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Anthropology Department Blog

Story on Summer UVM Archaeology Interns

Posted: June 9th, 2017 by dblom


From the Milton Independent: “Digging in, part two: UVM archaeology survey completed at Stannard House




UVM Alums Headed to Graduate and Professional Schools!

Posted: May 19th, 2017 by tmares

Here are just a few of the many paths our alumni take for their post-graduate education!

Elliot Brake (’13) was accepted to the University of Maine’s Law Program.

Paige Brochu (’15) was accepted to the Boston University Environmental Health M.A. program.

Julia Burns (’15) was accepted to MS program in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana.

Gemma Duffee (’14) was accepted to the MS program Design and Urban Ecologies program at the Parson’s School of Design at the New School.

Kathryn Martin (’13) was accepted to the MS Program in Physician Assistant Studies at Stanford University.

Fiona Mills (’13) was accepted to the MA program in Gender and Development program at the University of Sussex!

Yael Rhodes (’14) was accepted to the Masters program in Conflict Resolution at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

David Waller (’17) was accepted to the University of Rhode Island to pursue a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel.


Anthropology Students Present their Work at the UVM Student Research Conference

Posted: April 29th, 2017 by dblom

Several anthropology students presented their work at the UVM Student Research Conference, including one interviewed by NPR.

Ariadne Argyros, A Stylistic Analysis of Middle Kingdom Faience Hippopotami Statuettes (Advisor: Scott Van Keuren)

Liz Cheli, How Ethnography Informs the Study of Archaeological Pottery Production (Advisor: Scott Van Keuren)

Catherine Dey, Mayan, Mimbres, and Moche: Human Representation in Prehistoric Pottery (Advisor: Scott Van Keuren)

Leyla Dickason, Ceramic Volume Measurements: A Comparative Analysis (Advisor: Scott Van Keuren)

Molly Duff, Would I Eat This? Negotiating Boundaries of Risk and Service in the Kitchen (Advisor: Teresa Mares)

Rebecca Friedlander, Illuminating the Past: Exploring the Use of Luminol on Ancient Southwestern Pottery (Advisor: Scott Van Keuren)

Darnell Holmes, Flint Knapping Process and Use-wear Analysis (Advisor: John Crock)

Lily Kim, The Coiling Technique and Jomon Period (Advisor: Scott Van Keuren)

Julia Lees, Making Entomophagy a Reality: Investigating Optimal Growth Conditions for Tenebrio molitor (mealworms)(Advisor: Victor Izzo)

Hayley Malloy, Trifling With Typology (Advisor: Scott Van Keuren)

Masha Nazarko, Looter\’s Place in Archaeology (Advisor: Scott Van Keuren)

Eileen Parks, A Cross-Cultural Examination of Funerary Pottery (Advisor: Scott Van Keuren)

Haley Parry, Looted pottery and its Effects on American Archaeology (Advisor: Scott Van Keuren)

Helena Rainville, The influence access to other resources and distance from the community had on the choice of clay resource locations (Advisor: Scott Van Keuren)

Gabriela Sarriera, Outdated Legal Barriers to Health in Rwanda (Advisor: Laura Hill)

David Waller, Inside Jokes: An Analysis of Mythological Depictions on Pottery and Ceramics (Advisor: Scott Van Keuren)

Nian Wan, Autoethnography as Reflexive Method: Insights into Preparing an Advanced Directive as a Chinese Woman with a Disability (Advisor: Richard Pinckney)

Cara Zhuang, Home as an Aging Place: An Ethnography of Community-Dwelling Elders in Shanghai (Advisor: Jeanne Shea)

Anthropology Student Awarded a Grant for Summer Research

Posted: April 29th, 2017 by dblom

Sonia Zaccheo, a junior minoring in Anthropology with a global health focus, has been awarded a UVM College of Arts and Sciences APLE Summer Stipend to support her Honors thesis research this summer. Her ethnographic research is focused on mapping and analyzing the food and nutrition resources, programs, and initiatives on offer for resettled refugees in Chittenden County. Part of her project will involve creating a map of these services with ArcGIS, in hopes of providing a tangible resource for providers and members of the refugee community. The APLE award will also help fund Sonia’s training with ArcGIS techniques.

Fall 2016 Newsletter

Posted: November 18th, 2016 by tmares

We are pleased to share our Fall 2016 Newsletter, featuring departmental updates, and some great news on faculty and student research. We hope you enjoy it!



Congratulations to Professor Dickinson on her Fulbright Award!

