Anthropology Graduate Student Organization

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The Anthropology Graduate Student Organization (AGSO) provides anthropology graduate students with a unified voice within the Department and University. It is an opportunity for us to organize and engage in activities beyond those of studying, attending class, and fulfilling other academic and professional responsibilities. Activities and events include the AGSO Symposium, professional development workshops, and assistance with the Anthropology Department Speakers Series.

Incoming students often find themselves a bit confused as to what is expected of them when they begin graduate work in Anthropology at UAlbany. Incoming students may contact any of the following officers in the AGSO to be added to the listserv, in order to receive necessary graduate and departmental information.

 

List of Officers 2019-2020

President
Ingrid-Morgane Gauvin
[email protected]

Vice President
Lauren Prosper
[email protected]

Secretary
Hannah Noblewolf
[email protected]

Speaker Reception Chair
Holly Cruger
[email protected]

Webmaster
Jamilläh Rodriguez
[email protected]

AGSO GSA Representative
Loretta Tucker
[email protected]

Current Anthropology Graduate Students
Archaeology
Caroline Antonelli

Caroline Antonelli

Advisor: Dr. Marilyn Masson
Email: [email protected]
Regional Focus: Mesoamerica
Research Interests: agricultural intensification, human & environment interactions, geoarchaeology, geographical information systems (GIS) applications
 


Steve Butz

Advisor: Dr. Sean Rafferty
Email: [email protected]
Regional Focus: Northeastern America
Research Interests: Historical Archaeology


Holly Cruger

Holly Cruger

AdvisorDr. Sean Rafferty
Email[email protected]
Regional Focus: Northeastern America


Christian Futyma

Christian T. Futyma

Advisor: Dr. Christopher Wolff
Email: [email protected]
Regional Focus: Northeast America, Newfoundland
Research Interests: Dorset lithics and ritual


Elena Gallagher

Elena R. Gallagher

Advisor: Dr. Sean Rafferty
Email: [email protected]
Regional Focus: Northeast U.S.
Research Interests: lithics, environmental archaeology

 

John Garbellano

John Garbellano

AdvisorDr. Christopher Wolff
Email[email protected]
 


Ingrid Morgane Gauvin

Ingrid-Morgane Gauvin

Advisor: Dr. Sean Rafferty
Email: [email protected]
Regional Focus: Northeast North America
 


Haylie N. Gray

Advisor: Dr. Robert Rosenswig
Email: [email protected]
Regional Focus: Mesoamerica 
Research Interests: Maya iconography and influence 


Vivian S. James

Advisor: Dr. Marilyn Masson
Email: [email protected]
Regional Focus: Northeast North America
Research Interests: Woodland and Colonial Periods, zooarchaeology, faunal domestication, GIS


Matthew Kirk

AdvisorDr. Robert Rosenswig
Email: [email protected]


Antonio Martinez Tunon

Advisor: Dr. Robert Rosenswig
Email: [email protected]


Holly Neville

Holly Maxwell

Advisor: Dr. Marilyn Masson
Email: [email protected]
Research Interests: Maya Epigraphy
 


Xavier McClean

Xavier G. McClean

Advisor: Dr. Robert Rosenswig
Email: [email protected]
Regional Focus: Mesoamerica
Research Interests: The Classic Period Maya, consolidation of political power, state development, alliance building

 

Steve Moragne

Advisor: Dr. Sean Rafferty
Email: [email protected]
Regional Focus: Northeast North America
Research Interests: microartifacts, soil chemistry, spatial analysis, public outreach and education


Yahaira Nunez Cortes

Yahaira Nuñez Cortes

Advisor: Dr. Robert Rosenswig
Email: [email protected]
Regional Focus: Lower Central America
Research Interests: ceramics, trade, interaction spheres
 


Kristy Primeau

Advisor: Dr. Sean Rafferty
Email: [email protected]
Regional Focus: Northeast North America
Research Interests: Northeastern archaeology, archaeoacoustics, geospatial analyses (GIS)


