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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 be welcoming 14 new graduate students to our program in 2018-19!

Graduate Students 2017-18

Sociocultural Students

MASTERS

Name Topic Supervisor
Kalley Armstrong [Harvard] Growing up on the Outside of Spanish Residential School 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] The ethics of Anthropology and the Anthropology of ethics Andrew Walsh
Maya Clarke
[Western]
To what extent do barrel remittances contirbute to the economy of Saint Lucia and in what ways do these remittances build connections? Sherrie Larkin
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
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] Medical anthropology 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
Jutta Zeller-Beier [Western] Leadership and Integration of Newcomers in London, Ontario Kim Clark

PHDs

Name Topic Supervisor
Danielle Alcock [Western] Community Based Research on Traditional ecological knowledge and Elderly Care in First Nations Communities Regna Darnell
Nathan Dawthorne
[Western]
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] Hakka language and identity in Mauritius Karen Pennesi
Arwen Johns [Western] Jean-Francois Millaire & 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
[Western]
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
[Western]
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
Mingyuan Zhang
[Western]
Chinese influence in Madagascar Andrew Walsh

Archaeology & Biological Anthropology Students

MASTERS

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] Digital Mapping of Inuvialuit Archaeology & Heritage Lisa Hodgetts
Hillary Kiazyk [Western] Neal Ferris
Jessica Lacerte [Eastern Michigan] Indicators of stress in the Precolumbian populations of the North Coast of Peru Andrew Nelson
Ramsay Macfie
[Trent]
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

PHDs

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
[York]
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
Amanda James [Leiden, Netherlands] The effect of diet on Fluorosis in late Roman populations of the Somma-Vesuvius region Andrea Waters-Rist
Casey Kirkpatrick
[Swansea]
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
[Western]
An analysis of Early Thule Ceramics Lisa Hodgetts
David Norris
[Saskatchewan]
An Examination of the presence and activities of Paleo-Indians regarding the colonization of northern Ontario. Chris Ellis
Amedeo Sghinolfi [Padua, Italy] Archaeological Survey in the Viru Valley chaupiyunga, Peru to document settlement patterns & the nature of interaction between coastal & highland peoples through time Jean-Francois Millaire
Amy St. John
[Memorial]
The Use of Micro Computed Tomography in Archaeological Ceramic Studies Neal Ferris
Joanna Suckling [Texas State] Non-destructive analysis of mummy bundles from the Central Coast of Peru Andrew Nelson
Amanda Suko [Waterloo] Conceptualizing material borderlands: An archaeological examination of community-building, identity formation, and syncretism of domestic practices in the Arkona cluster sites, Ontario, Canada Neal Ferris
Candie Thomas
[McMaster]
Archaeological Ethnography of Traditional Ceramic Production, Use and Meaning Among the AmaZulu of the Mnweni Valley, South Africa. Neal Ferris
Renee Willmon
[Toronto]
3D Paleopathology of Tuberculosis Andrew Nelson
Jennifer Willoughby
[University College London]
Paleo-oncology: Identifying neoplastic disease in mummified remains Andrew Nelson

Applied Archaeology Students

MASTERS

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] Archaeological management at the Mohawk Village Peter Timmins
Peter Epler (Intensive) [Wilfrid Laurier] The Present State of Urban Archaeology in Ontario Peter Timmins
Jonathan Freeman
[Western]
Occupational history of the Middle Iroquoian Dorchester Village site. Peter Timmins
Gabryell Kurtzrock-Belyea [Wilfrid Laurier] Interaction during the Middle Ages in Southwestern Ontario studied through lithic analysis at South Bend and Ridge Pine sites. Peter Timmins
Shane McCartney
[McMaster]
Investigation of Season of Occupation of Western Basin archaeological sites based on thin-sections of deer teeth. Lisa Hodgetts