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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 15 new graduate students to our program in 2016-17.

Graduate Students 2016-17

Sociocultural Students

MASTERS

NameTopicSupervisor
Hana Ahmed [Brac University] Self-determination, indigenous struggles, nation-state Randa Farah
Aaron Bengall [Western] The Lived Experiences of Youth with Type 1 Diabetes: Individual, Family and Community Perspectives Kim Clark
Joanna Berry
[Western]
Impacts of Government Responses to Mexican Asylum Claims in Canada Randa Farah
Sherrie Larkin
Hannah Cho [McGill] Heritage language learning and identity among Korean language learners in Toronto Karen Pennesi
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
Diyin Deng [Western] The sense of Tibetan identity and how it is reshaped by the Canadian experience through an ethnographic research wiith the ethnic Tibetan community in Toronto 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 Tourism Initiatives Sherrie Larkin
Sarah Knowles [Trent]

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

Andrew Walsh
Tyler MacIntosh [Western] Vanilla in Madagascar Andrew Walsh
Hannah McGregor [Western] Indigenous language revitalization and public policy in Canada Tania Granadillo
Abdulla Majeed [Western] Iraqi displacement and notions of home and homeland Randa Farah
Alexandra Nelson [Western] Gender & homelessness in the context of mid-sized Canadian cities Bipasha Baruah
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 U] Names and identities in second generation immigrants to Canada Karen Pennesi
Michael Simard [Windsor] Resistance to vaccination in Southwestern Ontario Kim Clark
Rachael Simser [Carleton] How communities are formed and maintained online as explored through participants of online parenting blogs 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

PHDs

NameTopicSupervisor
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
Darren Dokis
[Western]
Exploring the intersections between development, identity, and spirituality among First Nations Peoples, and specifically Anishinabe Regna Darnell
Burhan Erdem [Arkansas] Transformations in Kayseri, Turkey urban space Randa Farah
Patrick Galler [Western] A Politics of the Production of Bodies in Distance Running Kim Clark
Paulina Johnson
[Western]
Rewriting Indigenous Pasts through Oral Narratives Regna Darnell
Lina Johnston
[Carleton]
Food distribution and socialist economy in 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
Angela MacMillan
[Western]
Rural-Urban Linkages among the Oksapmin of Papua New Guinea. Dan Jorgensen
Elaine McIlwraith
[Western]
Al-Andalus of the Past in the Present: Contemporary historical narratives of Arab Spain within a shifting political environment Randa Farah
Heather Millman
[Guelph]
Traditional medicine and Latin American immigrants in Toronto. Adriana Premat
Driton Nushaj [Western] Regna Darnell
Bimadoshka Pucan [Western] Aligning Anishinaabeg Health Practices and Western Methods Regna Darnell/Lloy Wylie
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
Catherine Villar
[Western]
Alternative food practices Adriana Premat
Mingyuan Zhang
[Western]
Chinese influence in Madagascar Andrew Walsh

Archaeology & Biological Anthropology Students

MASTERS

NameTopicSupervisor
Carolina Delgado [Universidad de la Republica] Peruvian Archaeology - Coast North of Peru - Archives research Andean early states Jean-Francois Millaire
Scott Eckford [University of Toronto] Analyses of fluted point assemblages from Ontario & surrounding areas Chris Ellis
Felipe Gonzalez Macqueen [Ryerson] Use of drone-operated Aerial Thermography to Identify Archaeological Subsurface Features at Cerro Arena, Peru Jean-Francois Millaire
Arwen Johns [Western] Animals, Social Differentiation, and the State:
Zooarchaeological Analysis of Huaca Gallinazo and Huaca Santa Clara, North Coast of Peru
Jean-Francois Millaire & Lisa Hodgetts
Ramsay Macfie
[Trent]
Pit Features at Davidson Site, Great Lakes Archaic Chris Ellis
Fernando Mercado Malabet [Trent] Trees for the Primates: A community-based assessment of the landscape ecology of crowned lemur (Eulemur coronatus) in northern Madagascar Ian Colquhoun
Kelly Miller
[Wilfrid Laurier]
Early Late Woodland settlement & material culture analysis. Neal Ferris
Katya Valladares [Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos] Burial Practices at Chan Chan archaeological site, Chimu society, Peru Andrew Nelson

PHDs

NameTopicSupervisor
Kirsten Bruce [Manitoba] Investigations of cancer and disease in the Chachapoya population using CT & X-ray images Andrew Nelson
Michael Carter
[Toronto]
Visualizing Longhouse Morphology and Use from a Phenomenological Perspective for Stakeholder and Public Engagement. Neal Ferris
Mary (Beth) Compton
[York]
Examining the user needs for digital representations of physical archaeological objects. Neal Ferris & Lisa Hodgetts
Brandy George
[Toronto]
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
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
Jordon Munizzi
[Central Florida]
Reconstructing human-muskox-caribou interactions on Banks Island, NWT, during the last 4500 years through stable isotope analysis Hodgetts
/Longstaffe
David Norris
[Saskatchewan]
An Examination of the presence and activities of Paleo-Indians regarding the colonization of northern Ontario. Chris Ellis
Amy St. John
[Memorial]
The Use of Micro Computed Tomography in Archaeological Ceramic Studies Neal Ferris
Matthew Teeter
[Western]
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
[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

NameTopicSupervisor
Corbin Berger [Toronto] Dimensions of practice of practitioners of commercial archaeology Neal Ferris
Peter Epler [Wilfrid Laurier] Evolution of Urban Archaeology in Ontario: Policy, Methodology and Standards Peter Timmins
John Dunlop
[Toronto]
Analysis of the structure and placement of Archaic lithic scatters within a southern Ontario landscape. Chris Ellis
Jonathan Freeman
[Western]
Occupational history of the Middle Iroquoian Dorchester Village site. Peter Timmins
Adam Hossack
[Wilfrid Laurier]
Evidence of the agency of teaching and learning chert knapping on the EPI Bear Creek site cluster in Barrie, ON. Chris Ellis
Shane McCartney
[McMaster]
Investigation of Season of Occupation of Western Basin archaeological sites based on thin-sections of deer teeth. Lisa Hodgetts
Amanda Parks
[Toronto]
I plan to research whether or not Mississauga conceptions of archaeological heritage, mainly sites, artifacts, and human remains, are being respected in Ontario heritage legislation. Peter Timmins
Rebecca Parry [Western] Reconsidering Coalescence:
An Investigation of a Late 14th Century Ancestral Iroquoian Community
Peter Timmins