New Graduate Students

Heena Gandhi Heena Gandhi

BA Anthropology

MA Applied Anthropology


Language Spoken: English

Interests: Cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, hiking, reading, traveling, trying new things!

Area of Expertise: Heath & wellness

Past Research: Traditional health systems, biomedicine

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best.” -St. Jerome


Ian D Guerra

BA Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz
MA Applied Anthropology (expected), SJSU

Interests: Critical Theory, Historical Materialism, Marxism, Semiotics, Hegemony and Social Democratic Movements, Patterns of Consumption/Hyper Consumerism, Poetry, Boredom and Post/Modernity. 

Area of Expertise: Cultural Anthropology, Low-Wage labor, Alienation and Conceptions of Work/Worker-Identity in the 21st Century, Bureaucracy.

Miguel Huerta Miguel Huerta

BA Behavioral Science SJSU
MA Applied Anthropology (expected)

Languages Spoken: English & Spanish

Interests: Cultural Anthropology, Traveling, Exercising, Eating, Hiking, Soccer.

Area of Expertise: Ethnographies, Cultural Anthropology.

Past Research: Perception of waste among SJSU students, Presented at the 43rd Annual Western Department of Anthropology and Sociology Undergraduate Conference.

“Live simply so that others may simply live” - Gandhi

Jarrar Simon Simon Jarrar

BA Anthropology, SJSU

MA Applied Anthropology (expected)

Languages Spoken: English & Arabic

Interests: Human sexuality, gender, the occult, mythology, perceptions of reality, and cats. 

Area of Expertise: Mental health in social contexts; non-normative gender identities. 

Past Research: Food stamps, Silicon Valley residents, the intersection of motherhood and disability. 

Marissa Marissa Massaro

BA Anthropology, SJSU

MA Applied Anthropology


Language Spoken: English

Interests: Physical Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, traveling, swimming and physical exercise, attending car shows, dogs, and spending time with family and friends.

Area of Expertise: Physical human remains and precise excavation of material culture and human remains. 

Past Research:Bioarchaeology field school in Badia di Pozzeveri, Italy, 2014. SWAA presentation of my ethnographic research with the Silicon Valley Roller Derby Girls and aggression within the realm of female sports, 2014. Archaeology Field Supervisor at Loma Prieta Mill Site Aptos, California 2015. Archaeology Field Supervisor at Whites Bay Beach and Hamilton Estate, Nevis Islands 2016.

“Bones are our last and best witness; they never lie and they never forget.” -Clyde Snow

Shauna Shauna M. Mundt

BA Anthropology, UC Berkeley

MA Applied Anthropology (expected)


Languages Spoken: English & some Spanish

Historical Archaeology, issues of power, gender, class, race, and identity/identity performance,  the Grateful Dead, movies, hiking, playing with my dog.

Area of Expertise:
Fort Davis, a 19th Century army fort in West Texas.

Past Research: The Fort Davis Archaeological Project (FODAAP): cataloguing, artifact identification and analysis, fieldwork, archival research, Honors Thesis.

“Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.” – Robert Hunter

Pawar Bhargavi Pawar

BA Anthropology

MA Applied Anthropolgy (expected)

Languages Spoken: English, Hindi, Marathi, and Elementary French.

Interests: Socio-cultural anthropology, design anthropology, user experience research, organizational anthropology, behavioral research, dancing, football (soccer), traveling, meeting new people, and lots of food!

Area of Expertise: Ethnographic fieldwork, qualitative research

Past Research: Challenges of male bartenders vs. challenges of female bartenders in the south bay. 

caterina torres Caterina Torres

BA Anthropolgy

MA Applied Anthropolgy


Language Spoken: English

Interests: Traveling, writing, gaming, dancing, and reading. 

Area of Expertise: Database management and website administration, training and documentation, and collaborating on team-led projects.

Past Research: Website design (basic html/css) and Salesforce administration.

“Those who are heartless, once cared too much.”-Frank Ocean