Ph.D. Anthropology


Young Kim, Ph.D. May, 1996
Dissertation Title: The Commodification of a Ritual Process: An Ethnography of the Wedding Industry in Las Vegas

Rebecca Lachter, Ph.D. December, 1996
Dissertation Title: Distant Cousins: The Relationship Between Jews from the Former-Soviet Union and American Jewish Voluntary Associations in Los Angeles

Wilton Martinez, Ph.D. December, 1998
Dissertation Title: Imaging Alterity: Discourse, Pedagogy, and the Reception of Ethnographic Film

Joseph Hawkins, Ph.D. May, 1999
Dissertation Title: Invisible People: An Ethnography of Same-sexuality in Contemporary Japan

Carolyn Rouse, Ph.D. May, 1999
Dissertation Title: Engaged Surrender: Consciousness and Empowerment in the Conversion Experience of African-American Muslim women

Manuel Fernandez, Ph.D. August, 1999
Dissertation Title: An ethnography of the macho/loca relationship

Armida Ayala, Ph.D. December, 1999
Dissertation Title: Mexican Immigrant Women, Sex Work, and Health

Martin Muller, Ph.D. May, 2002
Dissertation Title: Endocrine Aspects of Aggression and Dominance in Chimpanzees of the Kibale Forest

Lene Pedersen, Ph.D. August, 2002
Dissertation Title: The Sphere of the Keris: Power and People in a Balinese Princedom

Sean Roberts, Ph.D. August, 2003
Dissertation Title: Uyghur Neighborhoods and Nationalisms in the former Sino-Soviet Borderland: An Historical Ethnography of a Stateless Nation on the Margins of Modernity

Stacy Rowe, Ph.D. August, 2003
Dissertation Title: Practicing Policy and Making Myth: Applied Anthropology and Homeless Service Delivery in Glendale, California

Pensri Ho, Ph.D. December, 2003
Dissertation Title: (E)racing the Model Minority: Racial Ideology Among Young Urbanized Asian American Professionals

Michelle OramPh.D. December, 2003
Dissertation Title: The Culture of Beauty: Agency and Socialization within the Sorority System

Upjeet ChandanPh.D. December, 2004
Dissertation Title: A Place-in-Between: Narratives of Gender, Violence and Identity in a South African Township

Todd WhitePh.D. May, 2005
Dissertation Title: Out of Many…A Social History of the Homosexual Rights Movement as Originated and Continued in Los Angeles, California

Gaelyn Aguilar, Ph.D. December, 2005
Dissertation Title: Image(a)nation: Dance and the Parapolitics of Being in the Republic of Macedonia

Quinta SewardPh.D. December, 2005
Dissertation Title: Tracing My Father’s Footprints: Embracing a Legacy

Charles Scull, Ph.D. December, 2005
Dissertation Title: Identity Configurations: Re-inventing Samoan Youth Identities in Urban California

Pushpa Tulachan, Ph.D. December, 2005
Dissertation Title: The Lobas of Monthang: Loba Ethnography and Tourism as Development

Gerald (Jay) Hasbrouck Jr., Ph.D. May, 2006
Dissertation Title: Primitive Dissidents : Earth Liberation and the Making of a Radical Anthropology

Jeanne Fitzsimmons, Ph.D. August, 2006
Dissertation Title: Negotiating Modernity: Power, Gender, & Education in North India

Raquel Hernandez-Aguilar, Ph.D. December, 2006
Dissertation Title: Ecology and Nesting Patterns of Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) in Issa, Ugalla, Western Tanzania

Christian Anderson, Ph.D. May, 2007
Dissertation Title: Betel Nut Chewing Culture: The Social and Symbolic Life of an Indigenous Commodity in Taiwan and Hainan

Erica Angert, Ph.D. May, 2007
Dissertation Title: Hybrid Networks and Urban Spaces in Post-Socialist Cuba

Courtney Everts Mykytyn, Ph.D. May, 2007
Dissertation Title: Executing Aging: An Ethnography of Process and Event in Anti-Aging Medicine

