Current Graduate Students in the Department of Anthropology

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Holly Andrew

  • Subfield: Archaeology
  • Degree: MA
  • Preferred e-mail address: h.l.andrew@ou.edu
  • Previous Education: B.A. in Anthropology, emphasis Archaeology, minor in Geology and certificate in Museum Studies from Utah State University May 2009
  • Research Interests: Archaeology, Museum Studies and Public Archaeology,  Paleoindian period, North America, Rocky Mountains.

Angela K. Berg

  • Subfield: Physical Anthropology
  • Degree Sought: Ph.D.
  • E-mail: ang7777777@cox.net
  • Previous education: BS in Biology/Chemistry, University of Tulsa; ADN in RN, Tulsa Community CollegeMA in Anthropology, University fo Oklahoma
  • Physical and forensic anthropology - sex, age, ancestry and stature indicators of contemporary populations, biomechanics of the human skeleton, personal identification of remains, crime scene analysis, search and recovery techniques, recognition of skeletal trauma, skeletal photography, and investigation of human rights violations.

Dong Yue

  • Subfield: Health and Human Biology/Medical Anthropology.
  • Degree sought: PhD
  • Preferred e-mail address: Yue.Dong-1@ou.edu
  • Previous Education: Bachelor of Law in Public Administration. CYU, 2005. MA in Anthropology. University of Oklahoma, 2014.
  • Research Interests: Food and Culture, Modern Lifestyle and Stress, Big Data in Public Health, Genetic Testing and Behavioral Change, Sedentary Lifestyle and Architectural Design, Community Health, Health Promotion, Chinese Traditional Medicine, Immigrants Health Disparities.
  • Lab Affiliation: Community Nutrition and Physical Activity Lab.

Kristen (K.C.) Carlson

  • Education Background: BA Northern Arizona University Anthropology major, Japanese minor; MA Northern Arizona University Anthropology, focus on bison jumps and GIS analysis of drive lane systems.
  • Ph.D Student at OU focusing on large scale Paleoindian communal killing of bison and site comparisons.

Lauren M. Cleeland

  • BA Anthropology 2006  OU
  • MA Anthropology 2008 OU
  • Doctoral Candidate (ABD) Anthropology OU
  • My interests include the application of ancient DNA technique to answering archaeological questions.  I am studying prehistoric parasitism and diet using molecular as well as conventional techniques on prehistoric coprolites.  My masters work was on the lithic technology and its change over time as the Wichita entered into market level trade with Europeans centered around the bison hide trade during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.  I am interested in  prehistoric trade, health, diet, group interaction and movement across the landscape.  I am particularly interested in how archaeologists can bring new technologies like ancient DNA to bear on archaeological questions as a complementary addition to our current repertoire of analytic techniques.

Sean G. Dolan

  • Subfield: Archaeology
  • Degree: PhD
  • Email: sgdolan@ou.edu
  • Previous Education: New Mexico State University (MA, Anthropology, 2011); Penn State University (BA History, Anthropology, 2007)
  • Research Interests: Archaeology of the American Southwest and northern Mexico, obsidian source provenance analysis, Mimbres ceramics.

Jenna Domeischel

  • Subfield: Archaeology
  • Degree Sought: MA
  • E-mail: jenna.a.domeischel-1@ou.edu
  • Previous Education: BA Art History, Columbia College Chicago, 2011
  • Research Interests: Paleoindian, Plains, language, ritual

Will Foster

  • Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology
  • Degree Sought: MA
  • Previous Education: The College of William & Mary, 2009
  • I work primarily with American Indian communities here in Oklahoma, examining questions related to health and disease from a sociocultural perspective.

Royce Freeman

  • Subfield: Sociolinguistics
  • Degree Sought: Ph.D.      
  • E-mail: rkfreeman@ou.edu      
  • Previous education: BA in Humanities (focus in Anthropology, Sociology, and Political Science) and a Minor in American Indian Studies, Fort Lewis College, 2009.MA in Native American Studies, University of Oklahoma, 2012      
  • My research interests are on Indigenous and Native American collaborative endeavors that directly aid language revitalization. I am particularly interested in how innovative language tools are and can be created out of these collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups.

