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Tiffany Alvarez
Field of study: Evolutionary Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Edward Hagen
Email:Tiffany.Alvarez@wsu.edu
I am a bio-cultural anthropologist interested in female reproduction, evolutionary models of human drug use, and cultural and evolutionary perspectives of health. I focus on human female life-history allocation challenges to reproduction in the face of acculturation pressures, toxin exposure (specifically tobacco), and/or illness.

My PhD research integrates evolutionary biological theory with cultural methods to examine how biological, reproductive, and socio-cultural factors influence tobacco use patterns among Latin American migrants and Indigenous women living in a tobacco-producing region of NW Argentina. This work highlights the bidirectional relationship between culture and biology and seeks to answer nuanced questions on the effects culture and acculturative processes have on tobacco use patterns, reproductive behaviors, and reproductive decision-making.

Areas of concentration: Life History Theory, Evolutionary Medicine, Reproductive Ecology/Toxicology, Ecological Immunity, Maternal Health, Indigenous Health, Latin America.


 
 
 
 
 
Darcy Bird
Field of study: Ph.D. Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Tim Kohler
Email: darcy.bird@wsu.edu
I am a doctoral student in archaeology working with Dr. Tim Kohler. My main research interests include human adaptive strategies to changing environments, modeling and computational archaeology, paleodemography, human ecology, social differentiation, and anthropological big data.

I received an M.S. in Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management at Utah State University in 2019. My thesis addressed the population density/stability tradeoff between agriculturalist and hunter-gatherer populations using radiocarbon dates as representative of population with all available radiocarbon data in the United States and Canada. For my dissertation, I propose to study the indirect relationship between climate change and human populations and societies by quantifying environmental and social factors that may mediate or exacerbate the effect of the changing climate on people.
 
Valda Black
Field of study: Ph.D. Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Erin Thornton
Email: valda.black@wsu.edu
I am a PhD student working with Dr. Erin Thornton in the Stable Isotope Lab.
I obtained my Bachelor and Masters degrees in Anthropology at CUNY Hunter College in New York. My MA thesis focused on using 3D geometric morphometric techniques to analyze intentional cranial modification heterogeneity and how it might relate to social identity in prehistoric Andean Peru. My dissertation work will continue in this region by incorporating skeletal analysis, ancient DNA, and stable isotope techniques to explore migration, lineage, and reformulation of identity.

 
 
 
James Brown
Field of study: Ph.D. Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Colin Grier
Email: james.w.brown@wsu.edu
I am an archaeology Ph.D. graduate student working with Dr. Grier. My dissertation research is on the Northwest Coast of North America focusing on identifying plankhouse villages in the San Juan Islands of Washington using ground-penetrating radar, percussion coring, and radiocarbon dating. I completed my Bachelors and Masters degrees at Central Washington University. During my Bachelors, I took part in a Science Honors Research Project that developed the use of calcined bone in radiocarbon dating for North America. My Masters was on validating thermoluminescence dating on the Northwest Coast through comparison with radiocarbon dating of charcoal and calcined bone. Academic and CRM fieldwork I have been part of has occurred in Washington State on both the Coast and Plateau. My research interests include household archaeology, lithic technology, radiocarbon and luminescence dating, and more general interest in the culture change of the Northwest Coast and Columbia Plateau.
 
 
 
Laura Brumbaugh
Field of study: MA Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Duff
Email: laura.brumbaugh@wsu.edu
I am a first year MA student, and my research interests are in the archaeology of the United States Southwest. Specifically, I am interested in studying the factors influencing Ancestral Puebloan community formation during the transition between the Pueblo I and Pueblo II time periods in southwestern Colorado. I have previously engaged in some preliminary research into the impact of Pueblo I trading patterns on Pueblo II great house community formation in the Mesa Verde region. I earned my BS in Biology at Gettysburg College in 2017, and have participated in archaeological projects in northeastern Arizona, Pennsylvania, France, southwestern Colorado, and southeastern Utah.
 
Beatrice Caffe
Field of study: MA Evolutionary Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Courtney Meehan
Email:beatrice.caffe@wsu.edu
I am a Master’s student working with Dr. Courtney Meehan. My Master’s research will investigate the social, environmental and behavioral correlates of human milk immune
factors. I earned my BA in Anthropology at Humboldt State University. My broader interests include reproductive health and maternal-infant microbiomes.
 
