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PhD's in Anthropology

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All graduates of Anthropology within the past 5 years are eligible for lifetime membership of the Ohio Theta Chapter of Lambda Alpha, the international honors society for students of Anthropology. Interested alumni click here.

 

Marisa Abbe

(PhD - January 2011)

DISSERTATION TITLE:

"An Analysis of Cultural Competence, Cultural Difference, and Communication Strategies in Medical Care"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Graduate Programs Coordinator

University of North Texas

 

 

Kathleen Joy Adams

(PhD - August 1972)

DISSERTATION TITLE:

"The Barama River Caribs of Guyana Restudied: Forty Years of Cultural Adaption and Population Change"

 


Sarah Adler
(PhD - January 2008)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"The Influence of Burmese Buddhist Understandings of Suffering on the Subjective Experience and Social Perceptions of Schizophrenia"

 


Aylin Atillasoy
(PhD - May 1996)

DISSERATION TITLE:
"Daily Survival Versus the Threat of AIDS: Street Youth and the Street Economy in New York City "

 


Timi Barone
(PhD -May 1997)

DISSERATION TITLE:
"Perceived Stress and Health in British and Asian Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients"


CURRENT POSITION:

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

University of Nebraska

 


Donna Benson
(PhD - 1987)


DISSERATION TITLE:

"Pleasant Bottoms: The Cooperative Years, 1784-1826 (Ohio Decorative Arts, Folklore)"

 


Yewoubdar Beyene
(PhD - 1985)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"An Ethnography of Menopause: Menopausal Experiences of Mayan Women in a Yucatan Village"

CURRENT POSITION:

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Institute for Health & Aging

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

University of California, SF

 


John Blangero
(PhD - 1987)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Patterns of Marital Exchange and Phenotypic Differentiation in the Jirels of Nepal"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Staff Scientist

Department of Genetics

Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research

 


Frederick Bloom
(PhD - January 1996)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Living in the HIV Spectrum: Life Stories and Illness Narratives of Gay Men"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Deputy Associate Director of Science

Centers for Disease Control, STD Division

 


Amy Blue
(PhD - May 1991)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Culture, Nevra, and Institution: The Making of Greek Professional Ehtnopsychiatry"

 


Jeffrey Borkan
(MD - 1984; PhD - 1987)

DISSERATION TITLE:
"Occupational Health and Safety in Context: An Examination of Three Polyurethane Foam Plants in Israel"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Chair, Professor
Department of Family Medicine
Alpert Medical School of Brown University

 


Sherilyn Briller
(PhD - May 2000)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Whom Can I Count on Today?: Contextualizing the Balance of Family and Government Old Age Support for Rural Pensioners in Mongolia"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Associate Professor
Anthropology Department
Wayne State University

 

 

Elizabeth Carpenter-Song
(PhD - August 2007)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Lived Experiences of Behavioral and Emotional Disorders in U.S. Children and Families"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Dartmouth University

 

 

Sarah Chard
(PhD - August 2001)

DISSERATION TITLE:

Ugandan Women's Health Beliefs, Social Networks and Tuberculosis Treatment Seeking

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Maryland Baltimore County

 


Shiuan Sanna Chen
(PhD - January 2011)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Zuo Yue Zi Sitting the Month in Taiwan: Implications for Intergenerational Relations"

 

 

Jacklyn Chisholm
(PhD - May 2002)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Self-Identity and the Acquisition of Cultural Knowledge in University Settings"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Vice President of Planning and Institutional Relations
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland

 


Elizabeth Coker
(PhD - January 2001)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"The Making of the Egyptian Psychiatric Patient: Reinterpreting Cultural Symbols through Biomedical Discourse"



Margaret Cooney
(PhD - May 2002)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"The Experience and Knowledge of Menopause among Low-Income Cleveland Women"


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Robert Dirks
(PhD - 1972)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Networks, Groups, and Local-Level Politics in an Afro-Caribbean Community"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Professor Emeritus
Illinois State University

 