Steven Gomez

  • Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology
  • Degree Sought: Ph.D.
  • Email: sdgomez@ou.edu
  • Previous Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Minor Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 2003; Master of Science in Psychology, University of North Texas, 2007; Master of Science in Applied Anthropology, University of North Texas, 2007
  • I am a sociocultural doctoral student focusing on medical anthropology and a master's student in the School of Social Work. For my dissertation research, I am examining the critical intersection of poverty and health with a focus on diabetes. More specifically, I am examining the structural factors that impact health disparities and the lived experience of managing a chronic disease. I am interested in interdisciplinary work that proves medical anthropology's usefulness in diverse settings. I characterize my work as applied medical anthropology from a critical medical and biocultural anthropology perspective, utilizing theory from political economy of health, health disparities research, and sociocultural anthropology . I am committed to translating theory into practice, and in this regard foresee future engagement in public health, health policy, and direct practice with marginalized and traditionally underserved populations. My primary geographic areas of interest are the United States, Native North America, and Latin America.

Andrew E. Gourd: 

  • Subfield: Archaeology
  • Degree Sought: M.A.
  • Email: andrew.e.gourd@ou.edu
  • Research interests: osteology, faunal analysis, Paleoindian studies and archaic/prehistoric transition period, archeology on the southern plains.

Angela Helt

  • Subfield: Health and Human Biology
  • Degree: PhD
  • Preferred e-mail address: amhelt@ou.edu
  • Previous Education:  B.A. Anthropology, The University of Oklahoma, 2004; M.A. Medical Anthropology, The University of Memphis, 2012
  • Research Interests:  Medical Anthropology, STI’s and infectious diseases, healthcare policies and systems, Latin America and Caribbean, humanitarianism, and community-based health programs.

PollyAnna Jelley

  • Subfield: Archaeology
  • Degree sought: MA
  • E-mail: pollyanna.r.jelley-1@ou.edu
  • Previous Education: Anthropology/History, University of Tulsa, 2009
  • Interests: Plains Archaeology, Paleoindian, bison kills

Scott Ketchum

  • Subfield: Sociocultural anthropology
  • Degree sought: PhD
  • E-mail: Terry.S.Ketchum-1@ou.edu
  • Previous Education: Political Science, University of Central Oklahoma, 2007; MA in Native American Studies, University of Oklahoma, 2011
  • Research Interests: Indigenous Knowledge, Native American Expressive Culture, Tribal Systems of Order, Cultural and Language Reinvigoration and Preservation, Sovereignty, Political Economy, Sociocultural Anthropology of the Senses and Perspectives, Visual Anthropology, Climate and Culture, Choctaw Oral Histories, and Environmental Anthropology.

Elizabeth Kickham

  • Subfield: Linguistic Anthropology
  • Degree Sought: Ph.D.
  • Previous Education: BA in Linguistics, University of Oklahoma, 1997; MS in LIS, University of Illinois, 2001; MA in Linguistic Anthropology, University of Oklahoma, 2008
  • Research Interests: phonetics and phonology, language ideology, language documentation, revitalization, and education, and second language learning and acquisition.
  • NSF funded dissertation research focuses on the role of language ideology on Native American language education programs within the Oklahoma Choctaw Nation.


Anne Kroeger

  • Subfield: Health and Human Biology - Biological Anthropology
  • Degree Sought: Ph.D.
  • E-mail: aekroeger1@gmail.com
  • Educational Background: B.S. in Chemistry, minor in Biology (University of Missouri, 2010)
  • Research Interests: Osteology and pathology, health and disease, chemical metabolism, forensic anthropology;
  • Dissertation: skeletal and dental fluorosis in Ethiopia

Kelly LaFramboise

  • PhD Candidate.
  • Cultural Anthropology and Discourse Analysis.
  • My research interests are race, racism, cultural appropriations, tourism, conflict and genocides, and the ongoing effects of colonialism.
  • I conduct research in South Dakota, Germany, Poland, and at Disney theme parks throughout the world.
  • Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology
  • Degree Sought:PhD
  • Previous Education: B.S. Loyola University Chicago 2011 Anthropology; B.A. Loyola University Chicago 2011 History; M.A. in Anthropology at University of Oklahoma in 2013.
  • Research Interests: ideology, discourse analysis, gender, race, ethnicity, consumption, and identity
  • LGBTQ Program Advisory Board, Center for Social Justice Graduate Research Fellowship.

