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2015

Sotiria Anagnostou 
Program: Environmental Social Science
Dissertation: Adapting to Climate Change: A Sensitivity Analysis of National Adaptation Programmes of Action Towards Women
Current Position: Summer Analyst, Office of Innovation, City of South Bend

Thomas Bleasdale
Program: Environmental Social Science
Dissertation: Gardens of Justice: Food-Based Social Movements in Underserved, Minority Communities
Current Position: Urban Agriculture Researcher

Nadya Bliss
Program: Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences
Dissertation: Statistical Signal Processing for Graphs
Current Position: Director, Global Security Initiative, Professor of Practice, Senior Sustainability Scientist, Arizona State University  

Starletta Brown
Program: Anthropology (Evolutionary Anthropology)
Dissertation: Foodborne Illness - Yersinia Enterocolitica: Its Relationship to Arthritis in Populations Associated with the Domesticated Pig
Current Position: Environmental Health Specialist Supervisor, Maricopa County

Arlene Evangelista
Program: Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences
Dissertation: Characterization of the Mathematical Theoretical Biology Institute as a Vygotskian-Holzman Zone of Proximal Development
Current Position: Research Analyst, Arizona State University Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Center

Rafael Fernandez Alvarez
Program: Environmental Social Science
Dissertation: Urban Political Ecology of Green Public Space in Mexico City: Equity, Parks and People
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Mexico, Ecology Institute

Sarah Hall
Program: Global Health
Dissertation: Parental Intentions to Immunize Children Against Influenza: A Randomized Trail of EPPM-Based Immunization Messaging
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Utah Valley University

Sara Marsteller
Program: Anthropology (Bioarchaeology)
Dissertation: Community Identity and Social Diversity on the Central Peruvian Coast: A Bioarchaeological Investigation of Ychsma Diet, Mobility and Mortuary Practices (c. AD 900-1470)
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Arizona State University

Katherine Miller
Program: Anthropology (Bioarchaeology)
Dissertation: Family, "Foreigners" and Fictive Kinship: A Bioarchaeological Approach to Social Organization at Late Classic Copan
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Indiana University East  

Juliana Novic
Program: Anthropology (Archaeology)
Dissertation: Neighborhood Socio-Spatial Organization at Calixtlahuaca, Mexico
Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Colorado College

Amy Shapiro
Program: Anthropology (Evolutionary Anthropology)
Dissertation: The Role of Environmental Education for Biodiversity Conservation: A Case Study in the Protected Areas of Nepal
Current Position: Lecturer, San Francisco State University

2014

Lubayna Fawcett
Program: Global Health
Dissertation: Somali Refugee Women and their U.S. Healthcare Providers: Knowledge, Perceptions and Experiences of Childbearing
Current Position: Physiotherapist, Mayo Clinic Health System

Jacob Freeman
Program: Anthropology (Archaeology)
Dissertation: Feedbacks, Critical Transitions and Social Regime Changes in Forager-Resource Systems: An Ethnoarchaeological Analysis of Ecosystem Management and Territorial Ownership
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Texas, San Antonio

Andres Gomez-Lievana
Program: Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences
Dissertation: Applying Distributional Approaches to Understand Patterns of Urban Differentiation
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University Center for International Development

Kelly Harkins
Program: Anthropology (Bioarchaeology)
Dissertation: Pathogen Origins and Evolution in the New World: A Molecular and Bioarchaeological Approach to Tuberculosis and Leishmaniasis
Current Position: Paleogenetics Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Santa Cruz

Sharon Kessler
Program: Anthropology (Evolutionary)
Dissertation: Modeling the Origins of Sociality: Kin Recognition in Mouse Lemurs                
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University Department of Anthropology

Dean Kyne
Program: Environmental Social Science
Dissertation: Environmental Justice Issues in Communities Hosting U.S. Nuclear Power Plants
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Environmental Sociology, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Michael Merrill
Program: Anthropology (Archaeology)
Dissertation: Increasing Scales of Social Interaction and the Role of Lake Cahuilla in the Systemic Fragility of the Hohokam System A.D. 700-1100   
Current Position: Adjunct Professor, Pasadena City College

Emmanual Morales
Program: Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences
Dissertation: Applications of Nonlinear System of Volterra Integral and Integro-Ordinary Differential Equations to Infectious Disease Epidemiology   
Current Position: Alfred P. Sloan Scholar, Arizona State University Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center

Oscar Patterson Lomba
Program: Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences
On the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases in Modern Landscapes: Urban Environments and Drug Resistance          
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health

