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Alumni/Recent Graduates

Congratulations to our Graduates!!!!!

The Department of Anthropology is proud to present our alumni. Each of our graduates is required to write a thesis or dissertation as part of the requirements of obtaining a Master's or Doctoral graduate degree. Our current graduate student body consists of students in all four sub-fields of Anthropology with research projects spanning the globe. Selected alumni have given the department a PDF of their thesis or dissertation. If you would like a copy of a thesis or dissertation listed below that has a PDF, please contact the department at the address on the home page.

Congratulations to our students that completed our program during 2012-13:

  • Tara A. Hamilton, MA - Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis Title: "A Case for Paleoindian Use of Pinto Projectile Points in the Great Basin: Morphological Analysis from the Old River Bed, Utah", August 2012
  • Anthony W. Taylor, MA - Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis Title: "Paleoethnobotany of the San Felice Villa Complex, southern Italy", August 2012
  • Sarah C. Heffner, Ph.D. - Historic Archaeology - Dissertation Title: "Investigating the Intersection of Chinese and Euro-American Medicinal Practices in the American West through an Archaeological Lens", August 2012
  • Verla M. Jackson, MA - Physical Anthropology - Thesis Title: "The Wizard Beach Men: A Study in Contrasts from Pyramid Lake, Nevada", December 2012
  • Jonah Blustain, MA Historic Archaeology - Thesis Title: "You Could Bomb it into Oblivion and Never Notice the Difference":
    An Archaeological Research Design for Nevada's Uranium Mining Industry, 1951-1968", May 2013
  • Peter A. Carey, MA Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis Title: "A Diachronic Study of Land-Use in the Bodie Hills, Mono County, California", May 2013
  • Stephen J. LaValley, MA Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis Title: "Late Holocene Toolstone Procurement and Land-Use Strategies in the Black Rock Desert and High Rock Country of Northwest Nevada", May 2013
  • Emily S. Middleton, MA Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis Title: "Paleoindian Rock Art: An Evaluation of the Antiquity of Great Basin Carved Abstract Rock Art in the Northern Great Basin", May 2013
  • Brandon Reynolds, MA Historic Archaeology - Thesis Title: "The Denizens of Manifest Destiny: An Archaeological Examination of Life on the Military site of Fort Garland, CO", May 2013
  • Benjamin T. Barna, PhD Historic Archaeology - Dissertation Title: " Ethnogenesis of the Hawaiian Ranching Community: An Historical Archaeology of Tradition, Transnationalism, and Pili", May 2013
  • Chrissina C. Burke, PhD Prehistoric Archaeology - Dissertation Title: "A Study of Carnivore Modification in North American Archaeology: Perspectives on Neotaphonomy, Carnivore Use of Carrion, and Great Plains Bison Bonebeds", May 2013

Congratulations to our students that completed our program during 2011-12:

  • Emily Dale, MA - Historic Archaeology - Thesis Title: "Archaeology on Spring Street: Discrimination, Ordinance 32, and the Overseas Chinese in Aurora, Nevada", December 2011
  • Aimee Lafayette, MA - Cultural Anthropology - Thesis Title: "Re-Educating Victims and Aggressors of Violence: Mapping Discourse and Practice in a Mexican Violence Prevention Education Program", December 2011
  • Johnathan Pierce, MA - Linguistic Anthropology - Thesis Title: "Dialectics of Linguistic Elicitation", December 2011
  • Sean McMurry, Ph.D. - Historic Archaeology - Dissertation Title: "Dig In! The Historical Archaeology of Gendered Foodways in Sulphur, Nevada, 1909-1959", December 2011
  • Michelle Roberts, Ph.D. - Cultural Anthropology - Dissertation Title: "Traditional Beliefs and Farmer Decision-Making in the Uplands of Lao PDR", December 2011
  • Lindsay Dorio, MA - Physical Anthropology - Thesis Title: "Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Analysis: A Comparison of Modern Calculus, Hair and Fingernails", May 2012
  • Elyse Jolly, MA - Historic Archaeology - Thesis Title: "Chinese Gaming in the Nineteenth-Century American West: An Ethnic and Cultural Reassessment", May 2012
  • Jacob Winn, MA - Physical Anthropology - Thesis Title: "Dental Analysis of Archaic and Late Prehistoric Northwestern Great Plains Native Americans", May 2012
  • Jarod Hutson, Ph.D. - Prehistoric Archaeology - Dissertation Title: "A Comparative Study of Life and Death at Middle Stone Age Open-Air Sites within the Southern African Interior", May 2012

