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Department of Anthropology

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Alum John Maniatis Reflects on His Path to Museum Registrar

I always say to myself how lucky I am to get paid to work in a museum. I love my work. I love learning on a daily basis, with the intent of turning that knowledge into a product. The kind that a visitor to my museum can walk away with and enrich their lives. There is always a path to the job you love. You just have to put the map away at times and see where the path takes you.

In college I majored in Anthropology and Classical Civilization…bones and stones. Fast forward twenty years and here I am cataloguing 20th Century militaria. Most all of the artifacts that cross my desk as Registrar at the First Division Museum at Cantigny are mass produced. They are green, brown, made of cloth or metal. Occasionally they have been blown up. In some cases, the original owner died wearing/holding the object. In those cases, the job can be sobering. One thing for sure, work it is never dull. But it is a far cry from what I thought I would be doing... Read more here.

Students Have Starring Role in Puppet Exhibition

Anthropology students are taking a hands-on approach to help curate a new LUMA exhibition about Indonesian puppets. “It’s fun because this isn’t something most people really know about,” said Liz Bajjalieh, an anthropology major. “I’m taking this little shadow puppet from a little corner of the world, so an entire other world of people can experience it.” Read more here.

David Hanley Presents at Midwest Archaeological Conference

David Hanley, a senior major in Anthropology, recently presented original research from his 2016 Provost Fellowship project at the 60th Annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, held in October in Iowa City. His research was supervised by Dr. Dan Amick, and their MAC presentation was titled "Spatial Analysis of Subsurface Metal Artifacts at 11MH515: an Early 19thCentury Pioneer Farmstead in Northern Illinois."

Anthropology Gala and Senior Awards 2016

This year’s Anthropology Gala featured student research presentations from across the subfields, awards for outstanding graduating seniors, and live music performed by Drs. Arnold (guitar) and Amick (banjo).

Senior award winners were:

  • Samya Abu-Orf, Chardin Award (Outstanding graduate in Anthropology, pictured L above)
  • Naveen Kanji, Chardin Award (Outstanding graduate in Anthropology, pictured R above)
  • River Simpson, Buechel Award (Outstanding graduate working on social justice issues) and Outstanding graduate in Cultural Anthropology
  • Hannah Patten, Outstanding graduate in Archaeology
  • Rebecca Zavala, Durkheim Award (Outstanding graduate in the joint Sociology-Anthropology major)

Student Anthropology Research at Loyola's Weekend of Excellence 2016

Students presenting research in Anthropology at the Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium on April 15 included:

Amanda Sorensen with a Provost Fellowship project entitled "Indigeneity of the Past, Indigeneity in the Present," based on ethnography at National Museum of Mexican Art as part of Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Munoz's ANTH 317: Qualitative Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology

Grace Iverson with a project entitled "Women's Work and Creative Innovation in Textiles from Sumba, Indonesia," her research for a Johnson Scholarship utilizing the May Weber Collection, supervised by Dr. Catherine Nichols

David Hanley with a Provost Fellowship project examining molar wear patterns in Neanderthals and early modern humans, supervised by Dr. Kristin Krueger

Naveen Kanji with a project entitled "Health and Lifeways of the Late 19th and Early 20th Century Hayes Point Dump in Chicago," her research for a Provost Fellowship in 2015-16, supervised by Dr. Daniel Amick

Naveen Kanji (BS '16) Headed to Stritch

Graduating senior Anthropology major Naveen Kanji will attend Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine beginning in Fall 2016. Congratulations!

Anthro Students Receive LUROP Awards for 2016-17

Seven Anthropology students have received LUROP (Loyola Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program) awards for the coming academic year.

Amanda Sorensen, a rising senior Anthropology major, has been awarded a Provost Fellowship for her research project: "Visitors as meaning-makers on human evolution at the Field Museum’s Evolving Planet exhibit”. Amanda will work with research mentor Dr. Catherine Nichols as she completes her project.

Evan Chwa, an Anthropology minor, was awarded a Mulcahy Scholarship for this upcoming academic year. He will be working with Dr. Kristin Krueger on an experimental dental microwear project to better understand how microwear textures form with known diets, with implications for early hominin paleoecology.

