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)

Ashley Ngozi Agbasoga
  • Email: ashleyagbasoga2021@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research area and interests: Race, particularly blackness and indigeneity; anthropology of the state and citizenship; geographies of race; critical race theory and political economy; Latin America, with a focus in Mexico. 

Sofyan Ansori | Arryman Fellow Fall 2017

Alan Armstrong | Archaeology (PhD Candidate 2016)

Jacob Aronoff | Biological Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2017)

Jacob Aronoff

Tyler Barrett | Biological Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2015)

Tyler Barrett
  • Email: tmbarrett@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research Areas and Interest: human biology, aging, life history theory, social determinants of health and health inequalities

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

Sarah Breiter | Archaeology (Doctoral Student Fall 2017)

Margaret Butler | Biological Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2017)

Kathryn Catlin | Archaeology (PhD Candidate 2015)

Kathryn Catlin
  • 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 Chaudhry | Cultural/Linguistic Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2017)

V Chaudhry
  • Email: VinitaChaudhry2014@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research area and interests: : United States, Institutions, Transgender Studies, Critical Race Theory, Language and Materiality, Feminist and Queer Anthropology 

Kyle Craig | Cultural Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2017)

Elizabeth Derderian | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2015)

Elizabeth Derderian
  • 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)

Ruby Fried
  • 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)

Livia Garofalo
  • 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)

Kacey Grauer

Sindhu Hargyono | Cultural Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2016)

Khadene Harris | Archaeology (PhD Candidate 2015)

Sadaf Hasnain | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2014)

Sadaf Hasnain
  • Email: sadafhasnain2016@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research Areas and Interest: Anthropology of Religion, Islam, State management of religion and religious "minorities," private/public space, secrecy and suspicion, Pakistan/South Asia

Seyma Kabaoglu | Cultural Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2017)

Seyma Kabaoglu
  • Email: seymakabaoglu@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research Areas and Interest: Islamic banking and finance, government-financial market relations, religion, modes and moralities of economic exchange in Turkey

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

Andrew Wooyoung Kim
  • Email: AndrewKim2022@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research Areas and Interests: human biology, biocultural anthropology, mental health, developmental origins of health and disease, epigenetics, medical & psychological anthropology, social epidemiology, racial justice, intersectionality, decoloniality 

Elizabeth Koselka | Biological Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2016)

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

(Rita) Dela Kuma

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

Moira Kyweluk
  • 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)

Elisa Lanari
  • 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)

Ryan Lash
  • Email: ryanlash2012@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research Areas and Interest: early medieval archaeology of Ireland and Britain; sensory archaeology; materiality of ritual; anthropology of pilgrimage; temporality of landscape; heritage and sustainability among rural communities; ethnography of pastoralism 

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

Bahram Naderil | Cultural Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2017)

Bahram Naderil
  • Email: BahramNaderil2017@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research Areas and Interest: Gender and Sexuality, Religion and Theology (Islam), Southeast Asia, Queer and Feminist Theory, Epistemology, Kinship, Marriage, Indigeneity

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

M. Bilal Nasir
  • 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: community archaeology; queer and feminist theory; oral history; everyday life; myth, ritual, and religion; Maya archaeology

Hafsa Oubou | Cultural Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2015)

Hafsa Oubou
  • Email: houbou@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research area and Interest: Moroccan-Belgian Shi‘a, Islam in Belgium, state-subject relations, the making of subject-citizens, secularism, education, migration, and diaspora

Patrick Mbullo Owuor | Biological Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2017)

Aydin Ozipek | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2016)

Aydin Ozipek
  • 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

Nazlı Özkan | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2014)

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

İdil Özkan | Linguistic Anthropology (Docotral Student Fall 2017)

Julianna Perez | Biological Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2013)

Tamás Polányi | Archaeology (PhD Candidate 2012)

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

Jennifer Porter-Lupu
  • Email: JenniferPorter-Lupu2023@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research Areas and Interest: historical archaeology; 19th and 20th century urban US; patent and proprietary medicine; health and healing; embodiment; sex work; queer theory; multivocality; public and community archaeology; marginalized and underrepresented histories; space and landscape

Jessica Pouchet | Linguistic Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2014)

Jessica Pouchet
  • Email: jpouchet@u.northwestern.edu
  • Research Areas and Interest: Political ecology; conservation governance; language and politics; value; semiotics; Kiswahili; Tanzania

     

Ashish Premkumar | Cultural Anthropology (ND Fall 2017)

Ashish Premkumar

    Haley Ragsdale | Biological Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2017)

    Daniela Maria Raillard | Archaeology (Doctoral Student Fall 2017)

    Daniela Maria Raillard
    • Email: DanielaRaillard2024@u.northwestern.edu
    • Research Areas and Interest: Landscape archaeology, human-environment relations, place making, social memory, performance, colonial resistance, indigenismo, Andean and Amazonian ontologies, community archaeology, tourism, the Andes, Latin America

    Kaelin Rapport | Cultural Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2017)

    Sari Ratri | Cultural Anthropology (Arryman Scholar 2017)

    Roberto Rosado Ramirez | Archaeology (PhD Candidate 2016)

    Roberto Rosado Ramirez
    • 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)

    Calen Ryan
    • 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?

    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

      Matilda Stubbs CV

    Stephen Sullivan | Cultural Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2016)

    Stephen Sullivan
    • Email: StephenSullivan2016@u.northwestern.edu
    • Research area and Interest: aesthetics and political economy, queer and feminist theory, anthropology of sound, cultural performance, urban anthropology; United States

    Mariam Taher | Cultural Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2017)

    Keegan Terek | Linguistic Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2016)

    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