New Graduate Students

Andriana BodroukAndriana Bodrouk

BA 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


Kayla Celest TaduranKayla Celest 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


Caroline AmmonChloe Ammon

BA in Anthropology, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Language Spoken:
English, Turkish


Interests:
Political Activism, Immigration, Intersectional Feminism, Critical Race Theory,  Indigenous 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



Jackson BenzJackson Benz

B.A. 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 José State University

Language Spoken:
English


Interests:
Environmental Anthropology, Ritual & Religion, & 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 Anthropology San José State University


Language Spoken:
Spanish, 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." ― Vincent Van Gogh


Cesar  VillanuevaCesar Villanueva

BA Anthropology University of California, Santa Cruz  


Language Spoken: English, 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 EdmondsonAnna Edmondson

BA Human Geography, University of California, Berkeley

MA 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 StokesKiley 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 


Brenna Wheelis Brenna Wheelis

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


Languages 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


Cibella GammaCibella Gamma

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


Languages Spoken: English, 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


Nolan KriechNolan Kriech

BA in Anthropology, San José State University


Languages Spoken: English

 

Interests: Cultural resource management, land management, music, food, hiking

 

Area of Expertise:  Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology

 

Past Research: Analysis of Maya script; anthropology of play in Magic: the Gathering