Graduate Students

University of Louisville, Anthropology Department, Graduate Students

 

Christian Brawner

Hometown: Glendale, Kentucky 

Undergraduate Degree: UofL B.A. Anthropology (2016)

Graduate Degree: UofL M.A. Anthropology (Current) 

Background: In 2016-2017 I served as an English Teaching Assistant on a Fulbright in Amman, Jordan where I worked with Palestinian refugee students in a U.N.R.W.A. school. After returning to the states in 2017, I served an Americorps year at KentuckianaWorks as a research assistant to the Director of Labor Market Research where I worked on introducing Kentucky's first licensing guides for refugees and immigrants. 

Other Interests: Currently working on my masters in anthropology where my research interests include neoliberalism, Palestine, ideologies of security, and colonialism. When I'm not reading or writing for class or working with RSOs, I enjoy cooking and spending time with my friends and my adorable cat, Pim. 

Stephanie Dooley
BA, Anthropology

Research interests: My research interests include ceramic analysis, historical archaeology and GIS.

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Megan Duncanson
Biological Anthropology
Graduate Teaching Assistant

Research Interests:  My core interests include physical anthropology, immunology, bioarchaeology, paleopathology, and human osteology. My research interests broadly concern understanding health and disease in past populations, based upon both experimental immunology and bioarchaeological methods.

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Grace Ellis
Archaeology

Graduate Research Assistant, MA Student
Research Interests: Human-environment interactions, spatial analysis, GIS, settlement organization, and landscape archaeology.

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Timothy Heine
BS, Business & Economics
Biological Anthropology

I received a B.S., Business & Economics from the University of Kentucky, then attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine where I was awarded an M.D. in 1988.  Currently, I’m working with student colleagues Roxanne Leiter and Megan Duncanson, as well as faculty members Fabian Crespo and Christopher Tillquist, to develop a poster symposium for the 2017 AAPA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA.  I’m the newest [and surely the oldest] graduate student in the UofL Department of Anthropology. [I’d be that tall, lanky man with gray sideburns who frequently looks lost and addled in the departmental hallways.]

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Samantha Holmes
BA, Anthropology

Originally born in Louisville, Kentucky I received my bachelor’s in Anthropology with a minor in Atmospheric Science from the University at Albany- SUNY in Albany, NY in 2017. Here at UofL I am a first year MA student focusing on Archaeological research. My research interests include religion and ideological shifts in times of social and political transition as well as Ecology, Climate, Paleoenvironment, Pleistocene/Holocene Boundary peoples, Archaeology. 

Research interests: My area of interest includes the Viking invasion of Ireland particularly how the Irish responded to the new ideas being brought into the country and how those spread across the island.

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Amira Karaoud
Anthropology

Research Interest: Evolution of Culture, gender, immigration and refugees, self governed communities and visual anthropology.

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Misty Lane Kupka
BA, Anthropology
MA, Social Work

Research interest: My research interests in the MA Anthropology program are:  humanitarian aid, voluntourism and other service/learning abroad programs, environmental justice and political ecology, specifically development pressures and land dispossession.

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Jakia Marie
Doctoral Candidate in PAS
M.A. Student in Anthropology

Interests include: Immigration, Culture, Identity

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Zack Shelton
Anthropology

My research interests are inequality, class, and culture, and I plan on doing my thesis on educational inequality in Appalachia.

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Dustin Smith


My research so far has been focused on lithic analysis from a project that I have been working on. It's located in the Upper Cumberland region of KY. I unfortunately have yet to find anything diagnostic, so as far as a time range goes, I got nadda. As far as previous work, I have been fortunate enough to work on prehistoric rock shelter sites within Mammoth Cave National Park. As far as interests go, I love museums, cooking and watching documentaries. 

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                        Former Graduate Students

Neha Angal
Biological Anthropology


Department alum Neha Angal (M.A. 2016) recently accepted a position as a field interviewer for the Survey Research Center (SRC) at the University of Michigan. Neha is recruiting and enrolling new mothers into a longitudinal study, Baby’s First Years, at area hospitals in New Orleans. The project objective is to assess the role of family background, experiences, income, and access to social services on early child development, through the first three years of life. The SRC is internationally recognized as a leading organization in interdisciplinary and social and behavioral science research.

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Charles Davis

Charles Davis
Biological Anthropology

Research Interests: Evolutionary anthropology, phylogeography, population genetics, molecular anthropology, paleopathology, bioarchaeology, GIS.

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Allan Day
BA, English
Cultural Anthropology

In 2016 I received a Bachelor’s degree in English from IU-Southeast. I decided to take the writing skills I had developed and explore the social sciences. My interest in the machinations of culture led me to the University of Louisville Anthropology department, where I focused my Master’s work on issues of sustainability and the environment. I wanted to understand how various cultures conceive of the human relationship to the environment, why so many societies function unsustainably, and what impact sustainability efforts might have upon socio-cultural systems. 

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Hannah Gabbard
Socio-Cultural Anthropology


As a second semester graduate student in the anthropology program.  I am still trying to hone in on the area of interest I would like to focus on for my internship. I became interested in urban food, food deserts, and our general understanding of food as Americans during an internship I completed in high school.

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David Hoefer

David Hoefer
MA, Archaeology
Archaeology

David Hoefer recently completed his master-of-arts (M.A.) degree in anthropology at the University of Louisville. After a successful career as a communications consultant and small-business owner, David decided to pursue a second career in archaeology, as a means of fulfilling a longtime passion for scholarly research and analysis. His thesis defense, on the evidence for economic agency at a pair of Archaic-Era hunter-gatherer sites in New Mexico, occurred in April 2015.

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Emma Schoettmer 
BA, Anthropology

I received my BA in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. I was a student athlete and 4-year letter winner while at Arizona. I competed at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials in swimming. I was a finalist in the 200 Breaststroke at the 2016 Trials. 

I am currently interested in the preservation and conservation of artifacts in a museum setting. I completed   the internship option at the Grover Museum working with the Shelby County Historical Society in Indiana.  During my internship I was able to learn how to accession artifacts into an online catalogue.  I also created my own exhibit featuring artifacts from American wars dating from the 1860s-Present.

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Larissa Schroering

Larissa Schroeing
Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Research interests: Irish Studies, folklore, folk art, folk music, public art.

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Tyler Short
Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Research interests:

In December 2017 I had the honor of traveling to Rome for two trainings that involved nearly twenty youth from around the world. As a member of Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville (SAL), I represented the US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA), a coalition of grassroots and grassroots-support organizations dedicated to realizing the human right to food sovereignty by ending poverty, rebuilding local economies, and asserting democratic control over food systems.

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Robyn Valenzuela
Anthropology

In the fall of 2014, I began my PhD program in Cultural Anthropology at Indiana University, with outside PhD minors in Human Rights and Gender Studies.  My dissertation research examines transnational family separation and reunification between the United States and Mexico.  This separation often entails the convergence of Immigration enforcement, child welfare, and Family Law systems, as well as institutional networks involved in transnational reunification cases.  My study engages in ethnographic and archival research in Chicago, Illinois and Indiana, examining how noncitizen Mexican parents, child protection workers (in the U.S and Mexico), attorneys, and Family Law judges experience and navigate the child protection system domestically and transnationally.  In so doing, it considers how bordering practices, as an effect of state surveillance and power, are enacted on families regardless of their proximity to the physical U.S-Mexico border.  Ironically, this was a project I had conceived prior to the campaign or election of Donald Trump.  However, this project has taken on a new significance in our current political climate.

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Amanda Wharfield
Anthropology

Research Interests: Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology.

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