ethnographic Film and Visual Anthropology

Shannon Iverson

Graduate student

s.dugan.iverson@gmail.com  |  SAC 4.190

Education   

PhD candidate, University of Texas

Interests

  The archaeology of religion, colonial Latin America, central Mexico, colonialism, writing, feminism, power

Calvin Johns

Graduate student

johns.127@osu.edu

Education   

MA - Cultural Studies, The Ohio State University

Interests

  Cultural Studies, Gaming, Play, Cognitive and Symbolic Anthropology

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Angeliki Kalamara Cavazos

Graduate student

aggeliki@utexas.edu  |  Archaeology Lab SAC 4.192

Education   

PhD in Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Life in past societies through the study of human skeletal remains; archaeology of childhood; material culture studies;Eastern Mediterranean; Mesoamerica.

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Addison Kemp

Graduate student

addison.kemp@utexas.edu  |  SAC 5.130

Education   

PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Primate origins, functional morphology, sensory ecology

Gwendolyn Kirk

Graduate student

gwendolynkirk@gmail.com  |  Linguistic Anthropology Lab

Education   

MA, PhD Student, University of Texas

Interests

  Linguistic anthropology, cinema, popular culture, Pakistan & South Asia, performance, circulation & publics, dialectology, sociolinguistics, register, Punjabi and Urdu literature and literary genres.

Jogendro Kshetrimayum

Graduate student

jogendrokshetrimayum@utexas.edu

Education   

PhD candidate, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Social Change, Violence, Death, Rituals, and the Everyday, Northeast India and Western highlands of Guatemala

Jinok Lee

Graduate student

jlee8295@gmail.com  |  SAC 5.114

Education   

MSc in Environmental Archaeology, University College London

Interests

  Holocene Environmental History and Human-Environment Interactions, Chinese Archaeology, Korean Archaeology, Geoarchaeology

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Kara Leimberger

Graduate student

kara.leimberger@utexas.edu

Education   

PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  primate behavior and ecology, alternative behavioral strategies, dispersal patterns, coordinated group movement

Elizabeth Lewis

Graduate student

emlewis@utexas.edu

Education   

B.A. Carleton College, M.A. University of Chicago, Ph.D. student (ABD) at the University of Texas

Interests

  Disability, health, the everyday, affect, kinship, caregiving, ethnographic writing, the U.S.

Angelina Locker

Graduate student

Angelina.Sweeney@utexas.edu

Education   

B.A., California State University, Long Beach

Interests

  Archaeology, Archaeometry and Sourcing Studies (LA-ICP-MS, XRF, TIMS), Mesoamerica, Ancient Maya

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Noe Lopez

Graduate student

noelopez@utexas.edu

Education   

MA, PhD Student, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  indigenous transnational/transborder communities, political economy, labor, farmworkers, indigenous diaspora, gender, sexuality.

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Amely Martins

Graduate student

amelymartins@utexas.edu  |  SAC 5.114

Education   

PhD Student, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Conservation genetics, Landscape genetics, Population genetics, Molecular ecology, Phylogenetics, Neotropical Primates

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Jaime Mata-Miguez

Graduate student

jaime.mata.miguez@utexas.edu  |  SAC 4.166

Education   

M.A. Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Ancient DNA, human population genetics, Native American population history

Alexander Menaker

Graduate student

amenaker@utexas.edu

Education   

MA, University of Chicago

Interests

  Historical Archaeology throughout the Peruvian Andes, Spanish colonialism, anthropology of religious encounters, Andean ethnography and archaeology, identity, political subject formation

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Ana Maria Navas Mendez

Graduate student

amnavas@utexas.edu

Education   

M.Sc., Anthropology, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas

Interests

  Historical archaeology; the role of technology in colonial processes; archaeometallurgy; Latin America.

Monica Nicolaides

Graduate student

monica.lorelle.ramsey@gmail.com

Education   

PhD Candidate (ABD), Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at austin

Interests

  Paleoethnobotany, phytoliths, hunter-gatherer studies, later prehistory of the Levant, plant food processing, transition to wild plant food production, people-environment interactions, hunter-gatherer landscape management and modification, and hunter-gatherer response to climatic and environmental unpredictability.

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Vasilina Orlova

Graduate student

vasilina@utexas.edu

Education   

PhD Program, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Debris and Ruination, Trash, Worn-Out Infrastructure and Its Affects, Mundane, Violence, Emerging and Fading Out, the Figure of Flâneur. Areas of study: Russia, in particular Siberia, Ukraine, the United States.