Congratulations to our students that completed our program during 2010-11:

  • Lara Mather, MA - Cultural Anthropology - Thesis Title: "From Ghana to the Biggest Little City: Gender Role Maintenance and Transformation Among Immigrants From Ghana", December 2010
  • Ean Barnett, MA - Historic Archaeology - Thesis Title: "Cultural Mapping of a Folkloric People", May 2011
  • Lindsay Fenner, MA - Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis Title: "Changing Landscapes During The Terminal Pleistocene/Early Holocene: The Archaeology and Climate of the Mud Lake Basin, Nye County, Nevada", May 2011
  • Sarah Yeats, MA - Physical Anthropology - Thesis Title: "From Limb to Limb: An Analysis of Postcranial Measurements in Prehistoric and Protohistoric Inuit Populations in Golovnin Bay and Nunivak Island, Alaska", May 2011
  • Chelsea Banks, MA - Historic Archaeology - Thesis Title: "Keeping Up Appearances: Cosmetics in Sulphur, Nevada", August 2011
  • Daron Duke, Ph.D. - Prehistoric Archaeology - Dissertation Title: "If the Desert Blooms: A Technological Perspective on Paleoindian Ecology in the Great Basin from the Old River Bed, Utah", August 2011
  • Jennifer Janzen, MA - Physical Anthropology - Thesis Title: "A Craniometric Analysis of Basque Skulls from the Cathedral of Santa-Maria, Vitoria-Gastiez: Biological Distance and Population History", August 2011
  • Laura Wilhelm, MA - Cultural Anthropology - Thesis Title: "Environmental and Conceptual Factors Affecting Residential Building Design in the Former United States Canal Zone, Panama", August 2011

Congratulations to our students that completed our program during 2009-10:

  • Cassandra Albush, MA - Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis Title: "Prehistoric Diet at Bonneville Estates Rockshelter, Nevada", August 2010
  • Morgan Blanchard, Ph.D. - Historic Archaeology - Dissertation Title: "Wires, Wireless and Wilderness: A Sociotechnical Interpretation of Three Military Communication Stations on the Washington Alaska Military Cable and Telegraph System (WAMCATS)", August 2010
  • Kathryn Krasinski, Ph.D. - Prehistoric Archaeology - Dissertation Title: "Broken Bones and Cutmarks: Taphonomic Analyses and Their Implications for the Peopling of North America", May 2010
  • Leticia A. Neal, MA - Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis Title: "Moving Beyond Boundaries: Fremont and Anasazi Archaeology and Rock Art in Southeastern Utah", May 2010
  • Sean Simpson, MA - Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis Title: "Holocene Thermal Feature Types in Archaeological Sites of the Mescalero Sands Environment, New Mexico", May 2010

Congratulations to our students that completed our program during 2008-09:

  • Russell Ames, MA - Linguistic Anthropology - Thesis Title: "A Pedagogical Overview of Pronouns in Owens Valley Paiute", August 2009
  • Jessica Axsom, MA - Historic Archaeology - Thesis Title: "Yeong Wo Mercantile on the Comstock", May 2009
  • Anna J. Camp, MA - Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis Title: "Pre-Archaic Occupations in the West Arm of the Black Rock Desert", August 2009
  • Mark Estes, MA - Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis title: "Paleoindian Occupations in the Great Basin: A Comparative Study of Lithic Technological Organization, Mobility, and Landscape Use from Jakes Valley, Nevada", May 2009 (thesis PDF available)
  • Justin Foley, MA - Cultural Anthropology - Thesis title: "In Defense of Self: Place and Identity in Pyramid Lake Paiute History", December 2008
  • Kimberly A. Hopkinson, MA - Physical Anthropology - Thesis title: "Dental Health of the Santa Maria Cathedral Burial Population (12th-19th Century), Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain", August 2009
  • Judy Lawrence, MA - Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis title: "Prehistoric Use of Hot Rock Cooking Features: Archaeological Investigations at the Webber Gravel Pit Site, Sierra Valley, CA", May 2009
  • Landis Lee, MA - Historic Archaeology - Thesis title: "They Wore What? Style & Social Roles of Boots in the Mid-19th and Early 20th Centuries Nevada", December 2008 (thesis PDF available)
  • Rachel Sierer-Wooten, MA - Historic Archaeology - Thesis title: "The Zooarchaeology of Two Pony Express Stations in Central Nevada", December 2008
  • Brian Wygal, Ph.D. - Prehistoric Archaeology - Dissertation title: "The Prehistoric Colonization of Southcentral Alaska: Human Adaptations in a Post Glacial World", May 2009 (dissertation PDF available)

