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.

If you graduated from our program and have not been included on this page, but want to be, please contact the department.

Congratulation to our students that completed our program during 2013-14:

  • Lisa Machado, MA - Historic Archaeology - Thesis Title: "Conflicting Ideologies of Catholic Service and Capitalism: An Archaeological Investigation of St. Mary's Hospital in Virginia City, Nevada". December 2013
  • Teresa A. Wriston, PhD - Prehistoric Archaeology - Dissertation Title: "The Late Stone Age to Early Iron Age in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe: Using Archaeology, Soils, Sediments, and Stable Isotopes to Trace Past Peoples and Environments". December 2013
  • Sarah E. Branch, MA - Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis Title: " A Stone's Throw from the Source: An Examination of Fine-Grained Volcanic Toolstone Use in the Pah Rah Range, Western Nevada". May 2014
  • Donald D. Pattee, MA - Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis Title: "A Changing Valley, A Changing People?: The Prehistoric Occupation of Northern Warner Valley, Oregon". May 2014
  • Evan Pellegrini, MA - Prehistoric Archaeology - Thesis Title: " The Kammidɨkadɨ of Little Steamboat Point-1 Rockshelter: Terminal Early Holocene and Early Late Holocene Leporid Processing in Northern Warner Valley, Oregon". May 2014
  • Ashlee N. Younie, MA - Historic Archaeology - Thesis Title: "Consumption in the American Mining West: Substitute and Complement Goods in the Foodways of Aurora, Nevada". May 2014

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

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