SFSU Anthropology Highlights 2018

Koji Lau-Ozawa (MA '16) returned to campus to present his talk "Surveying the Material World of the Gila River Incarceration Camp". Koji is currently a doctoral candidate at Stanford University.

His talk kicked off the Conversations on Culture: Diaspora series co-sponsored by the Global Museum and the Department of Anthropology. Visit the events section of the Anthropology Department website for spring talks in the series.

Assistant Professor, Dr. Meredith Reifschneider, was awarded a CURE Undergraduate Research Assistantship Grant from the College of Liberal and Creative Arts for Spring 2019. The grant will help support her student-involved archaeological project investigating medical practices between 1890 and 1950 at the San Francisco Presidio. Progress on this work will be presented at the CURE Undergraduate Research Showcase in May.

Current and Recent Graduates of the program presented their research on panels at the American Anthropological Association Conference in San Jose in November.

Audrey Davis (BA '18) “Primary Care and the Prescription of Opioids”

Jessica Dailey (M.A. Candidate) "Resistance Through Choosing: The Social Presence of Alternative Birth Care”

Vanessa Moreno (M.A. Candidate) "Ancestry Isn't the Past, It's the Future: Human Genetics Research and Race"

Lori Pirinjian (M.A. Candidate) "Understanding Wartime Sexual Violence Through Anthropology”

Anya Rossa-Quade (M.A. Candidate) "Natural Alternative or Toxic Commodity? The Medicalization and Commercialization of Essential Oils in a Western, Capitalist Economy"

Megan Wilkinson (M.A. '02) "The Rocky Path To First Class Citizenship: Russell City, CA - A Self-governing African American And Latino Town"

Anthropology student, Sarah Coronado was awarded a Willie L. Brown Fellowship for the Fall 2018 semester. She been interning at the Department of Child Support Services in San Francisco.

Anthropology student Aaron Conner won Best Poster at the LCA Undergraduate Research Showcase in May. His poster, based on original ethnographic research for ANTH 630 (Medical Anthropology), was titled "Food for Thought: The Exchanges of Capital in a San Francisco Food Pantry."

Professor Doug Bailey newest book "Breaking the Surface" has been published by Oxford University Press. The book offers a radical alternative for understanding Neolithic houses, providing much-needed insight not just into prehistoric practice, but into another way of doing archaeology.

Nine MA candidates presented their work at the Spring Graduate Student Showcase. Congratulations to all of them for their outstanding work!

Professor James Quesada was in Nicaragua doing fieldwork before and after the student-led protests, which were met with police and paramilitary force violence against the protestors in April 2018. He presented a talk on these momentous events and his experiences will be part of the closing chapter in his upcoming book on the historical memory of conflict and violence in Nicaragua.

Associate Professor, Dr. Mark Griffin's published a chapter, "The End of Prehistory in the Land of Coosa: Oral Health in a Late Mississippian Village" in Bioarchaelogy of the American Southeast: Approaches to Bridging Health and Identity in The Past (2018) Shannon Chappell Hodge and Kristina A Shuler (eds).

Assistant Professor Dr. Martha Lincoln's publication on sleep problems in National Guard soldiers following deployment was covered by Reuters Health. You can also read Dr. Lincoln's post "Politics By Other Means: Health in Việt Nam" in Somatosphere.


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