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Laura Abondano

Graduate Studies Writing Fellow (Summer 2017)

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

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Kari Andreev

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow (2017-2018)

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Samantha Archer

Graduate student |
SAC 4.166

Education: PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: anthropological genetics and epigenetics, feminist and queer science studies, ancient DNA, trauma, memory, critical theories of health and health disparities, disability studies, fat studies, philosophy and history of science, archive, temporality, relation, entanglement

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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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

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow - Portugal (2017-2018) |
SAC 4.166

Education: Doctoral Candidate, University of Texas at Austin

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

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

Emma Curtis

Donald B. Harrington Fellow (2016-2017) |
SAC 5.130 [Locomotion Lab]

Education: MA/PhD, UT Austin

Interests: Paleoanthropology; primate locomotion; functional morphology of the forelimb; 3D geometric morphometrics; ecomorphology

Christopher Davis

Graduate student |
SAC 5.170

Education: MA Anthropology, Colorado State University

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

Emily Dawson

Graduate student

Education: MA University of Chicago, Ph.D Student, University of Texas

Interests: Environmental Archaeology, Foodways, Identity, Colonialism, Human-Environment Interactions, New Mexico, Mongolia

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.

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Madelynne Dudas

Graduate student

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Julia Earle

Graduate School Recruitment Fellow (2017-2018)

Interests: Andean archaeology; technology; labor; lithic material sourcing; landscape archaeology; spatial analysis & predictive modelling

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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

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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

Ph.D. Student; Graduate Teaching Assistant |
SAC 5.114

Education: M.A., California State University at Long Beach

Interests: Language, Religion and Media; Sinhala Language and Linguistics; Sri Lankan Buddhism; English to Sinhala Translations.

Ayana Flewellen

Graduate student

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Hannah Foster

Graduate student |
SAC 5.114

Interests: Kazakhstan, multilingualism and codeswitching, verbal art, language ideologies

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Manuel Guadalupe Galaviz

U.S.-Mexico Borderlands Program Fellow (2017-2018)

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, Infrastructure Theory

Fatemeh Ghaheri

Graduate student |
SAC 5.114

Kelsie Gillig

Graduate student

Interests: Basque Language and Culture, Intonation, Verbal Art, Contact linguistics, Language Ideologies

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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)

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Danielle Good

Graduate student

Education: PhD, University of Texas

Interests: Environment, affect, recovery economies and the BP Horizon disaster, petrocultures, energy/multi-speices infrastructures, and fisheries management on the U.S. Gulf Coast

Eduardo Hazera

Donald D. Harrington Recruitment Fellow (2017-2018)

John Hurt

Graduate student

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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

2018 Dissertation Writing Fellow

Education: MSc in Environmental Archaeology, University College London

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

Sabrina Lilleby

Graduate student

SAC 5.114

Angelina Locker

Graduate student |
SAC 4.192

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

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

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Lilia Loera

Graduate student

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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 at Austin

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Katherine Maddox

Graduate student

SAC 5.114

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Raul "Quichi" Martinez

Graduate student

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

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Amely Martins

Rhonda L. Andrews Memorial Fellow (2017-2018) |
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

Megan McQuaid

Graduate student |
SAC 5.112

Interests: ethnography, Italy, performance and ritual, human geography, America, material culture

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 |
SAC 5.114

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

Interests: Infrastructure, Affect, Mobility, Power, Pleasure, Violence

Colin Pace

(on leave)
National Science Foundation Fellow (2014-2017)

Interests: Socio-cultural anthropology, Northwest India

Johanna Paez Crespo

Graduate student

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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; GIS; ILUC/LCCLUC; Andean Archaeology

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Deina Rabie

Graduate student

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

Joseph Russo

2017-2018 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow |
SAC 5.114

Education: PhD Anthropology (Sociocultural), University of Texas, Austin

Interests: LGBTQ Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Ethnographic Writing, Environmental Humanities, Literature, Queer Studies, Cultural Poetics, Philosophy, The American South

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Lara Sanchez Morales

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

SAC 4.166

Education: B.A. in Anthropology, Universidad de Puerto Rico-Recinto Río Piedras

Interests: geoarchaeology; human-environment interactions; landscape management; agriculture in the pre-Columbian Caribbean; adaptations to climate change and human induced landscape changes; cattle management; European colonial landscapes; Puerto Rican (pre)history; sustainability and resilience in the Neo-tropics.

Diyana Sastrawati

Recruitment Fellow (2017-2018)

Interests: feminist anthropology, medical anthropology, performance studies, literary writing and criticism, Southeast Asia

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Eric Schroeder

Graduate student |
SAC 4.166

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

Lauren Springs

Graduate student |
SAC 4.166

Education: MA, Texas State University

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

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

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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

Interests: Neotropical primates, conservation, soundscape ecology, animal acoustic communication, social systems

Aniruddhan Vasudevan

Graduate student

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

José Villagran

Graduate student

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 student |
SAC 4.116

Interests: development and maintenance of female dominant social systems, socioendocrinology, genetics and epigenetics, applications of feminist and queer theory to primatology, ethnoprimatology

Joshua Wainner

Graduate School Recruitment Fellow (2017-2018)

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Camille Weinberg

Graduate student

Education: PhD Student, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Andean Archaeology, Human-Environment Interactions, Geoarchaeology, Paleoclimatology

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Erin Wheeler

Provost's Recruitment Fellow (2017-2018)

Education: Phd Candidate, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Linguistic Anthropology, Indigenous Studies, Latin America

Nel Yang

Graduate student

Interests: desire, money, nationalism, masculinity, queer studies, Hong Kong.

Kenza Yousfi

Provost's Recruitment Fellow (2017-2018)