Olivia Guzzardo, a rising senior in Anthropology, has received a Provost Fellowship for a research project titled "Metal Geophysical Survey and Artifact Spatial Analysis at the Walkup Farmstead." She will be working with Dr. Dan Amick.

David Hanley, another rising senior in Anthropology, has also received a Provost Fellowship. His project is titled "Examination of Faunal Remains at an Early 19th Century Pioneer Frontier Farmstead," supervised by Dr. Amick.

Additionally, Mia LaRocca, a rising Junior in Anthropology, has won a Social Justice Research Award.

Karina Fierro, a Senior majoring in Anthropology, has also won a Social Justice Research Award.

Karishma Bali has received a Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award.

Francesca Gervasi ('16) Awarded Graduate Fellowship at Merrimack College

Francesca Gervasi (’16) will begin her Masters of Education in Community Engagement at Merrimack College (North Andover, MA) in May 2016. She was awarded a fellowship, where she will be working at the nonprofit organization Bread and Roses. As a soup kitchen and community center, they provide assistance to people suffering from homelessness, addiction, mental illness, or abuse.

Chris Biersdorf ('14) Accepts Position at Shedd Aquarium

Loyola Anthropology alum Chris Biersdorf has accepted a permanent animal keeper position at Shedd Aquarium. He had previously been working at Lincoln Park Zoo's Farm-in-the-Zoo while also maintaining the internship at the Ape House. Chris notes that his new career "is a testament to the holistic nature of anthropology and the possibility of applying the field to a wide-array of careers. I am excited to be a part of the ever-changing field of animal husbandry and to provide new insights that might better the lives of captive animals."

Rachel Gonzalez ('13) to Attend University of Glasgow

Rachel has been accepted to the Masters program in Museum Studies at Glasgow. Congratulations!

Nicole Constantine ('15) to Intern at The Field Museum

Newly graduated senior anthropology major Nicole Constantine just accepted an internship position at the Field Museum working with one of their archaeological collections for the summer. She will be helping to catalog a 13th century shipwreck excavated from the Java Sea. The collection includes artifacts from Thailand, Korea and China.

Frank Walsh ('15) Awarded Fellowship for Study in Indonesia

Congratulations to Frank Walsh, a 2015 graduate in Anthropology and Art History, who was just awarded a fellowship from the USINDO (United States-Indonesia) Society for 2015 summer study of Indonesian language and culture in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Student Research and Awards Presented at Anthro Gala 2015

The 2015 Anthropology Gala celebrating student accomplishments and graduating seniors featured a large number of student research projects, including posters by students in Dr. Kristin Krueger's Dental Anthropology class, pictured below.

Annual awards for graduating students were also distributed. Anthropology seniors receiving departmental awards in 2015 were:

  • Kait Madsen: Chardin Award (Outstanding graduate in Anthropology)
  • Abby Stone: Chardin Award (Outstanding graduate in Anthropology)
  • Eddie Chong: Buechel, S.J. Award (Outstanding graduate working on social justice issues)
  • Kyle Sullivan: Outstanding graduate in Biological Anthropology
  • Emily Dattilo: Outstanding graduate in Cultural Anthropology
  • Chris Benson: Durkehim Award (Outstanding graduate in the Sociology-Anthropology major)

Anthropology Students Present Research at 2015 LUROP Symposium

Anthropology majors Abby Stone (photo above) and Naveen Kanji (photo below) recently presented posters featuring original research at Loyola's annual Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium, held on April 18. Their projects in biological anthropology and archaeology were mentored by Dr. Kristin Krueger and Dr. Dan Amick, respectively.

Grace Iverson Receives Johnson Scholarship

Grace Iverson has been awarded a Carroll and Adelaide Johnson Scholarship for her research: "Uncovering Gender through Textiles: An Evaluation of Female-Centered Objects in the Formation of Ethnographic Collections." Grace will study the production and collection of textiles from the May Weber Collection. Grace will be mentored by Dr. Catherine Nichols as she completes her project.

Christina Rodriquez Awarded Johnson Scholarship

Cristina Rodriguez has been awarded a Carroll and Adelaide Johnson Scholarship for her research: "Empowering Each Other: Leadership Development in an Immigrant Women's Collective." Christina will work with research mentor Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz as she completes her project.

