Sylvia Andrews is working with PAHS (Pueblo Historical and Archaeological Society) to photograph and draw Rock Art panels on ranch in Southern Colorado. She recently worked with Jaime Awe of Northern Arizona U. At San Ignacio Belize on Mayan Site of Cahal Pech.
Kate Bishop was offered a 2022-23 Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship to study agricultural innovations in the cashew, palm oil, and cacao sectors in Cote d'Ivoire. She is currently completing a year of teaching environmental studies at the University of New England in Maine as a Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor.
Caitlin Bond went on to pursue an M.P.H. in Global Health and Epidemiology from Washington University in St. Louis after graduating from IU (B.A. 2014). There, Caitlin got to work as a research fellow in global development in conjunction with the anthropology department, specifically in Haiti and Kenya. Since then, she has worked as a research data analyst in HIV research and most recently malaria research in Kenya and Uganda, through IU School of Medicine. This fall Caitlin will be starting a Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Global Disease Epidemiology. Her time at IU studying Anthropology paved the way for her interest in global health, specifically in understanding and combatting infectious diseases in vulnerable populations.
Jeffrey Cohen was named a Community Engaged Scholar for 2022 by Ohio State for Project Panchavati, a partnership project with the Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio (Read more here). Jeffery’s research team and collaborators started their work together to understand the challenges created by the digital divide and Covid-19 for the community. They are now creating a framework to mentor students through college and establish a research review in the community.
Ian Fekete almost finished with residency in internal medicine in Kansas City.
Jason Fox moved to Walla Walla, Washington where he is now a winemaker and winery owner five years after graduating from IUB! This year will be the tenth harvest for Lagana Cellars, and it has been so much fun for Jason. Although Anthropology is not top of mind these days, Jason tries to stay informed, and he even got to use his knowledge out here! Jason was called out to a winery early one morning to identify some bones as human versus animal. They had discovered some bones in backfill dirt from a recent planting, brought them from their Oregon vineyard into their Washington tasting room, and had them there waiting for him; Jason can confirm that they were indeed human. After contacting the appropriate state authorities and bringing them back into Oregon, the left mandible and right lower leg bones were reburied by the Nez Perce and Cayuse peoples later that year.
Jack Frisch has enjoyed a number of different pursuits since he retired in 1998 as the CEO of Archways Behavioral Services. He was a fishing guide in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina and taught Anthropology as an adjunct at Brevard College. He also taught Language and Culture at UNC-Asheville and Blue Ridge Community College. Since moving to the Low Country of South Carolina he has lectured at the USC-Beaufort Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on several different topics, including the Jews of Khazaria; the Crypto-Jews of New Mexico, Language and Culture; You are on Indian Land (the Akwesasne Mohawks). Jack recently presented a paper at the Society for Crypto-Jewfish Studies on the Conversos at Santa Elena (SC).
Shingo Hamada has been awarded for Fulbright Scholar Fellowship for 2022-2023 academic year. With the University of Alaska Southeast as his hosting institution, Shingo is planning to stay and conduct research on sustainable fisheries program, with a special attention to “Spawn-on-Kelp” fishery and ecosystem-based seaweed aquaculture in Southeast Alaska.
Nancy Hutchens (IU Anthro B.A. ‘68; M.A. & Ph.D. Rice University, Behavioral Science, ‘77. Ford Fellowship in S. Italy.) Nancy had a management consulting practice in NYC for most of her career where she was one of the earliest addressing corporate culture issues--mainly for media companies--the New York Times and Times Warner. Nancy also wrote a gardening book and a cook book--both published by Pocket. A transition to career development followed and, then, career coaching after she returned to Bloomington (and home!) in ‘08. She is retired (gave up her liability insurance!) but do lots of gardening, volunteer and political work. She had great memories at IU in the 60’s.
Laura Joss graduated in 1982 with a B.A. in Anthropology. Laura is retiring shortly after a 32-year career with the National Park Service.
Wiley Katherine recently left academia to start Goldenrod Editorial, a developmental editing business. She works with scholars to help prepare their manuscripts for publication. As a developmental editor, she focuses on bigger picture issues, including argument, structure, and narrative flow. She is also doing some coaching, meeting with authors to help them think through their writing projects. Wiley thinks that it was a hard decision to leave academia, but she is loving her new job! It is really rewarding for her to be able to support scholars and to help them produce their best work. She runs an editing business and is happy to work with you!
Safak Kilictepe started her job as an assistant professor in the anthropology department at Ahi Evran University in Kirsehir, Turkey in the beginning of 2020. The courses she has taught so far are Political Anthropology, Introduction to Anthropology, Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology, History of Anthropology, Society and Gender, Culture and Gender, and Use of Basic Information Technology. She is also one of the coordinators of STS TURKEY network. This is the Turkish Scholarly Network for Science and Technology Studies. She is currently partnering to work two new projects that examine 1) anti-science responses in Turkey, and 2) wellness practices and politics of knowledge.
