Graduate Students

Zoe Berman

New York University, B.A. Anthropology
University of Chicago, M.A. Social Sciences
Research interests: sociocultural and medical anthropology; memory; trauma; generations; youth; Rwanda.


Angel Boulware

Spelman College, BA Sociology


David Boze

Indiana University Bloomington, BA Political Science, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
University of Chicago, MA Anthropology


Tracy Brannstrom

Mount Holyoke College, B.A. Anthropology
University of California, Berkeley, M.A. Folklore
Research interests: Medical and psychological anthropology, ethnographic methods, alternative forms of medicine, addiction


Amanda Brown

Northwestern University, B.S. Theatre
Master's Thesis: What We See or What We Do: Getting a Grip on the Source of Representational Gesture
Research interests: Gesture, Embodiment, Bilingualism, Education, Pretend


Hae Min Byeon

Georgetown University, B.A. Psychology and Sociology
Research: Culture, multiculturalism, bilingualism, linguistic minorities, identity, socio-emotional well-being, acculturation, charitable giving


Sarah Cashdollar


Dartmouth College, B.A. Anthropology
University of Chicago, M.A. Comparative Human Development
Research interests: Career and Technical Education; Sociology of education; Educational inequality; Vocationalism; Standards-based reform; Adolescent development; Identity formation; Mixed methods

Sarah Cashdollar is a doctoral student at the University of Chicago in the Department of Comparative Human Development and a fellow in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) pre-doctoral interdisciplinary training program. She uses sociological and developmental perspectives to examine adolescent preparation for the transition from high school to postsecondary education and work. Her dissertation on Career and Technical Education (CTE) examines the implications of vocationalism on social stratification via impacts on youth experiences and decision-making. See her work at 


Mary Cook

Brigham Young University, B.S. Psychology, B.A. Sociocultural Anthropology
Undergraduate Thesis: Psychocultural Landscapes of Hmong Polygyny: Individualism and Collectivism Reconsidered
Research interests: psychological anthropology, far-right activism, conflict, conceptions of self and other, belonging, morality, political violence, Northern Ireland


Natalie Dowling

University of Chicago, BA Linguistics
Research interests: gesture, pragmatics and social skills, language development, discourse, middle childhood, urban education


Ashley Elizabeth Drake

Bucknell University, B.A. Psychology and Anthropology
University of Chicago, M.A. Comparative Human Development
Dissertation Thesis: Militarizing Affect: The Making of the Military Working Dog Team
Research interests: Human animal studies; science and technology studies; multispecies ethnography; affect; embodiment; anthropology of the military; United States


Talia Gordon

McGill University, B.A. International Development Studies
Wayne State University, M.A. Medical Anthropology
Master's Thesis: Present Futures: Possibilities for Selfhood at Community Mental Health Centre in Detroit, Michigan
Research: Medical anthropology, mental illness, recovery, forms of dependence, clinical ethnography


Resney Gugwor

Northeastern Illinois University, B.A. Psychology
University of Chicago, M.A. Social Sciences
Master’s thesis: Adolescents' Self-Perceptions of Civic Involvement: Adolescents speak on the Chicago Teacher's Union strike
Research interests: Civic engagement, civic identity formation, racial and ethnic identity, resilience, cultural psychology, political philosophy, civic education, educational stratification


Lorna Hadlock

New College of Florida, B.A. Anthropology and Latin American Studies
Research: Psychological anthropology, imagination, altered states of consciousness, dreaming, Latin America, Amazonia


Jennifer Hall

Syracuse University, B.A. African-American Studies
University of Chicago, M.A Social Work
Research: Psychological anthropology, African diaspora in the Americas


Xue Han

China Agricultural University, B.A. Sociology
Rennin University of China, M.A. Sociology
University of Chicago, M.A. Social Sciences
Research interests: Cultural psychology; psychological anthropology; Tibetan's moral development; mental illness and health; LGBTQ+


Arvind Ilamaran

National Institute of Technology, B.Tech. Instrumentation and Control
University of Chicago, MA. Public Policy


