Our Recent Graduates

Since 2009, 24 Ph.D. and 63 M.A. students have received their degrees from the Department of Anthropology.  We are extremely proud of all of our graduates!  For more information about our graduates and their placement after graduation, please contact our Graduate Director, Dr. Stephen Chrisomalis, at chrisomalis@wayne.edu.  The links below direct you to MA thesis and PhD dissertation manuscripts archived in the WSU Digital Commons.
 

Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology 

2009

Renady Hightower
Advisor: Dr. Andrea Sankar
Ethnography of the habitus of the emergency physician
 
Alison Muhammad
Advisor: Dr. Tamara Bray
A bioarchaeological study of a late woodland population from Michigan: Frazer-Tyra site (20SA9)
 

2010

Margaret Karadjoff
Advisor: Dr. Allen Batteau
Patient Safety As An Interactional Achievement: Conversational Analysis In The Trauma Center Of An Inner City Hospital
 
Amy Goldmacher
Advisor: Dr. Allen Batteau
Something You Love And Something More Practical": Undergraduate Anthropology Education In The Neoliberal Era
 

2011

Susan Kirwan
Advisor: Dr. Barry Lyons
Zanko, chef tribal: ethnography of a text
 
Tara Eaton
Advisor: Dr. Allen Batteau
A cultural analysis of information technology offshore outsourcing: an exercise in multi-sited ethnography of virtual work
 

2012

Catherine Griffin
Advisor: Dr. Sherylyn Briller
It's a birth not a procedure: an ethnographic study of intrauterine fetal death in a labor and delivery unit of an American hospital setting
 
Mary Mitsch
Advisor: Dr. Sherylyn Briller
A ritual investigation of sudden death events in an urban United States emergency department
 
Lindsey Martin
Advisor: Dr. Sherylyn Briller
Treating the Whole Person: An Ethnographic Study of an Integrative Medicine Pain Clinic
 
Gwendolyn Norman
Advisor: Dr. Andrea Sankar
Preterm Birth And The Perception Of Risk Among African Americans
 
Mary Durocher
Advisor: Dr. Guerin Montilus
Exploring Sacred Objects And Their Meanings In Catholic Mexicano Households: Domestic Religious Practices In San Antonio
 
Andrea Nevedal
Advisor: Dr. Andrea Sankar
Still Here, Trying To Find My Way: Understanding The Experiences Of HIV Disruption And Reorganization Among Older African Americans In Detroit
 
Marlo Rencher
Advisor: Dr. Allen Batteau
Crossing The Valley Of Death: A Multi-Sited, Multi-Level Ethnographic Study Of Growth Startups And Entrepreneurial Communities In Post-Industrial Detroit
 

2013

Corey Zolondek
Advisor: Dr. Stephen Chrisomalis
Socioeconomic Differences In Body Mass Index, Neighborhood Satisfaction, Stress, And Perceived Racism Among African Americans In Metropolitan Detroit

William Banks
Advisor: Dr. Guerin Montilus
"Queering Ghana: Sexuality, Community, And The Struggle For Cultural Belonging In An African Nation"

Anne Katz
Advisor: Dr. Sherylyn Briller
"Emotion meaning-making: Identity, discourse and social interaction among Arab immigrant health care providers"

James Meza
Advisor: Dr. Andrea Sankar
"The diagnosis narratives & the healing ritual"
 

2014

Diana Gellci
Advisor: Dr. Mark Luborsky
"Networks Of Users And Powers: Blackboard Software Roadmap As Cultural Practice"

Maria Roti
Advisor: Dr. Barry Lyons
"Spheres Of Semi-Legality: Discourse, Media And Informal Economic Practices In St. Petersburg, Russia (2000-Present)"

Jayne Yatczak
Advisor: Dr. Sherylyn Briller
"An Exploration Of The Use Of Objects In The Creation, Maintenance, And Social Performance Of Self Among People With Alzheimer's Disease And Related Disorders"
 

2015

Felicia George
Advisor: Dr. Todd Meyers
 

 

Master of Arts in Anthropology

2009

Hasan Ashkanani
Advisor: Dr. Thomas Killion
“Failaka Island, Kuwait: Trade, Exchange and Power Shifts in the Ancient Persian Gulf”
 
Susan Dibbley
Advisor: Dr. David Barondess
“Anthropology, Forensic Odontology, and Veterinary Medicine: Working Towards a Common Goal”
 