Bartelt Brian, Ph.D. August, 2007
Dissertation Title: Healers and Witches in Oku: An Occult System of Knowledge in Northwest Cameroon

Ilda Jimenez y West, Ph.D. December, 2007
Dissertation Title: Good Hosts as Ideal Citizens: Crafting Identity on Isla de Mujeres, Mexico

Steven Rousso-Schindler, Ph.D. December, 2007
Dissertation Title: Israeli and Palestinian National Narratives: National and Individual Constructions, Social Suffering Narratives, and Everyday Performances

Claudia Cuevas, Ph.D. May, 2008

Dissertation Title: Organizational Development and Coalition Building Among Domestic Violence Agencies in California: Conflict and Compromise Between Grassroots Groups and Established Institutions

Sadie Moore, Ph.D. May, 2008
Dissertation Title: It’s Not Just Nice, It’s Necessary: Authentic Leadership in the New Economy

Jennifer Cool, Ph.D. December, 2008
Dissertation Title: Communities of Innovation: Cyborganic and the Birth of Networked Social Media

Teresa Kuan, Ph.D. December, 2008
Dissertation Title: Adjusting the Bonds of Love: Parenting, Expertise and Social Change in a Chinese City

Zhifang Song, Ph.D. December, 2008
Dissertation Title: Flow into Eternity: Patriarchy, Marriage and Socialism in a North China Village

Patricia Gilson, Ph.D. May, 2009
Dissertation Title: Rituals of a Nation’s Identity: Archaeology and Genealogy in Antiquities Museums of Rome

Scott Frank, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Lab Coats in the Dream Factory: Science and Scientists in Hollywood

Arianne Gaetano, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Off the Farm : Rural Chinese Women’s Experiences of Labor Mobility and Modernity in Post-Mao China (1984-2002)


M.A. Anthropology


Elan Glasser, M.A. Anthropology, 2002


M.A. Visual Anthropology (MAVA)


