Recent Graduates


December 2013: Master of Arts

Kendall Tallmadge

BA Anthropology & Museum Studies, 2009 Beloit College

Kendall Tallmadge is interested in indigenous self-representation and collaboration in museums and other cultural tourist attractions. Her thesis research examines Ho-Chunk cultural tourism and the role it played and continues to play in both the Native and non-Native Wisconsin Dells community. She is also a dual degree student in the Leeds MBA program with a focus in management and entrepreneurship. Her advisor is Jennifer Shannon. Kendall's Thesis title is "Tourism, Place, and Identity: Economic History and Political Sovereignty in the Ho-Chunk Nation."

Lindsay Ofrias

BA Individualized Study, 2008 NYU; Permaculture Design Certificate, 2009 The Center for Bioregional Living

Lindsay is primarily interested in contemporary issues surrounding oil development and environmental restoration in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Lindsay graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a MA in Anthropology as well as a Graduate Certificate on Environment, Policy and Society. Her advisor was Donna Goldstein. Lindsay will be pursuing her PhD at Princeton University.


December 2013: Doctor of Philosophy

Michaela Howells

BA Anthropology/BS Primate Behavior and Ecology, 2002 Central Washington University; MA Anthropology, 2005 Iowa State University

Michaela is primarily interested in reproductive ecology and human biology. Her dissertation research addresses the relationship between psychosocial stress and pregnancy outcomes in Samoan women. Her advisor is Darna Dufour. Michaela's Dissertation Title is " Maternal psychosocial stress and neonate outcomes on the Pacific island of Tutuila"

Lawrence Ray Ulibarri

BA Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Studies, 2002 University of Northern Colorado; MA Anthropology, 2006 University of Colorado

Larry's dissertation research involved the socioecology and conservation of red-shanked doucs (Pygathrix nemaeus) in Son Tra Nature Reserve, Da Nang City, Vietnam. With the habituation of a group of doucs, his observations allowed him to study the influences of modularity, intragroup scramble competition, intergroup contest competition, ranging, group structures and organization, activity budgets, and feeding ecology. His project with Da Nang City administration involves numerous ongoing conservation components. His advisor was Bert Covert. Larry's dissertation title is "The socioecology of red-shanked doucs (Pygathrix nemaeus) in Son Tra Nature Reserve, Vietnam."


May 2013: Master of Arts

Lee Ann Allen

BA Anthropology, 2010 University of North Texas

Allen has conducted research on the federal acknowledgement process of the Piro/Manso/Tiwa Indian Tribe and the Pueblo of San Juan de Guadalupe in southern New Mexico.  She also studied the issues many Native North Americans contend with and she performed a comparative study on tribal issues in India. Her final focus was on Indigenous Rights and NGOs in Central America. Her advisors were Dennis McGilvray and L. Kaifa Roland. Lee is employed as the Vice President and Program Director for Hands for Humanity, Inc. in Littleton, CO.

Esteban José Fernandez

BA Anthropology, 2009
Florida State University

Thesis title: Gold and Tribute in Aztec Tlapa: An Ethnohistoric and Experimental Analysis. His advisor was Gerardo Gutierrez

Caitlin Sommer

BA Anthropology, 2006

Connecticut College

Thesis title: Animacy, Symbolism, and Feathers from Mantle's Cave, Colorado. Her advisor was Steve Lekson.

Philip Duran Stephens

BS Biology/BA Spanish,

2008 Texas A&M University

Philip's focus was on biocultural perspectives in modern medicine; working towards a better doctor-patient relationship. Philip will be continuing his education at CU Medical School. His advisor was Darna Dufour.


May 2013: Doctor of Philosophy

Chris Dixon

BA Anthropology/ Archaeology, 2003

St. Mary's College of California; MA Anthropology, 2006 University of Colorado

Dixon's research focused on Classic Period Maya agricultural production and organization. Her dissertation work emphasized the manioc beds discovered at Ceren, El Salvador in 2007 and the potential implications of these data for topics of land-use, feasting, communal labor, and the role of manioc in the diverse landscape of ancient Maya agriculture. Her MA thesis consisted of the reanalysis of ground-penetrating radar imagery from Ceren and Dixon maintains an interest in the application of geophysics to archaeology. Chris has been hired by Pacific Lutheran University as Assistant Visiting Professor in Anthropology where she has held previous appoinments as an adjunct professor. Dissertation Title: Farming and Power: Classic Period Maya Manioc and Maise Cultivation at Ceren, El Salvador. Her advisor was Payson Sheets.

Brian Naze

BA Anthropology, 1980 University of Colorado; MA Anthropology 1994, Colorado State University

Naze is interested in prehistoric hunter-gatherers with an emphasis on the Paleoindian occupation of the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains. His dissertation research addressed the current controversy over the nature of Paleoindian band mobility patterns, with the traditional school of thought maintaining the view of highly mobile big game hunters and the alternative viewpoint arguing for mobility strategies more analogous to that of later hunter-gatherers. Naze's research evaluates these contrasting views by sourcing the varieties of stone comprising artifact assemblages from Paleoindian sites in Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska. Dissertation Title: Evaluating Traditional and Alternative Perspectives on Paleoindian Land Use: The View from the Central Plains and Southern Rocky Mountains. His advisor was Douglas Bamforth.