Christopher Dole
(PhD - May 2002)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Outlaws, Swindlers, and Authentic Healers: Legitimacy, Identity, and Religious Healing in Urban Turkey"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
Amherst College

 


Susan Dorsky
(PhD - May 1981)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Women's Lives in a North Yemeni Highland Town"

 


Delia Easton
(PhD - January 1998)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"The Cultural Context of Puerto Rican Adolescents' Perception of HIV Risk"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Evaluation Specialist
Bureau of Immunization, NYSDOH

 


Michelle Eder
(PhD - January 2006)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Parental Decision-Making About Children's Participation in Clinical Research"

 


Nadia El-Shaarawi
(PhD - August 2011)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Living an Uncertain Future: An Ethnography of Displacement, Health, Psychosocial Well-Being and the Search for Durable Solutions Among Iraqi Refugees in Egypt"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Postdoctoral Fellow

Kenan Institute for Ethics

Duke University

 

 

Lillian Emmons
(PhD - May 1989)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Determinants of Dieting Behavior and Eating Disorders in High School Students"



Regina Feldman
(PhD - January 1999)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Burning Ashes-An Anthropological Study of Intellectual and Moral Judgment in the Historian's Debate"

 


Maryann Foley
(PhD - 1984)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Personal and Social Effects of Being a Carrier of Hepatitis B"

 


Steven Folmar
(PhD - May 1985)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Fertility and the Economic Value of Children in Pokhara Valley, Nepal"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
Wake Forest University


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Joseph Galanek
(PhD - January 2012)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"The Social and Cultural Context of Mental Illness in Prison"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Washington State University, St. Louis

G. Warren Brown School of Social Work

 

 

John Garrity
(PhD - May 1998)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"The Ethos of Power: Navajo Religious Healing of Alcohol and Substance Abuse"

 


Elisa Gordon
(PhD - May 1999)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"If it's not Broke, Don't Fix It: Patients' and Clinicians' Decision Making for Treatment of End-Stage Renal Disease in the United States"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Research Associate Professor
Division of Organ Transplantation
Feinberg School of Medicine and Institute for Healthcare Studies
Northwestern University


N'omi Greber
(PhD - May 1976)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Within Ohio Hopewell: Analysis of Burial Patterns from Several Classic Sites"

 

 

Meghan Halley
(PhD - January 2012)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Negotiating Sexuality: Ritual, Culture and Change in Rural Southern Tanzania"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Assistant Research Anthropologist
Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute

 

 

Charlotte Haney (Mueller)
(PhD - May 2013)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Imperiled Femininity: Reconfiguring Gender in a Context of Heightened Violence Against Women"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Visiting Lecturer
University of Houston, Clear Lake

 


C. Jeff Jacobson, Jr.
(PhD - May 2001)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Spirits, Demons, and Nightmares: Moral Images of Self and Other in Puerto Rican Life History and Religious Discourse"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Director Graduate Studies

Research Assistant Professor
Family Medicine & Anthropology
University of Cincinnati

 


Ben Jiao
(PhD - May 2001)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Socio-Economic and Cultural Factors Underlying the Contemporary Revival of Fraternal Polyandry in Tibet"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Tibet Academy of Social Sciences

 


David Kaawa-Mafigiri
(PhD - May 2007)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Social Networks and Social Support for Tuberculosis Control in Kampala, Uganda"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Lecturer

Department of Social Work and Social Administration

Makerere University

 

 

Yachun Ku
(PhD - May 1991)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Chinese Rural Elderly in the Post Mao Era--Two Villages in Zhejiang Province"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Instructor

Lorain County Community College

Executive Director, Cleveland Chinese Senior Citizens Association

 

 

Sandra Laston
(PhD - January 1992)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Risk Factors for Diarrheal Disease in Village Children in Nepal"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Staff Scientist II
Department of Genetics
Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research

 


Lydia Lauritzen
(PhD - January 2010)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"The Making of Bioethical History"

 

 

Anthony Layng
(PhD - 1976)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"The Carib Population of Dominica"

 


Ellen Lazarus
(PhD - January 1984)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Pregnancy and Clinical Care: An Ethnographic Investigation of Perinatal Management for Puerto Rican and Low Income Women in the United States"



