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Current Graduate Students

The MA program was founded in 1979, with the first thesis completion in 1981. Since 2003, the department has offered a PhD in Sociocultural anthropology and in archaeological sciences. As you will see in the sub-sections, graduate students in our program are conducting primary research in all areas of anthropology.

We are pleased to welcome 18 new graduate students to our program in 2017-18!

Graduate Students 2017-18

Sociocultural Students


Name Topic Supervisor
Kalley Armstrong [Harvard] Gerald McKinley
Aaron Bengall [Western] The Lived Experiences of Youth with Type 1 Diabetes: Individual, Family and Community Perspectives Kim Clark
Tamara Britton [Ryerson]

Ian Colquhoun

Marie-Pier Cantin [Western] Andrew Walsh
Maya Clarke
To what extent do barrel remittances contirbute to the economy of Saint Lucia and in what ways do these remittances build connections? Sherrie Larkin
Daphne Gagnon [Western] Hunting/fishing; identity; human-non-human animal relations; environment; state regulations; anthropology of the state; food anthropology; traditions; memories Adriana Premat
Diana Gavric [Western] Impact of changing US-Cuban relations on Cuban citizens' notions of national identity since 2014; Cuban state discourses on national identity in relation to the United States Adriana Premat
Marcelo Herrera [Western] Soccer and Community Integration in London, Ontario Kim Clark
Kara Kelliher [Ottawa] Gender, Representation and Identity in Maasai Owned and Operated Tourism Projects Sherrie Larkin
Sarah Knowles [Trent]

The Moral Communities of Voluntourism: Exploring Voluntourism Through the Lens of Morality

Andrew Walsh
Tyler MacIntosh [Western] Madagascar's vanilla trade: An ethnobotanical study Andrew Walsh
Abdulla Majeed [Western] Memory and Notion(s) of Home and Homeland among Iraqi Exiles in Amman, Jordan Randa Farah
Alexandra Nelson [Western] Coping and Survival Strategies Deployed by Homeless Single Mothers: Negotiating Homelessness, Motherhood and Identity in Victoria, BC, and London, Ontario Bipasha Baruah
Wade Paul [Western] Regna Darnell
Emily Pitts [Alberta] How the use of Indigenous languages affects the process of identity construction in urban Indigenous populations Tania Granadillo
Nadja Schlote [St.Thomas] Names and identities in second generation immigrants to Canada Karen Pennesi
Rachael Simser [Carleton] Mothers Who Blog: An Exploration of Online Community and the Parenting Blogosphere Dan Jorgensen
Brianne Vescio [Western] The 'economy of appearances' as it relates to the Northern Ontario Ring of Fire project Dan Jorgensen
David White [Laurentian] Neal Ferris/Rick Fehr
Jutta Zeller-Beier [Western] Leadership and Integration of Newcomers in London, Ontario Kim Clark


Name Topic Supervisor
Danielle Alcock [Western] Community Based Research on Traditional ecological knowledge and Elderly Care in First Nations Communities Regna Darnell
Nathan Dawthorne
Narratives of Male Sex Work in London Ontario Regna Darnell
Patrick Galler [Western] A Politics of the Production of Bodies in Distance Running Kim Clark
Federica Guccini [Georg-August-Universitat, Germany] Karen Pennesi
Arwen Johns [Western] Jean-Francois Millaire & Adriana Premat
Lina Johnston
The Politics of Food and Street Vending in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba Adriana Premat
Beatriz Juarez Rodriguez [Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas] State, memory and politicial identities among Afro-Venezuelan people Kim Clark
Bruce Lawrence
[Korean National University]
Investigating English language in Korea Karen Pennesi
Kelly Linton [Calgary] Place-based knowledge and Sites of Exchange - Innovation and Adaptation in Southern Ontario Agriculture Andrew Walsh
Elaine McIlwraith
Al-Andalus of the Past in the Present: Contemporary historical narratives of Arab Spain within a shifting political environment Randa Farah
Driton Nushaj [Western] Indigenous ontologies Regna Darnell
Bimadoshka Pucan [Western] Aligning Anishinaabeg Health Practices and Western Methods Regna Darnell
MD Rashedul Alam [Western] Non-State Spaces in New Maps: The Partition of "British India" and Seventy Years of Statelessness Along the Bangladesh-India Border. Dan Jorgensen
Jennifer Spinney
Weather and Society: how people understand & experience severe weather in Canada; how people use these understandings to assess risk and decision-making; weather warning - effects & consequences of communication. Karen Pennesi
Catherine Villar
Alternative food practices Adriana Premat
Mingyuan Zhang
Chinese influence in Madagascar Andrew Walsh