December 2012: Master of Arts

Somraj Basu, MA

BA Sociology, 2003 Calcutta University; MA Sociology, 2005 University of Delhi; Doctoral Level Degree, 2008 Jawaharial Nehru University

Basu's focus is on the Development of Tibetan Medical Systems in Exile. His advisor was Carole McGranahan.

Theresa Heindel, MA

BA Anthropology, 2010 University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thesis Title: The Mystery of Malanga: Possible Roles of Zanthosoma violaceum in Ancient Maya Diet and Agriculture. Her advisor was Payson Sheets.

Sarah Laundry, MA

BA Anthropology, 2005

SUNY at Albany

Thesis Title: Open Pit Pottery Firing on the High Plains: The Evidence from the Central Plains Tradition King Site. Her advisor was Doug Bamforth.


December 2012: Doctor of Philosophy

Paul Sandberg, PhD

BA Anthropology, 2002 Colorado College; MA Anthropology, 2006

University of Colorado

Sandberg's research interests include the reconstruction of human diet, life history, and health through stable isotope analysis. Sandberg uses stable isotopes to investigate dietary changes in a Medieval Nubian population. Dissertation title: Investigating Childhood Diet and Early Life History in the Archaeological Record Using Biogeochemical Techniques. His advisor was Matt Sponheimer.


May 2012: Master of Arts

Adrienne Anderson, MA

BA Geography & Anthropology, 2009 University of Colorado-Boulder

Adrienne's focus is on Hominin paleodietary reconstruction and paleoecology. Her advisor was Matt Sponheimer.

Harold Baillie, MA

BA Anthropology, 2007 American University

Thesis title: Late Classic Río Viejo Mound 1 Occupation and Construction, Oaxaca, Mexico. Hal's advisor was Art Joyce. Hal is employed by the National Park Service in Canyonlands National Park on a survey and reconnaissance project throughout the park. He reports that it's an amazing experience that blends his love of archaeology with conservation and preservation.

Levi Jacobs, MA

BA Literature/Philosophy,  2004 University of Nebraska

Levi has a focus on intersections of conflict and spirituality in East Africa. Preliminary fieldwork in northern Uganda and South Sudan during the summer of 2011 focused on spirituality and the rehabilitation of people affected by conflict with the Lord's Resistance Army. His advisor was Carla Jones. Levi has been admitted to the PhD program and expects to resume his graduate work after a year of employment in Japan.

Katherine Kondor, MA

BA Anthropology, 2001 Lakehead University; MA Medieval Studies, 2006

Central European University

Kondor’s research interests included bioarchaeology, dental anthropology, and cultural markers on the human skeleton. Her most current research focused on biological distance studies of Ottoman Period Hungary. Thesis title: Population Changes in 9th to 12th Century Zalavár, Hungary. Her advisor was Dennis Van Gerven.

Malinda Lattin, MA

BA Anthropology, 2009 Washington State University

Malinda is interested in issues of mental health and psychiatry in Chicano populations. Her focus is on the anthropology of race with an emphasis on Chicanos/Latinos. Her advisor was Carole McGranahan. 

Helen Papadopoulos, MA

BA Sociology, 2008 Clemson University

Lena's focus is on constructions of religion, nationalism, and conflict in Greece and Turkey and global north/global south interactions and collaborations in the context of international development. Her advisor was Dennis McGilvray.

Kellam Throgmorton, MA

BA History, 2005 Colorado College

Kellam Throgmorton examined the nature of social boundaries during the early Pueblo period (AD 600-900). His research used pitstructure architecture from eastern Arizona and western New Mexico to examine the frameworks within which people build houses and settlements. Thesis title: Pit House Architecture in the Puerco Valley AD 600-900: Form, Function, and Cultural Identity. His advisor was Cathy Cameron. Kellam is doing contract archaeology work in New Mexico.

Mirna Tufekcic, MA

BA Anthropology and Philosophy, 2008 Georgia State University

Mirna's focus is on the anthropology of media, looking at the relationship between online and on-the-ground efforts for social change and how new social medias affect social movements in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her advisor was Donna Goldstein.

David Williams, MA

BA Anthropology, 2007 University of South Dakota

Williams studies the obsidian assemblages from sites throughout the Lower Río Verde Valley in Oaxaca, Mexico. Thesis title: Typological and Geochemical Analysis of Obsidian Artifacts: A Diachronic Study from the Lower Río Verde Valley, Oaxaca, Mexico. His advisor was Arthur Joyce. Dave is now working with R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. as an Assistant Project Manager. Their current projects include a pipeline survey in North Dakota and the evaluation of archaeological sites at Fort Sill, OK. Dave will be working out of the Lawrence, KS office which covers all of the Plains, from the North Dakota/Canada border to Texas, and from eastern Colorado and Wyoming to Missouri.


