Students | Alumni News 2017


Baishakhi Basu was awarded a NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant for her doctoral research on, "The effect of famine on ovarian aging in Bangladeshi women." 

Dianne Baumann received National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) for three years beginning 2017. She also received the Anthropology James Fellowship for 2017-18.

Darren Byler was awarded a Simpson Center Society of Scholars research fellowship to support the completion of his dissertation, “The Art of Life in Chinese Central Asia: Precariousness, Art and Minority Politics in the City.” 

Julius Doyle was awarded a Ford Foundation 2017 Dissertation Fellowship for his proposal, "I'm Black and I'm Strong: The Health Effects of Resilience in the face of Discrimination among Black American Men in Metropolitan Seattle." 

P.  Joshua Griffin received a grant from UW’s Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, for his research on, "Whither the “mixed economy?” Labor, Care, and Survivance in Northwest Iñupiaq Alaska,” part of his greater dissertation project on climate change and vulnerability in an arctic community.

Rachel Lee received a China Program Student Research Grant from the UW Jackson School of International Studies and the Joint Research PhD Fellowship from the Confucius Institute.

Rebecca Ortega received a Go Beyond Giving Runner-Up prize from GoFundMe for creating and managing a campaign, and received a letter from the UW Divisional Deans of Social Sciences and Humanities recognizing her for high student evaluation scores.

Emily Pollock received National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) for three years beginning 2017.

Lillian Prueher received a Confucius China Studies Program (CCSP) Fellowship from the Confucius Institute of the Chinese Ministry of Education for September 2017 through January 2019.

Evi Sutrisno received a one-year dissertation fellowship from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International and Scholarly Exchange for her dissertation entitled, “Imagining China Religiously: The Invention, Resilience and revival of Indonesian Confucianism (1897-2010).”

Joss Whittaker was awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to support his archaeological fieldwork in the Aru Islands of Indonesia in 2017-18.



Niva Ashkenazi was awarded the Arlene Hunter Scholarship from the College of Arts and Sciences – Humanities for the 2017-18 academic year.

Kelsey Plum led the UW women’s basketball team to the NCAA tournament, was named the espnW national player of the year, and won the 2017 John R. Wooden Award for the most outstanding player in women’s college basketball. She was taken No. 1 overall by the San Antonio Stars in the 2017 WNBA draft.

Tess Seltzer, Medical Anthropology and Global, received an Opportunity Grant from the UW Stroum Center for Jewish Studies.

Rachael Tamngin, Medical Anthropology and Global Health, was named to the 2017 Husky 100. Each year, the Husky 100 recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students from Bothell, Seattle, and Tacoma in all areas of study who are making the most of their time at the UW.

Kirstyn Thomas hit a two-run home run to help the UW women’s softball to a 3-1 win over Oregon in their opening game of the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.



Jeannie Bailey (PhD 2016) became a Postdoctoral Scholar at University of California, San Francisco, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Jennifer Carroll (MPH 2015, PhD 2015) accepted a researcher position at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in support of the National Heroin Response Strategy.

Cyler Conrad (BA 2012) was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grant to help complete his PhD research at the University of New Mexico, using zooarchaeological data to examine long-term dietary change in northern Thailand.

Tyler Faith (BA 2005; PhD from George Washington University in Hominid Paleobiology and Zooarchaeology 2011) is leaving his position at the University of Queensland (Australia) to join the faculty at the University of Utah, where he will be a Curator in the Natural History Museum of Utah and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology.

Jacob L. Fisher (PhD 2010) was awarded tenure last year and is now officially an Associate Professor of Anthropology (and Director of the Archaeological Curation Facility) at California State University, Sacramento. 

Erik Gjesfjeld (PhD 2014) accepted a prestigious, three-year post-doctoral Renfrew Fellowship at Cambridge University McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

Christina M. Giovas (PhD 2013) is leaving her current position at the University of Queensland (Australia) for a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University.

Daniel Grunspan (PhD 2016) accepted a Postdoctoral fellowship at the Arizona State Center for Evolution and Medicine, joint with the School of Life Sciences.

Duong Bich Hanh (PhD 2006) became Chief of Unit Coordinates and implements UNESCO Culture Programmes in the Asia-Pacific region.

Ge (Gladys) Jian (PhD 2016) has accepted a position as a full-time lecturer in linguistic anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for 2017-18, where she will teach courses in linguistic anthropology ranging from undergraduate introductory level to graduate seminar.

Peter Knutson (PhD 1987) is a Professor of Anthropology at Seattle Central College and recently published, "Escaping the Corpoprate Net: Pragmatics of small boat direct marketing in the Salmon fishing industry of the Northeastern Pacific," Marine Policy, 28 March 2016; and, "Art and Anarchy: Radical Pedagogy in the Community College," 2015 invited paper for the ACLA Annual Meeting

Joyce LeCompte-Mastenbrook (PhD 2016) became a Lecturer in the University of Washington Program on the Environment.

Lisbeth Louderback (PhD 2014), Curator of Archaeology in the Natural History Museum of Utah and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Utah, is the first author on a paper on the earliest use of potatoes in North America that is to appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Shir Lerman (BA 2007) graduated from the University of Connecticut with an anthropology PhD (2016) and MPH (2015) and has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in implementation science at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Gabe Valle (PhD 2016) accepted a tenure track job as an Assistant Professor, in the Environmental Studies Program at California State University San Marcos.

Katherine Wander (PhD 2012), assistant professor at Binghamton University, received the AAA EAS paper award for Best Paper by a New Investigator, as lead author of the paper, “Is Drinking Tea a Dietary Adaptation? Tea, Iron, and Infection Among Children in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.”