Helen Lee

University of Michigan, B.A. English, Political Science
University of Michigan, M.A. Educational Leadership & Policy
Research Interests: teacher development and retention, developmental psychology, youth political participation, critical pedagogy, school systems


Mengyuan (Amy) Liang

Zhejiang University, B.Mgmt. Labor & Social Security
University of Chicago, M.A. Public Policy


Zihao Lin

Sun Yat-Sen University, Communication
Freie Universitat Berlin, MA Media and Political Communication
Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, MA Research Training in Social Sciences
Master’s thesis: "Watching Your Voice is Not a Dream". Practicalities of Envisioning and Disabled Startuping in Southern China
Research interests: Anthropology of Disability and Deafness; Science and Technology Studies; Senses and Mediated Communication; Digital Application; Sign Language; Voice Recognition Technology; China


Robert Miles Loomis

Bates College, B.A. Anthropology
Research: Socio-cultural and psychological anthropology; value, personhood and exchange; the family and kinship; youth and globalization; inter-subjectivity; social change and development; China

Neugarten Lecturer, Winter 2019: "Uncertain Times/Precarious Futures: Youth, Hope, and the Contemporary Crisis" (CHDV 23610)

Paula Martin

University of Chicago, A.M. School of Social Service Administration
The Evergreen State College, B.A.
Tacoma Community College, A.A. Arts and Sciences
Research: Medical and Psychological Anthropology; Science and Technology Studies; LGBTQ Health; Youth; Embodiment; United States; Gender; Public Health; Ethnographic Methods


Almaz Mesghina

Vanderbilt University, B.S. Psychology, Child Development Research: developmental psychology, educational psychology, cognition and emotion, learning, achievement gaps, and emotion regulation.


Miriam Midoun

Michigan State, B.S. Anthropology
Brown University, M.Sc Behavioral & Social Health Sciences
Research Interests: Medical and psychological anthropology; intersectionality; gender identity constructions; sexual subjectivity and sexual health; resilience and resistance; transnationalism, cultural pluralism, and human rights.


Sanja Miklin

Dartmouth College, B.A. Anthropology and Linguistics 
Research: Linguistic anthropology, language socialization, interpersonal conflict, violence and aggression, vulnerability and responsibility


Wael Miller

University of Cambridge-Trinity Hall, BA East Asian Studies Peking University, MA Behavioral Economics and Neuroscience


Terence Mitchell

Marshall University, M.S. Adult and Technical Education
Research: developmental experiences of African American males during their transition from middle childhood into adolescence and young adulthood


Bronwyn Nichols Lodato

Northwestern University, B.A. Political Science
University of Chicago, M.A., International Relations
Research Interests: Postsecondary access and persistence for minority and low income students; Research methods; constructs of national identity among immigrant communities; Education policy


Krista Olson

Wellesley College, B.A. Psychology
Research Interests: adolescent social networks, school as a social context, urban education, stress in adolescence, educational inequality, educational sociology, social psychology.


Kristina Lynn Pagel

University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, B.S. Psychology with minors in Biology, Chemistry, and Neuroscience
University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, M.S. Experimental Psychology
Master's thesis: The Measurement of Cytokines in Examining Health and Well-Being during Aging
Research: Comparative behavioral biology; immune function; human development and health across the lifespan


Stephanie Palazzo

BA Franklin & Marshall College
Research Interests: Psychological anthropology, gender and sexuality, anthropology of religion and morality, identity formation


Erika Prado

University of California, Santa Barbara, BA Psychology
Research interests: Linguistic anthropology; human interaction; embodied communication; autism; bilingualism; Spanish; Latinx children and youth


Anna Prior

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, B.A. Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology
University of Oxford, MPhil. Medical Anthropology
Masters Dissertation: On “becoming” traumatized: A critical exploration of DSM as boundary infrastructure
Research Interests: medical and psychological anthropology; knowledge practices; semiotics and discourse analysis; global mental health; immigration; trauma; biopolitics.