May 2012: Doctor of Philosophy

Marni LaFleur, PhD

BS Biology, 2004 University

of Victoria; MS Interdisciplinary Biology and Anthropology, 2008 University of Victoria

LaFleur's interests are in extant primate evolutionary biology and behavioral ecology. Her previous research examined ringtailed lemur feeding and nutrition, and future research interests surround ringtailed lemur adaptation to variable terrain and environmental instability. Dissertation title: Ecology of Ring-Tailed Lemurs (Lemur catta) at the Tsimanampetsotsa National Park, Madagascar: Implications for Female Dominance and the Evolution of Lemur Traits. Her advisor was Michelle Sauther. Marni has accepted a 3-year post-doctoral position at the Veterinary University of Vienna, funded through the Austrian Science Foundation.

Jessica Lee, PhD

BA Philosophy, 2001 University of Northern Colorado; MA Anthropology, 2006 University of Colorado; MA Deaf Studies, 2004 Gallaudet University

Lee studied Deaf culture in East Africa, specifically Tanzania. She is interested in issues surrounding disability studies, development, HIV/AIDS, and Deaf studies. Dissertation title: They Have to See Us:  An Ethnography of Deaf People in Tanzania. Her advisor was Terry McCabe. Jessica is a consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton in McLean, Virginia.

Roberta Martine, PhD

BA English, 1965 St. Mary

of the Plains College, Dodge City, Kansas; MA Anthropology, 1982 University of Colorado, Boulder

Roberta's specialization is Biological Anthropology with an emphasis on human diversity. Dissertation Title: Insulin Resistance in Hispanic Male Meatpackers. Her advisors were Matt Sponheimer and Gregory Kandt. Roberta is an instructor with Ft. Hays State Department of Informatics.

Emily Mertz, PhD

BS Biology, 2001 University

of Missouri; MA Anthropology, 2006 University of Colorado

Dissertation title: The Effects of Environmental Heterogeneity at Multiple Scales on a Community of Five Diurnal Lemurs in Betampona Natural Reserve, Madagascar: A Landscape Ecology Approach. Her advisors were Michelle Sauther and Bert Covert. Emily is an adjunct faculty in the Department of Anthropology and Behavioral Sciences at Metropolitan State University of Denver and in the Department of Language and Behavioral Science at the Community College of Denver.

Brenda Todd, PhD

BA Anthropology, 2003 Fort Lewis College; MA Anthropology, 2005 University of Colorado

Todd focuses primarily on the archaeology of the American Southwest with a secondary interest in the Southeast. For her MA thesis, Todd conducted NAGPRA cultural affiliation research for Fort Union National Monument in New Mexico. For her PhD, Todd used a comparative framework to examine the structure of the political relationship between Chimney Rock Great House and Chaco Canyon.  Dissertation title: Chimney Rock, an Eleventh Century Chacoan Great House: Export, Emulation, or Something Else? Her advisor was Steve Lekson. Brenda is employed as a Cultural Resource Specialist in the Planning Division of the National Park Service Denver Services Center.


December 2011: Master of Arts

Nicole Sauvageau Rockwell, MA Thesis title: The Wallace Site (25GO2) in Context: Spatial Analysis of a Middle Plains Woodland Camp and an Evaluation of Its Relationship to Other Central Plains Sites. Her advisor was Doug Bamforth. Nicki is a Project Director at Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc. in Eagle, CO.


December 2011: Doctor of Philosophy

Nicole M. Smith, PhD

BA Anthropology, 1994 University of Minnesota; MA Anthropology, 1999 Colorado State University

Nicole’s research focused on the impacts of tanzanite trading on Maasai in northern Tanzania.  She is particularly interested in how Maasai involvement with this livelihood strategy is leading to new forms of inclusion and exclusion and how it is influencing social relations, household and community political economy, identity, gender relations, and beliefs in witchcraft. Dissertation title: Maasai and the Tanzanite Trade: New Facets of Livelihood Diversification. Her advisor was Terry McCabe. Nicole is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado-Boulder.


May 2011: Master of Arts

Jacqueline Broida, MA

Thesis title: Ancient DNA in Physical Anthropology: A Review . Her advisor was Dennis Van Gerven.

Hillary Glasgow , MA


Thesis title: Stable Isotope Analysis of Hair from Christian Period Kulubnarti in Sudanese Nubia. Her advisor was Matt Sponheimer.   

McCardwell, Katherine, MA

BA Anthropology, 2005 Oberlin College; MS Library Science, 2008 University of Kentucky

Kathy's focus is on decolonization in museums. She is interested in rights of representation, particularly in the museum and within cultural tourism.  Kathy has an interest in working with the Tlingit of Southeast Alaska. Her advisor was Carole McGranahan. Kathy is employed by the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden as an Archivist/Librarian.


May 2011: Doctor of Philosophy

Mark Mitchell, PhD

BS Geography, 1991 University of Utah; MA Anthropology, 1997

University of Colorado,


Mitchell's research focuses on the contact period archaeology of the northern Great Plains, with a particular emphasis on the farming villages of the Missouri River region. His dissertation traces changes in the social and economic organization of those communities during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He also has research interests in historic Native American art and in the anthropology of technology, especially the organization of craft production. Dissertation title: Continuity and Change in the Organization of Mandan Craft Production, 1400-1750 .Additional information on Mitchell's current research can be found at His advisor was Doug Bamforth. Mark is the Director of the Paleocultural Research Group which is a member-supported non-profit organization dedicated to archaeological research in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains.

