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The passing of an alumna, Dave Bachman, occurred on July 7, 2012. He was a PennDOT archaeologist and later bicycle coordinator. Click here to see his influence on bicycling in Pennsylvania.

2011

2010 Julio Fuentes is currently working on a website that aims to bring anthropologists and the general public alike to promote awareness, knowledge and discussion of anthropology. Visit or submit articles/ideas at

Evanna Singh is a medical anthropology graduate student at Indiana University. Here is a poster she presented at a 2012 Human Biology meeting on Bolivian Children's Gender Activities and Diet.

2009 Beth Blankenship worked with both local ceramic material under Dr. Custer and southwestern lithic artifacts under Dr. Rocek after graduating in 2009. She participated in a Delaware excavation and served as temporary Laboratory Coordinator in the UD Anthropology Dept. in the summer of 2010 before heading to an archaeological graduate program at the University of South Florida to earn her M.A. She is currently conducting a reconnaissance survey of a tract of land in Tampa and plans to work/volunteer for FPAN (Florida Public Archaeology Network) in local excavations and archaeology education in local public schools. See her website.

2009 Sarah Laurel (red dress, bonnet and light green apron) and Emily Philips (purple dress and straw hat) pose along with fellow historical interpreters at Fort Delaware.

2008
Tara Virgil is attending graduate school at Hofstra University on Long Island in pursuit of a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling. Once licensed, she plans to open a private practice with specialization in sexuality and gender identity. She is currently a full-time Direct Care Counselor at Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services, Inc.

2007
Ashley Bram-Johnson started graduate school in fall 2007 at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. Follow her blog.

Margaret Schlass started One Woman Farm, a three and a half acre farm that provides organic eggs, fruits and vegetables based on the Community Supported Agriculture model.

2006
Constance DeCherney works in public relations at a small PR agency in New York. She sits on the board of directors for the New York Access Abortion Fund, a nonprofit organization providing funds to low-income women in need of abortion services in New York. She lives in Brooklyn.

Dana Rohrbough is working for Delaware's State Treasurer, Jack Markell, on his campaign for governor. She can be contacted at rohrbough[at]gmail[dot]com.

2005
Amanda Field is pursuing a Masters of Public Health in Global Health at The George Washington University. She is concentrating in Health Communication and is interested in planning and promoting health intervention programs. Amanda works in the Molecular Genetics department of Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute where she does testing for Cystic Fibrosis, Deep Vein Thrombosis and Hereditary Hemochromatosis. In her free time, she volunteers at the Women's Center in Vienna, Virginia.

Allison Grunwald completed an MA in Osteoarchaeology at the University of Southampton, England in 2007. Her research examined a British Iron Age site and her coursework focused on human osteology, faunal analysis, and lithics analysis. She intends to pursue a career in zooarchaeology.

Justin Lantz is a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at Florida Atlantic University. Learn more about his research.

David Matushik founded and operates Green Delaware Recycling, a Newark-based recycling and consulting firm that wishes to improve Newark, Delaware (and beyond) by assisting local businesses with incorporating environmentally friendly and socially responsible practices.

2004
Kathryn Harriman has an article in the October 2006 edition of Anthropology News. I have completed my Master's of Research in Visual Culture (2005) and my PhD in Visual Anthropology (2011) at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. I have recently completed a post-doctoral research post with the University of Exeter, Department of Geography, and I am an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen.

Trained in Visual Anthropology and Material Culture, I currently work as a consultant applying my skills in social research, critical thinking, and cross-cultural communication to my work as a social analyst and academic editor. My recent work includes applied anthropology (Social Impact Assessment/Baseline Studies) as well as academic research. I also work in the world of academic publishing as an acquisitions editor for the Versita Open Access Books Programme, the Book Reviews Editor (Europe) for the Visual Anthropology Review, and I run a proofreading and copy-editing business, Whiteleaf Editing, that serves academic journals and students by helping writers to clarify their English and their ideas. I satisfy my creative side with work in the creative and performing arts. Working with Dynamode as their Visual Anthropologist I am involved with an on-going and Europe-wide exhibition "Obicular Nebulosae" as both a performer and a cultural analyst. You can find more information about my work and downloadable publications at: www.kathrynlichtiharriman.org

Kati Muleh has been accepted to Naropa University in Boulder, CO and will be studying contemplative education there.

Collin Palkovitz and Lindsay (DiNatale) Palkovitz (Anthropology, 2003) are applying to graduate programs in Anthropology. Lindsay is interested in studying the effects of globalization on rural communitiess, and Collin plans to focus on environment and trauma. Collin works at Elany Arts and is in the band, the Look Machine. Lindsay works at the American Philosophical Association based at the University of Delaware. They live in West Grove, PA and enjoy traveling and backpacking. Photos from some of their recent travels are below--backpacking/climbing in Olympic National Park in Washington; and with members of a livestock co-operative in Kwale, Kenya.

