Department Administrators

Matthew Johnson | Department Chair

Matthew Johnson

Thomas McDade | Director of Graduate Studies

Thomas McDade

Cynthia Robin | Director of Undergraduate Studies

Cynthia Robin

Erin Waxenbaum | Undergraduate Advisor for Anthropology

Erin Waxenbaum

Nancy Hickey | Business Administrator

Nancy Hickey
  • Phone: 847-467-1507
  • Office Location: 1810 Hinman Avenue, #107
  • E-mail:
  • Nancy manages department staff and all aspects of department administration, assisting the department chair. She serves as the liaison between the department and Weinberg Dean’s Office on grant administration, financials, and human resources, handles research appointments, faculty affairs, visas, hiring and promotions, and works with the chair on planning and budgeting. She received her BA in music theory and composition from SUNY, and enjoys singing with the Northwestern Music Academy Chorus. Prior to joining Anthropology, she spent 4 years in the Math Department.

Tracy Tohtz | Graduate Program Administrator & Operations Coordinator

Tracy Tohtz
  • Phone: 847-491-4817
  • Office Location: 1810 Hinman Avenue, #109
  • E-mail:
  • Tracy is the graduate program administrator.  She handles all things graduate from coordination of recruitment to student funding and maintaining graduate student records.  Tracy is the first point of contact for graduate students (or prospective graduate students) who have questions or need assistance.  Tracy is also the department Operations Coordinator dealing with facilities, supplies, and supervision of work-study staff.  She has a BA in Psychology from Northeastern Illinois.  She also enjoys a good book, recommendations always welcome!

Kulsum M. Virmani | Undergraduate Program Assistant

Kulsum M. Virmani
  • Phone: 847-467-6267
  • Office Location: 1810 Hinman Avenue, #105
  • E-mail:
  • Contact Kulsum for undergraduate program questions, class permissions and appointments with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. She also assists faculty with course management and scheduling.  A life-long explorer, Kulsum has traveled throughout the world and has lived on four different continents. In her spare time, Kulsum enjoys attending Chicago Bulls basketball games with her two sons. She holds various IT certificates and is pursuing a BA at NU. Prior to joining Anthropology, Kulsum spent 5 years in African-American Studies.

William Voltz | Accounting Specialist

William Voltz
  • Phone: 847-491-7463
  • Office Location: 1810 Hinman, #105
  • E-mail:
  • Will processes reimbursements, cash advances, purchases, and all other financial transactions.  Prior to joining Anthropology, he worked in Life Sciences Financial Services, supporting Molecular Biosciences and Neurobiology.  William earned a bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music and is certified to teach high school math and middle school music in Illinois.

Shalean Collins | Research Study Coordinator

Shalean Collins
  • Phone: 847 467-3986
  • Office Location: 515 Clark Street #205
  • E-mail:
  • Shalean coordinates Dr. Sera Young’s Pith Moromo/Pii Ngima research studies in Kenya and manages many of the Young Research Group activities. Prior to joining Northwestern, she worked at Cornell University with Dr. Young after completing her MPH at Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine and her B.S. in dietetics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. 

Josh Miller | Research Technologist

Josh Miller
  • Phone: 847 491-2704
  • Office Location: 515 Clark #205
  • E-mail:
  • Josh assists with the various studies that Dr. Sera Young oversees. As study coordinator for the lab, he manages administrative duties while also assisting with data management and analysis. Before joining Northwestern, Josh completed his B.S. in Human Biology, Health & Society at Cornell University.