Amanda Samuels

Amanda Samuels

Advisor: Dr. Christopher Wolff
Email: [email protected]
Regional Focus: Northeast US
Research Interests: Northeastern Archaeology, Lithics, Subsistence Patterns, Social Hierarchy, Trade, Lithics in Ritual Use 


Eiryn Sheades

Advisor: Dr. Marilyn Masson
Regional Focus: Northeastern US
Research Interests: Historical archaeology, zooarchaeology


Sydney N. Snyder

Advisor: Dr. Christopher Wolff
Email: [email protected]
Regional Focus: Northeastern North America, 
Research Interests: lithic tools and applications of GIS in archaeology. 


Alyse Strohmeyer

Advisor: Dr. Marilyn Masson
Email: [email protected]


Briana L. Sullivan

Advisor: Dr. Sean Rafferty
Email: [email protected]
Research Interests: historical archaeology & gender


Loretta Tucker

Loretta Tucker

Advisor: Dr. Sean Rafferty
Email: [email protected]
 


Dana Yakabowskas

Dana Yakabowskas

Advisor: Dr. Chistopher Wolff
Email: [email protected]
Regional Focus: Northeast North America; Newfoundland, Canada
Research Interests: Maritime Archaic, Precontact, Geoarchaeology, Debitage Analysis, Ground Slate Tools

Biological Anthropology
Elizabeth Holdsworth

Elizabeth Holdsworth

Advisor: Dr. Lawrence Schell
Email: [email protected]
Research Interests: biocultural anthropology, psychosocial stress, human growth and development, health disparities
 


Florence Lee

Florence Lee

Advisor: Dr. Lawrence Schell 
Email: [email protected]


Sara Magee

Sara M. Magee

Advisor: Dr. Adam Gordon
Email: [email protected]
Research Interests: Paleoecology, human-environment interactions, extinctions, morphology, conservation, museum work


Antonio Otero

Antonio Rafael Otero

Advisor: Dr. Adam Gordon
Email: [email protected]
Research interests: Functional morphology, paleoanthropology, skeletal biology, hominin evolution, primate and hominid locomotion


Jerred Schafer

Jerred Schafer

Advisor: Dr. Adam Gordon
Email: [email protected]
 


Erica Tyler

Erica Tyler

Advisor: Dr. Lawrence Schell
Email: [email protected]
 


Casey West

Casey N. West

AdvisorDr. Lawrence Schell
Email[email protected]
Research Area: Northeast U.S.
Research Interests: Environmental interactions, toxicant exposure, human reproduction, and biocultural anthropolog


Ajay Yesupriya

Advisor: Dr. Timothy Gage
Email: [email protected]

Cultural Anthropology
Alondra Aca Garcia

Alondra Aca Garcia

Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Burrell  
Email: [email protected]
Regional focus: Latin America, U.S-Mexico Region.
Research interest: Migration, Immigration Policy, Transnationalism, Young adulthood, Repatriation, Language reclamation, and Indigenous 


Sarah Appelhans

Sarah Appelhans

Advisor: Dr. Elise Andaya
Email: [email protected]
Research Interests: anthropology of science, gender, & work
 


Kaori Otera Chen

Advisor: Dr. Walter Little
Email: [email protected]
Regional Focus: Northeast US (New York), Japan
Research Interests: Weaving, woven textiles, creativity, aging


Alexis Chamorro Ortiz

Alexis Chamorro-Ortiz

Advisor: Dr. Elise Andaya
Email: [email protected]
Regional Focus: Puerto Rico
Research Interests: Queer and Transgender Studies, Religion, Colonialism, Medical Anthropology


Jennifer Crowley

Advisor: Dr. Walter Little
Email: [email protected]
Regional Focus: Northern Ireland
Research Interests: political economy, cultural performance, symbolic representation