Lindsay and Collin Palkovitz, Olympic Nat. Park Lindsay and Collin Palkovitz, Kwale, Kenya

2003
Sara Anderson has moved to Norfolk, VA where she is pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology at the Virginia Consortium, a program that is offered jointly by The College of William and Mary, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University, and Old Dominion University.   Ultimately, she plans to specialize in neuropsychology, but she is also considering exploring health psychology, particularly nutrition, obesity and eating disorders, and body image development, assessment, and treatment before making her final decision. Prior to returning to school, she was a Research Assistant in the pediatric neuropsychology department of the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, where she worked on projects focused on mild traumatic brain injury (concussion) in children and adolescents. 

2003
Andrea (Beaudoin) Anderson started as the Archaeology Laboratory Coordinator at the University of Delaware in January 2009. Following graduation, she received an MA in anthropology from Binghamton University, focusing on the archaeology of lithic technology in New York. After moving back to Delaware in 2005, she assisted Professor Rocek at UD with organizing the 2006 SAA Conference in Puerto Rico. She also worked as a technical writer and as the Site Supervisor at Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes, Delaware for several years before taking her current position. She enjoys planting roots in Delaware with her husband and two daughters.

Carin Bloom received her M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2005. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Anthropology at Temple University and is focusing her studies on historical archaeology. During the summer of 2006, she worked as a Project Cataloguer on the "Unearthing New Castle's Past" project, based in the Anthropology Department at the University of Delaware. Carin is a volunteer with the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation (Delaware's Tall Ship) and also as a docent a the UPenn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.


Carin Bloom aboard the Kalmar Nyckel.

Lindsay (DiNatale) Palkovitz, See above in Class of 2004.

2002
Jennifer Green graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in December 2006 with an M.A. in American History.

Jason B. Smith volunteered for 6 weeks on the tall ship Niagara out of Erie, PA eating gruel and sle after he received his undergraduate degrees.  He then went on and received his MA from the University of Delaware in 2006.  From June 2005 to September 2006 Jason served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in the Delaware and Maryland Park Service.  During the fall of 2006 and winter of 2007 he worked as a Project Cataloguer on the "Unearthing New Castle's Past" project, based in the Anthropology Department at the University of Delaware. In June 2007 Jason returned to his beloved New Jersey to work as an Archaeologist and Architectural Historian with McCormick Taylor, Inc in Mt. Laurel.

2001
Brandon Bies got married in 2004 to his long-time girlfiend, Laura Stephens. They purchased a run-down old row house in downtown Washington D.C., and Brandon notes that it is "keeping [them] out of trouble." Brandon has recently been involved in researching Fort Hunt, a World War II POW camp in Fairfax County, VA. Read more about Fort Hunt.

Katherine (Eggink) Jamal lives in Philadelphia and is Manager at Ten Thousand Villages, the oldest and largest fair trade organization in North America. She is married to a man from Morocco and is enjoying learning Arabic (both classic and Moroccan) and about the cultures of North Africa and the Islamic world. Katherine and her husband hope to travel to Morocco sometime soon and are considering beginning some trade relations with artisans there.

Jerry Lord is living in Galveston, TX where he went to do field research in August 2008 while enrolled at the University of Texas anthropology department. He was planning a multi-sited site ethnography of risk perception and coast real estate development after having working under contract with the Department of HUD in east Texas after Hurricane Rita. A few weeks later, Hurricane Ike made direct landfall over Galveston. He has since been researching and writing his dissertation on vulnerability, resilience and disaster recovery. He plans to defend his dissertation this October (2011).

Elizabeth Robinson received her Master's degree from UD in Teaching English as a Second Language in 2005. She got married in June 2006 and traveled for three weeks in Costa Rica.

Rachel White and her sister, Anna (also an Anthro alumna), are active in promoting the virtues of buying "NOTHING," a revolutionary product guaranteed good for the earth, your well-being, and your wallet! The day after Thanksgiving usually finds them giving out free samples of their product at Christiana Mall, which has led to their arrest, on the orders of mall management. They have chosen to take the case to trial.  For more information, go to http://www.buynothing.biz

Rachel White with samples of "NOTHING," Christiana Mall.
(News Journal/Suchat Pederson)

2000
Julie Chickadel-Cardena is the program coordinator of YucaTour Merida, an organization that conducts study abroad and travel tours to Merida in the Yucatan.

Meghan Howey finished her PhD in Anthropological Archaeology at the University of Michigan in 2006. In fall 2007, she became an Assistant Professor in Anthropology at the University of New Hampshire. Her current archaeological research project is based at the University of Michigan Biological Station on an inland lake in Northern Michigan. In 2012, she taught a course for students to excavate and discover the Lost UNH Campus.

