College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Anthropology

Graduate Students

Students alphabetical by last name: A-I, J-R, S-Z

Anna Jordan
Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Jeannette Mageo
anna.jordan@wsu.edu

My academic interests stem from psychological and medical anthropology, and circulate around phenomenological questions related to selfhood/personhood, memory, subjectivity, and well-being. Specifically, my research investigates the intricate ways and extent to which memory and selfhood are intertwined with one another, and what consequences the destabilization (however much perceived) of this connection - as a result of progressive memory loss due to various forms of dementia - poses for caregiving for elders in the U.S. My perspective is influenced by theories of the mind, embodiment, power dynamics, agency, performance, discourse, and feminist anthropology.

Roxanna King
Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Barry Hewlett
rswsuv@gmail.com

Matthew Marino
Archaeology
Advisor: Colin Grier
matthew.h.marino@email.wsu.edu

I am a masters student working with Colin Grier in Southwestern British Columbia. I am interested in human and animal relationships on the Northwest Coast and I maintain interests in monumentality and color symbolism in the Southeast, where I worked previously. My masters work is aimed at characterizing dog remains recovered from a midden context on Galiano Island (DgRv-006) in B.C.

Jessica McCauley
Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Julia Cassaniti
jessica.mccauley@wsu.edu

Jessica is doctoral student in cultural anthropology, with a focus on psychological and medical anthropology. Her background is in holistic mental health counseling. She is interested in local health and healing practices, particularly the engagement of body, mind and spirit in healing. She spent the past summer researching healing practices related to djinns (genies, or Muslim spirits) in Bamako, Mali, as a Lemelson/SPA (Society for Psychological Anthropology) Student Fellow.

Juliet McGraw
Archaeology
Advisor: Colin Grier and Steve Weber
jamos@wsu.edu

Brandon McIntosh
Archaeology
Advisor: Erin Thornton
brandon.m.mcintosh@email.wsu.edu

My research interests include the prehistoric cultures of the Great Basin, U.S. Southwest, and the Pacific Northwest, stable isotope ecology, and conservation biology. I am interested in the study of prehistoric human subsistence strategies with an emphasis in the study of ichthyofauna remains recovered from archaeological contexts. My research includes stable isotope analysis in connection to the faunal component of the archaeological record for the purpose of understanding prehistoric relationships between humans and their animal neighbors, and the archaeology of environmental change. I seek to understand cultural and biological change through evolutionary and niche construction theory. My thesis project was directed toward understanding the domestication of turkeys (Meleagris spp.), and the exploitation of freshwater fish species as strategies for resilience in subsistence and market trade.

Jack McNassar
Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Nancy McKee
jmcnassar@wsu.edu

Alissa Miller
Evolutionary Anthropology
Advisor: Rob Quinlan
amiller@wsu.edu

Lyle Nakonechny
Archaeology
Advisor: Bob Ackerman
lnakonechny@wsu.edu

Matthew Newsom
Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Jeannette Mageo
matthew.newsom@wsu.edu

I'm interested in psychological anthropology; my research areas are subculture, gender, transnational music, parenting models, identity, and motivation. Specifically, my dissertation topic is an analysis of parenting models among psychobilly music fans in Berlin, Germany.

Lori Phillips
Archaeology
Advisor: Erin Thornton
lori.phillips@wsu.edu

I am currently an archaeology M.A. student working with Dr. Erin Thornton. My research interests include stable isotope analysis, zooarchaeology, bioarchaeology, and the Maya. I've worked in South Africa and Central America but my focus is in Belize. My M.A. thesis will use zooarchaeology and stable isotope analysis to look at ancient Maya aquatic resource use.

Caitlyn Placek
Evolutionary Anthropology
Advisor: Ed Hagen
caitlyn_placek@wsu.edu

Adam Rorabaugh
Archaeology
Advisor: Colin Grier
adam_rorabaugh@wsu.edu

Casey Roulette
Evolutionary Anthropology
Advisor: Ed Hagen
casey.roulette@email.wsu.edu

My research investigates biological and cultural factors involved in the use of psychoactive plant compounds among Congo Basin hunter-gatherers. Specifically, my research explores four areas of substance use: The first explores the emic reasons for using tobacco and similar substances among Aka forest foragers of the Congo Basin. The second explores age and sex differences in substance use utilizing an approach developed by my advisor and I that emphasize drug toxicity. Third, my research explores the transition from childhood--when virtually no children use psychoactive substances--to adolescence--when most begin experimenting with drugs and when the potential benefits of ingesting psychoactive substances begins to outweigh the costs. The final approach, and one we have explored the most, explores the therapeutic and prophylactic effects of psychoactive substances on helminth (i.e. parasitic worms) infection, which might be an evolutionary benefit to the consumption of psychoactive plant secondary compounds.

Jennifer Roulette
Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Courtney Meehan
jennifer.roulette@email.wsu.edu

Jennifer W. Roulette is a PhD student in cultural anthropology working with Dr. Courtney Meehan, Dr. Barry Hewlett, and Dr. Marsha Quinlan. Her research interests are medical anthropology, child development, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Over the past several years Jennifer has conducted research in Central Africa working with Ngandu farmers and Aka forest foragers. Her dissertation focuses on Aka child development and the development of Aka children's medical knowledge. In particular, she is interested in what children think and feel about sickness and health, how they learn about their medical knowledge, and how their medical knowledge changes throughout development. Jennifer also holds a masters in human development from Washington State University.

 

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