Christian Anderson, MAVA December 2004

Erica Angert, MAVA May 2007

Clark Arnwine, MAVA December 2003

Ilisa Barbash, MAVA May 1992

Brian Bartelt, MAVA May 2000

Kalanit Baumhaft, MAVA May 2001

Suzanne Benson, MAVA December 1992

Sharon Berman, MAVA May 2006

Robin Bernstein, MAVA May 1993

Alvaro (Perez) Betancourt, MAVA May 1993

Nila Bogue, MAVA December 1987

Mary Beth Bresolin, MAVA May 1996

Joseph Cha, MAVA August 2006

Hsiang-Ling Chao, MAVA December 1994

Mei-Juin Chen, MAVA December 1994

Shih-Ching Chiu, MAVA December 2002

Kaarina Cleverley, MAVA December 2001

Jennifer Cool, MAVA May 1994

Lauren Amanda Crane, MAVA December 1993

Kirsten Dougall, MAVA May 1995

Nancy da Silveira, MAVA May 1988

Gomez Duron, MAVA May 1996

Eva Egensteiner, MAVA December 1995

Jeanne Fitzsimmons, MAVA August 2006

Elise Fried, MAVA, August 1991

Ellen Frankenstein, MAVA December 1987

Monica Frota, MAVA December 1992

Jennifer Gaynor, MAVA August 1995

Gillian Goslinga, MAVA December 1996

Steve Grossman , MAVA May 1992

Rebecca Hantin, MAVA December 1991

Gerald (Jay) Hasbrouck Jr., MAVA May 2000

Joseph Hawkins, MAVA May 1999

Susan Henson-Smith, MAVA May 1994

Tiffany Hope, MAVA December 1996

Mark Hornish, MAVA December 1993

Julie James, MAVA December 1999

Kevin Kelpin, MAVA December 1993

Ursula Koch, MAVA December 1983

Bernd Knoll, MAVA May 1997

Michael Kowalski, MAVA December 1992

Anita Kumar, MAVA July 2005

Catherine LaBore, MAVA May 1995

Joan LaDuca , MAVA August 1995

Jesse Lerner, MAVA December 1991

Susan Lewak, MAVA August 1996

Charmaine Lewis, MAVA August 1998

Thomas Luehrsen, MAVA December 1989

Barhara Malcolm, MAVA May 1991

Daniel Marks, MAVA December 1989

Wilton Martinez, MAVA May 1992

Chad Minnich, MAVA December 1999

Ahrin Mishan, MAVA May 1994

David Orenstein, MAVA December 1992

Sarina Pearson, MAVA August 1995

Luis Perez-Tolon, MAVA December 1987

Laura Reiter, MAVA May 1999

Sean Roberts, MAVA December 2001

Jennifer Rodes, MAVA December 1992

SoYun Roe, MAVA May 1994

Nicholas Rothenberg, MAVA May 1994

Nicole Rousso-Schindler, MAVA December 1998

Steven Rousso-Schindler, MAVA December 1998

Anirban Roy, MAVA May 1997

Patricia (Mercedes) Salazar, MAVA December 1993

Laura Scheerer, MAVA December 1987

Simon Schorno, MAVA December 1999

Laura Schroeter, MAVA May 1995

Sylvia Sensiper, MAVA December 1989

Kaaren Shalom, MAVA December 1995

Christine Snyder, MAVA May 2006

Claudia South, MAVA December 1998

Karin Stellwagen, MAVA August 1994

Scott Sterling, MAVA December 1992

Lucien Castaing-Taylor, MAVA May 1992

Pushpa Tulachan, MAVA December 1993

Micah Van der Ryn, MAVA December 1991

Cindy Hing-yuk Wong, MAVA December 1989

Julie Wright, MAVA December 1989

Pilar Wright, MAVA December 1999

Ju-Hua Wu, MAVA May 1997


M.A. Visual Anthropology (MVA)



Christian Maltbaek

Eric O’Connell

Jamie Schreiber

Christina Strunk

Briana Young



Maren Elwood

Dalton Gaudin

Kai M. Green

Nicole Hernandez

Sarah Kirby

Alyssa Lucca

Jim Monahan

Parisa Rezvani

Emma Roll



Audrey Fok

Rachel Quaill

Jessica Roberts



Brittany V. Gates

Bianca Hernandez

Rachel Elizabeth Jones

Nicole Miyahara

Jazmin Ontiveros

Candice Rusch

Sabrina Skau

Michele Sullivan

James Watson

Ted Woods



Kara Clemins

Samantha Close

Jessie Davidson

Patrick Gadut

Mirtha Garcia

Adrienne Gerard 

Stephanie Mulcihy

Robert Raad

Shirin Raban

Francesca Santos

George Villanueva



Lucy Copp

Wanwan Lu

Julie C. Perrin

Amy Lynn Wolpert

Qingzhi Zhang



Toni A. Bell

Ileana de Cardenas

Joe Garrett

Andie Lee

Jiaqi Yu



Luli Garcia

Dayna Jessie Meyer 

Jack Sample

Marika Stanford-Moore



Sean David Christensen

Christina Keller

Kevin Pobjoy

Matthew Purifoy

Chong Zhang



Amanda Broder-Hahn

Marissa Dimitrion

Maleia Mikesell

Kayla Sotomil

Rebecca Truszkowski

Qihao Wang

Yehoshua Zepeda



Alejandra Chaisson

Apryl Lundsten

Ashley Ascencio

Betty Gebregzabheir

Ekua Armah

Ithalia Price

Lydia Erickson

Yumeng He



Faith Dearborn

Yiwei Lu

Sophie Pegrum

Alejandro Perez

Jack Sukimoto

Daniel Venegas



Sanaya Dhablania

Symon Braun Freck

Monique Yamaguchi

Chandler Owen Zausner



Rachael Geary

Eric Hensley

Fefe Smith

Anna Weiler