Nanao Akanuma (Ph.D., 2010)
Nanao Akanuma is a cultural anthropologist whose research is centered around issues of embodiment and professional socialization, with a primary focus on transnational sport and entrepreneurship in East Asia. Her areas of expertise include the anthropology of the body, sport, globalization and transnationalism, and Japan studies. Her dissertation, "Stepping Outside the Ring: An ethnography of intimate associations in Japanese professional sumo," is based on fieldwork conducted in 2005-08, examining career lifecycles of male sumo participants both from Japan and abroad. In it she writes how sumo is situated at the intersection of a set of diverse discourses and practices of the body, labor, entrepreneurship, family and friendship, as well as how sumo provides a stage, literally and figuratively, to put those relations on display in the ring. Through this ethnographic inquiry she examines how for sumo participants their professional lives also involve bodily practices, private and intimate conversations, and professional and social relationships outside the ring.
The Pacific Rim Research Program and the UCI's School of Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology, and Center for Asian Studies funded her research. After receiving her Ph.D. in 2010, Nanao was a UCI Social Science Research Network Junior Fellow for 2011-12.
She is currently working for NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) in Tokyo managing the WorldWide Distribution Department.
Janet Alexanian (Ph.D., 2009)
Janet's research interests include Iranian immigration, community and identification. Alexanian received a Regents' Fellowship (2003, 2004), Pre-dissertation Research Award (2004), and funding for field research in the United States and France from the School of Social Sciences and Department of Anthropology (2004, 2005). Her dissertation was entitled "Constructing Iran: Conflict, Community, and the Politics of Representation in the Digital Age."
She is currently employed by University of Toronto; Faculty of Medicine working in the Continuing Professional Development department as a Research Associate.
Maurizio Albahari (Ph.D., 2006)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame. His dissertation, entitled "Charitable borders? Religion, policing, and belonging at the southern maritime fringes of the new Europe," examines how the European Union and the Italian state manage borders, (im)migration, and identities through discourses and practices of (Catholic) charity. More broadly, his research interests include transnational migration; religion, secularism, and the public sphere; nationalism; politics of space and culture; national and supranational governance. During the academic year 2005-06 he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, UC San Diego. In 2004 he received the Art Rubel Prize for Outstanding Graduate Research Paper in the Department of Anthropology, UC Irvine, for his paper entitled "The Crucifix in the Italian Public Sphere, or, Is Catholic Secularism an Oxymoron?". He was awarded a Predissertation Fellowship by the Institute of European Studies-CGES (University of California, Berkeley) for fieldwork research in Europe. Preliminary and dissertation research were also founded by the School of Social Sciences and by the Department of Anthropology, UC Irvine. He was also the recipient of a Regents' Predissertation Fellowship (UC Irvine, Fall 2002) and of a merit scholarship by the Italian workers' organization INPDAP. In 2006-07 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Erasmus Institute, University of Notre Dame.
Susan Algert (Ph.D., 2000)
Dr. Algert is Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing and Nutrition at California State University, Sacramento.
Asya Allison Anderson (Ph.D., 2012)
She is currently employed by Alelo, Inc working in the Content department as an Applied Cultural Anthropologist and Lead Content Developer.
Alexandru Balasescu (Ph.D. 2004)
Upon receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Balasescu assumed a position at the program in Fashion Design, Royal University for Women, Bahrain. In fall 2004, Dr. Balasescu was a Lecturer at the American University in Paris and at the Center for International Education's Paris Center for Critical Studies. While at UC Irvine, he Received a Center of German and European Studies Graduate Merit Fellowship from the Fall of 1998 to Winter 2000 and a School of Social Sciences Dean's Summer Fellowship from UC Irvine for pre-dissertation fieldwork in the summer of 2002. Between 2008 and 2009, he served as Chief of Staff for the Minister of Culture in Romania. Then, 2010-2011 he worked for Renault Technologies as socio-economic and cultural forecast specialist for the Eurasia and Euromediterranean region (including Rusia, Turkey, Romania, Algeria and Morocco). He is currently Deputy Director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Istanbul. He has published in journals ranging from Fashion Theory to Development, and is a regular contributor to Foreign Policy Romania. He is actively involved in matters of urban development and sustainability.
Andrea Ballestero (Ph.D., 2010)
Dr. Ballestero is currently and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Rice University. She is interested in how commodities, human rights and nature are (re)produced and articulated into governance projects that embrace experimentation, openness and uncertainty. Her areas of expertise include legal anthropology, economic anthropology, science and technology studies, the anthropology of water and the ethnographic examination of the underground. Her current work looks at the unexpected ethical and technical entanglements through which experts understand water in Latin America. She is interested in spaces where the law, economics and techno-science are so fused that they appear as one another. In recent years Dr. Ballestero has have been following the paths of water pricing in Costa Rica, bureaucratic care for water in Brazil, and traveling water knowledge throughout Latin America.
She is currently employed by Rice University working in the Anthropology department as an Assistant Professor.
Cristina Bejarano (Ph.D., 2014)
She is currently employed by University of California, Riverside working in the Anthropology department as a Postdoctoral Fellow.
Erica Bornstein (Ph.D., 2001)
Dr. Bornstein is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of the International Studies Program at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research interests include non-governmental organizations, philanthropy, charity, and humanitarianism, political/legal anthropology, and the anthropology of religion. Bornstein is the author of two ethnographic monographs: Disquieting Gifts: Humanitarianism in New Delhi (Stanford 2012) and The Spirit of Development: Protestant NGOs, Morality, and Economics in Zimbabwe (Stanford 2005). She is the co-editor with Peter Redfield of Forces of Compassion: Humanitarianism between Ethics and Politics (School for Advanced Research Press 2011)and is currently writing on civil society and its regulation in New Delhi.
