VCL Graduate Students

Graduate Students in the VCL

Ashley E. Sherry

In Progress - Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2011 - Master of Arts in Ethnology and Linguistics, University of New Mexico
2009 - Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Anthropology, magna cum laude, Minor in Latin American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Ashley E. Sherry is a Ph.D. student in anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, whose research includes interpersonal and institutional forms of violence with a focus on policy. Currently she is researching the social conditions of policy formation within social movements driven by educators and community members in Mexico City and Guerrero, Mexico. Contact her at asherry@anthro.umass.edu.

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Sarah A. Mathena-Allen

In Progress - Ph.D in Biological Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2013 - Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology, Mississippi State University
2010 - Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and History, Minor in Biology and Classical Studies, Indiana University

Sarah A. Mathena-Allen is currently a Ph.D. student studying the intersections of violence and gender, and their subsequent biological costs, within the historical African diaspora community of St. Croix. Her previous work also includes modeling of infectious disease etiologies, specifically treponemal disease, through a biocultural perspective and bioarchaeological ethics. Contact her at smathena@anthro.umass.edu.

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Priscilla B. Mollard

In Progress - Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2013 - Master of Arts in Anthropology, San Francisco State University
2005 - Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, San Francisco State University

Priscilla Mollard is a Ph.D. student studying the bioarchaeology of age- and gender-related violence in crisis populations. Her current research is on Medieval populations in Transylvania. Contact her at pmollard@anthro.umass.edu.

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Adam C.N. Zimmer

In Progress - Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2016 - Master of Arts in Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2013 - Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Music (Voice) with honors, magna cum laude, Ithaca College

Adam C. Zimmer is a Ph.D. student in anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He holds a Graduate Research Fellowship through the National Science Foundation and the Leifur Eiríksson Foundation Fellowship. He is researching the processes of cadaver recruitment and the skeletal collections left over after anatomical research in both the U.S. and Iceland. Contact him at azimmer@anthro.umass.edu.

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Cary T. Speck

In Progress - Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2016 - Master of Arts in Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2012 - Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (with honors) and History, Grinnell College

Cary T. Speck is a Ph.D. student in anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His work focuses on masculinities, sustainability and postsocialist transformation in Central and Eastern Europe. Cary's current research traces changing patterns of self provisioning and environmental personhood in the Czech Republic. Contact him at cspeck@anthro.umass.edu.

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Cecilia Vasquez

In Progress - Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2017 - Master of Arts in Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2015 - Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Minor in Theater Dance and Performance Studies, magna cum laude, University of California Berkeley

Cecilia Vasquez is a Ph.D. student in anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She holds a Graduate Research Fellowship through the National Science Foundation. Her work focuses on violence on the US Mexican border, by examining the systematic treatment of the diverse individuals who migrate.

 

Graduate Student News

August 15, 2017:
Adam Zimmer is heading off to Reykjavík, Iceland for the 2017-2018 academic year to conduct field research with the University of Iceland. Good luck, Adam!

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August 6, 2017:
Priscilla Mollard is returning to Baia Mare, Maramures, Romania to continue her field research. Safe travels, Priscilla!

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July 15, 2017
VCL graduate students will be presenting papers and chairing sessions at this year's American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.!

Ashley Sherry will be co-chairing the session titled: "Anthropological Approaches to Violence and Policy" with Dr. Ventura Pérez on Friday morning.

Adam Zimmer will be co-chairing the session titled: "Policing the Dead" on Thursday morning with Dr. Heidi Bauer-Clapp.

Cecilia Vasquez will be co-chairing the session titled: "Queer Limits and Possibilities in New Media" on Thursday morning with Eli Capello.

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April 21, 2017
VCL graduate students presented at this year's annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in New Orleans, LA.

Sarah Mathena-Allen presented a poster titled: "The Biological Embodiment of Public Health Values: A Case Study from Two Working Class English Populations."

Adam Zimmer presented a poster titled: "Using sociological segregation indices to reintroduce geographical relationships in anatomical skeletal collections."

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February 6. 2017:
Priscilla Mollard is off to conduct field research in Baia Mare, Maramures, Romania through the UMass CHESS program. Safe travels, Priscilla!

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January 30, 2017:
Adam Zimmer was just awarded a 9-month scholarship from the Leifur Eíriksson Foundation to conduct research in Reykjavík, Iceland for the 2017-2018 academic year. Congrats, Adam!

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January 25, 2017:
VCL graduate students will be presenting at this year's annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in New Orleans, LA.

Sarah Mathena-Allen will be presenting a poster titled: "The Biological Embodiment of Public Health Values: A Case Study from Two Working Class English Populations."

Adam Zimmer will be presenting a poster titled: "Using sociological segregation indices to reintroduce geographical relationships in anatomical skeletal collections."

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July 18, 2016:
Adam Zimmer will be presenting at the 115th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Minneapolis this November.

His paper, entitled "More Than the Sum Total of Their Parts: Restoring Identity By Recombining a Skeletal Collection with Its Texts" will be presented as part of the session Bodies of Evidence in Bioarchaeological Analysis: New Ways of Knowing Anatomical and Skeletal Collections.

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June 13, 2016:
Cecilia Vasquez will be attending a community-based bioarchaeology field school in Ireland this summer. Bon voyage, Ceci!

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April 16, 2016:
Sarah Mathena-Allen will be presenting at the 85th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Her poster, with co-authors Molly K. Zuckerman and Ventura R. Pérez, is entitled "Injury recidivism and early mortality in the Danish West Indies: A case study from the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church."

This poster was part of an invited session organized by Deborah Martin and Caryn Tegtmeyer on injury recidivism and violence.

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April 1, 2016:
Congrats to Cecilia Vasquez! She was just awarded a three-year Graduate Research Fellowship through the National Science Foundation!

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January 10, 2016:
Good luck to Sarah Mathena-Allen! She's doing field work in U.K. through UMass Anthropology's Culture and Heritage in European Societies and Spaces (CHESS) program.

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