Heather Williams, PhD

BS Forensic Anthropology, 1999 Metropolitan State College of Denver; MA Anthropology, 2005 University of Colorado, Boulder

Heather's previous research has focused on developmental defects among Ancestral Pueblo populations in the southwest. Her current interests are in human biology. She is researching work efficiency in lactating women and biocultural aspects of childhood nutrition and childhood obesity. Dissertation title: Food Habits and Physical Activity Patterns among Children Living in the San Luis Valley, Colorado. Her advisor was Darna Dufour. Heather is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado-Boulder and at Metropolitan State University in Denver.


December 2010: Master of Arts

Zonna Barnes, MA

BA Anthropology, 2003 Fort Lewis College

Barnes studied Southwestern archaeology with specific interests in Ancestral Puebloan rock art and ornamentation. Thesis title: Social Identity and Ornamentation in the Ancestral Puebloan Southwest. Her advisor was Cathy Cameron. Zonna is employed as a contract archaeologist with SWCA Environmental Consultants in Denver.


December 2010: Doctor of Philosophy

Carlos Torres, PhD

BA 2000 and MA 2002 Anthropology, California State College at Fullerton

Carlos studies small media production in Chiapas, Mexico with its ramifications and connections to the present social order of highland Maya Chiapas and to the field of indigenous media in general. In researching the media of the cultural Maya heart of Chiapas, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Carlos specifically asks how Maya media express or reinscribe continuity in traditional Maya folklore and myth. Carlos also researches Zapatista media to compare and contrast to other highland Maya media in regard to context, form, and ideology, asking how aesthetics - culturally and politically informed - compare across Maya and Zapatista media. His Dissertation was titled: Torches for a New Dawn, Recomposition and Renaissance: Maya Media Production in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico. His advisor was Russ McGoodwin.

Dana Whitelaw, PhD

MA Anthropology, 2001 University of Colorado; BA Anthropology/Biology, 1997 University of Montana

Dana studied the interplay of anthropogenic habitat disturbance and primate behavioral ecology. Her fieldwork was focused at Beza Mahafaly Reserve in southwestern Madagascar. Dissertation title: Ecological Impacts of Forest Disturbance on Ring-Taled Lemurs (Lemur Catta) in the Beza-Mahafaly Special Reserve Region: Implications for Conservation in an Altered Landscape. Her advisor was Michelle Sauther. Dana is a vice president at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon.


August 2010: Master of Arts

Margaret Shugart , MA

Thesis title: In Pursuit of Dragonflies: Protein Sources in Balinese Rice Fields. Margaret's advisor was Darna Dufour.

Michelle Trogdon, MA

Thesis title: Ways of Farming in the Nochixtlan Valley, Oaxaca, Mexico. Her advisor was Art Joyce. Michelle is co-owner of Storc Roofing and Naturally Clean which are eco-friendly service companies in Charlotte, NC.


May 2010: Master of Arts

Alison Bredthauer, MA


Alison Bredthauer's masters' research focused on the function of ancestral Puebloan tower architecture in southeast Utah and how it related to social identity within the larger northern Southwest. Thesis title: A Towering Enigma: An Examination of Late Pueblo II and Pueblo III Towers in the Northern San Juan Region. Her advisor was Cathy Cameron. Since graduation, she has been employed by Woods Canyon Archaeological Consultants in Cortez, Colorado.  
Lance Holly, MA

Thesis title: Beyond the Point: Arrow Shaft Technology of the Prehistoric Southwest. His advisor was Cathy Cameron. Lance is a public school teacher at Venture Prep Charter School in Denver where he teaches middle school history. In the summers between school sessions he returns to his favorite archaeological environment in the country - Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, CO. At Crow Canyon he works as a camp counselor for the field schools that come through.

Sarah Jennings, MA

BA Anthropology, 2002 University of Colorado at Denver

Jennings' focus was in mesoamerican archaeology. Her specific focus was in figurine studies. Thesis title: Mold-made Figurines of the Lower Rio Verde Valley, Oaxaca, Mexico: Insights into Popular Ideology in the Classic and Early Postclassic. Her advisor was Art Joyce. Sarah is employed as a project director for Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc.

Casey Sloan, MA

BA Anthropology, 2007

The University of Georgia

Casey's main research interests were in Cultural Anthropology and centered on symbolic systems of behavior and belief, including ritual, myth and religion. HIs geographical area of interest was in the Americas and his advisor was Dennis McGilvray.
Jordan Steininger, MA

Jordan's focus was on Romany identity and identification in Europe. Her advisor was Kaifa Roland. She hopes to find work with museum collections in an ethnographic or historical museum. Jordan's goal is to use her work to promote ethical collecting and representational practices in a museum devoted to raising cultural tolerance and awareness. Jordan is a Medical Receptionist with Park Nicollet Health Services in Saint Louis Park, MN.