Yvonne Braun (Ph.D., 2005)
Dr. Braun is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon, Eugene.
Khaldun Bshara (Ph.D., 2012)
A conservation architect and anthropologist, Bshara is currently Director of the Conservation Unit for the RIWAQ Center where he has worked since 1994. He received his B.Sc. in architectural engineering from Birzeit University (1996) and his MA in Conservation of Historic Towns and Buildings from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (2000). On a Fulbright Scholarship, Bshara joined the University of California Irvine where he obtained his MA in Anthropology in 2009 and a PhD in 2012.
Jennifer Chase (Ph.D., 2008)
Jennifer Chase is currently writing her dissertation on gay and lesbian Turks in Germany, with support from a James Harvey Fellowship. Her research in Germany was funded by the DAAD, the Department of Anthropology and the School of Social Sciences. She attended San Francisco State's Sexuality, Society and Health Institute. She received a Regents' Predissertation Fellowship (Winter 2003). She also contributed the "Berlin" entry for www.glbtq.com, an online scholarship resource for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer history and current issues. Her review of Arlene Stein's The Stranger Next Door can be found in the Summer 2003 issue of Anthropological Quarterly.
She is currently employed by L-Oreal subsidiary called Parbel working in the Strategic Business Development department as a Global Regional Shopper.
Jesse Cheng (Ph.D., 2007)
Jesse Cheng is an attorney-investigator, who works for the defense in death penalty cases.
Yoon S. Choi (Ph.D., 2009)
Yoon S. Choi is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research focuses on globalization, national identity, media, and their relation to contemporary Korean society. Her dissertation, Beyond the Han River Miracle: South Korean Soccer, Soap Operas, Stem Cells, and Sanitation, highlights nearly a decade of fieldwork and research on some key moments in Korea’s most recent history: the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the Korean Wave (Hallyu) phenomenon, the 2005 Hwang Woo Suk stem cell scandal, and the World Toilet Association, an international NGO dedicated to improving sanitation conditions worldwide.
Her research has been supported by the Korea Foundation, Social Science Research Council, University of California, and through various fellowships at Seoul National University, UC Irvine, and the University of San Francisco. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology, with a Critical Theory Emphasis from UC Irvine, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of San Francisco’s Center for the Pacific Rim. She has a Masters in Humanities and Social Thought from NYU, and a BA in English Literature from Scripps College.
She is currently employed by Sparks working in the California Regions department as a Chief Strategy Officer
Josh Clark (Ph.D., 2016)
Dr. Clark is currently the managing editor of the Journal of Cultural Economy and a junior fellow in the Social Sciences Research Network at UC Irvine. His dissertation, "The Global Fight against Racial Discrimination: Human Rights Assessment and the Making of Obligation in Costa Rica and at the United Nations," is a multi-sited analysis of evaluation as a mode of global governance. Clark's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs.
Kimberley Coles (Ph.D., 2003)
Dr. Coles is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Redlands. Her primary interests are in political practices and technologies associated with international governance interventions and humanitarianism. Coles’ early ethnographic research focused on the relatively formal and technical political practices and processes involved in international democracy promotion--from the international institutional communities to the ballot papers and counting machines--in order to theorize the authority and legitimacy of democratic political structures, such as elections. Her book, Democratic Designs: International intervention and electoral practices in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina, was published in 2007 by the University of Michigan Press.
A current project considers the dynamics of new configurations of democratization assistance and international aid first brought together in Bosnia-Herzegovina, but now at play around the world. The large-scale codification and formalization of an international electoral assistance network and election monitoring missions has been mediated through diverse actors and allies: political expansions in the EU, advances in communication and digital technology, foreign policy agendas driven by the Democratic Peace Proposition, and labor pools open to flexible, intermittent, and mobile employment. Her project looks at the practices of knowledge production and circulation in this highly mobile and intermittent community, particularly the dynamics of best practices, of new technology (e.g., digital and geographic participatory systems), and electoral measurement proxies.
She conducted her PhD field research in Bosnia-Herzegovina supported by an Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation Ph.D. Dissertation Fellowship. While at Irvine, she was named the 2002 Lauds and Laurels Campus-wide Outstanding Graduate Student based on her research and publications.
Megan Crowley-Matoka (Ph.D., 2001)
Dr. Crowley-Matoka is Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the program in Medical Humanities and Bioethics at Northwestern University. A medical anthropologist, her research interests have focused on the messy entanglements of biotechnology, clinical uncertainty, medicalization and shifting forms of subjectivity. Her two major research projects to date have involved organ transplantation in Mexico, and pain in American biomedicine, and her work has been funded by Fullbright, Social Science Research Council, and University of California Regents fellowships, and by National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, VA Health Services Research, Greenwall Foundation, and UC-MEXUS grants, among others. After earning her PhD in Anthropology, Dr. Crowley-Matoka completed a fellowship at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. She then joined the departments of Medicine and Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, and also served as a core investigator at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the VA Pittsburgh. After returning to the University of Chicago in a visiting faculty role, Dr. Crowley-Matoka joined the Northwestern faculty in 2010. She is completing a book project with Duke University Press entitled Iconic Bodies: Imaginings of Self, State and Organ Transplantation in Mexico, and a recent essay from her current pain research, entitled “No One Wants to be the Candyman: Ambivalent Medicalization and Clinician Subjectivity in Pain Management” appeared in Cultural Anthropology.