Ali Livesay

Ali Livesay

  • Subfield: Archaeology
  • Degree sought: Ph.D
  • E-mail: Alison.K.Livesay-1@ou.edu
  • Previous Education: MA in Anthropology, University of Oklahoma 2013
  • BA in Anthropology, minor in History, University of Texas at Austin, 2009
  • Interests:I am interested in prehistoric societies in the North American Southwest, specifically the Mimbres culture in southwestern New Mexico. The topics I am most interested in include social complexity, pathways to power, the physical manifestation of ideologies and worldviews in architecture and burial practices, the role of ritual in social organization, gender, structure and agency, emergence myths, the pit house to pueblo transition, and the Mesoamerican interaction with the Southwest.
  • Subfield: Archaeology
  • Degree sought: Ph.D
  • E-mail: Alison.K.Livesay-1@ou.edu
  • Previous Education: MA in Anthropology, University of Oklahoma 2013
    • BA in Anthropology, minor in History, University of Texas at Austin, 2009
  • Interests: 

    I am interested in prehistoric societies in the North American Southwest, specifically the Mimbres culture in southwestern New Mexico.  The topics I am most interested in include social complexity, pathways to power, the physical manifestation of ideologies and worldviews in architecture and burial practices, the role of ritual in social organization, gender, structure and agency, emergence myths, the pit house to pueblo transition, and the Mesoamerican interaction with the Southwest. 

  • Subfield: Archaeology
  • Degree sought: Ph.D
  • E-mail: Alison.K.Livesay-1@ou.edu
  • Previous Education: MA in Anthropology, University of Oklahoma 2013
    • BA in Anthropology, minor in History, University of Texas at Austin, 2009
  • Interests: 

    I am interested in prehistoric societies in the North American Southwest, specifically the Mimbres culture in southwestern New Mexico.  The topics I am most interested in include social complexity, pathways to power, the physical manifestation of ideologies and worldviews in architecture and burial practices, the role of ritual in social organization, gender, structure and agency, emergence myths, the pit house to pueblo transition, and the Mesoamerican interaction with the Southwest. 

  • Amy Lyons

    • Subfield: Applied Linguistic Anthropology
    • Degree Sought: MA
    • E-mail: Amy.K.Lyons-1@ou.edu

    Háːʦò! (Kiowa in IPA) I received my B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Oklahoma in 2011 after a switch from foreign language education.  I previously worked as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Native American Languages Department. Through this appointment, I had the opportunity to volunteer with the SNOMNH Science in Action Day and The Oklahoma Native Youth Language Fair, and in May 2012, I participated as a mentor at the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life workshop.  My research interests include Lexicography, Language Revitalization, Documentation and Description, Morphology, Phonetics and Phonology.  For my thesis, I am working on an online dictionary of the Kiowa language to supplement the OU Kiowa Language courses.   Currently, I work as an ESL teacher at OU’s Center for English as a Second Language.


    Allison Mann

    • Subfield: Biological Anthropology
    • Degree: PhD
    • Email: aemann01@ou.edu
    • Previous Ed: BA Anthropology, BS Sociology University of Louisville
    • Research Interests: microeukaryotic organisms; human evolution; human adaptation; anthropological genetics; the emergence and evolution of human diseases; host-pathogen co-evolution.

    Judy A. Medlin

    • Subfield: Archaeology
    • Previous education: BA in Anthropology, University of Wyoming, 1978
    • Interests: High Plains, Archaic, Faunal analysis, lithics, public archaeology.  North American Archaeology in general.  Transitions from Paleo to Archaic to Late Prehistoric.  Cultural Resource Management.