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Kathryn Ortiz

Graduate student

kortiz421@gmail.com  |  SAC.5162

Education   

PhD Program, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Primate behavior and ecology; female feeding and reproductive competition; lemur conservation

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Omer Ozcan

Graduate student

omrozcan@gmail.com

Colin Pace

Graduate student

cpacerun@gmail.com

Daniel Perera

Graduate student

dpererab@utexas.edu

Education   

MA–Latin American Studies, Ph.D. Student–Anthropology (Sociocultural/Visual)

Interests

  Elites, corporate citizenship, infrastructures of philanthropy and aid, technopolitics, biopower, political economy/ecology/ontology, ethics, affect, precarity, economies of anticipation, racialization and belonging, dissensus and resistance, political aesthetics, worlding, material semiotics, visual/sensory ethnography, collaborative methods, research militancy; Post-Conflict Latin America, Guatemala

Indulata Prasad

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Texas at Austin

indulata@utexas.edu

Interests

  Social Anthropology, Feminist Theory, Ethnography, Social movements, South Asia.

Nadya Prociuk

Graduate student

nprociuk@utexas.edu  |  SAC 4.166

Education   

MA, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Issues of group and individual identity; gender and sexuality; symbolic communication; religion and ideology; cultural interaction and exchange; feasting and communal consumption; tattooing and body modification

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Deina Rabie

Graduate student

Emily Root-Garey

Graduate Student

e.rootgarey@utexas.edu  |  SAC 4.190

Education   

PhD Candidate, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  The northern Spanish borderlands, Spanish missions, feminist theory, gender and sexuality, household archaeology, built space and power

Joseph Russo

Graduate student

josephcrusso81@gmail.com  |  SAC 5.114

Education   

PhD Anthropology (Cultural Forms), University of Texas, Austin

Interests

  Queer Studies, Cultural Poetics, Philosophy, The American South

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Ece Saltan

Graduate student

ecesaltan@gmail.com  |  SAC 5.114

Education   

PhD, The University of Texas at Asutin

Interests

  Gender and Sexuality Studies, Trans* Studies, Urban Anthropology, Race and Ethnicity, Queer Theory, Affect Theory, Queer Spatiality and Temporality, Queer Performativity, Queer Aesthetics, "Transness" in Istanbul/Turkey.

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Eric Schroeder

Teaching Assistant

eschroeder1@utexas.edu  |  SAC 4.166

Interests

  Material culture studies regarding political development among mobile populations in the prehispanic Southwest, conflict theory, the dialectics of inequality, prehistoric ideology, ethnohistory

Lia Siewert

Graduate student

lsiewert@utexas.edu  |  5.114

Interests

  Ethnopoetics, discourse-centered approach to language and culture, Ojibwe language and culture, literacy and literacies

Rick W. A. Smith

Graduate student

rickwasmith@gmail.com  |  SAC 4.166

Education   

PhD Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  anthropological genetics; ancient DNA; epigenetics; embodiment; new materialisms; decolonizing methodologies

Lauren Springs

Graduate student

lsprings@utexas.edu  |  SAC 4.166

Education   

MA, Texas State University

Interests

  aDNA, population genetics, New World colonialism

Czarina Thelen

Graduate student

cza6@utexas.edu

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Debora Trein

Graduate student

dctrein@utexas.edu  |  SAC 4.192

Education   

MA in Archaeology, University College London

Interests

  Maya Archaeology, Landscape Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Management, Materiality Studies

Nora Tyeklar

Graduate student

ntyeklar@utexas.edu  |  Linguistic Anthropology Lab 4.116

Education   

MA in Applied Linguistics, University of Massachusetts Boston

Interests

  Linguistic anthropology; refugee resettlement; second language acquisition; the politics/poetics of translation/interpretation; storytelling; displacements; forced migrations; Romani Hungarian asylum seekers in Canada

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Lina Maria Valencia

Graduate student

linavalencia85@gmail.com

Interests

  Conservation genetics, Landscape genetics, Molecular Ecology, computational modeling and Neotropical Primates,

Aniruddhan Vasudevan

Graduate student

aniruddhan@utexas.edu  |  5.114 Student Activity Center (SAC)

Interests

  Tamil Nadu, India, Gender, Sexuality, LGBT, Queer, Dance, Performance, Theatre

Elizabeth Velasquez Estrada

Doctoral Candidate

evelasquez@utexas.edu

Education   

MA, Social-Activist Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Grassroots Peacemaking, Transitional Justice, Violence, Gender Relations, Masculinities and Central America

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Chelsi West

Graduate student

chelsi.west@utexas.edu

Education   

MA, Sociocultural Anthropology, Doctoral Candidate, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Belonging, Race and Racialization, Roma and Balkan Egyptians in Europe, Everyday Life, Post-communism, Experimental Ethnographic Writing, Albania, Southeastern Europe

Traci-Ann Wint

Graduate student

trwint@gmail.com

Interests

  African Diaspora; Anglo-Caribbean tourism and national identity; Jamaica; Colonialism; Neo-Colonialism; Racial Formation; West African heritage tourism; poetry, music & performance

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