Karen Jackson
Advisor: Dr. Sherylyn Briller
Applied Medical Anthropology concentration (coursework)
 
Candice Mitchell
Advisor: Dr. Andrea Sankar
Applied Medical Anthropology concentration (coursework)
 
Nicholas Smith
Advisor: Dr. Tamara Bray
“3D Reconstructions and Digital Archaeology: How Modern Technology is Changing Archaeology”
 
Michelle Measel-Morris
Advisor: Dr. Sherylyn Briller
Applied Medical Anthropology concentration (coursework)
 

2010

Joseph Crowley
Advisor: Dr. Jacalyn Harden
“The Construction and Negotiation of Fatherhood and Masculinity: An Examination of Fathers in Three Cultures”
 
Daniel Davis
Advisor: Dr. Barry Lyons
“Religion and Politics in the Taki Onqoy”
 
Elizabeth Engles
Advisor: Dr. Jacalyn Harden
“The Day the World Turned Day-Glo: Fortressing Cities in the Era of Neo-Liberalism”
 

2011

Kathryn Frederick
Advisor: Dr. Tamara Bray
“Where the Wild Strawberries are in Bloom: Food Caching in Northern Michigan”
 
Elizabeth Guglielmotti
Advisor: Dr. Barry Lyons
“Human and Animal Relationships: Rethinking Animal Agency”
 
Alicia Kisner
Advisor: Dr. Allen Batteau
 
Kenneth Stilwell
Advisor: Dr. Stephen Chrisomalis
“Altered States, Altered Boundaries: The Social Construction of Space in East Detroit”
 
Jonathan Brewster
Advisor: Dr. Thomas Killion
“Order at the Center: Architecture as an Arbitrator of Class Struggle”
 
Ricardo Garza
Advisor: Dr. Allen Batteau
“Cultural Implications of Technology Transfer among Core Nations”
 

2012

Candida D’Avanzo
Advisor: Dr. Guerin Montilus
“African American Gravesite Decorations in Natchitoches, Louisiana”
 
Andrea Dimuzio
Advisor: Dr. Thomas Killion
“Craft and Identity in Formative Oaxaca”
 
Daniel Harrison
Advisor: Dr. Thomas Killion
“Let it be well done: community archaeology and Michigan’s first road”
 
Molly Hilton
Advisor: Dr. Allen Batteau
“Where is the Mind: A Systems Approach to Embodied Cognition”
 
Jennifer Meyer
Advisor: Dr. Thomas Killion
“19th Century Detroit”
 
Stephanie Nava
Advisor: Dr. Todd Meyers
“Dance Movement Therapy and Anthropology: The Works of Franziska Boas”
 
Ashley Phifer
Advisor: Dr. Tamara Bray
“Museum Education: A Comprehensive Evaluation”
 
Lauren Schleicher
Advisor:  Dr. Todd Meyers
“Osteopenia and the Pathologization of the Aging Woman’s Body”
 
Marius Sidau
Advisor:  Dr. Jacalyn Harden
“From Altars of Fire to Forest of Bliss: The Making and Unmaking of Gods”
 
Georgia Richardson-Melody
Advisor: Dr. Sherylyn Briller
“The Anthropology of Food: A Review of Food, Commoditization, and Globalization”
 
Yasmin Habib
Advisor: Dr. Jacalyn Harden
“Egypt as a Woman: The Gendered History of Egypt’s Political Economy”
 

2013

John Hardyway
Advisor: Dr. Thomas Killion
“Natural Disasters and the Human Response: A Geoarchaeological Approach”
 
Claudia Voit
Advisor: Dr. Thomas Killion
“The Venus "Shell-Over-Star" Hieroglyph and Maya Warfare: An Examination of the Interpretation of a Mayan Symbol”
 
Jennifer Rivera
Advisor: Dr. Teddi Setzer
“The Pre-columbian Moche of Peru”
 
Robert Johnson
Advisor: Dr. Yuson Jung
“Dyadic Struggle: A review of anthropological thought on the economics of debt, money, and moral exchange”
 
Jennifer O’Hare
Advisor: Dr. Tamara Bray
“NAGPRA and Repatriation: Changing Roles”
 
Kimberly Shay
Advisor: Dr. Tamara Bray
“The Chaco Interaction Sphere”
 