May 2010: Doctor of Philosophy

Alicia Davis, PhD

MA Anthropology/Graduate Certificate in Environmental Policy, 2004 University of Colorado; BA Anthropology, 1995 University of Florida

Davis studied conservation and communities in East Africa. Her dissertation research explores the effects of risk perception and ethnicity on land/resource use and conservation around Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. Dissertation title: Landscapes of Conservation: History, Perceptions, and Practice around Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. Her advisor was Terry McCabe. Alicia is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Krista Fish, PhD

MA Anthropology, 2000 University of Colorado; BA Anthropology, 1997 Colorado College

Krista's past research projects examined the impacts of habitat fragmentation and degradation on primate populations in the Neotropics and in Madagascar. Her latest interest was in exploring primate community ecology, focusing on interactions between primates and other mammals in South Africa. Dissertation title: Niche Separation Between Mouse Lemurs (Microcebus Murinus) and Clutter-Foraging Bats at Berenty Private Reserve, Madagascar. Her advisor was Michelle Sauther. Krista has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Anthropology department at Colorado College.

Colleen Scanlan Lyons, PhD

MA Anthropology, 2002 University of Colorado; MIA 1995 School of International Training; BA American Studies, 1990 University of Notre Dame

Colleen studied how grassroots activists, nongovernment organizations and the state shape the development of social movements in Brazil. In particular, she looked at the dynamic relationships emerging between the environmental and land reform movements working in the Atlantic Forest of southern Bahia, Brazil. Dissertation title: Local Politics in a Global Hotspot: Environmentalists, Farmers, Quilombolas, and Nativos in Brazil's Atlantic Forest. Her advisor was Donna Goldstein. Colleen is the Director of Faculty and Research, and lecturer for the Presidents Leadership Class Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder.


December 2009: Master of Arts

Ricardo Moreno-Contro,MA


Thesis title: Territorial Disputes Along the Nahua Coast of Michoacan, Mexico. Ricardo's advisor was Russ McGoodwin.


December 2009: Doctor of Philosophy

Errin Weller, PhD


Errin studied the Late Classic (AD 600-800) Maya in Peten, Guatemala where she used remotely-sensed data from satellites and aerial photography to identify areas of ancient occupation. Specifically, she investigated the relationships between landscape (expecially low-lying seasonal swamps) and non-elite and elite habitation. Dissertation title: Changing Perspectives on Community Identity and Function: A Remote Sensing and Artifact Re-analysis of Barton Ramie, Belize . Her advisor was Payson Sheets. Errin is the president of Limitless Computing Inc. which is a Boulder CO-based company that has been providing cloud computing services since 2006 and specializes in mobile cloud computing and Augmented Reality.


August 2009: Master of Arts

Hoang Thach , MA


Thesis title: History of Research on Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkeys in Vietnam and an Analysis of Their Daily Ranging Behavior in Khau Ca, Ha Giang Province . His advisor was Bert Covert. Hoang is on the Anthropology faculty at the Hanoi University of Social Science.


May 2009: Master of Arts

Katie Olszowy , MA


Thesis title: The Nutrition Transition in Women of Cali, Columbia: Changes in Nutritional Status Between 1987 and 2007. Her advisor was Darna Dufour. Katie is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York.


May 2009: Doctor of Philosophy

James Loudon , PhD

MA Anthropology, 2000 University of Calgary; BSc Anthropology, 1998 Central Washington University

James studied the parasite ecology of ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) and Verreaux's sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi). Dissertation title: The Parasite Ecology and Socioecology of Ring-Tailed Lemurs (Lemur catta) and Verreaux's Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi) Inhabiting the Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve. His advisor was Michelle Sauther. James was a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado-Boulder and is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at East Carolina University.


December 2008: Master of Arts

Erik Erwin, MA


Erik will be teaching anthropology to underprivileged and underrepresented minorities in the Denver area. His advisor was Doug Bamforth. Erik is an Assistant Director at the Interactive Theatre Project at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Eileen Stack, MA

BA Anthropology, 2004 University of Iowa

Eileen's research explored issues of identity formation, indigenous knowledge systems, the dialectical nature of cultural representations, and post-colonial studies. She specifically looked at how these issues are addressed and interpreted in Alaska Native communities. Her advisor was Carole McGranahan.


May 2008: Master of Arts

Jason Chuipka, MA

BA 1995 University of Manitoba.

Jason studied early village development and social dynamics in the northern southwest prior to AD 900. Before enrolling at CU, he worked for 11 years in CRM as a professional archaeologist. Thesis title: Exploring Village Organization in the Northern San Juan Region of the American Southwest, A.D. 750-840. His advisor was Catherine Cameron. Jason is Project Director at Paleowest Archaeology in Utah and New Mexico.

Sarah Taylor, MA

BA Anthropology, 2005 University of Arkansas.

Sarah's previous research has focused on orangutan dental morphology and the use of dental topography to infer hominid diet.  She was most recently interested in the use of both stable isotope and dental microwear analyses to recontruct pre-Conquest Mesoamerican diet. Her advisor was Matt Sponheimer.

Crystal Watson, MA

BA International Relations, 2003 Rollins College

Watson's interests were in religion, identity and South Asia. She had deep ethnographic experience living and working in both Hindu and Muslim communities in Bangladesh. She consistently asked questions having to do with religious practice and transition, about religious ritual, deities, and identity in mixed Hindu-Muslim communities. Crystal's advisor was Dennis McGilvray.


