Current Graduate Students

Anthropology Graduate Student Association

The Northwestern Anthropology Graduate Student Association (est. 2012) is a student-run group that holds quarterly meetings for all anthropology graduate students, hosts occasional workshops and other events, and provides mentorship and orientation for new students. AGSA liaison committee members, elected yearly, coordinate activities and meet with faculty members on issues of interest to graduate students. The liaison committee can be reached at agsa.northwestern@gmail.com.

Ashley Ngozi Agbasoga | Cultural Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2015)

Alan Armstrong | Archaeology (Doctoral Student Fall 2013)

Tyler Barrett | Biological Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2015)

Karima Borni | Cultural Anthropology (Awarded PhD in 2016)

  • Email: karima@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research area and interests: Middle East and North Africa, Youth, Performance Arts, Urban Space and Dance Studies

Jared Bragg | Biological Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2012)

  • Email: bragg@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research area and interests: cooperative breeding and the human life history, reproductive energetics, reproductive ecology, life history evolution and development, aging and reproductive senescence

Kathryn Catlin | Archaeology (PhD Candidate 2015)

  • Email: kathryncatlin2012@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research area and interests: Archaeology of medieval Iceland, political ecology, environmental and landscape change, digital archaeology including GIS and geophysics, medieval England, historical archaeology, archaeology in the contemporary world

V (Vinita) Chaudhry | Cultural/Linguistic Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2014)

  • Email: VinitaChaudhry2014@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research area and interests: United States; gender and sexuality studies; transgender studies; social movements; critical race theory; queer theory

Elizabeth Derderian | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2015)

  • Email: ederderian@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research area and interests: sociocultural anthropology, politics of representation, Middle East, political economy, material and visual culture, gender

Michael Diamond | Biological Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2013)

Foroogh Farhang | Cultural Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2015)

Ruby Fried | Biological Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2015)

  • Email: rubyfried2018@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research area and interests: biological anthropology, intergenerational influences on health and biology, maternal pregnancy metabolism, fetal and infant growth, developmental plasticity, developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), social determinants of health and health disparities, epigenetics, Alaska 

Livia Garofalo | Cultural Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2014)

  • Email: livia.garofalo@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research area and interests: traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), subjectivity, care, trauma, injury, the state, United States, Latin America

Kacey Grauer | Archaeology (Doctoral Student Fall 2014)

Sindhu Hargyono | Cultural Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2016)

Khadene Harris | Archaeology (PhD Candidate 2015)

Elizabeth Hartman | Cultural Anthropology (Awarded PhD June 2016)

  • Email: BethHartman@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research Areas and Interests: Ethnomusicology; music, sound, and sexual commerce in the contemporary US; music, technology, and globalization; race, class, gender, and political economy; urban studies; sound studies; movement and dance studies

Sadaf Hasnain | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2014)

Christopher Hernandez | Archaeology (PhD Candidate 2014)

  • Email: Clh@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research Areas and Interest: the archeology of violence in the Maya area during the Postclassic period
     

Morgan Hoke | Medical Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2014)

  • Email: mkh2106@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research Areas and Interest: biocultural anthropology, reproductive health, growth and development, altitude studies, market integration, the Andes

Nurhaizatul Jamil | Cultural Anthropology (Awarded PhD August 2016)

  • Email: NurhaizatulJamil2017@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research Areas and Interest: religious studies, ethnographies of education, postcolonial theory, semiotic theory, gender and sexuality studies, urban studies,and media and technology studies. Her dissertation was funded by multiple intra-mural grants, as well as the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation. She has a forthcoming article in the Asian Studies Review journal. She is also one of the co-organizers of the "Islam and the Modern State" conference for the Buffett Institute that brings together junior and senior scholars across the nation (http://buffett.northwestern.edu/programs/grad-conference/index.html).

Naphtalie Jeanty | Archaeology (Doctoral Student Fall 2015)

    Andrew Wooyoung Kim | Biological Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2016)

    • Email: AndrewKim2022@u.northwestern.edu
    • Research Areas and Interest: human biology, global mental health, plasticity, genomics & epigenetics, HPA axis, psychosocial stress, resilience, mind-body interactions, medical & psychological anthropology, racial justice, immigrants & refugees, biopolitics

    Elizabeth Koselka | Biological Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2016)

    (Rita) Dela Kuma | Archaeology (Doctoral Student Fall 2016)

    Moira Kyweluk | Biological Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2014)

    Elisa Lanari | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2015)

    • Email: e.lanari@u.northwestern.edu
    • Research Areas and Interest: urban studies; anthropology of space; suburban and metropolitan politics in the U.S. South; race/ethnicity, gender, and class; political economy; migration; community activism and nonprofit organizing; documents and bureaucracy; United States and Italy

    Kristin Landau | Archaeology (Awarded PhD June 2016)

    • Email: kvlandau@u.northwestern.edu
    • Research Areas and Interest: anthropological and archaeological theory; Urbanism & cities; Social and political organization; Space/place; Collaborative archaeologies; Geographic Information Systems; Archaeoastronomy; Ceramic and Obsidian Analysis; Maya region

