Past and Present Student Participants and Projects

Over 150 students have participated in the fieldstudies program over the last thirty years. Many whose projects began in this program have gone on to prominent teaching and research positions. See Where are they now? You can find the most recent participants and their projects below. A database to search previous participants and study topics will be coming soon.

2005 - 2006 Participants

Jackie Urla, Field Program Supervisor

Lisa Modenos. "Navigating real and imagined borders: building peace in the new Cyprus"
Christopher Sweetapple. "Queer 'Meetings': Organizations and Intersections of Queer Turkish Identity in Berlin, Germany"
Sofia Kalo. "Visions in Flux:Exploring Visual Art in Transitional Albania"
Melissa Gazo. "'Authenticity' of Hip Hop Identity: Graffiti in Stuttgart and Berlin

2004 - 2005 Participants

Julie Hemment, Field Program Supervisor

Broughton Anderson, "The 'New' Scotland: the Paradox of the Politics of History- and Place-making"
Zhixiong He, "Sweet and Sour": A of Female Migrants from the Russian Far East into Northeastern China: A Pilot Study"
Stephanie Kent, "Multilingual Democracy: Community Interpreting and Transnational Citizenship"
Ioana Lixandru, "Difference vs. Homogeneity and Orality vs. Literacy within the Language of Romanian People"

2003 - 2004 Participants

Betsy Krause, Field Program Supervisor

Cathy Dubois Windows of Opportunity: How Women Think They Know When They Ovulate. London.
Angelina Zontine Practicing Citzenship: Immigration, Policy, and Neo Liberalism in London Health Clinics
Milena Marchesi Re-conceiving the Reproductive Body: The Deates Over New Reproductive Technologies in Italy. Rome, Italy.
Quentin Lewis Finding People through Objects: Commodity Fetishism and the Material world of Karl Marx. London.
Gladys Jian Transforming Identities: Lingusitic Choices of the Young Generation of the Chinese Diaspora in London.
Carla Hammar What Makes Kids Care? Language Politics and Immersion Programs in Valencia. Spain.
Tom Rushford (History) Burnings and Blessings: The Reality of the Supernatural Across Early Modern European Spaces.

2002 - 2003 Participants

Jackie Urla, Field Program Supervisor

Richard Wallace Radio Contestations: Journalistic Practice and Ideology in the Croatian Borderlands.
Prateeti Ballal (Comparative Literature) Religion and British Colonial Intervention in Late 18th and early 19th century India. Various Archives. London
Kristina Bourne (School of Management) Feminist Values and Capitalist Practice? Women-owned Businesses in Sweden.
Jonathan Dembling We’ve Forgotten our Dance. Locating Authenticity in Old and New Scotland.

Where are they now?

Laszlo Kurti is currently Secretary of the European Association for Social Anthropology (2001 – 2004) and Chair of the Department of Political Science at University of Miskolc in Hungary. His fields of expertise include Borders and Border Cultures, Nationalism, Ethnicity and Inter-Ethnic Identities, Regionalism, Globalization and Transnational Identities, Political Anthropology, Post-Socialist Societies, Tourism and Popular Culture, Visual Anthropology and New Media Technology. He received The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (New York) Research Grant for 1997-1998. He has published Youth and the State: Capitalism, Communism and Class (London: Pluto 2002) co-edited Beyond Borders: Remaking Cultural Identities in Eastern and Central Europe (with J. Langman, Boulder: Westview Press, 1997).

David Kideckl was a participant in the Program in 1974 - 1975. He is currently Professor of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University and President of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe. His major areas of interest are applied and development anthropology, comparative political economy, post-socialism, work and culture, peasant societies, ethnicity, globalization. His areas of research include the U.S. and Eastern Europe and the Balkans. He has recently produced a film, "Days of Miners: Life and Death of a Working Class Culture" and has published widely on anthropology of labor and collectivism in Romania and the Balkans. See for more information.

Carole Counihan went on the Field Program in 1976-1977 and is currently Professor of Anthropology in the Anthropology and Sociology Department at Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania. She has published widely on food, culture, and gender, and teaches courses in these areas as well as on world hunger, theory, and Latino studies.   Counihan is interested regionally in Italy and the Southwestern United States. For more details see

Steven Sampson participated in the European Studies Field Program in 1974 - 1975. Dr. Sampson has conducted research on democracy export and civil society, and on anticorruption and global morality, studying the anticorruption movement in the Balkans. His work has specifically focused upon Romania, Kosovo and Albania. He also does consulting work on democracy and NGO development. Formerly Dr. Sampson worked at the University of Copenhagen, but he now is Docent/Associate Professor a the Department of Anthropology, Lund University, in Lund Sweden (See . He is chair of the Swedish Anthropological Association and a board member of the Society for Anthropology of Europe. He is willing to assist UMASS grad students who find themselves stranded in Scandinavia.