Undergraduate Alum

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Undergrad Alum and current Environmental Data Analyst

headshot Maia Batista

Undergraduate Alum

Frida Caro with vinyl covers.

Frida’s focus was cultural anthropology with an interest in power structures and systems of power. As a student and recent grad, Frida worried that she would have difficulty finding a job with their anthropology degree or need to go immediately into another degree program, like law school. However, after volunteering with lawyers Frida realized there were plenty of opportunities for those with anthropology degrees. Currently, Frida works for their city’s police commission that oversees the police department and investigates complaints community members file against the police. They balance

Frida Caro with vinyl covers.

Undergraduate Alum

Zach Crowley standing on top of a hill overlooking forest scenery.

Zach is currently working as an immigration analyst at a law firm in San Francisco. His job consists of guiding people through the immigrant visa process to establish permanent residency in the United States. His anthropology education has helped him to better understand and address the needs of people navigating the complex citizenship process across different experiences, cultural practices, and communication styles. Zach is also increasingly involved with activism around food sovereignty, combining his passions for the anthropology of food and community well-being. Moving forward, he

Zach Crowley standing on top of a hill overlooking forest scenery.

Undergraduate Alum

A headshot of Dennis Culliton.

Dennis Culliton graduated from the UMass Anthropology Department in 1984. Dennis studied Cultural Anthropology and also majored in Economics during his time at UMass. After graduation, he worked in a variety of different jobs but his most recent were as a history teacher in Guilford, Connecticut, where he got the inspiration to launch his nonprofit, The Witness Stones Project, dedicated to unearthing the history of slavery in the north and paying tribute to the enslaved individuals who lived here.

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(Ph.D. 2003) Sends an “Aloha” from Hawaii

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Jennifer Foster earned her Ph.D. in 2003 and spent the following 4 years teaching at the UMass School of Nursing before being recruited to Emory. Lynn Sibley, the former wife of George Armelagos was working on gathering nurse-midwifery faculty with PhDs in anthropology to work on global maternal-newborn research, and Jenny fit the bill. After a fulfilling decade at Emory, which included multiple research projects in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and a Fulbright semester in Chile, Jenny retired in May 2018. Jenny (now Professor Emerita at Emory) and her husband David currently live in

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Undergraduate Alum

Alex Ganote standing amongst flowering branches.

In 2021, Alex Ganote graduated as an Anthropology major. Before finding anthropology, Alex explored different majors: computer, science, biology, comparative literature, and political science. In all these studies, he was mostly fascinated about people and cultures. So, Alex finally oriented his educational path towards cultural anthropology. During the progression of his major, Alex became aware of how this field of study had a strong connection to every aspect of his life experience. “I saw that anthropology was always ‘happening,’ no matter where I was or what I was doing.”

Alex Ganote standing amongst flowering branches.

Ph.D. Alum 2024 

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PhD May 2024

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(Ph.D. 2013) Works with Communities on Public Heritage

Labrador talking with other people.

Angela Labrador (Ph.D. 2013) entered the graduate program to study the archaeology of the American Northeast with Martin Wobst. She swiftly moved to embrace the lens of heritage. As she recalls, “I became more interested in questions about why people want to save things from the past, rather than in what really happened in the past.” Her dissertation, “Shared Heritage: An Anthropological Theory and Methodology for Assessing, Enhancing, and Communicating a Future-Oriented Social Ethic of Heritage Production” approached the protection of heritage as a social ethic. As she puts it, heritage “isn

Labrador talking with other people.

(Ph.D. 2010) Directs Fieldwork in Search for Remains of Endeavour

The 2018 archaeology team for the Endeavour study on a boat.

Kerry Lynch (Ph.D. 2010) is playing a critical role in helping solve a 240-year-old maritime mystery: what happened to the HMS Endeavour, the ship that Lt. James Cook captained on the first voyage by British explorers to Australia? A specialist in underwater archaeology, Lynch is field director for the exploration of Revolutionary War activity in Rhode Island’s Newport Harbor, and has worked on various underwater sites there since 1997. At a news conference in Newport last September, Lynch and other researchers announced a promising discovery at the bottom of Newport Harbor that could possibly

The 2018 archaeology team for the Endeavour study on a boat.

Undergraduate Alum

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UG Alum 2020, current medical student at UMass Chan Medical School

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Undergraduate Alum

Akanksha Nagarkar

Akanksha Nagarkar graduated as an Anthropology major in 2021. Akanksha has always been fascinated by culture. Growing up in diverse places led her to the understanding that culture is at the heart of everything. So, as soon as she started thinking about going to college, she knew she wanted to become an Anthropology major to read and learn about culture. In particular, Akanksha was interested in analyzing the relationship between culture and science, which is another passion of hers.

Akanksha Nagarkar

Undergraduate Alum

A headshot of Sarah Pomerantz.

Sarah graduated in 2007 and is currently working at Communicate Health in Maryland as a project director. Sarah has her master's degree in public health from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is experienced in developing user research protocols for, and and recruiting from, special populations including refugees, immigrants, youth, low-income parents, individuals requiring additional assistance in an emergency, and people of limited literacy.

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(Ph.D. '84) Uses Anthropological Training in Community Program Development

Dolores Root.

Dolores Root (Ph.D. 1984) pursued her doctorate, and wrote her dissertation in archaeology, on the material dimensions of social inequality in non-stratified societies. During her time as a graduate student at UMass, she learned to critically question the status-quo not only in anthropology but in other disciplines as well. But what she came to value most was teaching anthropology to undergraduate students, where she discovered her passion for engaging students in critical thinking, opening perspectives on the past and the present.

Dolores Root.

Undergraduate Alum

Megan Savoy, writing, while sitting in a grassy field.

Megan Savoy (she/her) graduated as an Anthropology major in 2019 with a focus on bioarchaeology. Her interest in this subdiscipline derived from the question, how can human lifeways (diet, health, violence, etc.) manifest physically on the body? Currently, she is an Archaeology Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Her research uses isotopic analysis to detect changes in mobility and diet of early human populations.

Megan Savoy, writing, while sitting in a grassy field.

Undergraduate Alum Anthropology and Spanish

Ashley Sherry standing in front of an archeology site.

Ashley E. Sherry is employed by the US Department of State and is currently posted in Istanbul, Turkey, where she relies on the ethnographic, qualitative, and quantitative research skills acquired in her anthropology studies to explore foreign policy issues. Ashley is simultaneously pursuing her PhD in anthropology at UMass Amherst with a focus on how political decision-makers and civil society members experience and influence education policy in Mexico and she posits that ethnographic studies of such policy processes are most fruitful through the lens of violence. Her background in

Ashley Sherry standing in front of an archeology site.

Undergraduate Alum (B.A. '11)

Field of Work: Public Health at Caring Health Center

Molly Totman.

Molly Totman received her Undergraduate Degree in Anthropology in 2011 and her Master's Degree in Public Health in 2014. After graduating, Molly used her combined degrees to begin her career at Caring Health Center in Springfield, MA. At Caring Health, Molly serves low-income, refugee, immigrant, and minority populations that otherwise wouldn't have a healthcare system.

Molly Totman.

PhD 2024

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Research: Primate Conservation

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