 
 



Molly Carney
Field of study: PhD Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Shannon Tushingham
Email: molly.carney@wsu.edu
Description: Broadly, I am interested in environmental archaeology. I used paleoethnobotanical and geoarchaeological methods to study the ways in which prehistoric people interacted with their natural and built environments. My research focuses on the signatures of prehistoric architecture of the Columbia Plateau with a particular emphasis on household archaeology and hunter-gatherer mobility. My other research interests include geomorphology, site and landscape formation processes, paleoclimate reconstructions, cultural resource management and heritage outreach, and indigenous collaboration and methodologies. I have worked in New York, Ohio, Kentucky, California, Oregon, Idaho, and Washington.
 
Jaime Chambers
Field of Study: MA/Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology
Advisors: Dr. Marsha Quinlan, Dr. Rob Quinlan
Email: jaime.chambers@wsu.edu
I’m broadly interested in environmental and medical anthropology, human-animal interaction, ethnobiology, and domestication, with prior experience in Malawi and Tanzania. My master’s research explores cross-cultural variation in practices, roles, and beliefs surrounding dogs, to better understand their cultural, ecological, symbolic, and economic significance across subsistence strategies, as human beings’ oldest, most widespread domesticate. I’m particularly interested in how cultural practices surrounding dogs mediate the human-animal disease interface – including perceptions of free-ranging dogs and the role of ethnoveterinary medicine. Prior to graduate school, my professional experiences include work in international student advising, refugee resettlement, and the Peace Corps.
 
Will Damitio
Field of study: Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Shannon Tushingham
Email: william.damitio@wsu.edu
I am currently an M.A. student focusing on archaeology under Dr. Shannon Tushingham. My current research focuses on pipes and smoking in the Pacific Northwest of North America, especially in the Columbia River Plateau. I am utilizing a combination of geographic information system approaches and chemical residue analyses of artifacts to create a better understanding of the antiquity of smoking practices in this region.

I received my B.A. in Anthropology and Linguistics from Western Washington University. While there, I participated in the marine invertebrate component of a large zooarchaeological project analyzing a site on the Olympic Peninsula. I have also been involved in archaeological collections management, in which I maintain an interest.
 
 
 
 
Kanupriya Dhawan
Field of study: Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Clare Wilkinson
Email: kanupriya.dhawan@wsu.edu
I am a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology and my research interests lie at the intersections of sartorial practices, gender, nationalism and modernity. Through my research I aim to create a hermeneutic of Indian woman’s social life and identity through sartorial practices. My M.Phil. thesis surveyed the importance of ocular experiences in the identity-formation process. Building on my experience, I aim to explore sartorial practices in India that generate a society’s code and habits of ‘seeing and being seen’. Sartorial practices can be seen as ‘bodylores’ through which the body is culturally managed and supervised. In my research I aim to understand how narratives of law, religion and media have played a significant role in imposing ‘ideas of decorum’ on women’s clothing in India.

Areas of concentration: Anthropology of dress, South Asian Studies, Visual Cultures, Gender studies, Postcolonial theory.

Teaching Experience: In addition to my research pursuits, I worked as an Instructor of English literature and Art History in India and worked as a Teaching Assistant at University of Pennsylvania for Hindi language and Culture.


 
 
 
Evelien Deelen
Field of study: Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Marsha Quinlan
Email: evelien.deelen@wsu.edu
I am a cultural anthropology PhD student working with Dr. Marsha Quinlan and Dr. Robert Quinlan. I received my BA and MA (Res) in archaeology from Leiden University in the Netherlands. For my MA thesis I studied the construction of indigeneity in relation to traditional dress in contemporary Mexican society, which relates to my interest in Latin America, identity, and cultural survival.
My PhD research incorporates my interests from a different perspective: human-animal relation studies, ethnobiology, and multispecies ethnography. I am particularly interested in human-horse entanglements, traditional equestrian knowledge, and concepts and constructs of wild and tame. My dissertation research centers on the traditional horse culture of the Colombian Llanos region in relation to modernization and the oil industry. I am also very interested in Mustang adoption and Bronc riding in the United States and aim to incorporate a cross-cultural perspective in my research.
 