Congratulations to our students that completed our program in 2007-08:

  • Benjamin Barna, MA - Historic Archaeology - Thesis title:"A Material Culture of Making Do: Adapting to the Great Depression in the Rabbithole Mining District", May 2008
  • Kelly Graf, Ph.D. - Prehistoric Archaeology - Dissertation title: "Uncharted Territory: Late Pleistocene Hunter-Gatherer Dispersals in the Siberian Mammoth-Steppe", May 2008
  • Jenny Haggar, MA - Historic Archaeology - Thesis title: "A Comparison of Subsistence Patterns at Two Eastern Alaska WAMCATS Stations", May 2008
  • Jane Lee, MA - Historic Archaeology - Thesis title: "Fidelity and Industry: The Archaeology of a Late 19th Century Chinese Woodcutter Camp in Dog Valley, California", August 2008 (thesis PDF available)
  • David Page, MA - Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis title: "Fine-grained Volcanic Toolstone Sources and Early Use in the Bonneville Basin of Western Utah and Eastern Nevada", May 2008 (thesis PDF available)
  • Signa Pendagraft, MA - Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis title: "Ground Stone and Pecked Rock: Rock Art on the Pah Rah Uplands, Washoe County, Nevada", December 2007 (Thesis PDF available)
  • Beth P. Smith, MA - Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis title: "Prehistoric Crescentic Tools from the Great Basin and California: A Spatial and Temporal Analysis", August 2008
  • Danielle Storey, MA - Historic Archaeology - Thesis title: "The Archaeology of Hickneytown: An Examination of Class Identity in a Late Nineteenth Century Mining Settlement in the Spruce Mountain Mining District", December 2007

Congratulations to our students that completed our program in 2006-07:

  • Gotzone Garay, MA - Cultural Anthropology - Thesis title: "Literature Review of Penan Religion", August 2006
  • Dayna T. Giambastiani, MA - Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis title: "Late Archaic and Ethnohistoric Pinyon Exploitation in Slinkard Valley, An Upland Environment in the Western Great Basin", May 2007
  • Christine Johnson, MA - Cultural Anthropology - Thesis title: "Success and Struggles of Small Island Museums in Polynesia, with Special Reference to Pitcairn Island", May 2007
  • Lisbeth Louderback, MA - Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis title: "Changes in Vegetation & Human Adaptation from the Latest Pleistocene to late Holocene in the Eastern Great Basin: The Blue Lake Pollen Record", May 2007
  • Sean McMurry, MA - Historic Archaeology - Thesis title: "A view of the West: Community and Visual Landscape in Depression-Era Rabbithole Springs Mining District, Pershing County, Nevada", May 2007

Congratulations to our students that completed our program in 2005-06:

  • Margaret M. Baker, MA - Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis title: "Hunting Behavior at Bonneville Estates Rockshelter, Nevada", May 2006
  • Patricia Hunt-Jones, MA - Historic Archaeology - Thesis title: "Heart of a Community: The Chinese General Store at Island Mountain", May 2006
  • Ashley Konoske, MA - Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis title: "The Archaeology and Rock Art of Rock Creek, Northwestern Nevada", May 2006
  • Linsie Lafayette, MA - Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis title: "Use-Wear Analysis of Great Basin Stemmed Points", May 2006
  • Geoffrey M. Smith, MA - Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis title: "Pre-Archaic Technological Organization, Mobility, and Settlement Systems: A View from the Parman Localities, Humboldt County, Nevada", May 2006 (thesis PDF available)
  • Jessica L. Smith, Ph.D. - Historic Archaeology - Dissertation title: "A Land of Plenty: Depression-Era Mining and Landscape Capital in the Mojave Desert, California", May 2006

Congratulations to our students that completed our program in 2004-05:

  • Barbara E. Malinky, MA - Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis title: "Fremont Occupation of the Western Periphery: An Analysis of Ceramics from Northeastern Nevada", May 2005

NOTE: All theses and dissertations are copyrighted by the author, please get their permission for use.

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