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

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

race/ethnicity, health, political economy, African Diaspora, Mexico

Alan Armstrong | Archaeology (Doctoral Student Fall 2013)

    Tyler Barrett | Biological Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2015)

      Karima Borni | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2012)

      Middle East and North Africa, Youth, Performance Arts, Urban Space and Dance Studies.

      Jared Bragg | Biological Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2012)

      Cooperative breeding and the human life history, reproductive energetics, reproductive ecology, life history evolution and development, aging and reproductive senescence.

      Bonnie Bright | Medical Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2014)

        Natalie Bump | JD/PhD (PhD Candidate 2012)

          Forest Preserve District of Cook County, IL; nature, preservation, and local natural resources law.

          Kathryn Catlin | Archaeology (PhD Candidate 2015)

          Archaeology of social-environmental interaction, political ecology, GIS/spatial analysis, archaeological survey and geophysics, Viking Age Iceland, medieval England, historical archaeology of the North Atlantic.

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

          gender and sexuality studies; transgender studies; political economy; social movements; critical race theory; queer theory

          Bethlehem Dejene | Cultural/Linguistic Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2010)

          East Africa, ritual healing, spirit healing, spirit possession, Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church.

          Elizabeth Derderian | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2015)

          Sociocultural anthropology, politics of representation, Middle East, political economy, material and visual culture, gender.

          Michael Diamond | Biological Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2013)

          Pilar Escontrías | Archaeology (PhD Candidate 2013)

            Household archaeology, colonialism, critical race theory, legal subject formation, politics of archaeology, the Andes.

            Foroogh Farhang | Cultural Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2015)

              Ruby Fried | Biological Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2015)

              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)

                Kacey Grauer | Archaeology (Doctoral Student Fall 2014)

                  Khadene Harris | Archaeology (PhD Candidate 2015)

                    Elizabeth Hartman | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2013)

                    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)

                      The archeology of violence in the Maya area during the Postclassic period.

                      Morgan Hoke | Medical Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2014)

                      Biocultural anthropology, reproductive health, growth and development, altitude studies, market integration, the Andes.

                      Nurhaizatul Jamil | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2013)

                      Her dissertation focuses on ethnic and religious minority women's participation in Islamic self-help lessons in contemporary Singapore. Her research interests include 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 (

                      Naphtalie Jeanty | Archaeology (Doctoral Student Fall 2015)

                        Katherine Kanne | Archaeology (PhD Candidate 2008)

                        Archaeology, human-animal relationships, Bronze Age Hungary, development of complex societies, political economy, cross-cultural analysis.

                        Faith Kares | Cultural Anthropology (PhD June 2015)

                        Urban development and housing, transnational social movements, youth studies, volunteerism, NGOs and governmentality, citizenship and belonging, Filipino/Filipino Americans, Philippines and U.S.

                        Moira Kyweluk | Biological Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2014)

                        Elisa Lanari | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2015)

                        Urban studies; anthropology of space; suburban and metropolitan politics in the U.S. South; race/ethnicity, class, and gender; community activism and nonprofit organizing; political economy; United States and Italy.

                        Kristin Landau | Archaeology (PhD Candidate 2012)

                        Community archaeology, social organization, anthropological theory, GIS/spatial analysis, ceramics, Maya region.

                        Ryan Lash | Archaeology (PhD Candidate 2015)

                          Stephanie Levy | Biological Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2013)

                          Adaptability, human energetics, circumpolar regions, developmental origins of health and disease.

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

                          Kimberly McCabe | Biological Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2011)

                          Human microbiome, symbiosis, microbial ecology and human biology, developmental origins of health and disease.

                          Almita Miranda | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2012)

                          Race/ethnicity, gender, political economy, immigrant rights, citizenship, transnationalism, social movements, family ideology, U.S. Latinos/as; U.S., Mexico.

                          Mohammad Bilal Nasir | Cultural Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2013)

                            Anthropology of Islam, secularism, counter-terrorism and security, race/ethnicity, ethics, activism, United States

                            Zachary Nissen | Archaeology (Doctoral Student Fall 2015)

                              Hafsa Oubou | Cultural Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2015)

                                Aydin Ozipek | Cultural Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2013)

                                Anthropology of youth, material and visual culture, political economy, Turkey, and the Middle East. 

                                Nazli Özkan | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2014)

                                Anthropology of media, anthropology of religion, political economy, Turkey, and the Middle East.

                                Julianna Perez | Biological Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2013)

                                  Bradley Phillippi | Archaeology (PhD Candidate 2013)

                                  Anthropological historical archaeology, labor, political economy, capitalism, social inequality, race and racism, plural space and spatiality; changing systems of labor in rural Northeast North America.

                                  Tamás Polányi | Archaeology (PhD Candidate 2012)

                                  Jessica Pouchet | Linguistic Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2014)

                                  Political ecology; protected lands; biodiversity conservation; nature tourism; international development; Tanzania.

                                  Roberto Rosado Ramirez | Archaeology (Doctoral Student Fall 2013)

                                  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)

                                  -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 Candidate 2014)

                                  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)

                                    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.

                                    Paula Skye Tallman | Biological Anthropology (PhD June 2015)

                                    Culture change, stress, somatic symptoms, and physiological functioning in the Amazon.

                                    Sarah R. Taylor | Biological and Medical Anthropology (PhD/MPH August 2015)

                                    Food, nutrition, and health inequalities; psychosocial stress; urban agriculture and community gardens in Chicago.

                                    Arbeena Thapa | Cultural Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2015)

                                      Dario Valles | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2012)

                                      North & Central America; Political Economy; Race; Migration; Gender & Sexuality; Labor; Children & Youth; Multilingualism

                                      Vanessa Watters | Cultural Anthropology (Doctoral Student Fall 2013)

                                        Sovereignty, affect, labor, postcolonial theory, Anthropology of Christianity, West Africa, Togo

                                        Ella Wilhoit | Cultural Anthropology (PhD Candidate 2012)

                                        Agricultural communities, cooperation, privatization, and gender, highland Peru.

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