Terry Ritzman 
Program: Anthropology (Evolutionary)
Dissertation: A Comparative Radiographic Investigation of Facial Projection in Anthropoid Primates
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Cape Town Department of Archaeology

Alissa Ruth
Program: Anthropology (Sociocultural)
Dissertation: Aspiring Citizens: Undocumented Youth’s Pursuit of Community and Rights in Anti-Immigrant Arizona        
Current Position: Director of Student Services, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Brooke Sadler
Program: Anthropology (Sociocultural)
Dissertation: The Evolution of Addiction: A Case Study of Nicotine Dependence          
Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Washington University School of Medicine

Laura Stroik
Program: Anthropology (Evolutionary)
Dissertation: The Dietary Competitive Environment of the Origination and Early Diversification of Euprimates in North America              
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State University, Michigan

Amanda VanSteelandt
Program: Global Health
Dissertation: Cultural Transmission and the Disease Ecology of Tuberculosis in Indigenous Communities of the Paraguayan Chaco
Current Position: Data Analyst, Arizona State University

 

2013

Muna Ali
Program: Anthropology (Sociocultural)
Dissertation: Generation Next: Young Muslim Americans Narrating Self While Debating Faith, Community and Country
Current Position: Physical Therapist, Mayo Clinic

Maytee Cruz-Aponte
Program: Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences
Dissertation: Epidemic Dynamics of Metapopulation Models      
Current Position: Professor, University of Puerto Rico

Juan Declet-Barreto
Program: Environmental Social Science
Dissertation: A Socio-Ecological Understanding of Extreme-Heat Vulnerability in Maricopa County, Arizona           
Current Position: Climate Health and Science Center Fellow, Natural Resources Defense Council

Dori Luli
Program: Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences
Dissertation: A Neuronal Network Model of Drosophila Antennal Lobe 
Current Position: Senior Associate – Modeling, Discover Financial Services

Thierra Nalley
Program: Anthropology (Evolutionary)
Dissertation: Positional Behaviors and the Neck: A Comparative Analysis of the Cervical Vertebrae of Living Primates and Fossil Hominids
Current Position: Hearst Postdoctoral Fellow, California Academy of Sciences

Christopher Roberts
Program: Anthropology (Archaeology)
Dissertation: The Form, Aspect and Definition of Anglo-Saxon Identity: A Study of Medieval British Words, Deeds and Things  
Current Position: Assistant Research Professor, Arizona State University School of Arts, Media and Engineering 

Isa Rodriguez-Soto
Program: Global Health
Dissertation: Intergenerational Variation in Cultural Models of Body Size in Puerto Rico 
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Akron

Kehinde Salau
Program: Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences
Dissertation: Assessing the Effects of Institutional and Spatial Arrangements in Analytical and Computational Models of Conservation Alliance
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Arizona

Colleen Strawhacker
Program: Anthropology (Archaeology)
Dissertation: Sustaining Irrigation Agriculture for the Long-Term: Lessons on Maintaining Soil Quality from Ancient Agricultural Fields in the Phoenix Basin and on the North Coast of Peru 
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, National Snow and Ice Data Center

Isaac Ullah
Program: Anthropology (Archaeology)
Dissertation: The Consequences of Human Landuse Strategies During the PPNB-LN Transition in Northern Jordan: A Simulation Modeling Approach
Current Position: Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Jose Vega
Program: Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences
Dissertation: Solution Methods for Certain Evolution Equations
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Howard University Department of Mathematics

 

2012

Lynn Copes Tommasini
Program: Anthropology (Evolutionary)
Dissertation: Comparative and Experimental Investigations of Cranial Robusticity in Mid-Pleistocene Hominins
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences, Frank H. Netter, MD, School of Medicine

Meredith Gartin
Program: Global Health
Dissertation: Residence in a Deprived Food Environment: Food Access, Affordability and Quality in a Paraguayan Food Desert
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Arizona State University Global Institute of Sustainability

Jamie Hodgkins
Program: Anthropology (Evolutionary)
Dissertation: Tracking Climate-Driven Changes in Neandertal Subsistence Behaviors and Prey Mobility Patterns 
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Denver, Department of Anthropology

Raquel Lopez
Program: Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences 
Dissertation: Integrability of Quadratic Non-Autonomous Quantum Linear Systems        
Current Position: Mathematics Instructor, Grand Canyon University