Archaeology & Biological Anthropology Students


Name Topic Supervisor
Carolina Delgado [Universidad de la Republica] Settlement Pattern of the Chaupiyunga zone during the Colonial Period Jean-Francois Millaire
Scott Eckford [University of Toronto] Analyses of fluted point assemblages from Ontario & surrounding areas Chris Ellis
Felipe Gonzalez Macqueen [Ryerson] Reconstructing the Architectural Landscape of Cerro Arena, Peru Jean-Francois Millaire
Jeffrey Grieve [Western] Lisa Hodgetts
Hillary Kiazyk [Western] Neal Ferris
Jessica Lacerte [Eastern Michigan] Andrew Nelson
Ramsay Macfie
Pit Features at Davidson Site, Great Lakes Archaic Chris Ellis
Katya Valladares [Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos] Social identities and death histories at Chan Chan archaeological site, Chimu society, Peru Andrew Nelson


Name Topic Supervisor
Kirsten Bruce [Manitoba] Investigations of cancer and disease in the Chachapoya population using CT & X-ray images Andrew Nelson
Mary (Beth) Compton
Examining the user needs for digital representations of physical archaeological objects. Neal Ferris & Lisa Hodgetts
Trevor Fowler [Dalhousie] Neal Ferris & Jean-Francois Millaire
Lauren Gilhooly
[Oxford Brookes]
Impact of tourist presence on long-tailed macaque behaviour and the implications for malaria transmission Ian Colquhoun
Rebecca Goodwin [Toronto] The construction of gender identity (particularly women's identity) among Inuit and their ancestors in the Canadian Arctic Lisa Hodgetts
Jack Hoggarth [Northern BC] Neal Ferris
Amanda James [Leiden, Netherlands] Andrea Waters-Rist
Casey Kirkpatrick
Comparing the Accuracy of Region-specific and Universal Dental Aging Standards in Egypt. El Molto
Diana Moreiras Reynaga
[British Columbia]
Mexica (Aztec) diets at the Templo Mayor and Temlo "R" (Tlatelolco) in Tenochtitlan through stable isotope analysis. Jean-Francois Millaire
/Fred Longstaffe
John Moody
An analysis of Early Thule Ceramics Lisa Hodgetts
Jordon Munizzi
[Central Florida]
Reconstructing human-muskox-caribou interactions on Banks Island, NWT, during the last 4500 years through stable isotope analysis Hodgetts
David Norris
An Examination of the presence and activities of Paleo-Indians regarding the colonization of northern Ontario. Chris Ellis
Amedeo Sghinolfi [Padua, Italy] Jean-Francois Millaire
Amy St. John
The Use of Micro Computed Tomography in Archaeological Ceramic Studies Neal Ferris
Joanna Suckling [Texas State] Andrew Nelson
Amanda Suko [Waterloo] Neal Ferris
Mathew Teeter
Life history in the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt (150AD - 450AD): Investigating bone density ontogenesis, and osteoporosis using µCT analysis of the first metatarsal. El Molto
Candie Thomas
Archaeological Ethnography of Traditional Ceramic Production, Use and Meaning Among the AmaZulu of the Mnweni Valley, South Africa. Neal Ferris
Renee Willmon
3D Paleopathology of Tuberculosis Andrew Nelson
Jennifer Willoughby
[University College London]
Paleo-oncology: Identifying neoplastic disease in mummified remains Andrew Nelson

Applied Archaeology Students


Name Topic Supervisor
Corbin Berger [Toronto] An Ethnographic Study on Field Technicians in Ontario's Cultural Resource Management Neal Ferris
Sarah Clarke (Intensive) [Wilfrid Laurier] Peter Timmins
Peter Epler (Intensive) [Wilfrid Laurier] The Present State of Urban Archaeology in Ontario Peter Timmins
John Dunlop
Analysis of the structure and placement of Archaic lithic scatters within a southern Ontario landscape. Chris Ellis
Jonathan Freeman
Occupational history of the Middle Iroquoian Dorchester Village site. Peter Timmins
Gabryell Kurtzrock-Belyea [Wilfrid Laurier] Peter Timmins
Shane McCartney
Investigation of Season of Occupation of Western Basin archaeological sites based on thin-sections of deer teeth. Lisa Hodgetts
Amanda Parks
The Sweat Lodges of Redeemer: an investigation into sweat bathing practices Peter Timmins