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Laura Abondano

Graduate student

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

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Luisa Aebersold

Bromley F. Cooper Endowed Fellow in Archaeology (2016-2017) |
SAC 4.192

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

Ernest Alba

Graduate student

Interests: Folklore, Performing Arts, Audiences, Borderlands

Sade Anderson

Graduate student

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Amy Atwater

Graduate student |
SAC 5.130

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: primate evolution, paleoecology, vertebrate paleontology

Karissa Basse

Graduate student |
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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Giovanni Batz

Dissertation Writing Fellow (Spring 2017)

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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James Beveridge

Graduate student

Interests: Indigenous rights in Amazonian Bolivia and Ecuador; struggles and negotiations over megaprojects and extractivism - rights to land and access to resources; Amazonian indigenous universities. I am developing an analytical framework I call 'knowledge articulation'. You can read about KA in my master's thesis ( see external link: click on my name, then at right)

Jordan Bowers

Peyton and Douglas Wright Fellow (2016-2017) |
SAC 4.166

Education: Ph.D. Student, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Bronze and Iron Age archaeology, Celtic archaeology, landscape archaeology, network theory, GIS, the Balkans, Iberia, public archaeology

Melissa Burch

Graduate student |
SAC 5.114

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

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

Julie Conquest

Graduate student

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

Education: MA/PhD, University of Texas at Austin

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

Emma Curtis

Donald B. Harrington Fellow (2016-2017)

Christopher Davis

Graduate student |
SAC 5.170

Education: MA Anthropology, Colorado State University

Interests: Human evolution, Neandertals, body size evolution, paleoecology

Emily Dawson

Graduate School Recruitment Fellow (2016-2017)

Elizabeth de Marigny

Graduate student

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.

Emily Dylla

Graduate student |
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

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Kelsey Ellis

Graduate student |
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 |
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.

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Christopher Farrell

Graduate student |
SAC 5.114

Education: PhD Candidate, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Social and cultural anthropology; affect; memory; abandoned places; post-industrial landscapes; Western Europe; space and place; Britain; ageing; class; health and wellbeing; the ordinary; identity; aesthetics; temporality.

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Krishantha Fedricks

Graduate School Recruitment Fellow (2016-2017)

Ayana Flewellen

Graduate student

Alejandro M Flores Aguilar

Rhonda L. Andrews Memorial Fellow (2016-2017)

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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Hannah Foster

Graduate student

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Manuel Guadalupe Galaviz

College of Liberal Arts Thematic Graduate Recruitment Fellow (2016-2017)

Education: M.A., Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Interests: Mexico-U.S. Borderlands Anthropology, The Anthropology of Space and Place, Political Ecology, Nopales, Tacos, and the Beach.

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William Gblerkpor

Graduate student |
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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

Kelsie Gillig

Graduate student

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Gregorio Gonzales

2016-2017 Katrin H. Lamon Resident Scholar, School for Advanced Research

Interests: Genízaro Studies; Politics of Recognition; Politics of Representation; Critical Indigenous Studies; Critical Latinx Indigeneities; Indigenous Borderlands of the Southwest; New Mexico

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Christina Gonzalez

Graduate student

Interests: Global and Comparative Indigeneities; Race, Racialization, Racism; Ethnogenesis; Indigenous, black and Latin@ subjectivities and their intersections; Diaspora and Transnationalism; Interdisciplinarity; Multi-sited Ethnography; Critical Methodologies (Performance and Film); the Caribbean (Borik'n/Puerto Rico); the Pacific (Aotearoa/New Zealand)

Danielle Good

Graduate student

Education: PhD, University of Texas

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Amber Heard

Graduate student |
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

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

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Addison Kemp

Graduate student |
SAC 5.130

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Primate origins, functional morphology, sensory ecology

Jinok Lee

Graduate student |
SAC 5.114

Education: MSc in Environmental Archaeology, University College London

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

Elizabeth Lewis

Graduate student

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.

Sabrina Lilleby

Graduate School Recruitment Fellow (2016-2017)

Angelina Locker

Graduate student

Education: M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Archaeology, Stable Isotope Geochemistry, Migration, aDNA, Mesoamerica, Ancient Maya

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Noe Lopez

U.S.-Mexico Borderlands Program Fellow (2016-2017)

Education: PhD Student, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: political economy, labor, farmworkers, indigenous diasporas, gender, modern sexualities, Queer theory, settler colonialism,postcolonialism, trauma, violence, nation-state hegemony

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Ingrid Lundeen

Graduate student |
SAC 5.130

Education: PhD, University of Texas Austin

Interests: Early primate evolution; functional and evolutionary morphology; North American mammalian evolution; Sensory morphology

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Katherine Maddox

Graduate student

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Raul "Quichi" Martinez

Quichi Patlan, Graduate Student

Interests: Indigenous Language Maintenance and Revitalization, Indigeneity, Native Performing Arts, Language Ideologies, Technology, & Verbal Art.