A de la Cruz

Abelardo de la Cruz de la Cruz

Advisor: Dr. Louise Burkhart
Email: [email protected]
Regional Focus: Huasteca Region, Veracruz, Mexico
Research Interests: Nahua religion, Mexican Catholicism and Protestantism and Nahua culture


Claire Drake


Lauren Effinger

Lauren Effinger

Advisor: Dr. Sean Rafferty
Email: [email protected]
 


Michalina Grzelka

Michalina Grzelka

Advisor: Dr. Elise Andaya
Email: [email protected]
 


Jazmin High

Advisor: Dr. Elise Andaya
Email: [email protected]
Research Interests: Medical Anthropology, health disparities, healthcare disparities, health seeking behavior, global health.


Aisha Kearney

AdvisorDr. Walter Little
Email[email protected]
Regional Focus: Northeast U.S. 


Ramon Lee

Ramon Lee

Advisor: Dr. Elise Andaya
Email: [email protected]
Regional Focus: North America
Research Interests: cultural anthropology, psychological anthropology, critical race theory, gender, ethnohistory
 


Aphizetl Lemus Medina

Aphizetl Lemus Medina

Advisor: Dr. Louise Burkhart
Email: [email protected]
 


Ryan Levy

Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Burrell
Email: [email protected]
Research Interests: medical anthropology, sexuality, HIV/AIDS, urban anthropology
 


Cathlo Morton

Cathlo Morton

Advisor: Dr. Elise Andaya 
Email: [email protected]
 


Christa Mylin

Christa Mylin

Advisor: Dr. Louise Burkhart
Email: [email protected]
Research Interests: Ethnology of Religion, Anthropology of Christianity, Anthropology of Belonging, Anthropology of Gender 


Hannah Noblewolf

Advisor: Dr. Elise Andaya
Email: [email protected]
Research interests:
reproductive rights, gender, pro-life discourse, fetal personhood and reproductive governance


Marie Peterson

Marie Peterson

Advisor: Dr. Louise Burkhart
Email: [email protected]
Research Interests: material culture, religion, environmentalism, The United States, working class experience, indigeneity, academia, museology, decolonization


 

Jimmy Powell

Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Burrell
Email: [email protected]


 

Catlin Renaud

Advisor: Dr. Marilyn Masson
Email: [email protected]
 


 

Casandra Walker

Advisor: Dr. Elise Andaya
Email: [email protected]
Research Interests: biocultural anthropology

 


Heungtae Yang

Heungtae Yang

Advisor: Dr. Louise Burkhart
Email: [email protected]
Regional Focus: Mesoamerica

Linguistics
Lisa Dashman

Lisabeth G. Dashman

Advisor: Dr. James Collins
Email: [email protected]
Regional Focus: Americas
Research Interests: Metaphors, Speech Markers, Linguistic Landscape, Humor
 


Rebecca Dinkel

Rebecca Dinkel

Advisor: Dr. John Justeson
Email: [email protected]
Regional Focus: Mesoamerica
Research Interests: Mesoamerican languages, writing systems, & art
 


Jessica Holtz

Jessica R. Holtz

Advisor: Dr. Lee Bickmore
Email: [email protected]
Research Interests: Phonology, Hiatus Resolution Strategies, Syllabic and Moraic Structure, Documentation of Endangered Indigenous Languages, Language Revitalization, The Intersection of Linguistics and Traditional Ecological Knowledge


Isabelle Poitras

Isabelle Poitras

Advisor: Dr. John Justeson
Email: mailto:[email protected]
Regional Focus: Mesoamerica
Research Interests: language documentation, Tseltal, Classic Mayan Script, linguistic relativity
 


Jamillah Rodriguez

Jamilläh Rodriguez

Advisor: Dr. Lauren Clemens
Email: [email protected]
Regional Focus: Mesoamerica (Otomanguean)
Research Interests: Phonology, syntax, grammatical tone, language documentation, Copala Triqui, tonosyntax, diaspora linguistics