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

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.

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

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

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

 

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Department of Anthropology

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PO Box 644910
Pullman, WA 99164-4910
Phone: 509.335.3441
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