    Juliet Morgan

    • Subfield: Linguistic Anthropology
    • Degree sought: PhD
    • E-mail: juliet.morgan@ou.edu
    • Previous Education: MA in Applied Linguistic Anthropology, University of Oklahoma, 2012; Honors BA in Spanish and French, Minor in Anthropology, University of Arkansas, 2009
    • Research Interests: Chickasaw, language description and documentation, community-based language revitalization, Plains Apache, classificatory verbs, adult language acquisition of Native American languages
    • website: www.julietmorgan.com

    Amber Neely

    • Subfield: Linguistic Anthropology
    • Degree Sought: Ph.D.
    • E-mail: amberneely@ou.edu
    • Previous Education: BA in Anthropology and German, University of Notre Dame
    • MA in Cultural Anthropology, minor in Linguistics, University of Amsterdam
    • Thesis title: "Typisch Dordts. Examining Boundaries of Identity in Dordrecht: Linguistic Perceptions and ‘Island Mentality’
    • Research Interests: anguage and identity, language contact, endangered languages, language revitalization, Native American languages, Kiowa language and culture, sociolinguistic and pragmatic usage of grammatical structures, (lexical) tone.

    Elisha Oliver

    • Subfield: Health and Human Biology/Medical Anthropology
    • Research Experience & Interest
    • Active Minds/Scattergood Foundation: 1st generation college students and stress
    • University of Oklahoma Women & Gender Studies: Barriers to post-secondary education in regards to single-mother students
    • NSF Research: Space Regulated by Public Characters: Intersections of Informal Economy and Sustainability and Subsistence.
    • Independent Research: The Pathology of Violence in Congo: An Examination of the Intersections of Rape as a Tactic of War and Female Identity.
    • Independent Research: Mental Illness in Homeless Populations: Biopolitics and Social Exclusion.
    • Independent Research: Social Systems and Agencies of Power within African-American Religious Institutions.
    • Independent Research: Informal Economy: A Visual Ethnographic Exploration.
    • Independent Research: Cross-cultural Experiences in a Multi-Ethnic Family: A Visual Ethnographic Exploration.

    Megan Pucket

    • Linguistic Anthropology
    • Degree Sought: MA
    • E-mail: megan.pucket@ou.edu
    • Previous Education: BS in Sociology with an emphasis in Anthropology, Oklahoma State University, 2011
    • Research Interests: Language and Music, Performance genres, and Native American language revitalization.

    Warren Queton

    • Applied Linguistic Anthropology
    • Degree sought: MA
    • E-mail: Queton@ou.edu
    • Previous Education: BA in Native AMerican Studies, University of Oklahoma, 2006
    • Research interests: Song usage in native language preservation
    • Professional Experiences: I currently work in OU Student Affairs as an Academic Coordinator for the Sooner Upward Bound program.  I am studying Kiowa Rabbit Dance songs and their usage in revitalizing language.

    Samantha Rusk

    • Subfield: Sociocultural
    • Degree: MA
    • Preferred e-mail address: samantha.n.rusk@ou.edu
    • Previous Education: BA in Humanities, minors in Public Administration and Economics, University of Central Oklahoma, 2012
    • Research Interests: Gender and sexuality, political economy, and expressive culture

    Richard Russell

    Richard Russell

    • Subfield: Health and Human Biology
    • Degree Sought: PhD
    • E-Mail: Richard.Russell89@ou.edu
    • Previous Education: Texas A&M University, BA in Anthropology, May 2010
    •       University of Oklahoma, MA in Anthropology, May 2013
    • Research Interests: The effect of population density on infectious disease  transmission, skeletal biology, paleopathology, and medical anthropology theory.

    Lauren Simons

    • Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology
    • Degree sought: Ph.D.
    • E-mail: simons@ou.edu
    • Previous Education: BA in Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, 2005
    • Research interests: Economic Anthropology, higher education, consumption, income distribution, Brazil, Latin America.