May 2008: Doctor of Philosophy

Craig, Timothy, PhD


MA Anthropology, 1999 University of Texas at San Antonio.

Craig studied the contemporary discourses surrounding the dynamics and complexities involved with religious and folk-religious ideology and practice in Mexico and Latin America. His research investigates the continued practice of select folk-religious belief systems in Central Mexico with regard to the myriad dynamics of global interconnectedness and the cultural implications of this over time. Dissertation title: Folk-Religious Belief and Practice in Central Mexico: Re-Construction of Tradition and the Dynamics of Folk-Religious Plasticity. His advisor was Deward Walker. Tim has been hired at Guerra DeBerry and Coody, a full service marketing and communications agency in San Antonio, TX, as a cultural anthropologist. He will be helping expand their understanding of consumers and their needs.


December 2007: Doctor of Philosophy

Jeffrey Ferguson, PhD

MAIS Anthropology, 1999 Oregon State University;

BS Anthropology, 1997 University of California Davis.

Jeff conducted dissertation research on using quantitative optimal foraging models to understand human subsistence decisions in light of storage. His other research interests included experimental archaeology, skill acquisition and children in craft production, lithic studies, obsidian chemical characterization and hydration studies. Most of his work has been in the Western United States. Dissertation title: A Seasonal Foraging Model for Food Resource Utilization in Central California and the Eastern Woodlands. His advisor was Doug Bamforth. Jeff is a Senior Research Specialist at the University of Missouri Research Reactor in Columbia, Missouri.

Craig Lee, PhD

MA Anthropology, 2001 University of Wyoming;

BS Sociology/Anthropology, 1996 Montana State


Craig's dissertation research explored the adaptive flexibilityof microblade technology in the early period (pre-7,000 BP) maritime environment of the northern Northwest Coast. Dissertation title: Origin and Function of Early Holocene Microblade Technology in Southeast Alaska, USA. His advisor was E. James Dixon. Craig is a research affiliate at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research studying the prehistoric use of perennial snow and ice in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, Wyoming and Colorado and a research associate in Montana State University's Department of Sociology and Anthropology. He was also a post-doc at the Cody Institute of Western American Studies in Cody, Wyoming.

Marc Levine, PhD

MA Anthropology, 2002 University of Colorado;

BA Anthropology, 1996 University of Michigan.

Levine's dissertation research focuses on the Late Postclassic Mixtec capital of Tututepec, located on the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico. He recently directed archaeological excavations at Tututepec residences to examine household activities and how these articulate with aspects of the ancient center's political economy and lifeways. Dissertation title: Linking Household and Polity at Late Postclassic Yucu Dzaa (Tututepec), A Mixtec Capital on the Coast of Oaxaca, Mexico. His advisor was Arthur Joyce. Marc is a tenure-track professor at the University of Oklahoma and splits his time between the Anthropology department and as curator in the Museum of Natural History.
Devin White, PhD Dissertation title: Transportation, Integration, Facilitation: Prehistoric Trails of the Western Papaguería. His advisor was Cathy Cameron. Devin is a Senior Research Scientist for scalable/high performance geocomputation at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN.


May 2007: Master of Arts

Meegan Anderson, MA

BS Environmental Studies & Anthropology, 2005 University of Notre Dame.

Meegan's interests involve nonhuman primate behavior and biology. Her previous research focused on interspecific interactions between humans and macaques in Gibraltar. She has also studied cranial variation in South East Asian colobines and how those differences pertain to dietary niches. Thesis title: Cranial Variation of the Cercopithecid Primates of Vietnam. Her advisor was Bert Covert. Meegan is a research technologist at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

James Dubendorf, MA

BA Anthropology, 2000 Hamilton College

Dubendorf is interested in the issues of modernization and economic development facing the remote community of Pitcairn Island. His advisor was Paul Shankman.

Nicole Garrett, MA

BS Zoology, 2004 Iowa State University.

Niki's research interests include climate and diet reconstruction using stable light isotopes. Niki has analyzed the climatic changes that occurred during the Eocene of North America as is recorded in herbivore tooth enamel. This period is of particular interest as early primates did not survive in North America after the Eocene/Oligocene transition. Thesis title: Isotope Analyses of Two Perissodactyls from the Bridgerian-Uintan Transition in the Bridger Formation, Greater Green River Basin, Wyoming. Her advisor was Bert Covert.

Aimee Garza, MA

MA Bicultural/Bilingual Studies, University of Texas

at San Antonio.

Garza’s area of study is the Latina/o experience in the United States, specifically in the Southwest. Her research interests are race, gender, ethnicity and identity in northern New Mexico as represented through visual cultural productions, community festivals, and public dramas. She is also invested in research on second language acquisition, multicultural education and critical pedagogy. Thesis title: The Fabric of Devotion: Votive Vestments, Hidden Ministries, and the Making of Hispano Religious Traditions in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her advisor was Dennis McGilvray. Aimee has been accepted into the Anthropology PhD program at the University of California - Santa Cruz.

Kunga Lama, MA

BA Sociology, 2003

California State University at Hayward.

