Current Graduate Students

Peru Field School 2017

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 2018-19

Sociocultural Students


Name Topic Supervisor
Kalley Armstrong [Harvard] Growing up on the Outside of Spanish Residential School Gerald McKinley
Tamara Britton [Ryerson]

Ethnoprimatology, primate conservation, community perspectives, ecological knowledge Ian Colquhoun

Marie-Pier Cantin [Western] The ethics of Anthropology and the Anthropology of ethics Andrew Walsh
Harry Dal Bello [Grant Macewan] Language revitalization/linguistic anthropology, the intersection between anthropological work and bureaucracy Tania Granadillo
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
Dallas Hauck [Alberta]

Power in Recreation: Hockey and the Enforcement of Canadian Identity

Kim Clark
Alana Kehoe [Grant Macewan] Anthropology of disaster, human reaction to natural disasters, traditional knowledge, space-based knowledge, and cross-cultural reactions to natural disasters Karen Pennesi
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
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
Everett Newland [Guelph] Developing Transgender Ethnography: Against the Medicalization of Gender Kim Clark
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
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


Name Topic Supervisor
Ricki-Lynn Achilles [British Columbia] Language revitalization, emotions, reconcilliation, endangered languages, identity Tania Granadillo
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] Hakka language and identity in Mauritius Karen Pennesi
Arwen Johns [Western] Peru, food, gastronationalism, representations of indigenous heritage, national identities, tourism, memory and nostalgia 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
Al-Andalus of the Past in the Present: Contemporary historical narratives of Arab Spain within a shifting political environment 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 & Regna Darnell
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
Mingyuan Zhang
Chinese influence in Madagascar Andrew Walsh

Archaeology & Biological Anthropology Students


Name Topic Supervisor
Andrew Arsenault [Concordia] Archaeology (primarily Egyptian and Classical) , mummification, disease/ paleopathology, hominid evolution Andrew Nelson
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
Kayla Golay Lausanne [Western] Peruvian archaeology, urban morphology, geophysical techniques, GIS Jean-Francois Millaire
Felipe Gonzalez Macqueen [Ryerson] Reconstructing the Architectural Landscape of Cerro Arena, Peru Jean-Francois Millaire
Jillian Graves [Western] Bioarchaeology, Disease, Ancient Populations, Mummy studies, Hominid Evolution, Human Osteoarchaeology, Growth and Development, Peru Andrew Nelson
Jeffrey Grieve [Western] Digital Mapping of Inuvialuit Archaeology & Heritage Lisa Hodgetts
Hilary Hager [Toronto] Primate social behaviour and ecology, community conservation initiatives, and the human impact on our primate relatives Ian Colquhoun
Hillary Kiazyk [Western] Neal Ferris
Jessica Lacerte [Eastern Michigan] Indicators of stress in the Precolumbian populations of the North Coast of Peru Andrew Nelson
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
Amanda James [Leiden, Netherlands] The effect of diet on Fluorosis in late Roman populations of the Somma-Vesuvius region 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
A Petrographic analysis of Thule Ceramics Lisa Hodgetts/Linda Howie
David Norris
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
Taylor Smith [McMaster] Stable isotope and trace element analyses in the study of breastfeeding and infant feeding practices Andrea Waters-Rist & Fred Longstaffe
Amy St. John
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
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 Albani [Toronto] Subsoil Sampling on Southern Ontario Historic Sites Peter Timmins
Corbin Berger [Toronto] An Ethnographic Study on Field Technicians in Ontario's Cultural Resource Management Neal Ferris
Sarah Bolstridge (Intensive) [Wilfrid Laurier] 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
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
Jason Lau [McMaster] Multimedia, visual anthropology, media production, design, public archaeology, community engagement, cultural heritage, advertising Lisa Hodgetts
Shane McCartney
Investigation of Season of Occupation of Western Basin archaeological sites based on thin-sections of deer teeth. Lisa Hodgetts