Alumni

Class of 2010-2019

Mark Arsenault, MA
mja321@humboldt.edu
Research Interests: Historical archaeology, cultural resource management.
MA Thesis Title: Social drug consumption in the New River Mining District.
After Graduation: RPA Cerfified Archaeology, working in CRM.
E Safiya Bal, BA
After Graduation: “I’ve been working as a substitute teacher for the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District since December 2011. As of April 2012 I was hired on as field technician for Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc. -based in Davis, CA. The project is in Vacaville, CA.”
Laura Benne, MA
lfb86@humboldt.edu
Research Interests: Global gender inequality; advocacy; ethnography; ecological sustainability; Rwanda
MA Thesis Title: The 2016 Election: Conservative Female Voters Agentive, Adversarial and Resolutely Republican
Kathleen Bromley, MA
kcw236@humboldt.edu
Research Interests: Applied Linguistics, multimodal anthropology, and landscape archaeology.
MA Thesis Title: Levee stories for an expedited reconnaissance study.
Kate Catanese, BA
After Graduation: “After graduating, I worked for six months as a research assistant on a project through Tulane University concerning the reproductive strategies of male capuchin monkeys. Although it was an amazing and life-changing experience, I came out of it knowing that I would much rather work with people than primates, and am currently seeking admission to HSU’s elementary education program.”
Alexandra Cox, MA
amc45@humboldt.edu
Research Interests: Archaeology, museum studies, medieval studies.
MA Thesis Title: Stability for a Small Historic House Museum: Drafting a Collection Management Policy for the Trinidad Museum
Paloma Cuello del Pozo, MA
pc729@humboldt.edu
Research Interests: Archaeology, island settlement, and ecology; isotopic signatures and ancient migration patterns.
MA Thesis Title: Intra-insular mobility and ancient human adaptations to restricted environments. Case study: The use of strontium isotope analysis in the archaeology of Lanzarote, Canary Islands.
After Graduation: Working on Ph.D. in Anthropology.
Katherine Gaddis, MA
keg254@humboldt.edu
Research Interests: Bioarchaeology; evolutionary medicine; paleopathology; epidemiology; zooarchaeology
MA Thesis Title: Stress and frailty in Medieval Prussia: Interpretations from skeletal remains at Bezławki.
After Graduation: Instructor, Bełzawki Bioarchaeology Field Program.
Jacqueline Heinzen, MA
jacquelinesheinzen@gmail.com
Research Interests: Nationalism, state-sanctioned violence, globalization, labor, community development.
MA Thesis Title: A new frontier: Politics, life and labor in three American orchestras.
Jennifer Humphreys, BA
After Graduation: ““I am currently earning my M.S. in Primate Behavior at Central Washington University, specializing in molecular primatology. Soon I will be heading to the forests Suriname to study gene flow through conservation corridors.”
Corinna Irwin, MA
ci15@humboldt.edu
Research Interests: Medical anthropology, sexual and reproductive health, US/Mexico border studies, social determinants of health, structural competency, Latin American studies, global feminism.
MA Thesis Title: Equal access, knowledge, and empowerment: promoting inclusion in sex education and reproductive health care for Humboldt County's Spanish speaking population.
Wesley Korpela, BA
After Graduation: “Pursing a career in maritime archaeology.”
Nora Mounce, MA
nem9@humboldt.edu
Research Interests: Food culture, medical anthropology, consumer habits, community health, rural studies.
MA Thesis Title: Words to Cook By: Changing Meanings of Eating Local in Humboldt County
After Graduation: Teaching Anthropology
Diana Newberry, MA
dan248@humboldt.edu
Research Interests: Forensic anthropology; osteology; isotope analysis; human rights; identification of remains; trauma analysis
MA Thesis Title: United States-Mexico Border: Rights of the dead, forensic anthropologists, and families of the victims.
After Graduation: Teaching Anthropology
May Patiño, MA
may.patino@humboldt.edu
Research Interests: Evolutionary medicine, nutritional epidemiology, dietary ecology.
MA Thesis Title: What does it mean to go Paleo? An exploration of the ancestral diet movement.
After Graduation: Coordinator of Humboldt Food Policy Council and lecturer in Anthropology at HSU.
Alexandra McGee, BA
After Graduation: “I’ve transformed from a Humboldt Lumberjack to a Berkeley Bear. I have just started my first semester of graduate school as a Latin American Studies masters student. My last semester at HSU, I took an engineering course with Lonny Grafman which got me really excited about small-scale energy projects, particularly how they relate to community participation, rural development, energy independence and environmental sustainability. At the same time, I’ve put my anthropology skills to use, moving into a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery to live with a high lama. I’d love to hear from you. If you want to know more about my adventures, check out my blog: throughaliseyes-chapterthree.blogspot.com”
Jessica Peters, BA
After Graduation: Jessica Peters interned at the American Embassy in Paris. While there Peters was accepted into UCLA’s Anthropology PhD program, and received her M.A. in Sociocultural Anthropology in 2012 and her Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology in 2015. During this time Peters also presented research at the AAAs and at the Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities (organized by the University of West Georgia).
Erin Pinkston, MA
efp50@humboldt.edu
Research Interests: Forensic anthropology, juvenile stature and body mass calculation, facial reconstruction
MA Thesis Title: Juvenile remains: Predicting body mass and stature in modern American populations.
After Graduation: Working on Ph.D. in Anthropology.
Kristyna Pfluger, MA
kmp918@humboldt.edu
Research Interests: Forensic anthropology, forensic odontology, and human osteology. Learn more about Kristyna's research on CSU Voices and Views.
MA Thesis Title: The effects of heat on δ13C and δ18O ratios in dental enamel: Implications for forensic anthropology.
Kate Ruprecht, MA
kr1335@humboldt.edu
Research Interests: Museum education and curriculum development; multicultural and global education.
MA Thesis Title: Examining veiled Muslim women’s experiences in educational institutions in France and the United States and decolonizing the curriculum to reflect their stories.
After Graduation: Taught at the University of Valenciennes. Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award for the 2018-2019 school year in Romania.
Isadora Sharon, MA
Isadorafsharon@gmail.com
Research Interests: Unregulated development in rural communities, Ifugao Philippines, Tourism, Religion, Post-colonialism, social justice and advocacy.
MA Thesis Title: Countering a colonial fantasy: Ethical versus ethnic tourism.
After Graduation: Working full time in advocacy and research. Teaching Anthropology
Rosie Slentz, MA
rss17@humboldt.edu
Research Interests: Cultural anthropology, food systems, elementary education, public diplomacy, community development.
MA Thesis Title: From soil to soul: Food systems curriculum for 5th graders.
After Graduation: Integrated Learning Specialist at Humboldt County Office of Education. Working on Ph.D. in Education.
Byron Smith, MA
byron.smith@humboldt.edu
Research Interests: Mesoamerican Archaeology, geoarchaeology, and human landscapes.
MA Thesis Title: Subtropical Agronomy on a Variable landscape: Exploring Late Classic Farming the Three Rivers Region Through Geotechnical Design and the Distribution of Edaphic Variables.
After Graduation: Working as a Research Associate for the Cultural Resources Facility at Humboldt State University.
 

