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Anthropology Alumni

We would like to set up a social networking opportunity through our website, connecting our current students to our alumni. If you would like to participate, please send your information to the anthropology department via Mitra Baghdadi. We need: your name, graduation year, focus in anthropology (if you have/had one), your current position, and your contact information (phone number, work address, email contact).


Graduate Alumni


Carlos Arias
Thesis Title: Un Paso Pa’ Delante: Notions of Middle Class Economic Success in Three Salvadoran Advertising Agencies in the Face of Dollarization

Paul Burger
Thesis Title: A Formative Ceramic Sequence of Coastal Socunusco

Maura Cotter
Thesis Title: Occupy Feminism

Alma Cotero
Thesis Title: “We Must Tolerate a Lot”: Mexican Mothers’ Narratives of the Struggle for Health Care

Robert Douglas
Thesis Title: From the Heart of Brahma: Preserving, Innovating and Queering Cambodian Classical Dance

Gwendolyn Krause
Thesis Title: Clinical Trials: A Qualitative Analysis of the Experiences and Perceptions of Research Participants

Matthew Rice
Thesis Title: Geophysical and Archaeological Investigations in Northern Kualoa Ahupua’a, O’ahu, Hawai’i


Chloe Blalock-Wiker
Thesis Title: Over the Counter Care: Service Provider Perspectives on the Application of Harm Reduction in a Syringe Exchange Program

Salvadore Boites-Zaragoza
Thesis Title: The Application of Aztec Ritual and Performance Dance: Mesoamerican Identities in Motion

Andrea Fini
Thesis Title: Italian Evangelicals: Stemming the Tide of Secularism

Tiamoyo Tosheleza Karenga
Thesis Title: The Office of the Divine Wife of Amen in the 25th and 26th Dynasties: A Study of Women and Power in Ancient Egypt

Tabitha Komathy
Thesis Title: Sexual Behavior and HIV Knowledge among Adolescents in Ecuador

Tully Mackay-Tisbert
Thesis Title: Continuities of violence and vulnerability: An ethnographic study of supportive housing for the homeless

Bethany Meadows
Thesis Title: We Came 2 Get Down: A History of Pop Locking in Los Angeles

Ariana Mylonas
Thesis Title: “Women are the Pillars of the Family”: Athenian Women’s Survival Strategies During Economic Crisis

Chrysna Samel
Thesis Title: Imagination and negotiation: Motivations for Cambodian women to marry Cambodian American men

Amir Shafe
Thesis Title: Catharsis of foreboding emotions: Dard-e-del (pains of the heart) the revelation of inner feeling among elder Iranian immigrants in the United States

Katarina Spralja
Thesis Title: The Intersections of Culture and Business: An Ethnographic Study of Multicultural Second Generation Young Entrepreneurs


Yu-hsien Cho
Thesis Title: Chinese restaurant business and Taiwanese Pentecostalism in Southern California

Taryn Cohen
Thesis Title: Negotiating motherhood: Second generation Cambodian American mothers and the effects of intergenerational cultural change processes

Sharareh Dadsetan
Thesis Title: The role of one-on-one tutoring for Farsi-speaking students in a multi-cultural tutoring center in a Southern California community college

Krystal Kittle
Thesis Title: The seasoning of aging, the ripening of culture: A study of heterosexual and lesian women in their latter years

Ajlana Osmanagic
Thesis Title: Significance of social capital in Bosnia and Herzegovina: A network analysis of college bound youth

Michael Robertson
Thesis Title: Respite efficacy for parents of adults with intellectual disabilities: An ethnographic understanding

Ashley Robinson
Thesis Title: Improving outcomes for transitional age youth: A curriculum for social workers, foster parents, and supportive adults

Paola Soler
Thesis Title: German colonists and Andean outsiders: The shifting dimensions of power in Peru’s highland Amazon

Gina Turcketta
Thesis Title: Evolutionary and ecological influences on monumental architecture at Navan Fort in Northern Ireland

Julia Wignall
Thesis Title: No longer in the shadows: Identity, citizenship, and belonging among undocumented college students in Southern California


Lindsay Asbury
Thesis Title: Sustainable missiology on the US/Mexico border

Kori Filipek
Thesis Title: Long bone bowing deformities in Transylvanian Bronze Age populations

Leighanna Hidalgo
Thesis Title: “Tacos! Burritos! Tortas!”: Migrant entrepreneurs’ quest for economic mobility and safe spaces in Arizona

Sarah Jeffers
Thesis Title: Perceptions of feminism and identity among women in the deaf community

Valerie Pena
Thesis Title: Capitalism and spirituality: Authentic marketing and manufacturing of hand drums through drum circle entrainment

Moises Munoz Plascencia
Thesis Title: “Praying without knowing”: Cultivating food, community, memories, and resilience in Santa Ana, California

Maral Sahebjame
Thesis Title: Marriage: An Authentic Iranian Experience Of The Modern

Theresa Swaney
Thesis Title: International volunteerism and the quest for world peace: A case study of the Quinta

Alexandra Uhl
Thesis Title: Frequency-dependent sexual selection in humans