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 (PhD Candidate 2016)

Tyler Barrett | Biological Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2015)

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 (PhD Candidate 2017)

  • 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, Arab Gulf, art, the state, citizenship, bureaucracy

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 Native maternal health and child development

Livia Garofalo | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2017)

  • 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 (PhD Candidate 2017)

Sindhu Hargyono | Cultural Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2016)

Khadene Harris | Archaeology (PhD Candidate 2015)

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 (MPH/PhD June 2017)

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

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 | PhD/MPH, Medical Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2017)

  • Email: moirakyweluk2018@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research Areas and Interest: anthropology of reproduction, medical anthropology in the Global North, fertility/infertility, assisted reproductive technologies, biomedical testing and screening, critical feminist anthropology 

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

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: infant gut microbiome, water and sanitation, childhood microbial exposures, hygiene hypothesis, urbanization

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)

M. Bilal Nasir | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2016)

  • Email: MohammadNasir2018@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research Areas and Interest: science and technology, national security, policing, secularism, race, Muslims in the West, anthropology of Islam, United States

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 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 (PhD Candidate 2016)

  • 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 (PhD Candidate 2017)

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

    Reproductive ecology and evolutionary physiology:
    How have we evolved to incorporate information from the external and internal environment to make decisions about when and how to reproduce?
    How do these processes shape human health and phenotypic variation?

    Gene-environment interactions and epigenetic processes:
    How are stability and change calibrated through an individual's lifetime (development) and between generations (evolution and inheritance)?
    How do these contrasting forces provide opportunities or obstacles for resiliency and change?

    The genomic revolution, trans-humanism and biohacking:
    What do technologies like personal genomics and gene therapy mean to consumers, and who translates the genomic revolution, and how?
    What drives the use of ‘wearables’, bio-integrated technologies, or ‘biohacking', and how are these and other forms of technology changing our relationship to our own and other people's bodies?

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)

  • 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 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 June 2017)