 
 
Jessica Devio
Field of study: Ph.D. Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Erin Thornton
Email: jessica.devio@wsu.edu
Description: I am an archaeology PhD student working with Erin Thornton and Jade d'Alpoim Guedes. I received my BA from Florida Atlantic University and my MA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. For my MA thesis, I studied food preparation at a Late Classic housing group at Xunantunich in Belize. My research used starch grain analysis to identify the function of an assemblage of chert bladelets. My research suggests that they were used to process a variety of different plant materials.
My dissertation research continues my research on Maya consumption using Paleoethnobotany as my primary method of analysis. I am interested in using a multi-proxy analysis incorporating macrobotanical, starch and phytoliths to understand consumption practices of the Maya. I am particularly interested in increasing our understanding of tuberous plant consumption. More broadly, I am interested in the production, distribution and consumption of plant materials, and their role in the formation of Mesoamerican foodways.
 
 
 
 
Laura Ellyson
Field of study: Ph.D. Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Tim Kohler
Email:laura.ellyson@wsu.edu
I am a Ph.D. student in Archaeology working with Dr. Tim Kohler in the Department of Anthropology at Washington State University. My research interests include Southwestern archaeology, zooarchaeology, wealth inequality, stable isotopes, and agent-based modeling.
My dissertation research focuses on evaluating the subsistence algorithms of the Village Ecodynamics Project, the development of wealth inequality among ancestral Pueblo households, and models of hierarchical social structures in relation to the flow of information in social systems. To evaluate the subsistence algorithms of “Village”, I will compare simulated predictions of deer, lagomorphs, and turkeys with real-world zooarchaeological data from sites located within the “Village” project area. In my study of wealth inequality, I assume that floor area of household domestic structures reflects the accumulation and cross-generational transmission of material wealth. Using Gini coefficients calculated based upon distributions of floor area, I will compare wealth inequality among ancestral Pueblo households from the Mesa Verde, middle San Juan, and Chaco areas from Basketmaker II to Pueblo III periods.
I received my M.S. in Applied Geography, with a specialization in Environmental Archaeology in December 2014 from the University of North Texas. My Master’s thesis research, under the direction of Dr. Steve Wolverton, was focused on the zooarchaeology and animal ecology of small sites surrounding Goodman Point Pueblo located in the Mesa Verde region of Colorado. Specifically, I investigated small animal hunting and turkey husbandry through combined lines of evidence including faunal indices, demographic profiles, and morphometrics.
Katie Flores
Field of study: Ph.D. student, Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Marsha Quinlan
Email:katherine.e.flores@wsu.edu
I am a PhD student in cultural anthropology working with Dr. Marsha Quinlan. I am interested in medical anthropology, particularly reproductive health and its place within traditional medical systems in transitioning societies. I am also interested in ethnobotany. My dissertation will focus on contraception use among the Sidama in SW Ethiopia. I served as a research assistant for the Dr. Courtney Meehan’s INSPIRE project and assisted with data collection in Ethiopia. I am further collaborating with Dr. Meehan on a project exploring the cultural transmission of breastfeeding and post-partum practice norms among the Sidama.
 
 
 
 
Nichole Fournier
Field of study: Ph.D. Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Shannon Tushingham
Email: nichole.fournier@wsu.edu
I am a Ph.D student of archaeology working with Dr. Shannon Tushingham. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Anthropology from Boston University and a Master’s degree in Anthropology from North Carolina State University, where I focused on Forensic Anthropology. I have an interest in research that draws on multiple disciplines to answer anthropological questions and is applicable to fields outside of anthropology, particularly genetics, human biology, and public health. I plan to use my background in human osteology in conjunction with several aspects of archaeological science in order to answer questions regarding human variation and population history. For my dissertation research, I plan to study a prehistoric human population living in the San Francisco Bay Area during a period of resource stress caused by a major drought. Using osteological, ancient DNA, and isotopic evidence, I will explore whether certain groups, such as ages or sexes, were more influenced by this resource stress and use this information to reconstruct population history.
Michael Gaffney
Field of study: MA Evolutionary Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Ed Hagen
Email:michael.gaffney2@wsu.edu
I am an MA student primarily interested in costly signaling and symptoms in humans. My research focuses mainly on depression; however, I am also interested in other proposed costly signals of need and what they might share. Previously, my research involved nocebo responses and primate ranging patterns at UC Santa Barbara, where I received my BA.
 