Posted: April 25th, 2016 by tmares

Professor Jennifer (“J”) Dickinson has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant to Ukraine from the U.S. Department of state and J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.  Her research topic is “Lviv’s Deaf Community:  Language and Identity in a Time of Transition,” a project that combines ethnographic and oral historical research to understand continuity and change in the identity of members of the Deaf community in a mid-sized Ukrainian city.  Professor Dickinson’s research is focused on adult Deaf Ukrainians and their work lives.  To better understand how use of Ukrainian Sign Language (USL), professional training and work history, and recent political changes in Ukraine all contribute to identity, Professor Dickinson will be in the field for four months, spending time with adult Ukrainians in professional training courses, at a factory owned by the Ukrainian Society for the Deaf, and at events for retired members of the community.  She will also work with graduate students and faculty in the Department of Social Pedagogy at Ukrainian Catholic University.  Her sponsor at UCU is Dr. Ihor Kobel, a leading advocate for USL use in the Ukrainian educational system.

Congratulations to Matthew Claeys

Posted: March 24th, 2016 by tmares

Matthew Claeys (2011) is expected to graduate Fall 2016 with a Masters in African Studies from the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana. His thesis research surveyed perceptions and treatment of mental health in Ghana as a means to understand human rights theory in Africa. He has been involved in additional research concerning forms of modern slavery across Ghana. He was awarded a student travel award in 2015 from the African Studies Association of America with which he expanded his experience on the African continent into Morocco and the Western Sahara. He is currently residing in Jersey City, NJ awaiting graduation. Following is his pending contribution to scholarship:

Claeys, M. (2016) How “African” Are Human Rights? Experiences and Perceptions of Mental Health Practitioners in Ghana. Master’s Thesis. Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana.

Congratulations to Elizabeth McLeod

Posted: March 23rd, 2016 by tmares

LizElizabeth McLeod (2012), formerly Elizabeth “Liz” Lednicky, has recently been accepted to the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She hopes to pursue a career in forensic pathology. Liz has recently graduated from Boston University School of Medicine with a MS in Forensic Anthropology. Her thesis research investigated the effect of rainfall on decomposition and blowfly activity. She has been involved in additional research investigating histomorphometric factors in human rib bone and taphonomic indicators of rodent gnawing. She is currently working in the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA awaiting the beginning of the 2016 school year.  Following are her recent contributions to scholarship:

McLeod, E. (2015) The Effect of Rainfall on Blowfly (Calliphoridae) Activity and Decomposition on Recently Deposited Animal Remains. Master’s Thesis. Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA.

Pokines, J., Sussman, R., Gough, M., Ralston, C., McLeod, E., Brun, K., Kearns, A., Moore, T. Taphonomic Analysis of Rodentia and Lagomorpha Bone Gnawing Based upon Incisor Size. Journal of Forensic Sciences. In Press.

Anthropology major Cassidy Cabrera earns Outstanding Service-Learning Award

Posted: March 15th, 2016 by dblom

CUPSWe are happy to announce that Anthropology major Cassidy Cabrera earned the undergraduate Outstanding Service-Learning Award for 2016, which is administered by UVM’s office of Community-University Partnerships and Service-Learning (CUPS). In fall 2015, Cassidy pursued two interlinked service-learning internships with HungerFree Vermont and the Integrated Arts Academy; she is currently serving as an Service Learning Teaching Assistant (SL-TA) in Prof. Jeanne Shea’s ANTH 290 Methods of Ethnographic Field Work class. Cassidy was nominated by Tom Wilson in the CUPS Office, supervisor of the SL-TA program. He writes:

Cassidy consistently demonstrated excellence in critical thinking and reflection, especially as it related to the ways in which personal and community identities inform—and are informed by—service-learning experiences. She willing to think deeply about her own identities and those of her peers and clients within the community, and regularly asked difficult questions in class discussions and written reflections that challenged the assumptions of both her peers and her professors. Always respectful, she forced the rest of the class to wrestle with some of the biggest dilemmas and challenges that arise in community-based learning.

Congratulations, Cassidy!

Maureen Scanlan on “Why Anthropology?”

Posted: March 2nd, 2016 by tmares

Maureen Scanlan (Anthropology, Class of 2016)

MaureenAfter attending 12 years of Catholic school, where history and religion were romanticized and filtered, my first semester at university demystified many of the social constructs and supposed facts that had been built in to my primary education. After struggling to decide amongst sociology, history, education, or theology, I came to realize that anthropology was the culmination of these subjects and more; anthropology provides me with the necessary tools to explore the historical and cultural significance of any aspect of human life. Within my coursework in the field at the University of Vermont, I have focused on the intersections between religion, colonialism, and capitalism in Latin America and the Caribbean. My recent travels to Cuba cemented my interest in the political economy of islands and the cultural complexities, power dynamics, and forms of resistance that arise from the colonial encounter. Most recently I have explored the anthropology of food and labor, and am currently crafting a final paper on the challenges of hop farming in the northeast due to increasing demand for craft breweries in Vermont.

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