    Ryan Lash | Archaeology (PhD Candidate 2015)

    Stephanie Levy | Biological Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2013)

    • Email: stephanie-levy@u.northwestern.edu
    • Research Areas and Interest: adaptability, human energetics, circumpolar regions, developmental origins of health and disease

    Arturo Marquez Jr. | Cultural/Biological Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2012)

    Kimberly McCabe | Biological Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2016)

    • Email: kim.mccabe@u.northwestern.edu
    • Research Areas and Interest: human microbiome, symbiosis, microbial ecology and human biology, developmental origins of health and disease

    Almita Miranda | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2012)

    • Email: AlmitaMiranda2007@u.northwestern.edu
    • Research Areas and Interest: race/ethnicity, gender, political economy, immigrant rights, citizenship, transnationalism, social movements, family ideology, U.S. Latinos/as; U.S., Mexico

    Bahram Naderil | Cultural Anthropology (Arryman Fellow 2016)

    Mohammad Bilal Nasir | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate Spring 2016)

    Zachary Nissen | Archaeology (Doctoral Student Fall 2015)

    • Email: Zacharynissen2015@u.northwestern.edu
    • Research Areas and Interest: research Areas and Interest: community archaeology; queer and feminist theory; oral history; everyday life; myth, ritual, and religion; Maya archaeology

    Hafsa Oubou | Cultural Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2015)

    Aydin Ozipek | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate Spring 2016)

    • Email: aydinozipek2018@u.northwestern.edu
    • Research Areas and Interest: youth, Material Culture, Politics of Temporality, The State, Political Economy, Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa

    Nazli Özkan | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2014)

    • Email: NazliOzkan2011@u.northwestern.edu
    • Research Areas and Interest: anthropology of media, anthropology of religion, political economy, Turkey, and the Middle East

    Julianna Perez | Biological Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2013)

    Tamás Polányi | Archaeology (PhD Candidate 2012)

    Jennifer Porter-Lupu | Archaeology (Doctoral Student Fall 2016)

    Jessica Pouchet | Linguistic Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2014)

    Sari Ratri | Cultural Anthropology (Arryman Fellow 2016)

    Roberto Rosado Ramirez | Archaeology (Doctoral Student Fall 2013)

    • Email: rrosado@u.northwestern.edu
    • Research Areas and Interest: anthropological archaeology; archaeology of reoccupation and reclamation of abandoned sites; settlement abandonment; “post-Collapse” communities in the Maya area; household archaeology; historical archaeology; Mesoamerica

    Calen Ryan | Biological Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2014)

    • Email: CPR@u.northwestern.edu
    • Research Areas and Interest:

      -Gene-environment interactions and epigenetic regulation, including: DNA modifications, histone modifications, non-coding RNAs, and their relationship with underlying genetic sequence and phenotypic outcomes.

      -Human genomic architecture and evolution including transposable elements, microsatellites, and other repetitive or highly mutable DNA, and their effects on gene expression, protein structure, and phenotype.

       -Population (epi)genomics, pseudo-experiments and environmental 'shocks'; patrilineal transmission of environmentally-induced non-genetic biological information.

       -Personal genomics, gene therapy, human genetic engineering, biohacking.

    Kimberly Seibel | Cultural Anthropology (PhD December 2016)

    • Email: KimberlySeibel2013@u.northwestern.edu
    • Research Areas and Interest: refugee and migrant identities; age and aging; anthropology of the state and citizenship; the welfare state; border studies

    Dilpreet Singh (Dil Singh Basanti) | Archaeology (Doctoral Student Fall 2014)

    Matilda Stubbs | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2012)

    • Email: MatildaStubbs2012@u.northwestern.edu
    • Research Areas and Interest: the anthropology of social work, foster youth, childhood, adolescence, the construction of family and home, psychological anthropology, narrative, autobiographical memory, the self and personhood, life stories, queer consciousness, documents and documentary practices

    Stephen Sullivan | Cultural Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2016)

    Keegan Terek | Linguistic Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2016)

    Arbeena Thapa | Cultural Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2015)

    • Email: Arbeenathapa2015@u.northwestern.edu
    • Research Areas and Interest: United States; Undocumented Immigration; Race & South Asian Diaspora; Migration; Political Anthropology

    Dario Valles | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2012)

    • Email: dariovalles2015@u.northwestern.edu
    • Research Areas and Interest: North & Central America; Political Economy; Race; Migration; Gender & Sexuality; Labor; Children & Youth; Multilingualism

    Vanessa Watters | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate Spring 2016)

    • Email: VanessaWatters2013@u.northwestern.edu
    • Research Areas and Interest: Economy and value; Social welfare; Anthropology of religion; Ethics; Catholicism and Pentecostal-charismatic Christianity; West Africa; Ghana, Togo

    Chelsie Yount-André | Cultural/Linguistic Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2013)