Current Graduate Students

TomTom Allen

Education: Current MA student; BS Anthropology (2011) University of Alaska Fairbanks
Thesis: Early Holocene Lithic Procurement, Technological Organization, and Mobility: Insights from XBD-167 (Little Delta #3)
Research interests: I primarily work on questions of technological adaptations during the Early Holocene especially on toolstone procurement behavior and the insight these behaviors have on understanding mobility during this ecologically dynamic time period. As an extension, my research includes the ways material quality and material availability affect technological organization and degree of tool production and intensification at procurement sites.
Email: tcallen@alaska.edu


 

ChrisChris Cannon

Education: BS Wildlife Biology (2007) University of Alaska, Fairbanks; MA Northern Studies (2014) University of Alaska, Fairbanks (Thesis: Alaska Athabascan Stellar Astronomy); PhD student
Dissertation Topic: Northern Dene Astronomy
Research Interests: Northern Dene astronomy and culture; environmental cognition; indigenous wayfinding and navigation
Email: cmcannon2 @ alaska.edu

 


 

EllenEllen Carrlee

Education: Current PhD candidate cultural anthropology, MA Art History and objects conservation (2000) New York University, BA Art History (1996) University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dissertation Topic: Meaning and Materiality of Gutskin in Yup'ik Relationships
Research Interests: Material Culture, Museums, Materiality, Yup'ik Culture, Webs of Relationships, Animal Personhood, Agency of Objects
Email: emcarrlee@alaska.edu; juneauellen@gmail.com


 

Sierra CotronaSierra

Education: Current PhD student, BA (2016) Geological Sciences and Anthropology, University of Rochester; MS (2018) Biomedical Anthropology, Binghamton University; M.Re (2019) Bioarchaeology, Wrexham University. Master's Thesis: Skeletal Markers as Indicators of Labor in a Nineteenth Century New York Cemetery
Dissertation Topic: Dental Patterns in Understanding Origins of South Asian Populations
Research Interests: Dental morphology, forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, skeletal biology
Email: sscotrona@alaska.edu

 


 

AllisonAllison K. Cruz

Education: Current MA student; BA History (2017) University of Alaska Fairbanks; Associates of Art (2010) Marymount California University
Thesis Topic: Animal-Human Relationships in Alaskan Dog Mushing
Research interests: Anthropology of Religion, Spiritual Bonds and Dependency, Victorian Spiritualism, History and Cultures of Death, Ritual Movements
Email: akcruz@alaska.edu


 

AudraAudra Darcy

Education: Current MA student; BA Anthropology, Minor: Earth Science (2013) University of Maine Orono; Management Certificate (2016) Harvard Extension School
Research interests: Geoarchaeology, hunter-gatherers, human-environment interaction, climate change, peopling of the Americas
Email: ajdarcy@alaska.edu

 

 


 

Zhao JianZhao

Education: Current PhD student; MA Archaeology (2018) Zhengzhou University. Master's Thesis: Analysis of Starch Grains on Stone Tools Excavated from GouWan Site.
Dissertation Topic: Ancient Starch Grains; C and N stable isotopes; Geographic Information Systems.
Research interests: Environmental Archaeology, Archaeological Sciences; Agriculture.
Email: zjian@alaska.edu

 


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Casey Jobe

Education: Current MA student; BA Anthropology (2017) University of Alaska Fairbanks
Thesis Topic: Understanding technological organization of mid- to late-Holocene occupation of the Mead site through lithic analysis.
Research interests: Lithic Analysis; GIS and Spatial Patterning; Technological Organization; Hunter-Gatherers; Prehistoric Transitional Phases; Human Behavioral Ecology
Email: pcjobe@alaska.edu


 

IlonaIlona Kemp-Noordeloos

Education: Bachelor of Education (2009) Hogeschool Utrecht The Netherlands; Master of Science (2011) Social and Cultural Anthropology; PhD student
Thesis: On the Ice Edge: Inupiaq people and climate change in Barrow, Alaska);
Field region: Alaska's North Slope, Bristol Bay. Ethnic group: Inupiaq and Yup'ik people
Research interests: Marine anthropology, environmental anthropology, history and culture of Alaska Native people, political ecology, historical ecology, climate change, climate change politics, environmental justice
Email: ihkemp@alaska.edu


 

ShiakiShiaki Kondo

Education: BA International Liberal Studies (2009) Waseda University; MA Literature (2011) Waseda University (Thesis: Shape-Shifting Snakes and Bewitching Cats: Gift-giving, Retaliation, and Marriage between Humans and Animals in Oki District, Shimane Prefecture, Japan); PhD student
Dissertation Topic: Bird-Lovers in the Boreal Forest: Survival, Reciprocity and Otherness in Upper Kuskokwim Region, Alaska
Research interests: Anthropology of religion, ethno-ornithology, non-human personhood, indigenized Christianity, animal worship, interior Alaska, western Japan
Email: skondo @ alaska.edu
Personal website: http://researchmap.jp/skondo/?lang=english


 

