New Graduate Students

Brieann DeOrnellas 
BA Anthropology San Jose State University 

Language Spoken: 
California English 

Art; creative writing; hiking; travelling; anthropological research; human osteology; archaeology; polemical discussion; critiquing most things that have to do with humans, as humans are generally annoying at best; being facetious; backgammon.

Area of Expertise: Anthropological analysis of disease as a sociocultural, political, temporal, and biological entity. Human osteological analysis in prehistoric and historic archaeological contexts. Mimicking turkey calls.

Past Research: 
Co-Principal Investigator and osteologist for Yakmuy ‘Ooyakáma-tka (CA-SCL-215) prehistoric site. Independent ethnographic researcher for the Industry and Malady project. Osteologist for prehistoric site CA-SCL-689.


Jillian Ferini 
San Jose State University BA Anthropology, Minor in Studio Art and Communication Studies 

Language Spoken:

Qualitative research design, multimedia Anthropology, art and art making processes (in particular of ceramics), memory work, memorial studies, documentation of oral histories, studies of trauma, work that challenges the assumptions of creativity being individualistic

Area of Expertise: Qualitative research methods, narration through film mediums  

Past Research: The Cement Prairie: The History and Legacy of the 1952 American Indian Urban Relocation Program (SJSU & NUMU 2017), Sustainability and Disabilities in Berlin (SJSU 2017), Student Wellness and Care Practices (SJSU 2018) Re-engineering Nature (SJSU 2019)


"But all our phrasing-race relations, racial chasm, racial justice, racial profiling, white privilege, even white supremacy-serves to obscure that racism is a visceral experience, that it dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, extracts organs, cracks bones, breaks teeth. You must never look away from this. You must always remember that the sociology, the history, the economics, the graphs, the charts, the regressions all lands, with great violence, upon the body." - Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me 

Andrew Ng
Bachelor of Arts / San Jose State University 

Language Spoken:

Public Transportation, Popular Culture, and Water Management

Area of Expertise: Cultural Anthropology

Past Research: The Value of Trading Cards, Water Anthropology Informational Report, Transportation Methods by San Jose State Students, and History of the Chinese Ding.

Jhaid Parreno 
BA in Behavorial Science SJSU 2018

Language Spoken:
 English, Bisaya, Tagalog 

Traveling and Photography

Area of Expertise:
Early Childhood Education

Past Research: 
Disaster Preparedness in Japantown and Hensley Neighborhood, Group Research on Double Standard and Sexual Behavior, Research on the Relationship Between Technology and Our Ability to Maintain Relationships, and Ethnographic Research on the Anthropology of Food in the Bay Area

“Jobs fills your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.” – Jaime Lyn

Shilpa Shah 
BA in Socio- Cultural Anthropology from UC Davis

Language Spoken:

I love anything Harry Potter related. I enjoy eating at new restaurants specifically to find cinnamon rolls and fries. I also like taking day trips on weekends whether it’s to hike or go to the beach. 

Area of Expertise: Teaching 3rd graders!

Past Research:

Edher Zamudio 

M.A. University of California Santa Cruz, Latin American and Latino Studies

B.A. Sociology and Latino Studies, San Francisco State University

Language Spoken:
 Spanish and English 

Latin American migration to the United States and Europe, Latina/o experience in the United States, colonial history of the Americas, African diaspora in the Americas, Indigeneity, and social inequality in the Americas.

Area of Expertise: Migration patterns and racial formations.  

Past Research: 
Migration and Health, Research Assistant, Cecilia Rivas, Latin American and Latino Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. Migration and Health, Research Assistant, Cecilia Rivas, Latin American and Latino Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz.  LGBTQ Movement and Iconography in Mexico, Edward McCaughan, Sociology Department, San Francisco State University.