Mark Durocher (Ph.D., 2015)
James A. Egan (Ph.D., 1998)
Dr. Egan is an economic anthropologist who did his doctoral dissertation research in Yap State, Micronesia on the cultural topography of wealth, funded by a grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation. He is currently a lecturer for the UCI Department of Anthropology.
Ariane Lumena Dalla Dea (Ph.D., 2008)
Ariane is currently employed by Santa Monica College and UC Riverside working in the Ethnic Studies and Global Studies departments as an Adjunct Lecturer
Karen Dalzell Drummond (Ph.D. 2007)
Dr. Drummond is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and also holds an affiliate title at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in the Division of Medical Humanities in the UAMS College of Medicine. She is an applied medical anthropologist with research interests in graduate medical education. Her dissertation "Learning to Care for the Dying: An Anthropological Examination of Palliative Care Education in American Biomedicine" was an ethnography of an innovative rotation in palliative care in an internal medicine residency program.
Lydia Dixon (Ph.D., 2015)
She is currently a Junior Specialist at UCI in the Anthropology Department.
Thomas Douglas (Ph.D., 2004)
Tom Douglas's research has focused on Cambodian immigrants in both Long Beach, California and the Greater Seattle-Tacoma area of Washington State. His research addresses key immigrant issues of religious change and identification, economic adaptability and the affect of inner-city urban life. His research challenges the popular position that large numbers of Cambodians have affective disorders due to their Killing Fields experiences and instead suggests that the "crisis" in Cambodian-American communities stems from the ethnically subordinate position into which these refugees have been inserted in U.S. inner cities. He further claims that maintaining a fluid religious identity is one means by which Cambodian immigrants resist and even change their subordinate position in the American inner city. Tom Douglas was funded by an SSRC Fellowship for Religion and Immigration (2000-2001) and also a UC Pacific Rim Fellowship (2002-2003).
Elsa Lai Fan (Ph.D., 2012)
Elsa is currently employed by Webster University working in the Anthropology department as an Assistant Professor.
Allison Fish (Ph.D., 2010)
Allison's primary research interests are in the areas of socio-legal studies, medical anthropology, and social informatics. Her dissertation, "Laying Claim to Yoga: Intellectual Property, Cultural Rights, and the Digital Archive in India," examines a series of reactions generated by two lawsuits in the United States in which the primary issue at stake is whether or not copyright claims can attach to a choreographed sequence of yoga postures. By focusing on an emergent legal consciousness of intellectual property, the project describes how varied sets of actors work to differentiate between ownership claims. In particular, the work seeks to understand how certain claims come to be understood as permissible appropriation, whereas, others are understood as the misappropriation of South Asian traditional medical knowledge. Fieldwork relating to this project was conducted primarily in India from 2005 to 2008, but also includes research segments in the United States, Hong Kong, and Switzerland. Allison's dissertation received support from the National Science Foundation (Cultural Anthropology and Law and Social Science Programs), the Wenner Gren Foundation, and the University of California's Pacific Rim Research Program.
She is currently employed by Indiana University working in the Social Informatics Group as an Assistant Professor.
Caitlin Fouratt (Ph.D., 2014)
Research interests: transnational families; migration; gender; Central America; immigration law; kinship Caitlin completed her BA in Spanish language and literature and Honors at Villanova University in 2004. From 2004-2005, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Costa Rica, where she studied Nicaraguan migration and xenophobia in the country. In 2006, she completed her MPhil in Latin American Studies at Cambridge University (U.K.). Her masters thesis focused on the experiences of Nicaraguan women living in squatter settlements in San Jose, Costa Rica. After completing her degree, Caitlin returned to Costa Rica to work at the International Center for Sustainable Human Development (now International Center for Development Studies) a research consultant, study abroad program coordinator, and professor.
Caitlin's doctoral research examines the ways in which what it means to be "family" shift and are reconfigured within Nicaraguan transnational families. Her research has been supported by the Department of Anthropology, the School of Social Sciences, and the Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies at UCI. Her 18 months of dissertation research have been sponsored by a Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant and an IIE Graduate Fellowship for International Study.
She is currently employed by California State University, Long Beach working in the International Studies Program as an Assistant Professor.
Ruwani N Gajaweera (Ph.D., 2013)
Ruwani is currently employed by University of Southern California working in the Center for Religion and Civic Culture as a Research Associate.
Tina Gehrig (Ph.D., 2005)
Tina is a researcher at the Swiss Academy of Sciences. Tina's research, entitled "Symptoms in/of Exile: the Afghan Experience of Asylum in Germany," examines German asylum and foreigner laws and procedures as they are experienced by Afghan refugees. It is funded by Dissertation Fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. Achievements: German Marshall Fund of the United States, Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2002-2003; Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, Ph.D. Dissertation Fellowship 2002-2003; Fulbright Award 2002-2003 (declined); Social Sciences Research Council, Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, Dissertation Fellowship 2002-2003 (declined); Center for German and European Studies (Berkeley) Predissertation Fellowship 2001; UC Regents' Predissertation Fellowship, Fall 2001; W. Gnther Award of the University of Neuchtel (Switzerland) 1996. Presented papers at the American Anthropological Association Conference, Chicago, November 2003; the Mediterranean Ethnological Summer Symposium (MESS 9), Piran, Slovenia, 16-21, September 2002; the German Graduate Studies Conference of the University of Virginia, 1-3 March, 2002; the Center for Comparative Social Analysis, UCLA, 1 February 2002; the Summer School "Genealogies of Modernity" of the Interdisciplinary Network on Globalization, Amsterdam, Summer 2001.