Elizabeth Lewton
(PhD - August 1997)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Living Harmony: The Transformation of Self in Three Navajo Religious Healing Traditions"

 

 

Heather Lindstrom
(PhD - January 2004)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Aging and Modernization: A Field Study of the Determinants of Elders' Social Status in American and Independent Samoa"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Research Assistant Professor
Social and Preventive Medicine
University of Buffalo, The State University of New York

 

 

Sana Loue
(PhD - August 2004)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Perceptions of Partner Violence among a Sample of Self-Identified Puerto Rican and Non-Hispanic White Men and Women in Cuyahoga County"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Professor
Department of Bioethics, Psychiatry, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and International Health
Case Wester Reserve University


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Jonnie Marks
(PhD - May 1998)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Gut Feelings, the Holy Spirit, and a Processed World: Embodied Knowledge of Breast Cancer Risks in African-American Women"

 

 

Kate E. Masley, Ph.D., CD (DONA)
(PhD - August 2007)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Living the 'Latina Paradox': An Ethnography of Pregnant and Postpartum Mexican Immigrants in Northeast Ohio"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Adjunct Lecturer
Department of Sociology

Carroll University

Online Instructor, Health Sciences

Cleveland State University and Trident International

 


R. Dale McCall
(PhD - 1976)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"A Study of the Relationship between the PTC Tasting Polymorphism and the Peroxidase of Human Saliva with Reference to Extrathyroidal Metabolism of Iodine"

 

 

Stephanie McClure
(PhD - May 2013)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"It's Just Gym: African-American Adolescent Girls Enacting Physicality-Informed Identity in School Settings"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow
Department of Anthropology

Washington University

 

 

Kathryn McGowan
(PhD - January 2005)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"A Body History of Polio-related Impairments in the United States"



Carmit McMullen
(PhD - May 2003)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Aging with Grace: Health Evaluation and Identity among African-American Elders"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Investigator
Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research



Lisa Mitchell
(PhD - May 1993)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Making Babies: Routine Ultrasound Imaging and the Cultural Construction of the Fetus in Montreal, Canada"


CURRENT POSITION:

Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Victoria

 


Elizabeth Olson
(PhD - August 2009)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Nahua People of the Sierra of Manantlan Biosphere Reserve: Livelihoods, Health Experiences, and Medicinal Plant Knowledge in Mexico"

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Assistant Professor of Global Health and Development

Department of Environmental Science

Allegheny College

 


Kinuko Omori
(PhD - January 1994)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Sociocultural Influences on Child Health and Nutritional Status in Karen Highlanders of Thailand"
(Deceased)

 


Kathryn Oths
(PhD - May 1991)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Medical Treatment Choice and Health Outcomes in the Northern Peruvian Andes"

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Alabama


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Gregory Pappas
(MD - 1986; PhD - May 1986)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"The Magic City: An Ethnography of Unemployment in a Working Class Community"


CURRENT POSITION:

Senior Deputy Director
DC Department of Health HAHSTA

HAHSTA, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, TB Administration

Department of Health District of Columbia

 


Isabel Parraga
(PhD - May 1992)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Dietary Beliefs, Nutritional Patterns and Nutritional Status of Urban Aymara Women and Children"

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Associate Professor
Department of MS in Public Health Nutrition
Case Western Reserve University



Micah Parzen
(PhD - January 2001)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Culturally Appropriate" Mental Health Care: Wilderness Therapy for Navajo Youth"


CURRENT POSITION:

Chief Executive Officer
San Diego Museum of Man

 


Jessica Price
(PhD - May 2002)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Culture: An Exploration of Unregulated Circulation and Consumption of Biomedicines in a Central African Town"

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Country Director
Population Council, Lusaka

 


Bruce Rippeteau
(PhD - August 1973)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"The Principles and Theory of Radiocarbon Chronology and a Radiocarbon Chronology for LIthic Variation in the Northeastern United States during 3,000 to 500 Calendrical Years B.C."

