Graduate Students

Nikhit Kumar Agrawal

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Anthropology of social movements; anthropology of the state; agricultural anthropology; anthropology of bureaucracy

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: nikhit@ucla.edu

Akua A. Agyen

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Sexual violence; healthcare disparities; forensic medicine; social constructions of victimhood/survivorhood; Black women; critical race studies; Black feminist studies; queer theory

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: akua.agyen@ucla.edu

Bader Alfarhan

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Transnational belonging; migration; tourism; anthropology of education; raciolinguistics; Kuwait

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: balfarhan@ucla.edu

Steven Ammerman

Graduate Student

Contact Information

Email: stevammer@gmail.com

Izem Aral

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Psychological/Medical Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: izemaral18@ucla.edu

Megan Baker

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Critical Indigenous Studies; Indigenous politics; sovereignty; economic development; Indigenous feminisms; racial formations; settler colonialism; Oklahoma history

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: meganabaker91@g.ucla.edu

Vincent M. Belletto

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Comparative indigeneity; [post-]colonialism; cultural ecology; ecology of language; globalism; historical consciousness; linguistic landscapes; language ideologies; language and materiality; language and genetics; language and identity; language and culture; Melanesia, Northern Europe, Oceania, Southwestern United States

Subfield:

Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: vmbelletto@ucla.edu

Marisa Berwald

Graduate Student

Contact Information

Email: marisaberwald@gmail.com

Jarred Brewster

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: jmebrewster@g.ucla.edu

Burcu Buğu

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Sociocultural and Medical/Psychological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: burcu.bugu@gmail.com

Bradley Cardozo

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Climate justice; environmental justice; anthropology of climate change; sustainability & resilience; political & postcolonial ecology; race & ethnicity; gender & sexuality; religion; Southeast Asia; Philippines; Indonesia

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: bcardozo@ucla.edu
Office: 360 Haines Hall

Sara Isabel Castro Font

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Linguistic landscapes; language ideologies; political economy; semiotics; Puerto Rico

Subfield:

Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: saraicastro@g.ucla.edu

Nicola Chávez Courtright

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Affect; political life; queer/cuir theory; trans studies; homonationalism; anthropology of social movements; archival methods; phenomenology; precarity; gender; transnationalism; El Salvador; Central America

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology; Psychological and Medical Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: nicolachavezc@ucla.edu

Spencer Chen

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Language Ideologies; language attitudes; cultural production; creative industry; voice-acting; dubbing; trans-creation; perceptual dialectology; Taiwan Mandarin; Sinophone; East Asia (Taiwan, China, Japan)

Subfield:

Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: scchen0918@gmail.com

Kristine Joy Chua

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Human reproductive health; human biology; developmental plasticity; perceptions of mortality risk; life history theory; evolutionary psychology; Philippines

Subfield:

Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: kchua1110@ucla.edu

Mercedes Douglass

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Performance/verbal artistry; education and local governance systems; NGOs, participatory politics, and democracy; language socialization; multimodal communication; Latin America and the Caribbean

Subfield:

Linguistic Anthropology and Medical Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: mercedesdouglass@gmail.com

Viki Eagle

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

"Rez Metal"; contemporary Native American music & arts; sonic sounds and resistance; settler colonialism; photography of Native Americans, indigenous research methodologies; indigenous feminisms; photoethnography; indigenous political movements; NAGPRA; museum studies; Native American youth; Lakota language

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: veagle@g.ucla.edu

Blake Erickson

Graduate Student

Contact Information

Email: brerickson@ucla.edu

Ulises Espinoza

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Evolution of morality; social norms; human social behavior; theory of mind; evolutionary psychology

Subfield:

Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: uespinoza@ucla.edu

Dylan Fitzwater

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: dylan.eldredge.fitzwater@gmail.com

Brittany Florkiewicz

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Facial expressions; gestures; multimodal communication; language evolution; communicative flexibility; primate cognition and social behavior

Subfield:

Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: florkie@g.ucla.edu

Tlaoli Fuentes

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: tlaolifuentes@gmail.com

Lilit Ghazaryan

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Multilingualism; language socialization; peer language socialization; metalinguistic awareness; language policies and practices, post-Soviet preschool education; Republic of Armenia

Subfield:

Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: ghazaryanl@ucla.edu

Yanina Gori

Graduate Student

Contact Information

Email: yaninagori@gmail.com

Roman Gratreaks

Graduate Student

Contact Information

Email: rgratreaks@ucla.edu
Office: 360 Haines Hall

Renée V. Hagen

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Economic inequality; gender inequality; social cohesion; social norms and behavioral change; human behavioral ecology; bayesian statistics; predictive modeling; data visualization

Subfield:

Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: reneehagen@ucla.edu

Aditi Halbe

Graduate Student

Contact Information

Email: aditihalbe@ucla.edu

Dani Heffernan

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: daniheffernan@ucla.edu

Maxwell Hellmann

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: mhellmann@mednet.ucla.edu

Matt Hing

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: mhing312@gmail.com

Emilia Rose Ø. Holmbeck

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Social suffering; violence and trauma; pain; mental health care and well-being; psychological and psychiatric treatment; U.S. and Denmark

Subfield:

Psychological and Medical Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: emiliarose@g.ucla.edu

Emily Jones

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: jonese@g.ucla.edu

Joelle Julien

Graduate Student

Contact Information

Email: jjulien@ucla.edu

Jananie Kalyanaraman

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: jananie@ucla.edu

Sucharita Kanjilal

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Anthropology of media; internet and new media technologies; food studies; gender and domestic cooking; cookbook archives; transnationalism; immigration; postcolonial studies; space and place; diaspora; India, South Asia

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: sucharita@ucla.edu

Stephanie Keeney Parks

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

African Americans; African American literature; Black English; autism; disability; autism diagnosis;healthcare disparities; narrative; everyday family life; phenomenology; morality; United States

Subfield:

Medical/Psychological Anthropology and Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: skeeneyparks@ucla.edu

Zia Khoshsirat

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Language Ideologies; Sociolinguistic; Historical Linguistics (Iran); Language Documentation and Revitalization; Gilaki dialects (in Gilan, Mazandaran, Alborz, Qazvin, Semnan, Tehran, Golestan); Iranian diaspora in California.

Subfield:

Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: ziaoddin@ucla.edu

Kelsey Kim

Graduate Student

Contact Information

Teresa Yejoo Kim 김예주

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Inter-Korea relations; DMZ; infrastructure; border; peace; violence; war; trauma; futurity; US empire; postcolonialism; neoliberalism

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: yejookim@ucla.edu

Delaney Knorr

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Social support; cultural stress; pregnancy and (grand)motherhood; evolutionary medicine; health and human biology

Subfield:

Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: d.knorr@ucla.edu

Lillian Kohn

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: lily.kohn@gmail.com

Nicco La Mattina

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: nalamattina@ucla.edu

Alessandra Laurer Rosen

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: allyrosen8@gmail.com

Cheryl Lee

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Asian American language and identity; language and race; bilingualism; heritage language use; language socialization; language ideologies

Subfield:

Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: cherylsjlee@g.ucla.edu

Jeremy Levenson

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Urban anthropology; political economy; critical medical anthropology

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: jdlevenson@ucla.edu

Sally Li

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: sallyli@g.ucla.edu

Andrew MacIver

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Community, landscape and place, networks, craft production, state formation, settlement patterns, and affect theory; Survey archaeology, geoarchaeology, and ceramic analysis; Late Neolithic and Bronze Age China and monasticism in Europe and early America

Subfield:

Archaeology

Contact Information

Email: amaciver@ucla.edu

Sita Mamidipudi

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: mvsita@gmail.com

Natalie Jane Marshall

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: nataliemarshall@ucla.edu

Joshua L. Mayer

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Race and ethnicity in Latin America; Indigenous and Afrodescendant social movements; communal lands, territoriality, and sovereignty; settler colonialism; racial capitalism; activist research methods

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: joshuamayer@ucla.edu

Reem Mehdoui

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Language ideologies; language socialization; youth language and culture; language and affect; language and political transformation; media and political movements; postcolonialism; the Middle East & North Africa; Tunisia; Arabic, French

Subfield:

Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: reemmehdoui@yahoo.com

Paul Melas

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Anthropology of religion; monasticism; everyday life; asceticism; ritual; labor; urban anthropology; Christianity; Greek Orthodoxy; the Balkans; Greece

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: pmelas93@g.ucla.edu

Vanessa Melo

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: vanessa4@stanford.edu

Eva Melstrom

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Psychological and Medical Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: emelstrom@g.ucla.edu

NaaKoshie A. Mills

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Race and transnational diaspora networks, Black Americans, U.S. foreign policy in Africa, diplomatic statecraft, gender and intersectionality

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: namills@ucla.edu

Zachary Mondesire

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Regional connectivity and supranational political community; mobility; intellectual and political elites; racial formation in Africa; Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: zcpmondesire@g.ucla.edu

Charlotte Neary-Bremer

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Psychological/Medical

Contact Information

Email: charlotte.nearybremer@gmail.com

Victoria A. Newhall

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

New World archaeology (Mesoamerica); paleoethnobotany; macrobotanical analysis; foodways; emergent social inequality; development of socio-political complexity; social identity; gender; discipline socio-politics; diversity; equity

Subfield:

Archaeology

Contact Information

Email: vnewhall@ucla.edu

Molly Oringer

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Anthropology of the state; citizenship; diasporic belonging; (post-) colonialism; spatial violence; Arab Jewish history; Lebanon; Israel/Palestine