Kunga was born and brought up in the Tibetan refugee community in Nepal. He is interested in critical social theory, questions of identity in the Tibetan diaspora, and development in Tibet, especially the collection and marketing of yartsa gunbu (caterpillar fungus) in the Tibetan areas of Sichuan, Yunnan and Qinghai, China. Thesis title: Crowded Mountains, Empty Towns: Commodification and Contestation in Cordyceps Harvesting in Eastern Tibet. His advisor was Carole McGranahan. Kunga is an Outreach Coordinator with the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Carey Scheerer, MA

MA Latin American Studies, 2003 University of Kansas;

BS Parks, Recreation & Tourism, 1997 University of Missouri

Scheerer was involved in research with the Garifuna peoples in Honduras surrounding concerns with identity and ethnicity, especially in the face of such factors as HIV/AIDS, to their diaspora in New York City. Carey conducted her research in both New York City and the Honduras. Carey's advisor was Donna Goldstein.

Gail Stewart Lincoln, MA

BA Anthropology, 2000 Arizona State University.

Gail focuses on prehistoric archaeology within the southwestern region of North America. Gail has worked on completing a comparative study of southwestern New Mexico ceramics.  Thesis title: Exploring Migration: A Look at Magdalena Black-on-white at Gallinas Springs Ruin and Pinnacle Ruin. Her advisor was Catherine Cameron. Gail is a consultant with Metcalf Archaeology.


May 2007: Doctor of Philosophy

Caroline Conzelman, PhD

MA Anthropology, 1999 UCB; Secondary Teaching Credential, 1993 Humboldt State University; BA/BS Zoology, 1989 Miami University

Carol studies democracy and development in a legal coca-growing region of the Bolivian Andes. Specifically, she investigates the relationship between municipal and community democratic practices, rural development, adventure tourism, and the US "war on drugs." Dissertation title: Coca Leaf and Sindicato Democracy in the Bolivian Yungas: The Andeanization of Western Political Models in the Coroico Municipality. Her advisor was Terry McCabe. Carol is the Director of the Global Studies Residential Academic Program at CU-Boulder.

Angela Thieman Dino, PhD

MA Anthropology, 1995 UCB.

Angela takes an ethnographic approach in her work with African-American middle school-aged girls in urban Denver, focusing especially on how "fun" activities girls choose in their leisure time contribute to their growing up in a challenging environment. Dissertation title: Making Fun: How Urban Black Girls Craft Identity. Her advisor was Donna Goldstein. Angela is Co-Director of the Leeds Scholars Program at the University of Colorado-Boulder.


December 2006: Master of Arts

Shannon Gray, MBA/MA

BA Anthropology, 2000 Eckerd College.

Gray pursued an MBA as well as a master’s degree in anthropology and was the first to enroll in CU’s new dual degree MBA/MA program. She plans to utilize her degrees in the growing field of organizational anthropology, or business- related ethnographic research. She specializes in two areas: ethnographic market research for product/service improvement and new product development, and organizational development for cultural understanding and change management. Shannon was also the Anthropology department’s Lead Graduate Teacher for the 2005-2006 school year. Her advisor was Paul Shankman. Shannon is the Director of Research for North Star Destination Strategies in Nashville. North Star Destination Strategies specializes in Community and City Branding. Shannon facilitates North Star's recent expansion of research services by improving current offerings and developing new research products that fill community needs.


December 2006: Doctor of Philosophy

Joanna Mishtal, PhD

MA Cultural Anthropology, University of Colorado.

Mishtal's research interests are in the area of cultural anthropology and include: gender and sexuality, democratization, political economy, power and class.  Her dissertation research examines reproductive policies and practices within the postsocialist state and religious regimes.  Her analysis is situated in the context of local gender politics in contemporary Poland as well as international policies of the European Union.  Her advisor was Donna Goldstein. Joanna is on a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Columbia University School of Public Health in New York. Dissertation title: Contradictions of Democratization: The Politics of Reproductive Rights and Policies in Postsocialist Poland. Joanna is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.


August 2006: Doctor of Philosophy

Inga Calvin, PhD

BA Distributed Studies, 1984 University of Colorado, Denver; MA Anthropology, 1994 UCB.

Calvin is currently an Instructor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado at Denver. Her advisor was Payson Sheets. Dissertation title: Between Text and Image: An Analysis of Pseudo-Glyphs on Late Classic Maya Pottery from Guatemala. Inga is an instructor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado in Boulder and Denver.
Paulette Foss, PhD

BA German, 1973 UCB; MA Anthropology, 1996 UCB; MA History, 1974.San Jose State University; MA Librarianship, 1992 University of Idaho, Moscow.

Foss is the first student at the University of Colorado at Boulder with severely impaired vision to receive a PhD. Her advisor was Paul Shankman Thesis title: Annette Akroyd Beveridge, A Nonconformist in Mid-Victorian India. Dissertation title: Exploring Blind Culture and Life Quality with Seniors Experiencing Late-Life Sight Loss. Paulette has her own firm and does contract work for The American Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired of Colorado.
David Hoffman, PhD

BA Environmental Studies/ Anthropology 1997 St. Lawrence University; MA Cultural Anthropology, 2000 UCB.

