Students | Alumni News 2020


Baishakhi Basu, a PhD student in biological anthropology, was awarded a 2019-20 Wadsworth Fellowship from the Wenner-Gren Foundation to complete her dissertation entitled, The effect of famine on ovarian aging in Bangladeshi women.

The Middle East Center awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship to study Arabic to Delaney Glass for the 2020-21 academic year.

Alexandra G. Hammerberg, a PhD student in biological anthropology, received an Honorable Mention in the Medicine and Public Health category of the 2020 AAAS Student E-Poster Competition at the February 2020 meeting.

Jiun-yu Liu, Gayoung Park, Joss Whittaker, and Li-ying Wang were all awarded a one quarter Niles Fellowships during the 2019-20 academic year to complete work on their dissertations.

Hollis Miller, a PhD student in archaeology, was presented with the Alaska Anthropological Association's James W. VanStone Graduate Scholarship to support graduate training in the anthropology of the north at the association's annual meeting in late February 2020 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Hollis is developing an archaeological, archival, and community-oriented dissertation on Sugpiaq/Alutiiq responses to Russian colonialism in SE Kodiak, Alaska.

Leyla Savloff, a PhD student in sociocultural anthropology, will complete and defend her dissertation entitled, Entre Nosotres: The Social and Political Spheres of Women Against Prisons, by the end of May 2020. Leyla has accepted an assistant professor of anthropology position at Elon University beginning Autumn 2020. Her article “Deviant Motherhood: House Arrest and Social Belonging in Argentina” is currently available through Duke University Press. 

Lily Shapiro received the Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship for 2019-20 for her dissertation entitled, (Re)Constructing the Body: Factory Accidents and Plastic Surgery in South India.

Kyle Trembley, a PhD student in sociocultural anthropology, was awarded a 2020-21 American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) fellowship for his dissertation entitled, Rattus Hierarchicus: Rats, Caste, Masculinities, and Care in Rajasthan.

Li-ying Wang received a 2019-20 Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation Fellowship.


Roshni Sinha (BS Medical Anthropology and Global Health, BA International Studies and African Studies) and Fa’auma Kaimana (BA Medical Anthropology and Global Health [honors], Sociology, Oceania and Pacific Islander Studies, Diversity) have both been nominated to the Husky 100 in 2020. The Husky 100 recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students who are making the most of their time at the UW.


Jeannie Bailey, UW Biological Anthropology PhD 2016, was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at UCSF.

Dan Grunspan, UW Biological Anthropology PhD 2016, has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in "Biology Teaching and Educational Innovation" in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph, in Canada.

Leah Koskimaki, UW Anthropology PhD 2011, has accepted a position as Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Social Development at the University of the Western Cape, in South Africa.

Seungki Kwak, PhD UW Anthropology 2015, has been hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at Kyungpook National University, Korea (

Rodrigo Solinis-Casparius, UW Archaeology PhD 2019, was accepted into a postdoctoral-to-tenure-track-faculty program in the Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Sarah Stansfield, received a PhD in Biological Anthropology and an MPH in Epidemiology in Autumn 2019. Dr. Stansfield studies a unique facet of anthropology and epidemiology: epidemic modeling and how modeling HIV virulence evolution within networks of people provides critical insights to how HIV evolves in the real world. She will remain at the University of Washington as she has accepted a postdoctoral position in the UW Department of Biomedical Informatics.