 


James Ross
(PhD - June 1981)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Hindu and Tibetan Reproduction and Fertility in Northwestern Nepal: A Study of Population, Ecology, and Economics"
(Deceased)

 


Charles Rwabukwali
(PhD - May 1997)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Gender, Poverty, and AIDS in Kabarole, Western Uganda: The Sociocultural Context of Risk and Preventative Behaviors"

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Professor

Sociology
Makerere University

 


Christina Saunders Sturm
(PhD - May 2002)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Breast Cancer Illness Narratives: Examining the Experience of Living with Breast Cancer "


John Scarry
(PhD - 1984)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Fort Walton Development: Mississippian Chiefdoms in the Lower Southeast"

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Lecturer

Research Labs of Archeology / Anthropology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

 

 

Robert Schrauf
(PhD - May 1995)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Andalusian Carnaveleros and Hermanos: Cultural Schemata and Reconstructive Retrieval in Autobiographical Memory "

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Professor / Head of Department
Department of Applied Linguistics
Pennsylvania State University

 


Anita Shankar

(PhD - 1995)
"In Search of the Light in Your Eyes: Anthropological and Epidemiological Perspectives of Vitamin A Deficiency in Nelali Children "

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Associate Scientist
School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University

 

 

Jennifer Shaw
(PhD - August 2013)
"Navigating at a Double Crossroads: The Role of Subsistence in the Subjective Wellbeing of Dena'ina Athabascan Youth in Alaska"

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Senior Researcher
Southcentral Foundation
Anchorage, Alaska

 

 


Joanna Skilogianis
(Ph.D., January 2001)
"Great Expectations vs. State Expectations: Fertility Limitation among Women in Urban Greece "
Deceased

 


James Spilsbury
(Ph.D., January 2002)
"Hazards and Help-Seeking in Inner-City Cleveland: The Child's Perception of Neighborhood Danger, Safety, and Support "

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Assistant Professor
CTR Clinical Investigation
Case Western Reserve University

 


David Stothers
(Ph.D., 1974)
"The Princess Point Complex"

Deceased


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Dorice Tentchoff
(Ph.D., January 1977)
"Speech in Louisiana Cajun Community "
Retired

 


Elena Tempeanu
(Ph.D., August 1993)
"The Rise of Complex Society in the Eastern CArpatho-Danubian Region (Last Millennium B.C.)(Romania, Iron Production, Dacia) "

 


Preecha Upayokin
(Ph.D., January 1991)
"Treatment Choice, Disease Outcome and Stigma: An Investigation of Leprosy Patients and Illness Behavior in Thailand
"

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Associate Professor
Director of the Center for Academic Services
Mae Fah Luang University in Chiang Rai


Colleen Walsh
(Ph.D., May 2011)
"Gardening Together: Social Capital, Health Inequality, and the Cultivation of Urban Community
"

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology

Case Western Reserve University

 

 

Nancy White
(Ph.D., 1982)
"The Curlee Site (8Ja7) and Fort Walton Development in the Upper Apalachicola-Lower Chattahoochee Valley, Florida, Georgia, Alabama
"

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Professor
Department of Anthropology

University of South Florida

 


Sarah Williams-Blangero
(Ph.D., May 1987)
"Patterns of Marital Exchange and Phenotypic Differentiation in the Jirels of Nepal"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Chair, Scientist
Department of Genetics
Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research

 


Margaret Winchester
(Ph.D., January 2011)
"Living with Globalization: The Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and HIV Treatment in Uganda"

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Postdoctoral Scholar
Department of Geography
Pennsylvania State University

 

 

Nyamdorf Yandag
(Ph.D., may 2000)
"Basal Metabolic Rate of Mongolian Pastoral Nomads"



Pamela Zahorik
(Ph.D., January 1991)
"Juvenile Diabetes: A Study of Children's Perceptions of their Illness (Diabetes):

 

 

Maggie Zraly
(Ph.D., January 2008)
"Bearing: Resilience Among Genocide-Rape Survivors in Rwanda"

CURRENT POSITION:
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology, Social Work & Anthropology
Utah State University


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