Angela Schauber received an M.A. from Colorado State University in 2003. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Paleoanthropology at Florida State University. She recently presented her research at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.

1999
Lauren (Moran) Doran spent a few years of self discovery and reflection living in Berkeley, CA. While there, she met her husband Ian and also stumbled across the field of landscape architecture. She is currently pursuing an MLA (Master's in Landscape Architecture) at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA and is considering continuing on for a PhD. As a designer working to integrate human and ecological landscapes, she has assimilated cultural studies, science, and art into her work. Her thesis will focus on environmental justice issues in cultural urban neighborhoods. She hopes to find work at a landscape architecture firm in the Philadelphia area upon completion of her degree.

Timothy Russell can be contacted by email at timrussell23[at]gmail[dot]com.

1998
Stephen Shisler is an Archival Assistant at Hagley Museum and Library in Greenville, DE. Prior to starting this position in 2001, he worked as an archaeological field technician and as a stack assistant at Hagley. He has volunteered at the Historical Society of Delaware and is currently a volunteer at the Ashland Nature Society and at the Chadds Ford Historical Society.

Kimberly Williams received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2005 and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Medicine at Wright State University in Kettering, Ohio. Her research centers on genetic epidemiology of growth and development, and she works with the Jiri Growth Study and the Fels Logitudinal Study. She travels to Nepal on a regular basis for her work with the Jiri Growth Study, which focuses on children aged 3-18 years in Jiri, Nepal, a rural community at the base of the Himalayas. She is featured online in the Crow Canyon Newsletter.

1997
Keri Brondo received an MA in Anthropology from Iowa State University in 1999 and completed her Ph.D at Michigan State University in December 2005. Her dissertation research was conducted on the north coast of Honduras and focused on the production of Garifuna indigeneity and its effects on coastal landholding within the context of tourism development. In summer 2005, she served as the Ecotourism Economics Advisor for Operation Wallacea and designed a socioeconomic impact assessment of the increased ecotourism for the local Garifuna population. She also oversaw four students working on their dissertations about various aspects of the study and will return in summer 2006 to oversee four more students. She currently holds a post-doctoral fellowship at MSU, where she is the project director on a 3-year study looking at the relationship between performance, worker geographic place of socialization, and work practices in General Motors' Lansing Grand River Assembly plant. She is married and has two children.

Anna White is the Coordinator for Global Partnerships for Tobacco Control, a program of the DC-based corporate accountability group Essential Action. The program seeks to strengthen international tobacco control efforts at the grassroots level by linking groups in the U.S. and Canada with groups in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern and Central Europe.  She is active with the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, which has organized national actions against the war in Iraq. In her spare time, she and her sister, Rachel (a fellow Anthro alumna) promote the virtues of buying "NOTHING," a revolutionary product guaranteed good for the earth, your well-being, and your wallet! The day after Thanksgiving usually finds them giving out free samples of their product at Christiana Mall, which has led to their arrest, on the orders of mall management. They have chosen to take the case to trial.  For more information, go to http://www.buynothing.biz

Anna got married in 2005. Her husband, who she met as an undergraduate at UD, is from Moldova and works at the Jane Goodall Institute.

1996
Matt Curtis is a Program Officer with the International Harm Reduction Development Program (IHRD) of the Open Society Institute in New York. IHRD supports the health and human rights of injection drug users in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia through programs promoting access to HIV prevention and treatment services, drug treatment, and public policy reforms aimed at diminishing the individual and social harms associated with drug use. Matt's work focuses primarily on supporting community-based advocacy by people who use drugs and people living with HIV, and advocacy for HIV treatment access and related health care. He also serves on the board of directors of the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center, which was founded in 1990 as an outgrowth of the ACT UP needle exchange project, and which today serves more than 3,000 people in New York. He has been married to UD Anthro alumna Sonia Dingilian since 1999.

Sonia Dingilian and Matt Curtis Sonia Dingilian and Matt Curtis, Class of 1996

Matt Davis lives in Glen Carbon, Illinois (just outside St. Louis) and works for the Illinois State Police as a Crime Scene Investigator and Physical Anthropologist. He was promoted to Sergeant last year and will soon be starting law school as a part-time student at St. Louis University. He offers his assistance to students who are interested in forensics and would be happy to talk to them or direct them to resources/opportunities in the Midwestern United States.

Sonia Dingilian received an MA in Anthropology and Museum Studies from George Washington University in 1998.  She is currently employed at the Humanities and Social Science Research Library of The New York Public Library.  She coordinates loan of items from the collections, such as original art, rare books and manuscripts, for exhibition at museums and other cultural institutions world-wide.  Prior to her current position, Sonia worked at the American Museum of Natural History for five years.  She has been married to UD Anthro alumnus Matt Curtis since 1999.