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Amely Martins

Graduate student |
SAC 5.114

Education: PhD Student, University of Texas at Austin

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

Carlisia McCord

College of Liberal Arts Thematic Graduate School Recruitment Fellow (2016-2017)

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Allison McNamara

Graduate student |
SAC 5.130

Interests: Primate positional behavior, primate behavior and ecology, functional morphology

Alexander Menaker

Graduate student

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 |
SAC 5.114

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

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

Daniel Ng

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow - Bengali (2016-2017)

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Benjamin Nutor

Fulbright Fellow |
SAC 4.188

Education: MPhil Archaeology, University of Ghana

Interests: African Archaeology, Archaeology of Slavery in West Africa (Ghana), Ethnoarchaeology of Indigenous African Religion, Public Archaeology

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Vasilina Orlova

Graduate student

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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Omer Ozcan

Graduate School Bruton Fellow (2016-2017)

Colin Pace

National Science Foundation Fellow (2014-2017)

Interests: Socio-cultural anthropology, Northwest India

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Nicole Payntar

Graduate student |
CLA 4.418

Education: M.A., Near Eastern Archaeology, Durham University; PhD, Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Landscape Archaeology; Cultural Heritage; Place-Making; Identity; Archaeological Theory; Human-Environment Interactions; GIS; Andean Archaeology; Ancient Near East

Daniel Perera

Graduate student

Education: B.A. History, UNC-Chapel Hill; M.A. Latin American Studies, UT-Austin;, Ph.D. Student–Sociocultural Anthropology

Interests: Economic and political anthropology, practical philosophy, value theory, the imagination, political ecology, science and technology studies (STS), affect, epistemology and ideology, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, development studies, technology studies, inequality, resistance/struggle, political solidarity, democratic process; visual/sensory ethnography, activist/collaborative methods; Latin America, Guatemala

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Deina Rabie

Graduate student

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Joseph Russo

Dissertation Writing Fellow (Spring 2017) |
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 |
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.

Lara Sanchez Morales

Graduate School Mentoring Fellow (2016-2017)

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Eric Schroeder

Graduate student |
TARL, Building 5A, Room 5

Education: PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Material culture studies regarding emergent complexity in prehistoric mobile societies, Prehispanic and protohistoric archaeology of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico, Evolutionary and historical paradigms in hunter-gatherer complexity, conflict theory, the dialectics of inequality, prehistoric ideology, ethnohistory

Lia Siewert

Graduate student |

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

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Rick W. A. Smith

Graduate School Continuing Fellow (2016-2017) |
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 |
SAC 4.166

Education: MA, Texas State University

Interests: ancient DNA, population genetics, colonial encounters, identity, biopolitics

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Czarina Thelen

Graduate student

Interests: Indigenous theater, epistemology, and politics; Black and Indigenous social movements and socio-political imaginaries; Abya Yala - Latin America; Guatemala; Sovereignty, autonomy, self-determination, and territory

Nora Tyeklar

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow - Romanes (2016-2017) |
Linguistic Anthropology Lab 4.116

Interests: Linguistic anthropology; the poetics of displacement; critical discourse analysis; ethnopoetics; semiotics of translation; hate speech; refugee resettlement; bureaucracies; forced migration; refugeeism; the Romani diaspora; Hungary; Canada

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Lina Maria Valencia

Graduate Dean's Prestigious Supplement Fellow (2016-2017)

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

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Silvy van Kuijk

Graduate student |
SAC 5.114

Aniruddhan Vasudevan

Graduate Dean's Prestigious Supplement Fellow (2016-2017) |
5.114 Student Activity Center (SAC)

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

Elizabeth Velasquez Estrada

Graduate student

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

Interests: Grassroots peacemaking, gender relations, masculinities, violence and Central America.

Jose Villagran

Center for Mexican American Studies Fellow (2016-2017)

Education: MA, Mexican American Studies, PhD Candidate, Sociocultural Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: U.S. Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers; Mexican American Borderlands; Labor; Race; Migration; Political Economy; Chicano Studies; Activist/Engaged Methodologies; Critical Race Theory; Dependency Theory; Structural Violence.

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Rachel Voyt

Graduate School Recruitment Fellow (2016-2017)

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Camille Weinberg

Graduate student

Interests: Andean Archaeology, Paleoclimatology, Geoarchaeology, Geochemical Sourcing, Human-Environment Interactions, the Anthropocene

Nelson Yang

Graduate School Recruitment Fellow (2016-2017)