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: mtoringer@ucla.edu

Rachel Parks

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Biomedicalization; chronic illness; evidence-based medicine; disability; risk; race/racism in medicine; Los Angeles; photoethnography

Subfield:

Sociocultural and Medical Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: parks.rachel.e@gmail.com

Raisa Parnell

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: rcparnell@g.ucla.edu

Abdullah Puckett

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: hpuckett@g.ucla.edu

Wanda Quintanilla-Durán

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Central American migration

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: wquinta95@ucla.edu

Hannah Reiss

Graduate Student

Contact Information

Email: hreiss@ucla.edu

Bianca Romagnoli

Graduate Student

Contact Information

Email: biancaromagnoli@ucla.edu

Theo Samore

Graduate Student

Contact Information

Email: theo.samore@gmail.com

William Schlesinger

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Social medicine; anthropology of the body; intersectionality; sexual health; HIV/AIDS; queer subjectivities; queer and trans* health care; epistemologies of science and medicine

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology; Medical Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: schlesingerwill@ucla.edu

Matt Schneider

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Law, finance, capitalism, and the state; media and transnational publics; 'offshore'

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: mschneider1@g.ucla.edu

Saliem Shehadeh

Graduate Student

Contact Information

Email: saliem.shehadeh@gmail.com

R. J. Sinensky

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Prehispanic archaeology of the US Southwest and northwestern Mexico; Indigenous archaeology; historical ecology; anthropogenic ecology; traditional ecological knowledge; land tenure; common property; common pool resources; niche construction; resilience; sustainability; socioenvironmental systems; mobility; mobile farmers; early agriculture; village formation; paleoethnobotany; ethnobotany; anthracology; ground stone analysis; chronometry; GIS, quantitative analysis; data visualization; Ancestral Pueblo; Kayenta; Tusayan; Hohokam; Mogollon; Mesoamerica; Late Archaic; Early Formative; cultural resource management; community archaeology

Subfield:

Archaeology, Paleoethnobotany, Archaeobotany

Contact Information

Email: rsinensky@ucla.edu

Research Interests:

Sikhs; nomadism; caste; carcerality; violence

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Eric Sinski

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: esinski01@gmail.com

Jonathan Sivan

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Judgment and decision-making; inference and rationality; morality; religion; coalitional psychology; mind and culture; human cooperation

Subfield:

Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: asivan@ucla.edu

Tyanna Slobe

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Linguistic variation and identity; embodiment; prosody; interaction in institutions; language and gender; adolescence; high schools; youth political participation; Santiago, Chile; Los Angeles, CA

Subfield:

Linguistic Anthropology; Visual Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: tyanna@ucla.edu

Andrew Marcus Smith

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Language evolution; language development; gesture; communicative behavior; human social behavior; evolutionary psychology

Subfield:

Biological Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: andrewmsmith@ucla.edu

Danielle Steinberg

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Primatology; behavioral ecology; primate behavior; ecology

Subfield:

Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: dlsteinb@g.ucla.edu

Jessie Stoolman

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: jessiest@umich.edu

Doğa Tekin

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Multispecies ethnography; anthropology of the environment; semiotics; affect; cultural geography; embodiment; materiality

Subfield:

Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: dogatekin@g.ucla.edu

Lauren Textor

Graduate Student

Contact Information

Email: laurentextor@gmail.com

Jaime Geronimo Vela

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Phenomenology; storytelling; qualitative; quantitative; Indigenous populations; NAGPRA; indigenous rights; social justice; equality; public policy; narrative; indigenous education; indigenous health

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: jvela@ucla.edu

Alexander Ward

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: alexanderward@ucla.edu

Donghyoun We

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: donghyoun.we@gmail.com

Wesley Wilson

Graduate Student

Contact Information

Email: weswilson@ucla.edu

Sasha Winkler

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Primate social behavior; primate communication; the evolution of humor and play; social networks

Subfield:

Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: sashawinkler@ucla.edu

Madeleine Yakal

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Southeast Asia; Philippines; colonialism; indigenous heritage; paleoethnobotany; landscape archaeology; human-environment relationships; bead production and trade

Subfield:

Archaeology

Contact Information

Email: madeleineyakal@gmail.com
Office: Fowler A190A

Brian Young

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

“Development”; globalization; migration; nationalism; citizenship; borders; big data; photo/video-ethnography; multi-species ethnography; Bhutan

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: youngb41@ucla.edu

Kimberly Zhu

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: kitzhu@g.ucla.edu

Haoyan Zhuang

Graduate Student

Subfield:

Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: zhuanghy1991@163.COM

Madeleine L. Zoeller

Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Human behavioral ecology and evolutionary psychology perspectives; core cognition; intuitive biological knowledge; the animate monitoring hypothesis; life history theory and individual differences; female reproduction; social change

Subfield:

Biological Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: mlzzoeller@gmail.com