Class of 2000-2009


Ariel Gruenthal-Rankin, BA
“After graduating from the University of Central Lancashire, UK in 2009 with a MSc in Forensic Anthropology, I have taken a job with the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office as a Deputy Coroner.”
Lizbet Husby-Gerry, BA
“Living and working in Oregon.”
Rebecca Kellawan, BA
Rebecca Kellawan, 2005 Anthropology, went on to graduate studies in the U.K. earning a Master’s of Arts with Distinction in Historical Archaeology from the University of Bristol. Kellawan is currently employed as a Senior Archaeologist with Far Western Anthropological Research Group located in Davis, California. Kellawan specializes in the historical archaeology of Northern California. She has also previously conducted research on African-American troops stationed in Britain during World War II and the Indian diaspora in the West Indies.
Mark Martinez, BA
“For the past two years I have been advocating and empowering youth to make non-violent, healthy choices as a mentor for the Tariq Khamisa Foundation. Influenced by anthropology of development, I hope to continue my work with non-profit organizations, while attaining my masters in social work.”
Traben Pleasant, BA
“I am currently pursuing a MSc. in Social/Cultural Anthropology at University College London, UK.”
Christopher Robertson, BA
“I just accepted an offer of admission into U.C. Berkeley’s Asian Studies MA program, and will be focusing on China Studies during the fall of 2011.”
Scott Schindel, BA
“Volunteering on a Howler monkey project in Southern Mexico.”
 

Class of 1999 & Earlier

 
Greg Collins, BA
“After graduating in December 1998 from HSU with my BA in Anthropology and Geography (double major) I began working as a shovel bum for archaeological consulting firms and the U.S. Forest Service. After traveling around California as an archaeological technician for a few years, I started graduate school at CSU, Chico and completed my thesis with an emphasis on CRM and zooarchaeology. I am currently the North Coast Redwoods District Archaeologist and am stationed in Eureka. My academic and professional career has taken me full circle, and I am now raising my family in Humboldt County.”
Virginia Howard Mullan, BA
“Virginia Howard Mullan, 1980, Anthropology, retired with a fabulous retirement party at the Arcata Theater Lounge after 30 years of teaching all subjects in a multigraded classroom at Bridgeville Elementary. Mullan is currently working at College of the Redwoods training foster and kindercare guardians, while also volunteering and substitute teaching at Cuddeback School in Carlotta, Calif. She is still writing and is currently working on publishing a vignette about Julia Park Howard. This year, Mullan had the chance to see many of her friends who are HSU alumni, including: Suzanne Stone Gorter, Jim Gorter, Sherry Sweeney, Jody Stevens Vandenburg, Marty Casillas, John Bennett, Bob Fiock, Dave Ward, and Ralph Martinez.”
Evan Pinto, BA
“I have been working as a secondary teacher for a virtual high school. I also teach vocational education classes (in a bricks and mortar class). In addition, my wife, two children and I just adopted a two year old Golden Retriever!”