 
 
 
Chancy Gatlin Anderson
Field of study:PhD Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Clare Wilkinson
Email: Chancy.gatlin@wsu.edu
I am a first-year PhD student working with Dr. Clare Wilkinson.
Research Experience: I received my Master of Arts degree in Anthropology at Georgia State University in 2014 where I worked with the Atlanta Lolita and Japanese Street Fashion Community. I studied their fashion, use of photography, and their use of social media to analyze how Lolitas manage their impressions both online and in person. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology at Kennesaw State University in 2012 where I studied Hare Krishna community outreach practices and Belizean archaeology.
For my doctoral research, I plan to study the influx of Japanese plus-size designers and brands, plus-size representation in Japanese media, and what these changes mean for plus-sized Japanese women today.
Teaching Experience: In addition to my research pursuits, I worked as an Instructor of Anthropology at Georgia State University for the Spring 2015-Summer 2017 semesters
 
 
 
 
 
Andrew Gillreath-Brown
Field of study: Ph.D. Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Tim Kohler
Email: andrew.d.brown@wsu.edu
I am a doctoral candidate in Archaeology working with Dr. Tim Kohler. My research interests include modeling, agriculture, paleoclimate, computational archaeology, environmental archaeology, and research that surrounds how humans respond to environmental change.

I received a MS in Applied Geography, specializing in Environmental Archaeology, in August 2016 from the University of North Texas. My Master’s thesis research was directed toward understanding the spatial variability of soil moisture on a small scale in the central Mesa Verde (CMV) region. In an area with limited moisture and agricultural features, I wanted to understand where farming may have taken place on the landscape (using soil moisture) and how settlement patterns in relation to agricultural fields changed over time on a local level, particularly leading up to the depopulation of the CMV.

My dissertation research focuses on experimenting with paleoecological data (e.g., pollen) to assess whether or not different approaches are feasible for paleoclimatic field reconstructions. In addition, I will also use wavelet modulation to combine the low-frequency temperature reconstructions (using pollen data) that I am producing through the SKOPE (Synthesizing Knowledge of Past Environments) project with high-frequency temperature reconstructions from tree-rings. The combined reconstructions would be used to model the effects of temperature variability on prehistoric farming, particularly on maize niche and crop productivity models. These data can be used to better understand changes in demography and explore a variety of questions surrounding social and cultural responses to climate change.

I also currently serve as a Senator for the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) at WSU and am an Editorial Assistant for Ethnobiology Letters. I also serve on legislative committees for the GPSA, the Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology (TCPA), and am a Government Affairs Network State Representative for the Society for American Archaeology on behalf of the TCPA.

 
 
Cynthiann Heckelsmiller
Field of study: Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Marsha Quinlan
Email: c.heckelsmiller@wsu.edu
I am a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology, studying ethnobotany with Marsha Quinlan. I am interested in how indigenous people adapt to modern development changes, especially related to plant use and knowledge. I completed my MS in Ethnobotany at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, where my fieldwork and dissertation focused on plant food use and ethnic identity as subsistence strategies change for Maasai in NE Tanzania. My past fieldwork also includes looking at TEK, land rights, and conservation with the Taku River Tlingit First Nation in Northern British Columbia. My PhD thesis will expand on the connections between subsistence, cultural identity and transmission in East Africa. Outside of anthropology, I am still a field botanist at heart, and can be found somewhere in the bush with a hand lens and my research assistant/dog.
 
 
Emily Helmer
Field of study: Ph.D. Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Shannon Tushingham
Email: emily.helmer@wsu.edu
I am a PhD student specializing in the spatial analysis and the archaeology of the southern Northwest Coast. My research interests include human-landscape relationships, resource use, practice theory, identity, and cultural heritage. My M.A. thesis at WSU investigated the phenomena of persistent places in southern Oregon using regional-scale settlement pattern analysis in GIS.
Arian Karimitar
Field of study: PhD Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Jeanette Mageo
Email: arian.karimitar@wsu.edu
I graduated with an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences in Tehran, Iran. Also I was formally trained in psychoanalysis at some private institutes in Tehran. Because of this background, I am interested in psychological, psychoanalytic, cultural and medical anthropology. I am interested to study on topics such as religion, self, identity, interaction of cultural and mental processes, interpretation of social and cultural phenomena and cultural symbols.
The area which I concentrate on will be Iran. Iran, also known as Persia, is an expansive country in the Middle East which is heir to one of the world’s oldest civilizations which lead to having a vast vary of materials in different fields such as archaeological, historical, cultural, and literary fields.