    Ren Freeman

    • Subfield: Sociocultural
    • Degree Sought: MA(accelerated)/PhD
    • Preferred email address: renfreeman@ou.edu
    • Previous Education: BA Communication, emphasis: Indigenous inter/cross cultural communication -University of Denver; Boston University – Professional Project Planning/Management
    • Research interests: I’ve a broad interest area as a result of working anthropologic and museum/heritagecenter specific projects within Indigenous communities around the world. My focus for graduate study though is Indigenous Identity Shift through study of the construction of indigeneity and its fluctuating definitions, expressions and applications as a vehicle of empowerment and for understanding the world’s First Peoples comparative histories, challenges and contemporary issues that have altered and evolved, by force or choice, Indigenous identity and presence.

    Michael Walters

    • Subfield: Archaeology
    • Degree Sought: M.A.
    • Email:mchw1115@ou.edu
    • Previous Education: B.S. in Anthropology, minor in Kinesiology, University of Houston: Main Campus, 2014.
    • Research Interests: Southeastern Archaeology, mortuary analysis, skeletal biology, paleopathology, archaeology of religion and ritual, social structure.

    Miriam Laytner

    • Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology
    • Degree: Ph.d.
    • Preferred e-mail address: miriam.laytner@ou.edu
    • Previous Education: B.A. in Atlantic History from Barnard College, May 2009. M.A. in Oral History from Columbia University, October 2013
    • Research Interests: ecological folklore, new media technology, storytelling, legal anthropology

     

    Joshua Caudill

    • Subfield: Linguistic Anthropology
    • Degree Sought: MA, Applied Linguistic Anthropology
      Preferred Email Address: josh.caudill@ou.edu
    • Previous Education: BA in Biblical Languages, minor in Philosophy from Oklahoma Baptist University, 2014
    • Research Interests: Collaborative Research Models, Language & Religion, Cognitive Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Biblical Hebrew Language & Translation, Language Ideology, Language Revitalization, Poetics, Digital Discourse Analysis, Language Education

    Nicole Davis:

    • Subfield: Archaeology
    • Degree: M.A.Email address: nicole.g.davis@ou.edu
    • Previous Education: B.A. in Anthropological Archaeology from Trent University, Canada. Graduated Spring 2015.
    • Research Interests: Expressions of Human Identity, Individual Lived Experience, Small-scale Analysis, Integrative Approaches Using Ethnography/Oral Traditions/Written History


    Suzette V. Chang (Felton)

    • Subfield is socio-cultural anthropology.
    • I am second year graduate student.  Why-people-do-what-they-do fascinates me.  
    • My research consists of Oklahoma Black Towns, Black Church Studies, Black and Womanist Theologies, Black and Womanist Spirituality and Race/Ethnicity.



    Nicole Kusnierz

    • Subfield: Archaeology
    • Degree: MA
    • Preferred e-mail address: nicolekusnierz@ou.edu
    • Previous Education: B.A. in Anthropology, minor in Psychology from Texas A&M University, May 2013.
    • Research Interests: Southeast Archaeology, Household Archaeology, Settlement Organization, and Ceramics!

    Carrie McLachlin Leslie

    • Subfield:  Socio-Cultural Anthropology
    • Degree sought:  MA
    • Preferred e-mail address:  Carrie.m.leslie-1@ou.edu
    • Previous Education:
      Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology, Centre College, 2002;
      Master of Arts in International Peace and Development Studies, UNESCO Bancaja Center, Castellon, Spain, 2005.
    • Research Interests:  Women and Gender Studies, Latin American Studies (Ecuador, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Chiapas, Mexico), Socio-political and economic frameworks, Human Rights, Semiotics, Identity and Globalization, and Ritual Dance
    • Published:  'Wordless Communication', Education - Globalization - Identity, 2009

    Mary Williams

    • Subfield: Sociocultural (Medical Anthropology)
    • Degree Sought: M.A.Email: MaryWilliams@ou.edu
    • Previous Education: B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma
    • Research Interests: Health disparities, disability, nutrition, and community based health programs

    J. Matthew  Oliver

    • Subfield: Archaeology
    • Preferred Email: jmoliver@ou.edu or jmatthewoliver@gmail.com
    • Previous Education: B. A. in Anthropology from Fort Lewis College
    • Research Interests: Migration Patterns, Mobility, Cultural and Environmental Change, Underrepresented Individuals, Lithics and Sourcing, Cognitive Archaeology, and Public Archaeology.