Hoffman studies community-based managed marine protected areas and fishing communities in Quintana Roo, Mexico. He is particularly interested in the new conservation roles that are played by the state, ENGO's and communities when decision-making is devolved from the state to ENGO/community partnerships. Dissertation title: The Subversion of Comanagement of a Marine Protected Area: The Case of Xcalak Reefs National Park, Mexico. Publication: Dispatches from the Field: neophyte ethnographers in a changing world. Garder A. & Hoffman DM, Eds. Waveland Press, Inc. 2006. His advisor was J. Terrence McCabe. David is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures at Mississippi State University.


May 2006: Master of Arts

Xiaomei Chen, MA

MA Journalism, 2004 Jinan University.

Chen studied the impact of tourism on gender in Tibet and China. Her advisor was Dennis McGilvray. She was admitted on scholarship to Ohio University in the Visual Communication MA program for Fall 2007 and planned to develop a career in ethnographic photojournalism. She is currently working as a journalist in Greeley, CO.
Kimberly Goedert, MA

BS Kinesiology, 2001 UCB;
BS Nursing, 1996 Regis Univ.

Thesis title: Environmental, Social, and Economic Changes affecting the Nutrition and Health of the Kimberle Region Australian Aboriginals .Her advisor was Darna Dufour. She is currently working in the medical field as an emergency room nurse.
Courtney Lee, MA

BA Anthropology, 2001 Skidmore College.

Lee’s research interests are in the area of medical anthropology and include health policy, global health equity, political and economic anthropology and tourism in Costa Rica, particularly for underprivileged populations. Her advisor was Paul Shankman. She will begin her PhD work at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in the Fall of 2006.
Isa Rodriguez-Soto, MA

BS Biology, 2003
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus.

Rodriguez-Soto’s studies are focused on nutritional anthropology. Specifically her thesis is focused on micronutrient deficiencies in pregnant and lactating women in Cali, Colombia. Her advisor was Darna Dufour. She plans to pursue her PhD in Costa Rica. Thesis title: Mictronutrient Intake by Poor Urban Pregnant Women and Lactating Women in Cali, Columbia
Stacey Van Vleet, MA

AB Public Policy Studies, 2000 Duke University.

Van Vleet researches contemporary Tibetan identity discourses in historical and regional context, centering in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, People's Republic of China. She is focusing on two modern Tibetan music bands, asking for instance: “What makes their music ‘Tibetan’ music? What influences are a part of the music? And, who is their music's audience?” She has also just completed the first year of a two-year residential Tibetan language program at Tibet University in Lhasa. Her advisor was Carole McGranahan. She will pursue a PhD at Columbia University. Thesis title: The "Righteous Power" of Modern Tibetan Music within the PRC.
Gene Wheaton, MA

BA Anthropology, 2004 UCB.

Wheaton has been involved in the architectural documentation/backfilling project at the West Ruin at Aztec Ruins National Monument. Specifically, he investigates Ancestral Pueblon architectural design and construction. Thesis title: The Astronomy of Chaco Style Great Kivas. His advisor was Cathy Cameron. Wheaton has been hired to do contract archaeology for WCRM in New Mexico.


May 2006: Doctor of Philosophy

Karin Larkin, PhD

BA Art History/Lit., 1993 Merrill College; MA Museum Studies, 1998 UCB.

Larkin focuses on prehistoric archaeology of the Greater Southwest. Her dissertation research examines social change in the Chihuahua culture area of northern Mexico. Karin's advisor was Dr. Linda Cordell. Dissertation title: Community Reorganization in the Southern Zone of the Casas Grandes Culture Area of Chihuahua, Mexico. Karin is the Curator of Anthropology at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.


December 2005: Master of Arts

Michelle Butler, MA

BA Anthropology, 2001 UCB.

Butler studies the pre-Colombian archaeology of Lower Central America and Mesoamerica. Her theoretical interests include landscape, social memory, space and place. Methods used to detect movement and activity within the landscape includes various remote sensing platforms, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Her advisor was Dr. Payson Sheets. Place, Memory, and the Ancient Costa Rican Landscape: An Exploration of Footpaths, Cemeteries, and Habitation Sites


December 2005: Doctor of Philosophy

Stacy Barber, PhD Sarah "Stacy" specializes in the archaeology of Mesoamerica, with special emphasis on Oaxaca.  Stacy's research focuses on the negotiation of status and authority in early centralized polities. Her advisors were Payson Sheets and Art Joyce. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida and is continuing her research in Oaxaca in collaboration with Art Joyce. Heterogeneity, Identity, and Complexity: Negotiating Status and Authority in Terminal Formative Coastal Oaxaca. Stacy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.
Barbara Piperata, PhD

BS Biology, 1991
University of New Mexico;
MA Anthropology, 1999 UCB.

Barbara's research takes a biocultural approach to understanding human energetics, nutrition and health. Her dissertation is focused on understanding how tropical horticultural women living in the lower Brazilian Amazon cope with the increased energy demands of lactation. In addition to her research in Brazil, Barbara has also conducted research in Nicaragua and among the Makushi of Guyana. Her advisor was Darna Dufour. Dr. Piperata is an assistant professor in Biological Anthropology at Ohio State University. Dissertation title: The Energetics of Lactation among Tropical Horticulturists in the Brazilian Amazon. Barbara is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at The Ohio State University.