Athar Khan
Field of study: Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Rob Quinlan
Email: athar.khan@wsu.edu
I am a PhD Student with a research interest in application of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) in climate change mitigation and adaptation in Himalaya, Karakoram and Hindu-Kush (HKH) Mountain Ranges. A part of his research is to find how climate change adaptation policies are viewed in the local discourses and what material consequences that has in practice.
I have received M.Sc. degree in Forestry from Pakistan Forest Institute Peshawar and M.Sc. in Carbon Management from University of Central Lancashire UK. I worked as a director of the Central Karakorum National Park (CKNP) in Pakistan, participatory forestry expert and advisor for FAO in Afghanistan and Biodiversity Specialist with IUCN Pakistan.
 
 
 
Roxanna King
Field of study: Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Nancy McKee
Email:roxanna_king@wsu.edu
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Cultural Anthropology Program, with an emphasis in Applied Medical Anthropology. My research focuses on the historical and structural determinants of diet and nutrition among the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation located near Oakville, WA. I grew up in the PNW, but I always wanted to see the world and create positive change. In the Summer of 2007 and 2008, I attended the Caribbean Ethnographic and Community Development Field School in Dominica. I worked with Dr. Marsha Quinlan collecting medicinal plant specimens and ethnobotanical knowledge related to reproductive health.

For my MA, I participated in the Master’s International (MI) Program at WSU. The MI Program incorporates 2 years of course work with 2 years of fieldwork as a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps. From 2010-2012, I served as an environment volunteer in Morocco. My volunteer projects included health and environmental education, youth development, and community capacity building between local government organizations, NGOs, and community members. My master’s thesis examined medical pluralism and decision-making in a rural Moroccan community. The findings indicated that access to healthcare services and cost were the main obstacles to seeking biomedical care.

After working and studying abroad, I decided to shift my focus back to the local communities that raised and nurtured me. Currently, I am working with Dr. McKee and my research areas of interest include Coastal Salish peoples, diet and nutrition, traditional ecological knowledge, ethnohistory, settler colonialism, nutritional trauma, structural violence, cultural resilience, and food sovereignty.

Sreenidhi Krishnan
Field of study: Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Clare M. Wilkinson
Email: sreenidhi.krishnan@wsu.edu
I am currently a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology and my research interests include looking at the production and significance of material culture in everyday life, understanding the capacity of religious practices in deciding the gender dynamics within media and industry, the content produced and its subsequent role in shaping production processes and workplace culture. Areas that specifically interest me are creative direction, art, costuming and design within the Hindi television industry.
Areas of concentration: Anthropology of media, Visual culture, Indian Television, Production Cultures, Postcolonial Theory.
 
Aaron Lightner
Field of study: Evolutionary Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Edward Hagen
Email:aaron.lightner@wsu.edu
I am an MA/PhD student primarily interested in human cooperation and cognitive ecology. In particular, I am currently investigating the impact of socially learned frames on economic decision making and its implications for existing models of human cooperation. This explores a broader research question asking to what extent human nature and social context shape individual beliefs and preferences involved in economic exchange. This research primarily draws from experimental economics, evolutionary psychology and game theory.
Michael Lorain
Field of study: MA Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Colin Grier
Email: michael.lorain@wsu.edu
I am currently a master’s student in archaeology under Dr. Colin Grier. My research will focus on the distribution of fish weirs on the Pacific Northwest coast. My broader interests consist of landscape archaeology, environmental archaeology, and paleoecology. I received my B.A. from the University of Alaska Fairbanks where I gained four years of field and lab experience throughout Alaska. While there, I learned techniques in dendrochronology and the use of GIS in archaeology which have shaped my interests in archaeology.
 
 
 
Courtney Love
Field of study: MA Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Courtney Meehan
Email:courtney.love@wsu.edu
I am a master's student working with Dr. Courtney Meehan in the Biocultural Anthropology Lab. I obtained my BS in Biology from the University of New Mexico. My master's research will explore cultural and biological influences on the Human Milk Microbiome (HMM), and how the HMM impacts maternal health and the infant fecal microbiome. I am also interested in cross-cultural nursing patterns among hunter-gatherers and horticulturalists in the Central African Republic, agro-pastoralists in Ethiopia, and women in the U.S.
 
