New Graduate Students

Andriana Bodrouk

Andriana BodroukBA in Anthropology, San José State University

Language Spoken: English







Interests:
Travel, theme parks, hiking, photography, coffee, yoga, tarot, music, & history.

Area of Expertise: Cultural Anthropology

Past Research: The significance of immersion as both a way of play and a planned business model as exemplified by Disneyland and other companies in the entertainment industry; the effects of remote living during COVID-19 & future effects on socialization and interaction.

If you want to be a good archaeologist, you gotta get out of the library
– Harrison Ford


Caroline Ammon

Caroline Ammon BA in Anthropology,  Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Language Spoken: English and Turkish




Interests:
Political Activism, Immigration, Intersectional Feminism, Critical Race
Theory, Indiginous Language Revitalization, Environmental Anthropology, Climbing, Hiking, Yoga, Language, Food, Travel, Music, Good Coffee/Tea with Friends

Area of Expertise: I don't claim to have any yet 

Past Research: Community-Driven Language Revitalization Efforts in North America: An Analysis of Common Criticisms and the Role of Linguists


Kayla Taduran

Kayla Taduran

BA in Anthropology/California State University, Fullerton 

Language Spoken: English






Interests:
Anime, Video Games, Dungeons & Dragons, Media Analysis, Video Essays, Online Communities, Online Etiquette, User Experiences

Area of Expertise: Cross Culture Analysis, Anthropology of Sex and Gender

Past Research: Asian American Beauty Standards, Sexual Content Analysis of Netflix’s Never Have I Ever, The Effects of Gender Representation in Anime, Linear Regression Analysis of Food Stamp Benefits/Household Representative Age

Courage is not the absence of fear. It is acting in spite of it”- Donald Doyle, Red vs. Blue


Jackson Benz 

Jackson Benz

BA in Cultural Anthropology from University of West Florida  

Language Spoken: English

 

 

Interests: Environmental Anthropology, Qualitative Research Methods, Gender Performativity, Cultural Anthropology, Gardening, and Hiking

Area of Expertise: Disaster Anthropology and Crisis Management

Past Research: N/A

No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent a part of the main - John Donne 


Rebecca Carmick

Rebecca Carmick

B.A. in Environmental Studies & Minor in Anthropology at San Jose University

Language Spoken: English



Interests:
Environmental Anthropology, Ritual & Religion, and Ethnography 

Area of Expertise: Climate Change, Agriculture, and Qualitative Research 

Past Research: Post-wildfire Community in Vida, Oregon

...the most fun lies in seeing and studying the unknown.”
― Aldo Leopold


Alexandra Garcia

Alexandra Garcia

BA in Anthropology San Jose State University

Language Spoken: Spanish and English








Interests:
Travel, music, surfing, hiking, sociocultural anthropology, urban anthropology 

Area of Expertise: Sociocultural anthropology, physical anthropology, qualitative research methods

Past Research: N/A

I don't know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream


Cesar Villanueva

Cesar Villanueva

BA in Anthropology University of California, Santa Cruz  

Language Spoken: English and Spanish



Interests:
Food, Travel, Sports, Working out, and Video Games

Area of Expertise: Archaeology

Past Research: The Influential Factors Behind Aztec Food and Agricultural Practices

 


Anna Edmondson

Anna Edmondson

BA in Human Geography, University of California, Berkeley

MA in Urban & Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley

Language Spoken: English


Interests:
Cultural Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Travel, Open Water Swimming , Narrative History, Indigenous Studies, Writing, Immigrant Stories, Identity, Sailing, Activism, Aesthetics

Area of Expertise: Geography, Strategic Planning, Communications, Interviewing, Academic Conference Coordination, Writing, Editing, Gardening, Training for Alcatraz

Past Research: Khmer Community Development in Modesto, Economic Development in Zimbabwe, NGO Impact Assessment

There is a sense we are all each other’s consequences. - Wallace Stegner


Kiley Stokes

Kiley Stokes

BA in Behavioral Sciences, San José State University

Language Spoken: English





Interests
: Social Action, Environmental and Cultural Preservation, Community Resilience and Organizing, Climbing, Photography, Bay Area Music and Art Communities, Garbology, Wandering Cities 

Area of Expertise: Cultural Anthropology

Past Research: Complex Social Pathways Leading to Homelessness in San José; Care Practices of SJSU Undergraduate Students in Relation to the SJSU Counseling Center 

Let's face it. We're undone by each other. And if we're not, we're missing something. - Judith Butler 

 


Cibella Gamma

Cibella Gamma

BA in Sociology & Anthropology, Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, University of Redlands

Language Spoken: English and Japanese (adequately) 

 

 

 


Interests: Folklore and Mythology, Mystery Novels, International Dramas, Art, Theology, KPOP, Tea, Transnational Migrant Identity 

Area of Expertise: Cultural Anthropology

Past Research: Sekentei culture of Japan, Buddhist Literary Traditions, socio-economic culture of Hong Kong, Thai Gender Identity 

 


Brenna Wheelis

Brenna Wheelis

BA in Social and Behavioral Sciences, California State University, Monterey Bay

Language Spoken: English




Interests:
Social History, Archaeology, Zooarchaeology, Human and Faunal Osteology, Travel

Area of Expertise: Archaeology, Zooarchaeology, Project Management

Past Research: Social and Architectural History of Mission San Juan Bautista, Maryknoll Rectory at Mission San Juan Bautista, 575 Benton Street Project, San Rafael Rock Quarry Cultural Resources Assessment

So it goes. - Billy Pilgrim.