Kelsey London Robbins

Brown University, A.B. Late Antique Cultures
University of Chicago, M.A. Comparative Human Development
Research: Sociocultural anthropology; psychological anthropology; religion and secularism; nationalism; the family and kinship; fertility and reproduction; trauma and practices of healing; production and circulation of knowledge; Republic of Ireland

Rosenwald 331A
Undergraduate Preceptor

Johan Rocha

Texas A&M University, B.A. English Rhetoric & Composition
Harvard University, M.Ed. International Comparative Education


Gyamfuah Sarfo-Mensah

University of Connecticut, B.A. Psychology, Minor in Human Rights
Research: Environmental anthropology, development studies, cultural psychology, participatory action research, qualitative methods, West Africa, Ghana


Coltan Scrivner

B.A. Anthropology, minors in Biology and Natural Science, Oklahoma Baptist University
BA Thesis: Stress: A Biocultural Appraisal
M.S. Forensic Biology/Chemistry, University of Central Oklahoma
MS Thesis: Beyond DNA: An Epigenetic Approach to Identical Twin Identification
Ph.D. Research: Cognitive science of violence, Behavioral biology, evolution of human social behavior, behavioral endocrinology.

Rynerson Research Fund 2018-2019

Sharon Seegers

University of California San Diego: Eleanor Roosevelt College, B.A. Political Science, Minor in Language Studies (American Sign Language)
Linguistic Society of America Member
Research: Sign language interpreting, relationships between communities, mediation and mediators, language standardization, language ideologies, language socialization, Vietnam


Marianna Staroselsky

Boston University, B.A. Psychology, French Language and Literature
Research: Identity development and performance, socioemotional development, voice, self and relationships, social imaginaries, diaspora and immigration, metacultural awareness, France, Brazil


Graham Steffen

Case Western Reserve University, B.A.  Anthropology & History
University of Chicago, M.A. Social Sciences
Master's Thesis:  A Queer Ordinary: Gayby Boomers and the Politics of Healing in Chicago 
Research Interests: Psychological and sociocultural anthropology, medical anthropology, gender and sexuality, LGBTQ aging, embodiment, masculinity, temporality, HIV/AIDS, trauma and healing, mental illness, queer theory


Hilary Tackie

B.S. Cognitive Neuroscience and Africana Studies, Brown University 2013
Research Interests: Education, Middle to High School transition, developmental psychology, youth educational empowerment, belonging, school-community relations, race/ethnicity and gender, Black youth, neighborhood factors


Raffaella Taylor Seymour

Cambridge University, B.A. Archaeology & Anthropology
UK-US Fulbright Scholar (Recipient  of the Diamond Family Foundation Award)
Research Interests: Gender and sexuality, fertility, reproductive politics, ancestry, land and landscape, settler colonialism, youth and futurity, media and publics, political discourse and subjectivity, morality, Pentecostalism/Christianity. Southern Africa/Zimbabwe.


Elayne Teska

Carleton College, B.A. Psychology, Neuroscience
Research: early childhood education; socio-emotional development; cognitive development; early experience; stress/adversity; home environment; cross-cultural studies


Jose Eos Trinidad

Ateneo de Manila University, BA Interdisciplinary Studies
University of Chicago, MA Social Sciences
Research interests: education program and organizational analysis; quantification of social and cultural contexts' impact on program implementation and outcomes; big data; sociology of education


Shruti Vaidya

Savitribai Phule Pune University, B.A. Psychology
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, M.A. Women's Studies


Emily Wilson

Lewis and Clark College, B.A. Psychology and Gender Studies
University of Michigan, Masters degree in Social Work (MSW)
Research: care work, affect, precarity, welfare states, Britain


Lily (Shenghe) Ye

University of Chicago, B.A. Linguistics

Research: semiotics, social studies of (social) science, data production, knowledge production, science communication, professions, US-Urban

Gianinno Dissertation Write-Up Fellow, 2018-2019

Chengwen Zheng

University of Calgary, B.Com. Finance
Renmin University of China, M.A. History
University of Chicago, M.A. Social Sciences

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