Finding a Supervisor

Our Anthropology faculty members are involved in a variety of interesting research projects and this page highlights some they are currently working on. We invite prospective students to contact faculty members by email to ask if they are accepting any graduate students for the coming year.


Neal Ferris


I welcome students interested in Indigenous and Industrial Era archaeology, especially those interested in working on dimensions of the Nevis colonialism research project, or on dimensions of research focused on the Lawson site and 15th-16th century archaeology in southwestern Ontario. I am happy to consider supervising research projects related to applied archaeology and contemporary practice, the Ontario Late Woodland, and dimensions of 17th-20th century era archaeology. I am particularly happy to consider and encourage applicants from the consulting industry who wish to enroll in the Department’s Applied Archaeology MA option. Personal website  Email:

Lisa Hodgetts

LISA HODGETTS (Graduate Chair)

I welcome applications from students interested in community archaeology and digital heritage, especially those who might want to join the Inuvialuit Living History (ILH) team. ILH is a partnership between Western, the Inuvialuit Cultural Centre, Inuvialuit Communications Society, Parks Canada and Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. We are exploring culturally appropriate ways to document and disseminate multiple forms of knowledge about Inuvialuit history and heritage in the digital realm (Inuvialuit Living History Project). I would also be happy to supervise research projects involving zooarchaeology, gender archaeology, Arctic archaeology and issues around equity and diversity in archaeological practice (especially in Canada).  Personal website Email:

Charles Orser Jr.CHARLES E. ORSER, JR.

I am an anthropological historical archaeologist with special interest in the social history of Africans in the New World. I am currently helping to develop a multidisciplinary project to document the nineteenth-century African Canadian experience in southern Ontario. This research, conducted with Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultants, focuses on the excavation and interpretation of villages settled by self-emancipated and free men and women of African heritage. I am happy to work with students with interests in historical archaeology, African Canadian history and the archaeology of the oppressed. As an Adjunct Research Professor I am able to co-supervise graduate students with a full-time faculty member. Personal website Email: 


I am an anthropological archaeologist with an area specialization in the lower Great Lakes and northeastern North America in general.  My research interests encompass issues of current practice in archaeology, especially cultural resource management (CRM), Indigenous peoples and archaeology, the continuum from hunter-gatherer-foragers to farmers in the lower Great Lakes. Given my focus on cultural resource management combined with more general archaeological concerns, I regularly supervise and act as an advisor to graduate students in the Department’s Applied Archaeology program and in the Archaeology and Bioarchaeology stream. Much of my research involves graduate students working with data collected in cultural resource management contexts. Personal website Email:


Ian Colquhoun


I am willing to supervise students whose thesis/dissertation research focuses on primate behaviour, community-based conservation projects/ethnoprimatology, primates and ecotourism, and primate conservation.  Personal website Email:

Andrew Nelson


I am interested to work with students in the field of bioarchaeology who have interests in any of the following: Peruvian bioarchaeology, the application of non-destructive imaging techniques in archaeology and bioarchaeology, mummy studies. Personal website Email:

Jay Stock


I am looking for masters or PhD students that are broadly interested in bioarchaeology and habitual behaviour, palaeoanthropology, functional morphology, skeletal biomechanics, human variability, energetics and life history.  I also supervise research projects that use living humans to understand adaptation, physiology, energetics, or the influences of habitual activity on the human skeleton. Personal website Email:

Andrea Waters-Rist


I am interested in supervising research projects related to paleodiet and paleopathology. I am keen to accept students who want to use biochemical methods, such as stable isotope and trace element analysis, and/or who have innovative ideas for advancing our understanding of past diets and diseases. I am especially interested in studying infants and children. I encourage prospective students to think about a spatiotemporal context they're most interested in researching (i.e. a past population(s) from when and where) but they do not need to have arranged access to a particular archaeological collection(s); this is something we can do together. Personal website Email:


Tania Granadillo


I am interested in supervising graduate student research related to language shift or language revitalization projects, particularly among kids/teens. Amerindian languages are my primary interest, but I am open to any area of the world. Personal website Email:

Karen Pennesi


I welcome inquiries from graduate students interested in the following research areas: discourse analysis, ethnometeorology, expert discourses, Indigenous cultures and languages, language and identity, language issues in Brazil, names and naming, narrative and storytelling, onomastics, performance (verbal art), prediction and prophecy, discourses about weather and society. Personal website  Email:



I am a cultural anthropologist who studies crisis, disaster, and trauma from the standpoint of moral experience. My geographic areas of expertise are the Caribbean, specifically Haiti, where I have worked for about fifteen years. I advise graduate students working on: disaster, crisis, and emergency; trauma; humanitarianism; ethics; the Caribbean and Atlantic World.  Personal website  Email:


I am accepting students with topical interests in extractive industries, linguistic minorities, medical anthropology and/or the anthropology of education. Thematically, I am interested in areas such as ethics, care, affect and social inclusion/exclusion.  I am equally interested in projects whose approaches include visual or literary ethnography.  Geographically, I am happy to supervise projects located in the circumpolar arctic and throughout Canada and the United States. Personal website  Email:


I am interested in supervising in topics involving disability worlds, especially in the global south but also north. I also supervise people looking at other aspects of identity and power (gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity etc.) who are interested in applying a disability studies theoretical and methodological lens to their research. Personal website   Email:

Kim ClarkKIM CLARK (Department Chair)

My main areas of expertise are historical anthropology, political anthropology (including the anthropology of the state), culture and political economy, and Latin America. I welcome inquiries from prospective graduate students with proposed research topics in those areas, as well as those interested in health-related projects. Personal website Email:

Randa Farah


I supervise students working in/on the following areas: Middle East, migration (refugees in particular), diasporas, memory/history/identity (including oral and life histories), nations and nationalism. Personal website Email:

 Andrew WalshANDREW WALSH (Undergraduate Chair)

I am willing to supervise students considering ethnographic research projects concerning the work of NGOs, small-scale (DIY) development projects, artisanal mining, tourism, ecotourism, and other topics in Madagascar or elsewhere. Personal website  Email: