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PhD’s in Anthropology

by Last Name Dissertation Title Current Position

Marisa Abbe

(PhD – January 2011)

“An Analysis of Cultural Competence, Cultural Difference, and Communication Strategies in Medical Care”

Research Scientist

Children’s Medical Center, Dallas

Injury Prevention Department

Kathleen Joy Adams

(PhD – August 1972)

“The Barama River Caribs of Guyana Restudied: Forty Years of Cultural Adaption and Population Change”

Sarah Adler

(PhD – January 2008)

“The Influence of Burmese Buddhist Understandings of Suffering on the Subjective Experience and Social Perceptions of Schizophrenia”

Elizabeth (Lewton) Albert

(PhD – August 1997)

“Living Harmony: The Transformation of Self in Three Navajo Religious Healing Traditions”

Senior Research Associate

Center for Community Health Integration

Case Western Reserve University

Aylin Atillasoy

(PhD – May 1996)

“Daily Survival Versus the Threat of AIDS: Street Youth and the Street Economy in New York City “

Heather Baily

(PhD – May 2020)

“The Digital Labor Ward: Teleconsultation in Rural Ghana”  

Timi Barone

(PhD -May 1997)

“Perceived Stress and Health in British and Asian Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients”

Associate Professor

Department of Sociology & Anthropology

University of Nebraska, Omaha


Donna Benson

(PhD – 1987)

“Pleasant Bottoms: The Cooperative Years, 1784-1826 (Ohio Decorative Arts, Folklore)”

Yewoubdar Beyene

(PhD – 1985)

“An Ethnography of Menopause: Menopausal Experiences of Mayan Women in a Yucatan Village”


Institute for Health & Aging

School of Nursing

University of California, San Francisco


John Blangero

(PhD – 1987)

“Population Genetic Approaches to Phenotypic Microevolution in the Jirels of Nepal”

Professor & Director, Genomics Computing Center

South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute

School of Medicine

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


Frederick Bloom

(PhD – January 1996)

“Living in the HIV Spectrum: Life Stories and Illness Narratives of Gay Men”

Deputy Associate Director of Science

Division of STD Prevention, Behavioral Interventions Research Branch

National Center for HIV, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Amy Blue

(PhD – May 1991)

“Culture, Nevra, and Institution: The Making of Greek Professional Ehtnopsychiatry”

Clinical Professor

Associate Dean, Educational Affairs

Associate Vice President, Interprofessional Education – UF Health

College of Public Health and Health Professions

Department of Environmental & Global Health

University of Florida


Jeffrey Borkan

(MD – 1984; PhD – 1987)

“Occupational Health and Safety in Context: An Examination of Three Polyurethane Foam Plants in Israel”

Assistant Dean, Primary Care-Population Health

Chair and Professor, Family Medicine

Brown Medical School


Alex Bridges

(PhD – May 2017)

 “Two Monasteries in Ladakh: Religiosity and the Social Environment in Tibetan Buddhism.”

Sarah Bridges (Rundall)

(PhD – January 2016)

 “Culture, Environment, and Experiences of Disability in Ladakh, India”

Assistant Dean of Research, Provost’s Office

Director of Research and Sponsored Programs

Gustavus Adolphus College


Sherylyn Briller

(PhD – May 2000)

“Whom Can I Count on Today?: Contextualizing the Balance of Family and Government Old Age Support for Rural Pensioners in Mongolia”

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

Purdue University


Elizabeth Carpenter-Song

(PhD – August 2007)

“Lived Experiences of Behavioral and Emotional Disorders in U.S. Children and Families”

Research Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

Dartmouth University


Ariel Cascio

(PhD – May 2015)

” Biopolitics and Subjectivity: The Case of Autism Spectrum Conditions In Italy”

Assistant Professor

College of Medicine

Central Michigan University


Brad Cassuci

(PhD – August 2015)

 “A Cold Wind: Local Maasai Perceptions of the Common Health Landscape in Narok South”

Sarah Chard

(PhD – August 2001)

“Ugandan Women’s Health Beliefs, Social Networks and Tuberculosis Treatment Seeking”

Associate Professor

Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy

University of Maryland, Baltimore County


Shiuan Sanna Chen

(PhD – January 2011)

“Zuo Yue Zi Sitting the Month in Taiwan: Implications for Intergenerational Relations”  

Yunzhu Chen

(PhD – May 2019)

“The Revival of “Visiting Marriage” – Family Change and Intergenerational Relations Among Matrilineal Tibetans in Southwestern China.”

Co-Principle Investigator

Department of Anthropology

Case Western Reserve University


Jacklyn Chisholm

(PhD – May 2002)

“Self-Identity and the Acquisition of Cultural Knowledge in University Settings” 

President and CEO

Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland (CEOGC)

Elizabeth Coker

(PhD – January 2001)

“The Making of the Egyptian Psychiatric Patient: Reinterpreting Cultural Symbols through Biomedical Discourse”

Independent Consultant

Olympia, Washington


Margaret Cooney

(PhD – May 2002)

“The Experience and Knowledge of Menopause among Low-Income Cleveland Women”

Data Quality Manager | Evaluator

Frontline Service, formerly MHS

Robert Dirks

(PhD – 1972)

“Networks, Groups, and Local-Level Politics in an Afro-Caribbean Community”

Professor Emeritus

Illinois State University


Christopher Dole

(PhD – May 2002)

“Outlaws, Swindlers, and Authentic Healers: Legitimacy, Identity, and Religious Healing in Urban Turkey”

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Amherst College


Susan Dorsky

(PhD – May 1981)

“Women’s Lives in a North Yemeni Highland Town”

Delia Easton

(PhD – January 1998)

“The Cultural Context of Puerto Rican Adolescents’ Perception of HIV Risk”

Research Scientist

New York State Department of Health

Michelle Eder

(PhD – January 2006)

“Parental Decision-Making About Children’s Participation in Clinical Research”

Research Associate

Center for Health Research Northwest

Kaiser Permanente Northwest


Nadia El-Shaarawi

(PhD – January 2012)

“Living an Uncertain Future: An Ethnography of Displacement, Health, Psychosocial Well-Being and the Search for Durable Solutions Among Iraqi Refugees in Egypt”


Assistant Professor of Global Studies

Colby College

Lillian Emmons

(PhD – May 1989)

“Determinants of Dieting Behavior and Eating Disorders in High School Students”

Regina Feldman

(PhD – January 1999)

“Burning Ashes-An Anthropological Study of Intellectual and Moral Judgment in the Historian’s Debate”

Humanities Faculty

Metro Montessori Middle School

Maryann Foley

(PhD – 1984)

“Personal and Social Effects of Being a Carrier of Hepatitis B”

Steven Folmar

(PhD – May 1985)

“Fertility and the Economic Value of Children in Pokhara Valley, Nepal”

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Anthropology

Wake Forest University


Joseph Galanek

(PhD – January 2012)

“The Social and Cultural Context of Mental Illness in Prison”

Senior Researcher

Center for Analysis and Research



John Garrity

(PhD – May 1998)

“The Ethos of Power: Navajo Religious Healing of Alcohol and Substance Abuse”

Executive Director

Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County


Elisa Gordon

(PhD – May 1999)

“If it’s not Broke, Don’t Fix It: Patients’ and Clinicians’ Decision Making for Treatment of End-Stage Renal Disease in the United States”


Department of Surgery-Division of Transplantation

Center for Healthcare Studies

Center for Bioethics & Medical Humanities

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


N’omi Greber

(PhD – May 1976)

“Within Ohio Hopewell: Analysis of Burial Patterns from Several Classic Sites”


Meghan Halley

(PhD – January 2012)