VarpuVarpu Lotvonen

Education: Current PhD student; MA and BA in Folklore Studies (2012) University of Helsinki
Dissertation topic: Colonial encounters of the Sámi reindeer herders in Alaska and the making of Alaskan pastoral traditions
Research interests: Cultural and visual anthropology, circumpolar North, reindeer herding, colonialism, post-humanistic anthropology, folklore and oral history
Email: vmlotvonen@alaska.edu

 


 

NickNick S. Schmuck

Education : BA in History, Classical/Medieval/Renaissance Studies Minor (2010) Messiah College; MA in Medieval Archaeology (2012) University of York, UK (MA Thesis: Lost in the Landscape: Where the Dead Reside in Late Iron Age Bornholm); Ph.D. student. Focus: Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene Archaeology of Southeast Alaska)
Research Interests: High latitude archaeology, Landscape Archaeology, behavioral modeling applications in GIS, coastal adaptation and human response to sea-Level change


 

DouglessDougless Skinner

Education: Current MA student; BA Anthropology (2016) University of Montana
Thesis Topic: Pre-Colonial Activity Systems at Temyiq Tuyuryak: Indigenous Archaeological Approaches to Artifact and Household Analysis
Research interests: Indigenous Theories and Methodologies; Archaeology of the Arctic and Subarctic; Subsistence Practices; Human/Environmental Relationships; Gender Relationships; Decolonizing Academia
Email: dskinner2@alaska.edu

 


 

Gerad SmithGerad Smith

Education: Current PhD candidate, MA  Anthropology (2012) University of Alasks Fairbanks
Dissertation Topic: Exploring Mid to Late Holocene Economic Shifts and Cultural Change at Swan Point, Tanana Valley, Alaska
Research Interests: ethnoarchaeology, faunal/lithic analysis, feature reconstruction, footprint analysis, traditional place name reconstruction
Email: gmsmith2@alaska.edu

 

 


 

HollyHolly Smith

Education: Current MA student, BA Archaeology and Anthropology (2010) Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario
Thesis Topic: Analyzing Human Responses to the Northern White River Ash Eruption through Palynology of 6-Mile Lake and Excavations at the Forty Mile Site
Research Interests: archaeology of the subarctic and arctic, hunter-gatherers, faunal analysis, GIS, archaeological science, pollen analysis, human/environmental interaction, ice-patch archaeology
Email: hasmith6@alaska.edu

 


 

TaraTara Palmer Smith

Education: M.Ed. Adult Education, University of Alaska Anchorage; BA French Language & Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, Portland State University
Dissertation Topic: Adult ESL Teachers' Language Ideologies, Policies, & Practices
Research interests: Language ideologies, language policies, language & identity
Email: tmsmith@alaska.edu

 


 

Mary Ashley StoughMary

Education: Current MA student; BA Anthropology and Psychology (2019) Tulane University
Thesis topic: Evolution of Dentition in South Asia and the Linguistic Implications
Research interests: skeletal biology, forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, paleopathology, dental anthropology, and trauma
Email: mastough@alaska.edu


 

LisaLisa Strecker

Education: MA University of Hamburg, Germany (Thesis: Ethnobotany of Kamchatka); PhD student
Dissertation topic: Northern adaptations in Kamchatka: fishing for sled dogs or fishing for snow-machines?
Research interests: ethnoecology, sled dog husbandry in the Arctic, ethnohistory, historical scientific accounts of the Russian Far East, ethnobotany, invasion biology
Email: lstrecker @ alaska.edu


 

RachelRachel Melinda Turner

Education: Current PhD student; MS Child Development (2016) University of California, Davis; MSW (2011) Humboldt State University; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communication (2004) University of California, Davis
Dissertation Topic: Gendered and Cultured Expressions of Emotional Distress
Research interests: Anthropology of Gender, Anthropology of Suicide, Colonization,
Masculinity, Cross-Cultural Psychiatry, Global Mental Health, Critical Medical Anthropology
Email: rmturner4@alaska.edu


 

LynnLynn Walker

Education: BA Anthropology (2013) Alma College; MRes Social Anthropology (2014) University of Aberdeen; Museum Studies Certificate (2016) Tufts University; PhD student
Research Interests: museum anthropology; material culture; colonialism; Alutiiq/Sugpiaq weaving/basketry; museum discourse and experience
Email: lawalker5 @ alaska.edu

 


 

JonahJonah Yakunin

Education: Current MA student; BA Fisheries (2018) University of Alaska Fairbanks
Thesis Topic: The changes in the culture of the Russian Old Believers in Alaska from involvement with Alaska's commercial fisheries. How a culture whose primary purpose of escape to Alaska was to avoid assimilation but became entrenched in the fishing industry and thriving because of it. At the present, the Russian Old Believer community in the Kenai Peninsula has become synonymous with fishing.
Research interests: Ethnohistory; fisheries; folklore; history; Russian culture; and theology
Email: jnyakunin2@alaska.edu

 


 

EduardEduard Zdor

Education: Current PhD student; Diploma Degree (History), Moscow University for the Humanities
Dissertation Topic: A hundred years after Bogoras: an indigenous Marxist perspective on the post-Soviet Chukchi
Research interests: The history and culture of the Bering Strait Region indigenous people; subsistence-oriented knowledge of the Arctic indigenous people; the correlation between traditional subsistence, language, and the identity of the Arctic indigenous people
Email: ezdor@alaska.edu