Alice Thompson Wins Johnson Scholarship

Alice Thompson has been awarded a Carroll and Adelaide Johnson Scholarship for her research: "Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA): Gendered Dimensions of the Application Process." Alice will be mentored by Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz as she completes her project.

River Simpson Awarded Social Justice Research Fellowship

River Simpson won a LUROP Social Justice Research Fellowship for his research, "What Ever Happened to Class?: Lesson Learned from the Fight for 15." Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz will serve as research mentor for the project.

Emily Dattilo Headed to Grad School at Marquette U

Emily, an Anthropology and History major at Loyola, will be attending Marquette University's History (MA) graduate program in Fall 2015, where she will study museums and public history.

Haein Sung to Attend Graduate School at Columbia University

Haein Sung (2013) was accepted into Columbia University's School of Public Health and will begin a Master's program there in the fall.

Katie Day Good Joining Faculty at Miami University

Katie Day Good (2007) defended her Ph.D. dissertation in Communications at Northwestern University in December, 2014. Her dissertation was entitled "Bring the world to the child: Grassroots media and global citizenship in American education, 1900-1965.” In Fall 2015, Dr. Good will be joining the faculty at Miami University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film. She writes, ”True to my anthro roots, I will be teaching Intercultural Communication.”

Alum Ericka Menchen-Trevino Accepts Position at American University

Ericka Menchen-Trevino (2001) completed her Ph.D. in Communications at Northwestern University in 2012 (Dissertation title: "Partisans and Dropouts?: News Filtering in the Contemporary Media Environment"). She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Media and Communication Department at Erasmus University Rotterdam, but will be moving back to the United States this summer to take a position as an Assistant Professor at American University in Washington D.C.

Michele Statz Receives Ph.D. at University of Washington

Michele Statz, a Loyola Anthropology alum (2005), recently received her Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology and a graduate certificate in Comparative Law and Society Studies from the University of Washington. She is currently teaching at Carthage College. Her research centers on unaccompanied child migration from Fujian Province, PR China to the U.S. The project aims to contribute to the anthropologies of law and youth, as well as to scholarship on unaccompanied and separated youths' rights and representation.

Brooke Morgan Completes Ph.D. in Anthropology at SMU

Loyola Anthropology alum Brooke Morgan (2008) has successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation in Anthropology at Southern Methodist University. The title of her dissertation is "Folsom Settlement Organization in the Southern Rocky Mountains: An Analysis of Dwelling Space at the Mountaineer Site." Mountaineer provides unique circumstances for exploring how a Folsom community functioned in a long-term residential setting - something rarely seen in the Paleoindian archaeological record that was nevertheless an important part of hunter-gatherer adaptations. Her goal is to study the interrelated aspects of risk minimization, economic integration, and social relationships in Folsom society by drawing on concepts from household archaeology and hunter-gatherer ethnography and applying them within a human behavioral ecology theoretical framework. Ultimately, she says, this research should be applicable to investigation archaeological hunter-gatherer societies writ large.

Nicole York Headed to Graduate School at Purdue

Graduating Senior Nicole York has been accepted to the anthropology graduate program at Purdue University. Congratulations!

Anthropology Senior Eddie Chong Awarded Field Museum Internship

Graduating senior Eddie Chong, an Anthropology/Sociology major, was awarded an Anthropology Alliance Field Internship for Summer 2015 with the Science Action for Conservation and Community Center at the Field Museum. Eddie will be doing ethnographic work on industrial heritage in Calumet.

Alum Michelle Statz Launches Youth Circulations Website

Michele Statz (LUC Anthropology B.S., 2005) and Lauren Heidbrink are proud to announce the launch of their website, Youth Circulations (www.youthcirculations.com). As anthropologists who research unaccompanied child migration, Heidbrink and Statz recognize a glaring disconnect between the nuanced, transnational lives of the young people with whom they work and the active reduction of these youth into abbreviated tropes--vulnerable victim, delinquent, violent threat, and so--in policy reports and the media. They’ve created Youth Circulations to draw attention to the ways in which these representations delimit and decontextualize young migrants, as well as to highlight active counter-points, occasions in which youth are portrayed or self-represent as agentive, skilled, creative and relational actors. Youth Circulations aims to be a helpful resource for scholars, students and policy-makers.