Philip Grant (Ph.D., 2012)
He is currently a Research Fellow in Social Studies of Finance at the University of Edinburgh.
Justine Hanson (Ph.D. 2007)
Justine is a Senior Associate at the Center for Social Innovation, where she serves as the company's Project Director for the Homeless and Housing Resource Network, a federally funded national initiative to build the capacity of organizations serving people experiencing homelessness.
Ester Hernandez (Ph.D., 2002)
Dr. Hernandez is Associate Professor in the Department of Chicano Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. She received her doctorate in social science, specializing in Anthropology, from the University of California, Irvine. Her research has examined remittances and the household economy among Salvadoran immigrants living in the United States. She is co-editor of Cultural Diversity and Chicanos (Kendall Hunt, 2004). Her current work focuses on social memory and ethnic identity among Central Americans.
James R. Hess (Ph.D., 2001)
Dr. Hess is an economic anthropologist who did his doctoral dissertation research in the Marshall Islands and within the Marshallese community of Orange County. He was a Fulbright Fellow in the Marshall Islands from 1993-1994. He is currently a researcher in epidemiology for the UCI medical school.
Karen Holliday Gill (Ph.D., 2003) (2009 Deceased)
She was a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow from 2003-2004. She was also awarded a grant from the California Program on Access to Care for her dissertation research on botanicas and healthcare alternatives in the Latino community of Orange County, California. She also received a Lilly Endowment Hispanic Fund Scholarship. She received the UC Mexus Dissertation Grant in 2000, and was named a Lilly Endowment Inc./Hispanic Scholar Fund Scholar in 2000 and 2001. She had been a researcher at UCLA, a Professor in Chicano Studies at California State University, Los Angeles and had also developed an acting career before her untimely passing in 2009.
Jennifer Heung (Ph.D., 2005)
She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at St. Mary's College of California.
Cortney Hughes Rinker (Ph.D., 2010)
Cortney is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason University. She is the author of Islam, Development, and Urban Women’s Reproductive Practices (Routledge 2013). Her work has appeared in Medical Anthropology Quarterly (2011), the Arab Studies Journal (2013), Practicing Anthropology (2013), Medical Anthropology (online 2014, print 2015), and the Journal of Telemedicine and e-Health (2011). A chapter of hers also appears in Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa: Into the New Millennium (Indiana University Press 2013). Prior to joining George Mason, Cortney was a postdoctoral fellow at the Arlington Innovation Center for Health Research at Virginia Tech (2010-2011).
Michael Hurley (Ph.D., 2015)
Michael's research interests include waterways, landscape, collective memory, nationalism, Siam/Thailand, and Southeast Asia. His dissertation, "Waterways of Bangkok," is an ethnographic study of the Chao Phraya River. In the summer of 2015, he moved to Kyushu, Japan, where he taught for one year in elementary and junior high school. In 2016, he returned to Southeast Asia for seven months of additional research.
Justeen Hyde (Ph.D., 2001)
Justeen Hyde is the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Institute for Community Health in Cambridge, MA and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. At the Institute for Community Health she oversees a large portfolio of participatory research and evaluation focused on community and public health. Major areas of interest include homelessness, mental health, HIV/AIDS, child welfare and public health systems. She is the Director of the Massachusetts Practice Based Research Network for Public Health, where she has led the development and implementation of several studies examining local public health delivery systems and strategies for improving the equitable delivery of services across the Commonwealth. Her current research also includes qualitative studies examining changes in the healthcare environment following the passage of the Affordable Care Act. She teaches several courses at the Harvard School of Public Health and at Tufts University, including Community-Based Participatory Research and Qualitative Research Methods for Health Sciences.
Jeff Katcherian (Ph.D., 2009)
Graduated from UC Irvine with a B.S. in biological sciences and a B.A. in international studies. Then moved on to American University to receive an M.A. in public anthropology. Jeff is conducting dissertation research on the bureaucratic management of "culture" in the European Union.
Jeff is currently CEO & Founder of the Culture Academy.
Robert Kett (Ph.D., 2015)
He is currently employed by SFMOMA (San Francisco Musuem of Modern Art) as a Curatorial Assistant in the Architecture & Design Department.
Jordan Kraemer (Ph.D., 2012) (http://www.jordankraemer.com/)
Dr. Kraemer’s research examines how social and mobile media are reshaping everyday life, especially experiences of place in transnational contexts. For her dissertation, “Mobile Berlin: Social Media and the New Europe,” she studied how small clusters of friends in Berlin and other European sites engage with emerging media technologies, from social network sites to mobile devices. These technologies are in many cases transforming experiences of space, place, and scale, bringing together local, national, transnational, and global connections in new configurations. In addition to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, her research has been supported by a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) graduate scholarship, Intel, the Institute of European Studies at UC Berkeley, UCI's School of Social Sciences, and the Department of Anthropology, while her work was recognized for its broader significance by UCI’s Public Impact Fellowship.
Jordan is currently employed by Wesleyan University working in the Anthropology department as a Visiting Assistant Professor.
Leksa Lee (Ph.D., 2016)
Leksa's interests are Business and work, the state, public goods and private business, nontransparency, museums, design, fakes and copies, history in everyday life, and China.
Janny Li (Ph.D., 2015)
Janny's Research Interests are Anthropology of knowledge; medicine, science, technology, and society (MSTS) studies; psychological anthropology; anthropology of religion; history of science; scientific experiments; religion-science debates; anthropology of the mind; American religion and spirituality; occult and metaphysical traditions; embodiment and phenomenology; William James; pragmatism; semiotics; ethics and morality; visual culture and new media; popular culture.