    Jacobson, David K.

    • Subfield– Health and Human Biology
    • Degree Sought– Ph.D.
    • E-mail–dkjacobson@ou.edu
    • Previous education– B.S. in Anthropological Sciences, minor in Molecular Genetics from Ohio State University, 2014.
    • Research Interests: Human Microbiome Variation, Human Genetic Variation, Molecular Genetics, Medical Anthropology, Evolutionary Medicine

    Kiley Molinari

    • Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology
    • Degree sought: PhD
    • E-mail: kmolinari@ou.edu
    • Previous Education: MA in Anthropology, University of Idaho, 2013; BA in United States History, Minor in Anthropology, Franklin Pierce University, 2010
    • Research Interests: Apsáalooke (Crow) material cultural, language preservation, digital repatriation, community based collaboration, intellectual and cultural property rights, digital heritage management

    Sarah Luthman

    • Degree Sought: MA
    • Email: Sarah.E.Luthman-1@ou.edu
    • Previous Education: BS in Middle Childhood Education, Miami University 2007; MA in Teacher Leadership, Ohio University 2010
    • Research Interests: Paleoindians of North America, public education, lithics analysis, monumental architecture

    Alli Canfield

    • Degree Sought: MA
    • Subfield: Sociocultural Anthropology
    • Email: allicanfield@ou.edu
    • Education: BA in Education (English emphasis) 2011, Glenville State College, WV; MA in English (focus in linguistics) 2013, Marshall University, WV
    • Interests: Appalachian dialect and associated stigmas; First-year, first-generation Appalachian college students; Bluegrass and folk music and associated cultural pride; Bluegrass and folk musicians as a type of kinship; Religion in Appalachia; Obesity and drug issues in Appalachia; Regional heritage in West Virginia; West Virginia festivals and traditions.

    Martyne Chanslor

    • Subfield: MAALA
    • Degree: MA
    • Email:martyne.e.chanslor@ou.edu
    • Previous Education: BA English Literature with minor in Applied Linguistics from Northeastern State University 2015
    • Research Interests: Community based language revitalization, curriculum development, morphology of polysynthetic languages, the role of grammar in the Native American language classroom, Native American languages in public schools, language policy and planning

    Alesha Marcum-Heiman 

    • Subfield:Archaeology
    • Degree Sought:M.A.
    • Contact:alesha.marcum@ou.edu
    • Previous Education:B.A. Anthropology; University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2012)
    • Current Research: I am a second year Master’s student researching the pre-Hispanic occupations of the BlackMesa area of Oklahoma’s panhandle. My work tests hypotheses concerning area settlement strategy, mobility and resource utilization via paleoenvironmental reconstruction and lithic analysis. This work aims to contribute to regional understandings of prehistoric life on the Southern Plains.
    • General Research Interests: Hunter-Gatherer Subsistence and Variability, Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction, Paleoamerican Archaeology, Experimental Archaeology, Applications of Science in Archaeology, History of Archaeology, Public Archaeology.




    Richard Hagan

    • Subfield – Health and Human Biology
    • Degree Sought – Ph.D.
    • E-mail – rwhagan@ou.edu
    • Previous education – B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Cincinnati, 2015
    • Research Interests: Anthropological genetics, human-microbe coevolution, diet and disease, microorganisms in the development of human food technologies

    Melanie McKay-Cody

    • Subfield: Linguistic/Sociocultural Anthropology
    • Degree Sought: PhDEmail: MMCody@ou.edu
    • Previous Education:  BA - Gallaudet University  American History and Art History/Museum Studies    MA --University of Arizona, Special Education and Rehabilitation (Sign Language Studies) (minor in American Indian Studies)   MA - University of Kansas, Anthropology
    • Research interest: Language documentation; language contact; endangered language; language revitalization (North American Indian Sign Language); phonology, morphology, semantics, and syntactic of Plains Indian Sign Language; discourse analysis; interpreting in multicultural settings; Deaf People of Color; social justice; Rock Arts; curriculum development; Deaf Native/Native Deaf identities; sign heritage; multicultural deaf education; and signed narratives in NAISL/PISL.