Kelsey Garason
Advisor: Dr. Tamara Bray
“The Best of Both Worlds: Museum Anthropology”

Isra el-Beshir
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Newman
"The Desire to Belong: The Political Discourse post 9/11 and its Implications on Arab American Muslims"

Elspeth Geiger
Advisor: Dr. Tamara Bray
"Take Notice: The Materiality of Homeless Protest in Ann Arbor, Michigan"

Alexander Beaudin
Advisor: Dr. Allen Batteau
"Follow 'me': An Analysis of Identity and Social Interaction Through Social Media"

Michael Thomas
Advisor: Dr. Stephen Chrisomalis
"Design for Sociality: An Anthropological Approach"

Summar Saad
Advisor: Dr. Sherylyn Briller
"Making a Social Space to Talk about Grief: An anthropological examination of SandCastles' Grief Support Program"
 

2014

Kimberly Compton
Advisor: Dr. Todd Meyers

Caitlin Donnelly
Advisor: Dr. Tamara Bray

Nicholas Hazen
Advisor: Dr. Andrea Sankar
"Tibetans in Toronto: Adaptability and Organization of a Refugee Community"

Brenna Lane
Advisor: Dr. Allen Batteau

Darlene Pennington-Johnson
Advisor: Dr. Allen Batteau

Amy Attee
Advisor: Dr. Teddi Setzer
"The Need for Forensic Anthropologists in Commercial Aircraft Testing and Disaster Recovery"

Talia Gordon
Advisor: Dr. Todd Meyers
"Present Futures: Possibilities For Selfhood At A Community Mental Health Center In Detroit, Michigan"

Siobhan Gregory
Advisor: Dr. Allen Batteau
"Space, Form, and the false promise of Social Design"
 
Kaitlin Muklewicz
Advisor: Dr. Sherylyn Briller
"Thinking about Cultural Competence: Anthropological and Other Approaches"
 
Amy Krull
Advisor: Dr. Tamara Bray

Lauren Powers
Advisor: Dr. Todd Meyers
"Epigenetics in Health Research"

2015

Madelyn Gutkoski
Advisor: Dr. Yuson Jung
"Technology in the "Sport" of fitness"
 
Katherine Korth
Advisor: Dr. Krysta Ryzewski
"Rethinking Standard Narratives: A Documentary Archeology of Detroit's Roosevelt Park in the Early 20th Century"
 
Samantha Malette
Advisor: Dr. Krysta Ryzewski
"At the Nexus of Help and Harm: Identifying Consumption Patterns in Corktown Through a 19th to 20th Century Household Medicine Bottle Assemblage"
 
Anton Anderssen
Advisor: Dr. Barry Lyons
"Pierre Bourdieu, High Culture and Societies of Elites: What is Good Taste and How is it Acquired?"
 
Graham Sheckels
Advisor: Dr. Thomas Killion
"The Hurttienne and Meyer Lots of Corktown, Detroit- A Historical Archeological Study in Identification of Formation Processes and Resident Behavior"
 
Erika Carrillo
Advisor: Dr. Yuson Jung
"Good Care and Good Food: A Critical Review of the Intersection of the Anthropology of Food and Dementia Caregiving"
 
Sarah Carson
Advisor: Dr. Stephen Chrisomalis
"Maternal to Machiavellian: A Discourse Analysis of Media Surrounding American's Political Women"
 
Kaitlyn Ahlers
Advisor: Dr. Yuson Jung
"The Consumption and Production of knowledge in the Craft Beer Industry"

2016

Lorin Brace
Advisor: Dr. Krysta Ryzewski
"Nothing Phony About it in Any Way" Archaeological Analysis of the Blue Bird Inn Jazz Club in Post-War Detroit"
 
Alex Hill
Advisor: Dr. Andrea Sankar
""Treat Everybody Right" Multidemsional Foodways in Detroit"  
 
Irene Mokra
Advisor: Dr. Allen Batteau
""I am an Artist  . . ." Voices of Indentity Through Life Stories Among Ann Arbor Women Artists"
 
Suzanne Walsh
Advisor: Dr. Todd Meyers
"Rogue Branding: Using Social Media in a Contested Environment"
 
Grace Pappalardo
Advisor: Dr. Stephen Chrisomalis
"Permutations Across the Sagittal Axis: A Comparative Look at Perspectives in Space, Time, and Gesture in Aymara and Hausa"
 
 
 

 

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