Alexandra Lippman (Ph.D., 2014)
She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Davis working in the Science & Technology Studies department.
Edward D. Lowe (Ph.D., 1999)
Dr. Lowe is a psychological anthropologist who did his doctoral dissertation research in Chuuk State, Micronesia, on stress and coping among adolescents and youth, funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. He was an Assistant Research Anthropologist at UCLA and is currently Associate Professor of Anthropology at Soka University.
Adonia Lugo (Ph.D., 2014)
Adonia is currently employed by Antioch University of Los Angeles working in the Chicano Studies department as an Instructor.
Victoria Luong (Ph.D., 2006)
She received a Fulbright IIE dissertation research award and a University of California Pacific Rim Research Grant for her project "In Pursuit of Modernity: The Making of Modern Mothers in Northern Vietnam."
Michelle Madsen-Camacho (Ph.D., 2000)
Dr. Madsen-Camacho did her dissertation research on the tourism industry in Mexico. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Bolivia in 1997. Dr. Camacho is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego.
Sean Mallin (Ph.D, 2016)
Dr. Mallin is currently the managing editor of American Anthropologist and a junior fellow in the Social Sciences Research Network at UC Irvine. His dissertation, "Becoming Blight: Property and Belonging in Post-Katrina New Orleans," examined the politics of abandonment after the storm. His research has been supported by a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant and a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship.
Sylvia J Martin (Ph.D., 2009)
Her dissertation, "Fantasy at Work: The Culture of Production in the Hollywood and Hong Kong Media Industries" is based on her participant observation and interviews at various film/TV studios and production companies in Hollywood and Hong Kong, and was supported by the University of California Pacific Rim Research Program. Dr. Martin's dissertation examined commercial media production as a cultural practice at both a macro and a micro level. On a macro level, Dr. Martin investigated how postcolonialism and trade agreements impacted the career trajectories of media workers and their industries. On a micro level, she explored the social relations on the "production floor" of film sets, where Dr. Martin worked and observed. Martin demonstrates that in the immediate space of the film set, media workers simultaneously produce and receive imagery. Martin argues that despite the profit-orientation of commercial film/TV industries, the imagined, abstract audience "out there" recedes from the commercial production sites, with media workers mediating the imagery for their own pleasure and purposes. She also explored how media workers contend with the cultural and ontological complexity of laboring across worlds of fiction and non-fiction, life and death, in the pursuit of spectacle. Publications include a book chapter translated into Chinese, published by Oxford University Press, as well as an article in Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies. Chapters in edited volumes on the concept of risk and on media production are forthcoming.
She is currently employed by University of Hong Kong working in the Department of Sociology as a Assistant Professor.
Rebecca Martinez (Ph.D., 1999)
Beginning Fall 2010, Dr. Martinez is Assistant Professor in Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Missouri. Becky has conducted ethnographic research in Southern California on health beliefs among Mexican and Salvadoran immigrant women, Chicanas, and physicians. She was also a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Venezuela where she conducted her dissertation field research on the social construction of medical knowledge related to cervical cancer and patient/doctor interactions in the treatment process for this disease. She examines the intersections of medicine, morality, and hygiene in social configurations of cervical cancer. Her book Women out of Control: The Cultural Politics of Cervical Cancer in Venezuela is currently under review.
Connie McGuire (Ph.D., 2011)
Connie is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar with the Community Knowledge Project in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. She received her PhD in socio-cultural anthropology with a graduate feminist emphasis, a Masters in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas, Austin and a BA in Sociology from Vassar College. Connie works in the fields of the Anthropology of Law and Policy, Science and Technology Studies, and Transnational Feminist Studies. In her book project, which builds on her dissertation research, Connie examines how, why and to what effects criminal gangs from Central America and Mexico came to be a population of concern to U.S. federal policymakers in the mid 2000's. As a Fellow with the Community Knowledge Project, Connie conducts engaged work as a learning and evaluation specialist in a Southern California city, supporting a policy-orientated initiative with a social indicator of health approach to social change. Connie is developing a project to examine participation, burn out, and healing in processes of political transformation.
Shellie McKinley (Ph.D., 2009)
Shellie's dissertation research focuses on the scientific and cultural production of knowledge at archaeological sites. She is attempting to understand those processes and micro-processes by which artifacts become objects of signification of cultural and national identity. Her work examines scientific practice, cultural heritage, and the production of Italian and European identities. Shellie has extensive archaeological training and has been working closely with a team of archaeologists in Pompeii, Italy. Her dissertation research on archaeological practice in the new Europe was funded by the National Science Foundation.
Juliet McMullin (Ph.D., 1999)
Dr. McMullin is a medical anthropologist who has conducted research with Latino populations of the United States and with native Hawaiians. She was a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow from 2000-2001. Beginning fall 2004, Dr. McMullin has joined the faculty of the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside.
Caroline Melly (Ph.D., 2008)
Dr. Melly conducted field research in Dakar, Senegal, supported by the National Science Foundation (Law and Social Science and Cultural Anthropology programs) and by the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program. Her dissertation was entitled "Anticipating Returns: Investment, Migration, and Urban Futures in Dakar, Senegal," and it considered the complex and contradictory expectations, regulations, and logics that govern neoliberal development in urban Dakar, Senegal. She is particularly interested in how increasingly restricted international migration policies (particularly in Europe and the United States) collide with open market pro-investment policies in Senegal to produce particular ideas about economic participation and future possibility in urban Dakar.
She is currently employed by Smith College working in the Anthropology department as an Associate Professor.