Judith Kirk would like to share information about the IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology with everyone. Since some of our Alumni worked at the GBL or Mathers Museum, Judith believes that many of us would be interested in hearing that the lab and museum have merged into the IUMAA.
Tony Krus writes: “Hello, from up north! I received my Ph.D. from the department back in 2013 and I am currently an Assistant Professor at the University of South Dakota in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology. I have the following updates to share: - In April 2022 I received the Richard and Sharon Cutler Faculty Award in Liberal Arts from the University of South Dakota College of Arts & Sciences. The Cutler Awards are presented annually to faculty members who advance liberal arts education through teaching and research over a three-year span. - In April 2022 I also received the Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of South Dakota. - Finally, I wanted to share that Derek Hamilton (University of Glasgow) and I authored 2018 publication in American Antiquity (titled “The Myths and Realities of Bayesian Chronological Modeling Revealed”) that is now the most cited publication from the journal released over the past five years. The citation metrics are visible on this site”
Srujana Kunapareddy writes: “After undergraduate degree, I earned my Master’s in epidemiology while working at a public health consulting center. Afterwards, I joined Peace Corps as a sexual and reproductive health educator in Bluefields, Nicaragua. Following my return to US, I managed a health insurance navigator program focused on Illinois’s immigrant and refugee communities. I supervised and monitored the progress of 29 sub-grantees throughout the state to enroll 10,000 people in expanded Medicaid and Healthcare Marketplace. Following the end of the grant, I joined a doctorate program in public health at Boston University. For my dissertation, I worked with Hrudaya Foundation to design a mixed methods evaluation of their infant and children’s cardiac surgery program. I collected and evaluated data to assess which children were at most risk for infection. I also interviewed key informants and parents on access and what community programs were needed to better support poor families. While finishing my dissertation, I joined the Census Bureau. I managed the Current Population Survey (CPS), the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), and the recruiting departments. I also acted as the admin head for 22 field teams for the New York Regional Office (Maine to New York). I won the Special Achievement Award for organizing the first virtual conference for 64 field supervisors of the New York Region. Currently, I am part of the Evaluation, Analysis, and Dissemination (EAD) team of the HIV AIDS Bureau (HAB). I conduct evaluation of reports submitted by HAB recipients. I support dissemination of work done by HAB in peer reviewed journals.”
Justin Otten joined the Peace Corps and served in North Macedonia after receiving his B.A. in Anthropology in 2002. That experience led Justin to complete his Ph.D. in Anthropology at another institution, but he ended up back at IU in the School of Public Health as a global health, research oriented administrator. Being in a SPH, the pandemic pushed us full throttle into the new realm of COVID research. As the Director of Strategic Initiatives, Justin therefore worked with his dean and several faculty to launch a massive, $15.3 million dollar COVID immunity study (“Aegis”), which continues to this day. With nine clinical sites, including one located in the Cherokee Nation, He has been able to utilize my anthropology and research backgrounds to help run the study. He also teaches as an adjunct faculty member for the Russian and East European Institute, conducting their M.A. pro-seminar on the region.
Michael Peck is currently living in The Netherlands working for a financial tech company, Adyen. He leads a team doing the digital experience work. He has found that Anthropology and HCI professionals are finding themselves in User Experience and Product Manager roles as they have the important skill of understanding group value systems and taking objective approaches to research and understand why people do what they do. Michael and his wife (also an IU Anthro. grad (Master’s)) live in Wassenaar, NL together and have been here for 2 years. Before this, he spent 10 years in Oakland, CA and worked for tech companies and consultancies.
Anthony Perzigian graduated (Ph.D.) in 1971 under the excellent tutelage of Georg Neumann and Robert Meier. He will forever be grateful for their support, guidance and inspiration to succeed. A TA for 2 years and a teaching associate for 2 years, Anthony was exceptionally well prepared in 1970 to start his 40 year post at the University of Cincinnati. He retired in 2010 as Provost and Professor Emeritus. Since 2011 he has held the position of Board of Trustees Chair Adviser at the Future University in Egypt (FUE). Living and working in Egypt has been a great experience only enhanced by ringside seats to not one but two revolutions. Again, Anthony’s studies at IU opened many doors and prepared him well for diverse roles and eventualities.
Kim Shoup writes: “I stumbled into anthropology courses because they looked cool. As it turned out they infused my worldview with deep insight and perspective. I come from a family of history majors and what is more historic than human evolution and cultural behavior. In a way I never used my degree (I did not teach, write, or work as an anthropologist) but the study of humans was a wonderful background for being the small town lawyer which I am. My liberal education (non-career oriented) has enriched my life. I took a 101 Astronomy course and became an avid backyard astronomer. I read D. H. Lawrence in an English 101 class and have become very well read in the English (and American and Russian, and French, and Spanish) Classics. My goal in going to college was to become an educated man - not a businessman.”