 
 
Hannah MacIntyre
Field of Study: Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Nancy McKee
Email: Hannah.macintyre@wsu.edu
I am a second year cultural anthropology MA student working with Dr. Nancy McKee. My interests lie in Educational Anthropology and its application to meaningful and lasting education reform efforts at the state and national levels; and the examination of structural and material impacts of public institutions in shaping contemporary human experience including the development of self. The focus of my thesis work is on the educational access of LGBTQIA public school students in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in north Texas. My professional background prior to graduate school is comprised primarily of community education, public education and advocacy, working in outreach and education for an AIDS Service organization in north Texas (5years) and the 6 years preceding my studies at WSU were spent in a variety of secondary classroom settings as a social studies teacher (specific classes taught: World Geography, US History, Government, and Economics).
 
 
 
Brandon McIntosh
Field of Study: Ph.D. Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Erin Thornton
Email: brandon.m.mcintosh@wsu.edu
My research interests include the prehistoric cultures of the Great Basin, U.S. Southwest, and Mesoamerica, stable isotope ecology, zooarchaeology, paleoenvironmental reconstruction and conservation biology. My research includes stable isotope analysis in connection to the faunal component of the archaeological record for the purpose of understanding prehistoric relationships between humans and their animal neighbors, and the archaeology of environmental change. I seek to understand cultural and biological change through evolutionary and niche construction theory. My Master’s thesis research was directed toward understanding turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) domestication, and the exploitation of freshwater fish species as strategies for resilience in subsistence and market trade at the Postclassic site of Isla Cilvituk (Campeche, Mexico). My dissertation research combines zooarchaeological, isotopic and ancient DNA analyses to explore turkey use and domestication in the Jornada, Mimbres and Casas Grandes regions of the U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico.




 
 
 
Piyawit "Jiw" Moonkham
Field of study: Ph.D. Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Shannon Tushingham
Email: piyawit.moonkham@wsu.edu
I am currently a Ph.D. student in Archaeology working with Dr. Shannon Tushingham, Dr. Julia Cassaniti and Dr. Colin Grier on a project that connects myth and folklore to historical landscape change in northern Thailand and Laos. I am interested in the role of the myth as clues to the ways that people have modified their cultural landscape and communally adapted to landscape changes. I am working on developing a theoretical approach that integrates archaeological and cultural theories to understand patterns of interaction and relations between human, objects, and the environment of early historic settlements in northern Thailand and Laos. My current research interests also include the social networks involved in collective memory, private and public spatial pattern, and soundscape of early Thai and Lao temples.
 
 
 
Lori Phillips
Field of study: Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Erin Thornton
Email: lori.phillips@wsu.edu
I am currently an archaeology Ph.D. student working with Dr. Erin Thornton. My research interests include stable isotope analysis, zooarchaeology, and the ancient Maya. Before coming to WSU, I worked on archaeological projects in both South Africa and Central America, but my current research is based in the Maya region. My M.A. thesis focused on turkey husbandry at the Postclassic site of Mayapán (Yucatan, Mexico) through integrated zooarchaeological and isotopic analyses. My dissertation research uses stable isotope (carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur) and zooarchaeological analyses of faunal assemblages from the Belize River watershed to explore ancient Maya aquatic resource use, specifically how use may have changed during periods of environmental and population stress.
 
 
 
Megan Plummer
Field of study: Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Duff
Email: Megan.plummer@wsu.edu
Description: I am currently an archaeology MA student working with Dr. Andrew Duff. I have worked in the Great Basin, Southwest, and Ethiopia. I am interested materials sourcing, mobility and patters of movement, as well as environmental reconstruction. This past spring I graduated with my BA from Western Washington University. I am also passionate about interdisciplinary research and exploring molecular archaeology.
 
Katie Richards
Field of Study: Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Duff
Email:katie.richards@wsu.edu
I am currently a Ph.D. student in Archaeology working with Andrew Duff. My research primarily focuses on the prehistoric cultures of the American Southwest and Great Basin, with a special interest in the Fremont cultural area. My research interests include ceramic studies, architecture, and social organization. For my thesis project I created a typology of Fremont painted ceramic designs and examined the implications of the similarities of painted designs across the Fremont region. My dissertation research will expand this and explore the relationships between the Fremont and the Ancestral Puebloans as well as examine the function of painted pottery in the Fremont region. I have worked in Petra, Jordan, Idaho, Nevada, and at Fremont, Promontory, and Ancestral Puebloan sites across Utah.
 