Elham Mireshghi (Ph.D., 2016)
Amanda Moore (PhD 2008)
Amanda Moore spent 2008-2009 as a visiting professor for the Student Recommended Faculty Program at UCI, where she is the resident expert in an academic topic chosen by the undergraduates, "the anthropology of blood sports." Over the last five years, she has taught at several local colleges and universities. Her dissertation "Whale Stories: An Ethnography of Late Modern Nature" was funded by the UC Pacific Rim Grant (2001/2002) and the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (2001/2002).
Amanda is currently employed by Chapman College and Orange Coast College working in the Anthropology & Sociology departments as a Lecturer.
Erin Joy Moran (Ph.D., 2012)
Erin is currently employed by La Pierce College working in the Anthropology department as an Assistant Professor.
Sheena Nahm (Ph.D., 2009)
Sheena Nahm graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, where she received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biological Basis of Behavior (biopsychology/neuroscience) and Anthropology. She went on to receive her Masters in Public Health (Community Health and Prevention) from Drexel University in 2004 and her PhD from UC Irvine in 2009 in Anthropology with an emphasis in Critical Theory. Her dissertation, “The Work of Play: Child Psychotherapy in Contemporary Korea,” focused on a group of child therapists in Korea who were dealing with issues of stigma and legitimacy as they articulated their emerging practices to clients and colleagues. Since receiving her PhD, she has worked as a research specialist for the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Norman Lear Center where she collaborated with students and faculty members from the USC School for Communication & Journalism and School of Public Health to study the impact of media on health knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. She is currently an adjunct professor for The New School for Public Engagement.
Guillermo Narvaez (Ph.D., 2010)
Dr. Narvaez is currently a post-doctorial researcher in the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. His research is on the social, economic and environmental impacts of certification labels in the specialty coffee trade. His dissertation research was conducted in Nicaragua and the United States, with additional work in East Timor, Indonesia and Costa Rica. His dissertation is titled "Solidarity, Sustainability and Standards: U.S.-Nicaragua Specialty Coffee Networks" and it examines the expectations and outcomes by different actors involved in the production, certification, trade and consumption of coffee. In Managua, Nicaragua he continues to examine the efforts by farmers to seek sustainability certifications to gain visibility for the environmental services their farms perform. They hope that this will help stave off the constant pressures to sell their farms to make room for high-end residential developments--a trend that is rapidly eroding the greenbelt around Managua. This process of erosion is not uncommon in coffee-growing regions that are near large urban centers. He is also conducting work on food security, community agriculture and efforts to create a Fair Trade label for national agricultural commodities.
Taylor Nelms (Ph.D., 2015)
Taylor is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at UCI in the Anthropology Department.
Natalie N Newton (Ph.D., 2012)
She is currently a Junior Specialist at UCI in the Anthropology Department.
Joanne Nucho (Ph.D., 2014)
She is currently employed by Pomona College working in the Anthropology department as a Postdoctoral Fellow.
Sheila O'Rourke (Ph.D., 2006)
She has a Master of Fine Arts (UCSD) in video and performance, and applies these skills to experimental approaches to ethnographic research. She conducted dissertation research in south central Anatolia on identity formations, gender, and relations of power in the household setting through the venue of cyberspace. Four participants of her study have posted autobiographical video web pages on the Internet and more are in production. She has received funding for this project, including preparatory summer grants, funding from UCI's Spring Fellowship for Anthropology Graduate Students Advanced to Candidacy (2002), and funds from a philanthropic donor. She is currently a Lecturer in Anthropology at UC Irvine.
Martin Otanez (Ph.D., 2004)
Marty Otañez is a California-born cultural anthropologist, tobacco control advocate and documentary filmmaker. Since 2008, he has been an assistant professor in the Anthropology Department, University of Colorado, Denver. His scholar activist focus has been on tobacco industry practices that undermine livelihoods at the farm level in Argentina, Malawi and other tobacco growing developing countries. Otañez is working on a multi-country study of how tobacco leaf buyers and cigarette makers appropriate sustainable development and human rights discourses to conceal exploitative industry behavior in Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, India, Argentina and Bolivia. He is a board member and treasurer of the Human Rights and Tobacco Control Network (hrtcn.net), a board member with WorkSafe Colorado (worksafecolorado.com), a member of the Framework Convention Alliance Task Force on Articles 17 and 18 of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Otañez has authored and co-authored publications addressing tobacco industry irresponsible farm-level behavior which have included: “Social Responsibility in Tobacco Production? Tobacco Companies Use of Green Supply Chains to Obscure the Real Costs of Tobacco Farming,” Tobacco Control (2011) and, in collaboration with Laura Graen (unfairtobacco.org) “‘Gentlemen, Why Not Suppress the Prices’: Global Leaf Companies Harm Rural Livelihoods in Malawi” in The Global Tobacco Leaf Marketing Chain, International Development Research Center, Canada (in press). To reach broader audiences Otañez produced videos including "Up In Smoke" (2003) about tobacco farmers and tobacco companies in Malawi that aired on BBC TV in fall 2003, and "120,000 Lives" (2005) co-produced with Stanton Glantz (University of California, San Francisco) about smoking in youth-rated movies. His current video project addresses tobacco industry efforts to use ‘supply and demand’ rhetoric to conceal leaf price manipulation in tobacco growing developing countries. In 2013-15, Otañez is a consultant on the study called “From production to retailing: Policy-oriented research on the tobacco economy in Argentina’ funded through a grant from the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center. He received funding for visual-based ethnographic work pertaining to Malawi and other tobacco growing developing countries from the Washington, D.C.-based International Labor Rights Forum; the Rockefeller Foundation, and the University of Colorado at Denver Center for Faculty Development. Otañez’s research and advocacy extends to digital storytelling. Digital stories are three-minute autobiographical videos with photographs, narration and background music. In 2009-14, he conducted eight digital storytelling workshops with over three dozen community members and administered university courses with digital storytelling assignments, creating over 275 digital stories. Workshop themes covered tobacco use, cancer survivorship, and viral hepatitis among Latinos and other disenfranchised communities. The purpose of Otañez’s digital storytelling research is to determine the ways people make sense of wellness issues and how digital stories can influence behavioral change, community development and public policy. Otañez received funds for his image-based research from the University of Colorado at Denver Latina/o Research and Policy Center; the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute; and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In spring 2013, the Ford Foundation awarded Marty as a co-principle investigator and a team of other professors and community members a grant for the project “Social Media for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Access, and Justice.” He directs the University of Colorado initiative called the Coalition for Excellence in Digital Storytelling, www.dscoalition.org. The Coalition is a loose group of professors, students and community members geared toward researching and measuring digital health stories and how short videos may influence policy, wellness and health equity among marginalized communities. Otanez received his PhD in Anthropology from University of California Irvine in 2004, and master's degrees from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria (Political Science) and the Institute of Social Studies, Netherlands (Employment and Labor Studies). Otañez has a passion for riding bicycles, urban hikes and making sandcastles on beaches in California with two sons (ages 6 and 9).