“Negotiating Sexuality: Ritual, Culture and Change in Rural Southern Tanzania”

Research Scholar

Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics


Charlotte Haney (Mueller)

(PhD – May 2013)

“Imperiled Femininity: Reconfiguring Gender in a Context of Heightened Violence Against Women”


Carnegie Vanguard High School


C. Jeff Jacobson, Jr.

(PhD – May 2001)

“Spirits, Demons, and Nightmares: Moral Images of Self and Other in Puerto Rican Life History and Religious Discourse”

Professor, Department of Anthropology

Director of Graduate Studies

University of Cincinnati


Ben Jiao

(PhD – May 2001)

“Socio-Economic and Cultural Factors Underlying the Contemporary Revival of Fraternal Polyandry in Tibet”

Senior Researcher

Tibet Academy of Social Sciences

David Kaawa-Mafigiri

(PhD – May 2007)

“Social Networks and Social Support for Tuberculosis Control in Kampala, Uganda”


Department of Social Work and Social Administration

Makerere University


Julia Knopes (Balacko)

(PhD – January 2019)

“The Social Construction of Sufficient Knowledge at an American Medical School”

Postdoctoral Scholar

Department of Bioethics

Case Western Reserve University


Sarah Koopman-Gonzalez

(PhD – January 2017)

 “The Normalization of Everyday Violence: Rights, Education, and Violence Management in Salvadoran Children’s Lives” 

Research Scientist

Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods

Case Western Reserve University


Yachun Gregory (Ku)

(PhD – May 1991)

“Chinese Rural Elderly in the Post Mao Era–Two Villages in Zhejiang Province” 

Instructor, Sociology

Lorain County Community College

Sandra Laston

(PhD – January 1992)

“Risk Factors for Diarrheal Disease in Village Children in Nepal”

Associate Professor of Research

South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, School of Medicine


Lydia Lauritzen

(PhD – January 2010)

“The Making of Bioethical History”

Assistant Nurse Manager

After Care Clinic

Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington School of Medicine


Anthony Layng

(PhD – 1976)

“The Carib Population of Dominica”


Ellen Lazarus

(PhD – January 1984)

“Pregnancy and Clinical Care: An Ethnographic Investigation of Perinatal Management for Puerto Rican and Low Income Women in the United States”

Heather Lindstrom

(PhD – January 2004)

“Aging and Modernization: A Field Study of the Determinants of Elders’ Social Status in American and Independent Samoa”

Research Director, Department of Emergency Medicine

Research Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Environmental Health

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York


Sana Loue

(PhD – August 2004)

“Perceptions of Partner Violence among a Sample of Self-Identified Puerto Rican and Non-Hispanic White Men and Women in Cuyahoga County”

Vice Dean, Faculty Development and Diversity, School of Medicine

Professor, Department of Bioethics

Case Western Reserve University


Francis Manzella

(PhD – May 2019)

“What Medical Tourism Tells Us About Global Health Diplomacy and Governance:  An Organizational Analysis of Civil Society in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil”

Jonnie Marks 

(PhD – May 1998)

“Gut Feelings, the Holy Spirit, and a Processed World: Embodied Knowledge of Breast Cancer Risks in African-American Women“

Kate E. Masley, Ph.D., CD (DONA) 

(PhD – August 2007)

“Living the ‘Latina Paradox’: An Ethnography of Pregnant and Postpartum Mexican Immigrants in Northeast Ohio”

Visiting Professor, School of Health Sciences

Oakland University

Online Instructor

Carroll University & Cleveland State University


Dale McCall 

(PhD – 1976)

“A Study of the Relationship between the PTC Tasting Polymorphism and the Peroxidase of Human Saliva with Reference to Extrathyroidal Metabolism of Iodine”

Stephanie McClure 

(PhD – May 2013)

“It’s Just Gym: African-American Adolescent Girls Enacting Physicality-Informed Identity in School Settings”

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

University of Alabama


Kathryn McGowan 

(PhD – January 2005)

“A Body History of Polio-related Impairments in the United States”

Carmit McMullen 

(PhD – May 2003)

“Aging with Grace: Health Evaluation and Identity among African-American Elders”

Senior Investigator

Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research


Hillary Melchiors 

(Ph.D., August 2014)

“Subjective Well-Being, Bicultural Citizenship and Identity: An Ethnography of Turkish-German Adolescent Girls in Berlin, Germany”

Doula, Doula Group of Evansville


Sarah Miller-Fellows

(Ph.D., May 2019)

“Making Medicine Amish”

Director of Impact

Girls Empowerment Network


Lisa Mitchell 

(PhD – May 1993)

“Making Babies: Routine Ultrasound Imaging and the Cultural Construction of the Fetus in Montreal, Canada”

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

University of Victoria


Michelle Nebergall 

(PhD – August 2014)

“Understanding Perceptions of Risk Among Youth in a South African Township”

Clinical Trial Manager

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Elizabeth Olson 

(PhD – August 2009)

“Nahua People of the Sierra of Manantlan Biosphere Reserve: Livelihoods, Health Experiences, and Medicinal Plant Knowledge in Mexico”

Associate Professor


Southern Utah University


Kinuko Omori 

(PhD – January 1994)

“Sociocultural Influences on Child Health and Nutritional Status in Karen Highlanders of Thailand”


Kathryn Oths

(PhD – May 1991)

“Medical Treatment Choice and Health Outcomes in the Northern Peruvian Andes”

Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology

University of Alabama


Gregory Pappas

(MD – 1986; PhD – May 1986)

“The Magic City: An Ethnography of Unemployment in a Working Class Community”

Associate Director

National Surveillance

Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research


Isabel Parraga

(PhD – May 1992)

“Dietary Beliefs, Nutritional Patterns and Nutritional Status of Urban Aymara Women and Children“

Emeriti Associate Professor

Department of MS in Public Health Nutrition

Case Western Reserve University

Micah Parzen

(PhD – January 2001)

“Culturally Appropriate” Mental Health Care: Wilderness Therapy for Navajo Youth”

Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Museum of Man


Jessica Price

(PhD – May 2002)

“Culture: An Exploration of Unregulated Circulation and Consumption of Biomedicines in a Central African Town”

Bruce Rippeteau

(PhD – August 1973)

“The Principles and Theory of Radiocarbon Chronology and a Radiocarbon Chronology for LIthic Variation in the Northeastern United States during 3,000 to 500 Calendrical Years B.C.”

Adjunct Professor, Anthropology

University of Nebraska, Lincoln


James Ross

(PhD – June 1981)

“Hindu and Tibetan Reproduction and Fertility in Northwestern Nepal: A Study of Population, Ecology, and Economics”


Sarah Rubin

(Ph.D., August 2014)

“Struggling and Coping with Life: Maternal Emotional Distress in a South African Township”

Associate Professor of Instruction

Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Ohio University

Charles Rwabukwali

(PhD – May 1997)

Gender, Poverty, and AIDS in Kabarole, Western Uganda: The Sociocultural Context of Risk and Preventative Behaviors”


Department of Sociology

Makerere University


Christina Saunders Sturm

(PhD – May 2002)

“Breast Cancer Illness Narratives: Examining the Experience of Living with Breast Cancer “ Research Professional

John Scarry

(PhD – 1984)

“Fort Walton Development: Mississippian Chiefdoms in the Lower Southeast“

Research Associate Professor

Archaeology / Anthropology

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Allison Schlosser

(PhD – 2018)

“Subjectivity and Moral Personhood: An Ethnography of Addiction Treatment in the United States.”