 
Jackie Rumberger
Field of Study: Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Erin Thornton
Email:jacklyn.rumberger@wsu.edu
I am a PhD student focusing in archaeology under Dr. Erin Thornton. I received a BA and MA in Anthropology at the University of Central Florida where I had a regional focus in Central American, specifically coastal Oaxaca, and a methodological focus in bioarchaeology and stable isotope analysis. My MA research focused on human diet and mobility during periods of social collapse in coastal Oaxaca. I hope with my dissertation work to create an isotopic food web and gather environmental data from isotopic analysis of shell to create a more complete understanding of the environmental pressures and food resources available to and used by pre-Columbian peoples living along the coast.
Kathleen Scanlan
Field of study: Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Colin Grier
Email: Kathleen.Scanlan@wsu.edu
Description: I am currently an archaeology MA student working with Dr. Colin Grier. I am interested in the improved application of GIS to household analysis and site evaluation as well as Alaskan prehistory and lithic technology. My current research focuses on a Norton winter village site in Southwest Alaska.

I received my BA from Boston University. While there, I participated in research on a Bronze Age site in northern Syria and the Maya sites of San Bartolo and Xultun. I additionally have several years of CRM experience in the Midwest, Southwest, and Southern United States.

Kate Shantry
Field of Study: PhD Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Colin Grier
Email: kate.shantry@wsu.edu
I am currently an archaeology PhD student with a BA from the University of Washington and an MA from Western Washington University. My primary interests are Puget Sound settlement patterns, coastal and fluvial geoarchaeology, fire-modified rock and thermal feature analyses, fishing technologies and landscape management in the middle and late Holocene. My dissertation research looks at settlement patterns and site function on the Puyallup Delta in southern Puget Sound prior and subsequent to a catastrophic lahar event. I am looking forward to conducting experimental studies at WSU.
Kimberly Sheets
Field of study: MA Archaeology
Advisor: Andrew Duff
Email: kimberly.sheets@wsu.edu
I am a MA student in archaeology with a BA from the University of Arizona. My thesis research focuses on using stable isotopes (strontium) to source bighorn sheep, a nonlocal species present in the Homol’ovi Settlement Cluster, Northeast Arizona (c. 1260-1400). I hope to use what I learn to source other nonlocal fauna within the Cluster’s assemblages to better understand landscape use and resource procurement by Ancestral Hopi peoples.
 
 
 
Arpita Sinha
Field of study: Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Clare Wilkinson
Email:arpita.sinha@wsu.edu
I am a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology and my research interests lie at the intersections of issues of gender and labour relations, health and work, and women's self-image. To understand and analyse these issues within a particular industrial context, in my thesis I look at the contemporary fashion industry in India, with primary focus on the female fashion models who work there. Even though fashion models are the most visible labourers in the industry, they have rarely been accounted for in the discourse of fashion in India, therefore pushing them to the margins of the industry. The current work is aimed at intervening and redressing this issue. Some of the areas that I wish to explore in my work are how the Indian fashion industry and the profession of modelling have changed in the last two decades, how models become an ideological and political conduit in the negotiations between tradition and modernity in India’s postcolonial, globalized cultural context to create the image of the modern Indian woman, and how the profession of modelling is changing with the advent of the digital, arguably giving a section of the working models some agency. Being a former fashion model myself, my methodology includes a combination of autoethnography, case studies, and interviews.
 
Caroline Smith
Field of study: MA Evolutionary anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Ed Hagen
Email: caroline.smith@wsu.edu
I am an MA student working with Ed Hagen. I received my BA in Psychology from the University of Richmond where my undergraduate work focused on testing adaptationist theories of depressive symptoms. I plan to continue my research in this area, with a focus on the social causes and consequences of depression and low mood.
 
 
 
 
Erin Smith, MA RPA
Field of study: Ph.D. Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Colin Grier
Email: erin.m.smith@wsu.edu
My research in archaeology is comparative in looking at social organizations and networks in the Pacific Northwest, California, and the American Southwest. Using Big Picture and historical perspectives, I analyze connections at local, regional, and continental scales. I am interested in how interactions between people and things can be connected and may influence change, or support continuity in historical trajectories. I practice an indigenous archaeology by working with local communities and conducting ethnographic research.
I am a doctoral candidate working with Dr. Colin Grier. My publications include articles in American Anthropologist and the Journal of Archaeological Science.