Erind Pajo (Ph.D., 2005)
Dr. Pajo's dissertation is entitled "International Advancement, or The Essence of Emigration. An Ethnography of the Albanians of Greece." This work has been supported by the Program on Global Security and Cooperation of the Social Science Research Council, the Cultural Anthropology Program of the National Science Foundation, the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, and the School of Social Sciences and the Department of Anthropology of the University of California, Irvine. He is currently a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, UC Irvine.
Judith Pajo (Ph.D., 2008)
Dr. Pajo's dissertation, "Recycling Culture: Environmental Beliefs and Economic Practices in Post-1990 Germany", is based on 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Berlin. Her project was funded by the National Science Foundation's Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science, and Technology Program (Award 52229); the Center for German and European Studies, Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley; the Newkirk Center for Science and Society, University of California, Irvine; and the Department of Anthropology and the School of Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. She now lives in New York City, where she continues to teach, as well as research and write, comparatively, involving recycling in the United States.
She is currently employed by Pace University working in the Sociology & Anthropology departments as an Assistant Professor.
Kyriaki Papageorgiou (Ph.D., 2007)
Dr. Papageorgiou's dissertation is entitled "Seeds of Doubt: Genetic Narratives and Ethnographic Sequences in Contemporary Egypt." Her field research was supported by the National Science Foundation, Science and Society Program (2004-5), the Wenner-Gren Foundation (2005), and the Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation (2003-4). In 2006, Papageorgiou received the Regents Dissertation Writing Fellowship and a Graduate Student Fellowship from the Newkirk Center for Science and Society. In 2007, Dr. Papageorgiou received UNESCO fellowship to return in Egypt and begin revising her dissertation into a book manuscript. Dr. Papageorgiou was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, at the Virtual Knowledge Studio, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science in Amsterdam in the spring of 2008. She is currently working with the Science Counsellor the Delegation of the European Commission in Egypt. Her position in the Delegation brings her dissertation research into more policy-oriented work and analysis. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Seo Young Park (Ph.D., 2011)
Seo is currently employed by Scripps College working in the Anthropology department as an Assistant Professor.
Robert F Phillips (Ph.D., 2008)
Robert Phillips is assistant professor of anthropology at Ball State University. From 2011-2014, he lectured in anthropology and women’s and gender studies at the University of Manitoba. In 2009, Dr. Phillips was appointed a Postdoctoral Writing Fellow at the Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS) at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
His dissertation, "Queering Online: Transnational Sexual Citizenship in Singapore," was based on fieldwork conducted in 2005-2007 and supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Intel Corporation. In it, he explored how the globalization of the Internet shapes ideas of national and sexual belonging in Singapore.
He is currently employed by Ball State University working in the Anthropology department as an Assistant Professor.
Stephen Rea (Ph.D., 2015)
His Areas of Study are digital cultures; cybersociality; online games; temporality; South Korea; mobile money; financial inclusion.
Stephen is currently employed by Bucknell University as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Sociology & Anthropology Departments.
Elizabeth Reddy (Ph.D., 2016)
Elizabeth's interests are seismic science, geophysics, structural engineering, public policy, Mexico, expertise, land and landscape, sensory technology, and research paradigms.
Morgan Romine (Ph.D., 2016)
Andres Salcedo (Ph.D., 2006)
Dr. Salcedo Fidalgo is a professor of anthropology at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota. Admitted in 1998. Fulbright Grant recipient for graduate studies in the US in 1998. Received the Regent's Dissertation Writing Fellowship in 2005. He is Assistant Professor of the Department of Anthropology at Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogot. His dissertation entitled "Politics of Memory and Reconstruction: Forced Internal Displacement in Contemporary Colombia" analyzes the particular ways in which in the current Colombian context of war Andean, Afro-Colombian and indigenous groups resettle in the city of Bogot focusing simultaneously on the material world that these communities had to abandon as well as on the new environments they build when they move.
Christina Schwenkel (Ph.D., 2004)
Dr. Schwenkel is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UC Riverside. She was a post-doctoral teaching fellow in the Introduction to Humanities (IHUM) program at Stanford University. Dr. Schwenkel was also awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship at the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.
