Students | Alumni News 2021

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David Carlson, a PhD student in archaeology, received the Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship for 2020-21 for his dissertation entitled, “Residence, Resistance, and Racialization: A Historical Archaeology of Japanese American Daily Life at Barneston, Washington.”

Erin Gamble, a PhD student in archaeology, received an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant for her dissertation research, “Trade and Entanglement in Precolonial Hokkaido: The Formation of the Okhotsk Culture.”

Delaney Glass, a PhD student in biological anthropology, was awarded Data Science for Social Good Fellowship through eScience Institute for Summer 2021, Easa A. Bateh Fellowship for commitment to Arabic Studies from NELC, and a Summer 2021 FLAS in Arabic through the Middle East Center.

Hollis Miller, a PhD student in archaeology, received an NSF Dissertation Research Improvement Grant for her research entitled, "Uncovering Native-Lived Colonialism in Old Harbor, Alaska."

Hugo Puerto, a PhD student in sociocultural anthropology, received the 2020-21 Stroum Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Washington Graduate Opportunity and Minority Achievement Program.

Eugenio Quantro-Plaga, a PhD student in sociocultural anthropology, was awarded a Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship to continue his language studies in Urdu for the 2021-22 academic year.

Hope St. John, a PhD student in sociocultural anthropology, received a 2021 Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship from the Simpson Center for her dissertation work entitled, "Picturing the City: Photographic Practice and the Constitution of Urban Place." 


Kathleen Adams (PhD 1988) Her book, The Ethnography of Tourism: Edward Bruner and Beyond (co-edited with N. Leite and Q. Casteneda), has won the 2020 American Anthropological Association / Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group’s Bruner Book Prize for best recently published book (a prize for second books and beyond). The Prize Committee's statement: "Leite, Castaneda, and Adams's volume is a beautiful retrospective of the enduring importance of Ed Bruner's work and legacy in our field, and we have no doubt that it will be used as a central historical, theoretical, and teaching text by many."

Darren Byler (PhD 2018) accepted an assistant faculty position in the Department of International Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. His first book, Terror Capitalism: Uyghur Dispossession and Masculinity in a Chinese City, will be published by Duke University Press in Fall 2021. He has another book, Technologies of Reeducation: Contemporary Minority Surveillance and Global China, in the works forthcoming in the Columbia University Global Reports series. And you can always read the latest from the collective of writers, scholars, and artists he holds space for on the beautifully designed and moving website begun as part of his research, The Art of Life in Chinese Central Asia: A Repository of Emerging Forms of Uyghur, Han and Kazakh Art and Politics.

Jennifer J. Carroll (MPH/PhD 2015) accepted a tenure track position in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at North Carolina State University, and will be joining them in the fall. Her book, Narkomania: Drugs, HIV, and Citizenship in Ukraine (Cornell University Press, 2019), is the winner of the 2020 Heldt Prize for Best Book by a Woman in any area of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Anna Cohen (PhD 2016) accepted a tenure track assistant professor position in the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology at Utah State University.

Alexandra Hammerberg (PhD 2021) accepted a position at Hy5 as a postdoctoral researcher in the development of a new prosthetic hand as well as continuing her research into devices that improve outcomes after orthopedic trauma. 

Ian Kretzler (PhD 2020) was awarded the Society for American Archaeology's 2021 Dissertation Award for the outstanding contributions, "An Archaeology of Survivance on the Grand Ronde Reservation: Telling Stories of Enduring Native Presence,” makes to the discipline.

Graham Pruss (PhD 2019) accepted a Postdoctoral Scholar position with the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative (BHHI), at the University of California, San Francisco UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations. He will be collaborating with doctors and researchers, using a strategic science framework to work on service and policy development. He is one of the two inaugural postdocs working with faculty mentor(s) to conduct/publish research and improve their skills. He will focus on advancing research and support for vehicle residents across the United States.

Rodrigo Solinis-Casparius (PhD 2019) received the Alfonso Case Award for best archaeology dissertation from the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology. Rodrigo received this recognition for his dissertation entitled, "The Role of Road Networks in Social Definition and Integration of Angamuco, Michoacán (250-1530 CE)."

Nicole Torres (PhD 2013) accepted a tenure track position as assistant professor in the department of Health and Community Studies at Western Washington University.

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