Austin "Stan" Stanley
Field of study: MA in Evolutionary Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Luke Premo
Email: austin.stanley@wsu.edu
I am an MA student working with Dr. Luke Premo. I earned my Bachelors degree in Anthropology at the University of Central Florida where I did research on the vocal capabilities of Homo heidelbergensis. My MA thesis involves using agent-based modeling to simulate hunter-gatherer mobility. The project focuses on how changes to resource gathering strategies affects the rate of interactions among groups of foragers.
Mulye Tadesse
Field of study: Ph.D. student Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Barry Hewlett
Email: mulye.tadesse@wsu.edu
I am a PhD student in the Cultural Anthropology program. For my PhD research I am working on migration, social networks and remittance in the Southern Nation, Nationalities and Population Region of Ethiopia.
 
 
Amanda Thiel
Field of study: Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Marsha Quinlan
Email: amanda.thiel@wsu.edu
As a PhD student of cultural anthropology working with Dr. Marsha Quinlan, I study ethnobotany, or the interrelationship of plants and people. More broadly, I look at how people fit into and think about their local environment. I conduct research with Maya communities of various sizes—from rural village to semi-urban--in Guatemala and Mexico. My research seeks to understand how acculturation and cultural values affect ethnobotanical medical knowledge and practice in these communities. My MA thesis fieldwork in one Guatemalan Q’eqchi’ Maya village centered around utilitarian aspects of local ethnobotany and the variation in cultivation of medicinal plants in village homegardens. I own and operate an herbal products company, Isla Botanica (islaherbs.org), which allows me another avenue to follow my passion for plants and people.
 
 
Dakota Wallen
Field of study: PhD Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Shannon Tushingham
Email: dakota.wallen@wsu.edu
I am currently a Ph.D. student focusing on archaeology under Dr. Shannon Tushingham. My current research focuses on the prehistory of the Columbia Plateau and Great Basin culture areas, especially lithic technology, land use practices, and resource exploitation.
I received my M.A in anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology from the University of Idaho, studying under Dr. Robert “Lee” Sappington. My thesis was on public archaeology in the Weiser River Valley in west-central Idaho, an area that was utilized by peoples of the Columbia Plateau and northern Great Basin. During my time at the University of Idaho I worked in the field doing cultural resource management with Lee Sappington and I worked at the Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology as an archaeological laboratory technician, rehabilitating and curating collections. Most of my time was spent curating the Donald E. Crabtree Lithic Technology collection.
 
Daphne Weber
Field of study: Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Julia Cassaniti
Email:daphne.weber@wsu.edu
I am a Ph.D. student in Cultural Anthropology working with Dr. Julia Cassaniti. I am interested in the role of women in Theravada Buddhism, specifically within Thai Buddhism.

Emily Whistler
Field of study: Ph.D. student Zooarchaeology
Advisor: Dr. Colin Grier
Email: emily.whistler@wsu.edu
I am a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Colin Grier in the Salish Sea region. My research interests include: Zooarchaeology, Birds, Coastal Foraging strategies, Isotopes and aDNA, Conservation Ecology, and Social aspects of hunting.

 
 
Miranda Wootton
Field of Study: MA Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Julia Cassaniti
Email: miranda.wootton@wsu.edu
I am an MA student in Cultural Anthropology working with Dr. Julia Cassaniti. I am primarily interested in psychological anthropology, specifically in trying to understand how individuals (both children and adults) acquire and negotiate cultural models of mind. Other interests include medical anthropology, educational anthropology, anthropology of childhood, phenomenology, subjectivity, intersubjectivity, and emotions. I received my BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and have worked as a direct support provider to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as a biostatistical health survey researcher and supervisor, and as a teacher of English as a foreign language in Bangkok, Thailand.

 
 
Mario Zimmerman
Field of study: Ph.D. Archaeology
Advisor: Dr. Steve Weber
Email: mario.zimmermann@wsu.edu
I'm a PhD student in Archaeology and I'm specializing in Paleoethnobotanics. Having achieved B.A. and M.A. degrees at the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan at Merida, Mexico, my research and professional experience falls within Mayan Archaeology. I'm particularly interested in human-environment interactions, the impact and strategies of tropical pre-Columbian agriculture, as well as the social aspects of food distribution. My dissertation research focuses on the identification of areas of food preparation and consumption within pre-Columbian residences by ways of chemical residue analyses and the subsequent identification and analyses of micro-botanical elements (starch grains). The goal of my project is to obtain data relating to crop variety, diet and socioeconomic differentiation within and amongst urban Maya settlements. My background well as working as a CRM and public archaeologist on both pre-Columbian Maya and historical sites on the Yucatan Peninsula.