Postdoctoral Fellow

School of Medicine

Case Western Reserve University


Megan Schmidt-Sane

(PhD – May 2020)

“Men Managing Uncertainty: The Political Economy of HIV in Urban Uganda  

Robert Schrauf

(PhD – May 1995)

“Andalusian Carnaveleros and Hermanos: Cultural Schemata and Reconstructive Retrieval in Autobiographical Memory “

Department Head, Professor

Department of Applied Linguistics

Pennsylvania State University


Anita Shankar

(PhD – 1995)

In Search of the Light in Your Eyes: Anthropological and Epidemiological Perspectives of Vitamin A Deficiency in Nelali Children “

Associate Scientist

School of Public Health

Johns Hopkins University


Jennifer Shaw

(PhD – August 2013)

“Navigating at a Double Crossroads: The Role of Subsistence in the Subjective Wellbeing of Dena’ina Athabascan Youth in Alaska“

Senior Researcher

Southcentral Foundation

Anchorage, Alaska


Joanna Skilogianis

(Ph.D., January 2001)

“Great Expectations vs. State Expectations: Fertility Limitation among Women in Urban Greece ”


James Spilsbury

(Ph.D., January 2002)

“Hazards and Help-Seeking in Inner-City Cleveland: The Child’s Perception of Neighborhood Danger, Safety, and Support “

Associate Professor

Program Director, Department of Educational Programs in Clinical Research

Co-Director, PhD in Clinical Translational Science, Center for Clinical Investigation

School of Medicine

Case Western Reserve University


David Stothers

(Ph.D., 1974)

The Princess Point Complex”


Dorice Tentchoff

(Ph.D., January 1977)

Speech in Louisiana Cajun Community ”


Elena Tempeanu (Ph.D., August 1993) “The Rise of Complex Society in the Eastern Carpatho-Danubian Region (Last Millennium B.C.)(Romania, Iron Production, Dacia) “

Preecha Upayokin

(Ph.D., January 1991)

“Treatment Choice, Disease Outcome and Stigma: An Investigation of Leprosy Patients and Illness Behavior in Thailand “

Associate Professor

Director of the Center for Academic Services

Mae Fah Luang University in Chiang Rai


Colleen Walsh

(Ph.D., May 2011)

“Gardening Together: Social Capital, Health Inequality, and the Cultivation of Urban Community “

Assistant Professor, School of Health Sciences

College of Sciences and Health Professions

Cleveland State University


Jing Wang

(PhD – May 2018)

“Growing Old with Daughters: Aging, Care, and Change in the Matrilocal Family System in Rural Tibet.”

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Ethnology

Yunnan University


Nancy White

(Ph.D., 1982)

“The Curlee Site (8Ja7) and Fort Walton Development in the Upper Apalachicola-Lower Chattahoochee Valley, Florida, Georgia, Alabama“


Department of Anthropology

University of South Florida


Sarah Williams-Blangero

(Ph.D., May 1987)

“Patterns of Marital Exchange and Phenotypic Differentiation in the Jirels of Nepal”

HEB Distinguished Chair in Diabetes and Genomics

Director, South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute

Professor, School of Medicine

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


Margaret Winchester

(Ph.D., January 2011)

“Living with Globalization: The Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and HIV Treatment in Uganda”

Research Associate and Coordinator

Pan University Network for Global Health

College of Health and Human Development

Pennsylvania State University


Nyamdorj Yandag

(Ph.D., may 2000)

“Basal Metabolic Rate of Mongolian Pastoral Nomads”

Pamela Zahorik

(Ph.D., January 1991)

“Juvenile Diabetes: A Study of Children’s Perceptions of their Illness (Diabetes)“

Yan Zhang

(PhD – May 2020)

“A Landscape of Dementia Care: Politics, Practices, and Morality in Shanghai, China”  

Maggie Zraly

(Ph.D., January 2008)

“Bearing: Resilience Among Genocide-Rape Survivors in Rwanda”

Disaster Recovery Specialist

American Red Cross