Alumni News

Over the past four decades, the Department of Anthropology has successfully transformed hundreds of B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. students into valued alumni. These graduates have gone on to successful careers in academia, public service, and the private sector.

As of October 2018, USF has conferred 523 graduate degrees in Applied Anthropology (188 PhD and 335 MA). MA graduates typically obtain jobs in anthropology-related professions, in the private consulting sector, for government programs (often in health-care fields) or in the public sector (museums, teaching, public education, social services etc.). PhD graduates move into academia, research positions for government agencies, or in a variety of other areas.

Lauren Johnson

Dr. Lauren Johnson received a Diversity Champion Award from the University of North Georgia and was recently promoted to Associate professor and Department Head of the Culture, Language, and Leadership Department. Read More

Carylanna Taylor

USF Anthropology Alum Dr. Carylanna Taylor has a new piece in Anthropology News on how she applies anthropology as a filmmaker. Read Article

Ryan Logan

Congratulations to recent PhD graduate Dr. Ryan Logan on his newest publication in the journal Anthropology in Action! Read Article

Rebecca Campbell-Montalvo

Dr. Rebecca Campbell-Montalvo (USF PhD 2016, now at University of Connecticut) recently published this piece based on her dissertation research in the journal "Race Ethnicity and Education" Read Article

Paola Gonzalez

 Congratulations to two award winners at the 2019 USF Hispanic Heritage Celebration Awards Breakfast, Paola Gonzalez (MA/MPH alumna) received the USF Status of Latinos (SoL) Alumni Award and William Lucas (PhD/MPH student in Anthropology) received the Latino Graduate Fellow Award from the USF Office of Graduate Studies. Well-deserved, Paola and William, you make us proud!!

Sarah Smith 

Read about Dr. Sarah Smith's (PhD 2014, now Assistant Professor of Public Health and Co-Director of the Health Disparities Institute at SUNY Old Westbury) research on birth migration to Guam, featured in the latest edition of Youth Circulations! Read more

Jennifer Webb

Jennifer Webb, a graduate of our MA program in Applied Anthropology who is now a State Representative (District 69) in the Florida House of Representatives, is seeking both policy fellows and a legislative aide. She writes: “I spent three years identifying broad policy areas and solutions that unite my district regardless of party, income, etc. these four broad categories are: environment, education, mental health/substance use, and economy/workers. I am currently looking for an aide who is interested in (mental) health care/substance use policy and policy impacting local businesses and workers." read more

 Spring 2019 GRADUATES

photos of gradutes with their advisors

Clockwise: Dr. Tykot with Ashley Maxwell, Dr. Whiteford with Dana Ketcher, and Dr. Wells with Anthony Tricarico

Ryan Logan, Advisor: Heide Castañeda
Dana Ketcher, Advisors: Linda Whiteford and Heide Castañeda
Anthony Tricarico, Advisor: Christian Wells
Ashley Maxwell, Advisor: Robert Tykot

Cheyenne Wagi (MA/MPH), Advisor: David Himmelgreen


Dr. Dana Ketcher, a Spring 2019 graduate, recently had an article published on May 20, 2019 in the Psychology, Health & Nedicine Journal:  "Social Networks of Caregivers of Patients with Primary Malignant Brain Tumor"

Kristina Baines 

Congratulations to Kristina Baines who Received the Course Hero-Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching

Kaniqua Robinson

Dr. Kaniqua Robinson, a December 2018 graduate, has accepted a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh effective August 2019.

Lori Collins and Travis Doering

Congratulations to Lori Collins (Ph.D., 2007) and Travis Doering (Ph.D., 2007), Research Associate Professors and co-Directors of the Digital Heritage & Humanities Collection in the University of South Florida Libraries, on their work with Google Arts & Culture to form the Open Heritage Alliance, which will establish best practices and formal standards around 3D formats, approaches, ethics, digital preservation, and access.


Cover of Policing Pathology book

Congratulations to USF Anthropology alum Nolan Kline (MA 2010, PhD 2015) on his book, "Pathogenic Policing: Immigration Enforcement and Health in the U.S. South." The book, based on his dissertation, is now available through Rutgers University Press. Read More



Fall 2018 Graduates

Dr. Robinson and Dr. Jackson wearing their regalia at graduation

Dr. Kaniqua Robinson and her advisor Dr. Antoinette Jackson. Congratulations to all of our graduates!


Kaniqua Robinson, Advisor: Antoinette Jackson

Donna Barth, Advisor: Nancy Romero-Daza

Spencer Bockover, Advisor: Tara Deubel

Gennifer Goad, Advisor: Erin Kimmerle

Rene Herrera, Advisor: Elizabeth Miller

John Pendygraft, Co-Advisors: Daniel Lende and Elizabeth Bird

Emily Weisenberger, Advisor: Antoinette Jackson

Justin Winn, Advisor: Rebecca Zarger

Janelle Christensen

Cover of Eldercare, Health, and Ecosyndemics in a Perilous World

Alumna Janelle Christensen (PhD, 2012) published her book, "Eldercare, Health, and Ecosyndemics in a Perilous World"! Read More


Cecilia Vindrola-Padros, Ginger A. Johnson, and Anne E. Pfister

Cover of the book Healthcare in Motion

USF Anthropology PhD graduates Cecilia Vindrola-Padros, Ginger A. Johnson, and Anne E. Pfister contributed to a new edited book "HEALTHCARE IN MOTION: Immobilities in Health Service Delivery and Access." Read More

Summer 2018 Graduates

Summer 2018

Congratulations to all of our Summer 2018 graduates! We are so proud of your accomplishments and wish you the best in your future careers.

Faisal Alkhuzaim, Dr. Himmelgreen
Gino Collura, Dr. Lende
Vivian Gornik, Dr. Bird
Cynthia Pace, Dr. Himmelgreen
Airia Papadopoulos, Dr. Baer
Jodie Sweezey, Dr. Bird

Christine Bergmann, Dr. Tykot
Kaleigh Hoyt, Dr. Lende
Seiichi Villalona, Dr. Castañeda