Ian Janssen is the Director of the University of Delaware Archives. Before taking this position in January 2007, he had served as the Assistant Archivist since 2002. After graduating from UD, he received additional education through attendance at the Modern Archives Institute sponsored by the National Archives and Records Administration and graduate study in History at the University of Miami. He previously was employed by the Historical Museum of Southern Florida as an Operations Manager and Museum Educator, the Law Library of the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third Circuit as a Library Technician, and Delaware State Museums as a Research Assistant.

1995
Lisa Cordani-Stevenson remarks that she "ended up working in the field and not flipping burgers as predicted by [her] parents" when she told them she had chosen anthropology as a field.

Meghan Kavanaugh works at Wildlife Experience, which is located in Parker, Colorado and is a natural history museum and fine art gallery with an emphasis on conservation. Prior to moving to Colorado, she lived in Washington D.C., where she worked at the Smithonian's Natural History Museum and the Holocaust Museum. She has also worked in meeting and event planning for nonprofit organizations. Meghan would love to hear from other alumni and can be contacted at meghankavanaugh[at]hotmail[dot]com.

1993
Grant Blouse recevied his PhD from Wayne State University School of Medecine. He recently returned to the US after living in Denmark for three years, where he was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Molecular Biology at Aarhus University. He is now working for a biotech company, Catalyst Biosciences, in San Francisco.

Sandra Singer Rauschenberger married David Andrew George Nell of Lebanon Twp, NJ, formerly of Capetown, South Africa, in December 2004. They reside in Lebanon Township, a mile from her childhood home, where her father still resides.

1992
Beth Crist received a Master's of Library Science and is working at the State Library of North Carolina as an eLearning Consultant.

1991
Caridad Alonso has been named the 2007 Delaware Teacher of the Year. Read more about Caridad and the honor.

Celeste Marie Gagnon received her MA from Arizona State University in 1996 and her PhD from The University of North Carolin-Chapel Hill in 2006. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Wagner College. Celeste is a bioarchaeologist specializing in North Coastal Peruvian Prehistory. She also has extensive applied experience in Cultural Resource Management.

Darrin Lowery is pursuing a PhD in geoarchaeology at the University of Delaware.

1989
Dawn Cheshaek has worked as a field archaeologist for 20 years. She is pictured in this article about excavations of a tenant house in Middletown, DE.

1984
Susan Andreatta is Associate Professor of Anthropology at University of North Carolina Greensboro. She was recently took office as the president of the Society for Applied Anthropology. Read her first President's Letter in the May 2007 SfAA newsletter.

1980
Mary Stiner was promoted to full professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Arizona. Read about some of her research.

1982
John Sprinkle is Supervisory Historian with the National Park Service, Washington D.C. After graduating from UD, John received an MA in Anthropology (1984) and a PhD in History (1992) from the College of William and Mary. He worked for 10 years as a private sector consultant in historic preservation and has been employed in the public sector with the National Park Service for 9 years.

1979
Susan Ward lives in Cape Town, South Africa for two months each year and invites Anthropology alumni to visit or stay with her there. Also, she is looking for anthropologist travel companions for a trip to Mongolia to learn about Shamanic performances. Contact the UD Anthropology department for Susan's contact information.

1978
Peter Siegel has taken a position as Associate Professor of Anthropology at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ. Prior to assuming his new position, he worked as Senior Archaeologist at John Milner Associates in West Chester, PA, where was employed from 1992-2006.

1977
Stephen Dettwyler offers this sage advice: "No matter what you end up doing in life, anthropology provides you with a wonderful set of intellectual tools to understand the world and to make positive changes."

1975
A. Gwynn Henderson is a real archaeologist now. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky and soon will add to that a certificate from the Institute of Children's Literature. She has worked as a staff archaeologist and as the Education Coordinator for the Kentucky Archaeological Survey (KAS) since 1995. She has published a book and a few articles in scholarly venues, but also a book for adults learning to read, and articles in dig, a national magazine about archaeology targeting children 9-14. Go to the archaeologychannel.org to see videos about various Kentucky archaeology subjects that have been produced by KAS.

1974
Richard Michael Stewart is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Temple University. He comments that Temple's graduate program in Anthropology is one of the few that allows students to focus on the archaeology of Native Americans in the Middle Atlantic region.

1970
Daniel Griffith is the Director of the Lewes (DE) Maritime Archaeology Project, which conducted an underwater archaeological investigation of a 1770s British vessel, most likely the Severn. The ship was an in-bound commercial vessel heading to Britain's Mid-Atlantic colonies. It is the first shipwreck of its period and origin to be investigated in the North Atlantic.