Lynn Lucas
Program: Anthropology (Evolutionary)
Dissertation: Variation in Dental Morphology and Bite Force Along the Tooth Row in Anthropoids 
Current Position: Project Coordinator, Jaguar Hospitality Services Corporation

Benjamin Morin
Program: Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences
Dissertation: Computational and Analytical Mathematical Techniques for Modeling Heterogeneity
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Arizona State University Wrigley Institute

David Murillo
Program: Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences 
Dissertation: Cities in Ecology: Settlement Patterns and Diseases
Current Position: Risk Manager, American Express

Michael O’Mara
Program: Anthropology (Evolutionary)  
Dissertation: Development of Ring-Tailed Lemur Feeding Ecology            
Current Position: Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Konstanz

Melissa Schaefer
Program: Anthropology (Evolutionary)
Dissertation: Investigation of the Growth Patterns of Galagidae
Current Position: Associate Professor, Salt Lake Community College

Griselle Torres-Garcia
Program: Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences
Dissertation: Size Structured Epidemic Models
Current Position: Math Faculty, Grand Canyon University

Deborah Williams
Program: Anthropology (Sociocultural)
Dissertation: Speaking Place, Saving Place: Cultural Diversity, Negotiating Place and Public Discourse 
Current Position: Associate Director, Mayo Clinic-ASU Obesity Solutions

 

2011

Lucas Delezene
Program: Anthropology (Evolutionary) 
Dissertation: Morphological Integration and the Anthropoid Dentition 
Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas Department of Anthropology

Irina Kareva 
Program: Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences 
Dissertation: Niche Construction, Sustainability and Evolutionary Ecology of Cancer         
Current Position: Research Associate, Tufts Medical Center Newman Lakka Institute

Alanna Ossa      
Program: Anthropology (Evolutionary)  
Dissertation: Economic Organization of a Postclassic Center and Its Hinterlands in Veracruz, Mexico        
Current Position: Senior Ceramic Analyst and Lab Manager, Archaeological Consulting Services

Dolma Roder
Program: Anthropology (Sociocultural) 
Dissertation: “Girls Should Come Up”: Gender and Schooling in Contemporary Bhutan       
Current Position: Lecturer and Program Leader of Sociology and Political Science, Royal Thimphu College

Teresa Rodrigues
Program: Anthropology (Archaeology)  
Dissertation: Social Change and Skeletal Trauma in the Point of Pines Region (AD 400-1450) of the American Southwest    
Current Position: Project Manager, Gila River Indian Community Cultural Resource Management

Samantha Russak
Program: Anthropology (Evolutionary)  
Ecological Role of Dry-Habitat Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) at Issa, Ugalla, Tanzania
Current Position: Zookeeper, Wildlife World Zoo

Edme Soho
Program: Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences
Dissertation: Immune Response in the Study of Infectious Diseases (Co-Infection) in an Endemic Region
Current Position: Assistant Professor, City University of New York; Hostos Community College

 

2010

Kristi Lewton
Program: Anthropology (Evolutionary) 
Dissertation: Locomotor Function and the Evolution of the Primate Pelvis 
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

Tatsuya Murakami
Program: Anthropology (Archaeology)    
Dissertation: Power Relations and Urban Landscape Formation: A Study of Construction Labor and Resources at Teotihuacan      
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Tulane University

Caley Orr            
Program: Anthropology (Evolutionary)  
Dissertation: Adaptations to Knuckle-Walking and DigitiGrady: A Three-Dimensional Kinematic and Morphometric Analysis of the Anthropoid Wrist         
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Angela Ortiz-Nieves
Program: Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences
Dissertation: Modeling the Transmission of Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus in Hospitals: A Case Study           
Current Position: Senior Manager, Fraud Risk, American Express

Matthew Peeples
Program: Anthropology (Archaeology)
Dissertation: Identity and Social Transformation in the Prehispanic Cibola World: A.D. 1150-1325               
Current Position: Preservation Archaeologist, Archaeology Southwest

Amy Rector Verrelli
Program: Anthropology (Evolutionary)  
Dissertation: Mammal Community Evolution and Biogeography through Time in the Western Cape, South Africa              
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Virginia Commonwealth University School of World Studies

Jeremiah Scott
Program: Anthropology (Evolutionary) 
Dissertation: Nonsocial Influences on Canine Size in Anthropoid Primates 
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Claire Terhune
Program: Anthropology (Evolutionary)
Dissertation: The Temporomandibular Joint in Anthropoid Primates: Functional, Allometric and Phylogenetic Influences 
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas Department of Anthropology