New Graduate Students
BA Anthropology archaeology and biological option, Cal State University East Bay
Language Spoken: English and Spanish
Interests: Archaeology, physical anthropology, Latinx archaeology, and all things Disney.
Area of Expertise: Contemporary archaeology.
Past Research: Conducted a garbology research project with other colleagues at a park located in Fruitvale, Oakland. Through the collection of garbage we were not only able to identify particular patterns conducted by age groups, but also came up with a variety of suggestions to aid in reducing the amount of trash and unwanted behavior.
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. - Walt Disney
BA Anthropology, University of California Berkeley
Language Spoken: English, Conversational Spanish, Basic Korean
Interests: Ethnography, User Experience Research, Technology, Web Design, Qualitative Research.
Area of Expertise: Socio-Cultural Anthropology.
Past Research: Ethnographic research on gyms and the negotiation between body image and anti-shaming politics; contemporary social analysis of localized terrorism, ethnic warfare, and extremism in the U.S.; exploration of the use of TEPCO Beach ceramics as mementos.
“Villains of industry seek to deprive us of our humanity. Scientists, scholars, and
designers prevail, and now a new profession flourishes, turning man's submission to
technology into technology's submission to man.” - Leah Buley
Venice Beach: A Soul Synthesis presented at 87th Annual Conference of the Southwestern Anthropological Association
Neanderthals and Paleolithic Cave Art: Did They Hold the Paintbrush? presented at California State University, Long Beach 2016 Student Research Competition.
Never Nappy: Retaining Cultural Identity through Hairstyling Rituals in a Skid Row Homeless Shelter presented at 114th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.
“Anthropology is the most humanistic of the sciences and the most scientific of the
humanities.” - Alfred L. Kroeber
BA Anthropology, SJSU
MA Applied Anthropology (Expected)
Languages Spoken: English and Spanish
Interests: Immigration, forensic anthropology, human osteology, prison systems, physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, archaeology, and Issues on race and class.
Area of Expertise: Physical anthropology and forensic studies.
Past Research: Dining Services Project (SJSU 2017), Food Culture Project (SJSu 2017).
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept,
and celebrate those differences.” - Audre Lorde
BA Behavioral Science from San Jose State University
Language Spoken: English
Interests: Technology, astronomy, debate, philosophy, automation, eceonomics, gaming, education, fiction, outdoors.
Area of Expertise: I've done most of my research into the design of public and private spaces as they relate to the ongoing development of autonomous vehicles.
Past Research: Autonomous vehicles (see above); analyses of 'dating app' trends and behaviors; crowdfunding, the sharing/gig economy, and the producer and consumer-investor relationship.
What is better: to be born good or to overcome your evil nature through great effort." - Paarthurnax, Skyrim
|Sanja Kolarevic Pesich
BA in English Language and Literature, Universtiy of Nis, Serbia MBA, Marketing Management and Leading People and Organizations, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California
Languages Spoken: English, Serbo-Croatian, Russian
Interests: Social Entrepreneurship, researching fear-driven decisions leading to wars as well as dysfunctional behavior in work environments.
Past Research: A serial entrepreneur with businesses experience in former Yugoslavia and California.
More than ten years of experience working in marketing roles for both for-profit and
BA Cultural Anthropology
Language Spoken: English, Spanish, Italian, and music
Interests: Qualitative design research, graphic design, community arts & culture, environmental stewardship.
Area of Expertise: Qualitative research methods and hospitality, small - business, and non-profit service design.
Past Research: Host - guest perceptions and power structures in a national park town in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
No one - no indigenous group, no specialist science, no doctrine or philosophy-holds the key to the future, if only we could find it. We have to make the future for ourselves, but that can only be done through dialogue. Anthropology's role is to expand the scope of this dialogue: to make a conversation of human life itself. - Tim Ingold and Caroline Gatt
|Melanie Maxwell Bailey
BA Anthropology (Archaeology), Saint Mary's College of California
Language Spoken: English
Interests: Business anthropology, small business culture, technology and culture change, women in business, cooking, eating, YouTube and makeup.
Area of Expertise: Small Business, QuickBooks Online, 3rd party accounting application integrations
Past Research: Fort Ross Windmill Project (2008), Maui, Hawai'i-Hawai'i Past and Present (2010), Narratives around Native Americans in Northern California Museums (2015)
Masters of Education - Merrimack College
Languages Spoken: English, limited Japanese, Mandarin, and French
Interests: Africa Diaspora spiritualties & religion, social justice education, LGBTQ + studies, anthropology of education, pedagogy & teaching, fiber arts
Area of Expertise: Academic affairs and student life in Higher Education
Past Research: Masters Capstone - The Anthropology of Higher Education: An Undergraduate Course.
“When we drop fear, we can draw nearer to people, we can draw nearer to the earth,
we can draw nearer to all the heavenly creatures that surround us.” – Bell Books
UC Santa Cruz '18
Languages Spoken: English
Interests: Queer identity and communities, pop culture, queer culture, music and sound.
“And the most important thing, I think, with creativity is that you honor your creativity and that you don’t ever ignore it or go against what that creative image is telling you because of what society is projecting on you” – Lady Gaga