Loyola University Chicago

Department of Anthropology


Congratulations to Our 2019 Anthropology Grads!

Departmental Honors awardees (L to R): Alexis Martinez, Carolina Paniagua, Marisa LaBella, Michael O'Donnell, and Noah Walters

Graduating seniors were honored at the 2019 Anthropology Gala, which featured special recognition for outstanding accomplishments and students who earned departmental honors.


The Chardin Award was presented to Alexis Martinez in recognition of her superior achievement in the study of Anthropology at Loyola University Chicago. This award is named for Father Teilhard de Chardin, an early Jesuit anthropologist.

The Father Eugene Buechel, S.J. Award was presented to Carolina Paniagua for her dedication to both scholarship and service to others. Fr. Buechel lived among the Oglala and Sicangu Lakota of the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations for over 50 years.

The Breidenbach Award was presented to Marisa LaBella for exemplary work in the subfield of cultural anthropology.

The Durkheim Award was presented to Erica Byrne for outstanding accomplishment in the Sociology-Anthropology combined-degree program. 

The following graduates earned departmental honors for exceptional academic work, including the successful completion of independent research presented in an honors thesis.

Addision Brown, "Women's Perception of the Reconciliation Process after the Genocide Against the Tutsi"

Patrick Hogan, "The End of TPS: How Salvadoran TPS Holders Resist Dehumanization and Fearmongering by the US Executive"

Marisa LaBella, "Community Organizing and Legal Strategies in the Immigrant Rights Movement"

Alexis Martinez, "The Effects of Childhood Stress on Two 19th-Century Populations in Illinois: Exploring the Association Between LEH and Adult Stature"

Michael O'Donnell, "Decolonizing in the Diaspora: Puerto Rican Liberation in Chicago"

Carolina Paniagua, "Fissured Families: Immigration and Family Law"

Noah Walters, "Culinary Tourism in Chicago: Class, Authenticity, and Identity"