Her dissertation addressed the visual practices of memory and the cultural politics of transnational commemoration in Vietnam. Her research has been supported by grants from the UC Pacific Rim and Association for Women in Science. She also received a DAAD grant in 2001 to carry out archival work in Berlin on Vietnamese films, and she was awarded a Regent's Dissertation Writing Fellowship (fall 2001). Her book appeared in 2009 with Indiana University Press.
Nicholas Seaver (Ph.D., 2015)
Nicholas Seaver's interests are algorithms, classification, taste, sound studies, science and technology studies, and the history of quantitative anthropological methods.
Victor Torres (Ph.D., 1998)
Dr. Torres is Associate Professor in the Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies at California State University, Fresno.
Astrid Ulloa (Ph.D., 2003)
In April 2004, Routledge Press accepted for publication Dr. Ulloa's book manuscript The Ecological Native: Indigenous Peoples' Movements and Eco-governmentality in Colombia. Dr. Ulloa is currently a Researcher at the Instituto Colombiano de Antropologa e Historia in Bogota. In the words of a reviewer for the Press, "This is a brilliant work that frames the by now well-worn link between indigenous peoples' identities and rights claims with the environmental movements at the global and local level. It properly and effectively, in my view, utilizes a Foucauldian approach to governmentality to delineate and evaluate the struggles and contradictions generated by contemporary challenges to existing institutional power relations in the state and state system by non-state and transnational social agents, and then, in turn links this analysis to the construction and reconstruction of indigenous identities."
She received funding from the Inter-American Foundation to support her graduate training. She conducted field research in Colombia supported by COLCIENCIAS-Colombia and Instituto Colombiano de Antropologa e Historia-ICANH. She is a researcher at the national institute of anthropology in Colombia, Instituto Colombiano de Antropologa e Historia-ICANH.
Natali Valdez (Ph.D., 2016)
Natali's interests are medical anthropology, science and technology studies, public health, epigenetics, clinical trials, and prenatal interventions.
She specialized in applying feminist ethnographic methods to study scientific knowledge production. The dissertation examines epigenetics, clinical trials, prenatal interventions, and obesity/diabetes in the United States and United Kingdom. Her work documents the ways in which epigenetics is changing health policy, risk, and surveillance on ethnically diverse pregnant women deemed obese.
Erica Vogel (Ph.D., 2011)
She conducted field research in both South Korea and Peru looking at issues of transnational migration, globalization, religious conversion and cosmopolitanism through the example of Peruvians who travel to Korea in search of factory work. Her dissertation, “Converting Dreams: Money, Religion and Belonging Amongst Peruvian Migrant Laborers in South Korea” looks at how global hierarchies are produced and re-interpreted through religious, policy, and labor channels. She argues that undocumented Peruvian workers—a relatively small group of unlikely migrant laborers in South Korea—create and reveal transnational connections, blockages and desires in ways that more visible groups of migrants do not. Her ethnography explores what it means to be an undocumentable, unauthorized person in our globalizing world. The Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program, the Korea Foundation, the Pacific Rim Research Foundation, Center for Asian Studies and the Department of Anthropology at UCI funded this research.
She is currently employed by Saddleback College working in the Anthropology department as an Assistant Professor.
Neha Vora (Ph.D., 2008)
In July 2008, Dr. Vora became Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University, where she was an Associated Faculty with the Women's Studies Program. Dr. Vora's manuscript, titled "Participatory Exclusion: The Emirati State, Forms of Belonging, and Dubai's Indian Middle-Class," investigated the effects of Dubai's aggressive post-oil development strategy, which relies upon foreign investment and labor while denying migrant belonging. As citizens become a diminishing minority, the UAE state is increasingly interested in policing the boundaries of national identity, and state discourses often stress that foreigners are not migrants but temporary "guest workers." Vora, through detailed ethnographic observations and interviews, demonstrates that Indians, despite having no access to formal citizenship, actually experience Dubai as an extension of India. However, middle-class Indians are also integral to the legitimacy of the Emirati state and participate in reifying the division between citizen and foreigner in the UAE. While structural inequality is often thought to be the result of state-sanctioned exploitation of migrant laborers, Vora argues that it is actually maintained through the convergence of expatriate and governmental conceptual vocabularies, which both consider economy, culture, and nation as distinct bounded domains to which only certain populations have access.
She is currently employed by Lafayette College working in the Anthropology & Sociology departments as an Assistant Professor.
Shaozeng Zhang (Ph.D., 2014)
Admitted in 2007. Shaozeng received a B.A. in sociology and a M.A. in anthropology from Peking University, China. He recently worked on his dissertation project about the ongoing process of making carbon credit payment policy in the Brazilian Amazon based on the new CO2 emission reduction scheme of REDD (Reduced Emission through Deforesation and Degradation). Shaozeng's research looks at the coproduction of expert knowledge and politics in Brazil's REDD policymaking in the shifting context of global climate change politics.
He is currently employed by Colorado State University as a Special Assistant Professor.
Ather Zia (Ph.D., 2014)
Admitted in 2008. Ather's research interests lie in the issues of conflict, media, gender and human rights. She wants to explore the critical and cultural theories of communication, feminism, human rights, and nationalism in conjunction with postcolonial theory in order to yield a broader understanding of womenâ€™s agency and contextualized narratives. She has two Masters Degrees, one in Mass Communication and Journalism from Kashmir University and another in Communication from Cal State University Fullerton. Before coming to U.S. on a Fellowship she has had varied experiences as a journalist with BBC, administrator with Kashmir Government, writer, activist, and a teacher. Ather has several publications to her credit including a book on poetry.
Ather is currently employed by University of Northern Colorado, Greeley as an Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department.