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Recent Alumni


  •  Peter Mancina - In the Spirit of Sanctuary: Sanctuary City Policy Advocacy and the Production of Sanctuary-Power in San Francisco, California.
  • Lauren Kohut -  Cooperation through War: Late Intermediate Period Warfare and Community Formation in the South-Central Andes 
  • Mellon Partners for Humanities Education Postdoctoral Fellow, Tougaloo College
  • Matthew Velasco - Mortuary Tradition and Social Transformation during the Late Intermediate Period (A.D. 1100-1450): A Bioarchaeological Analysis of Above-Ground Burials in the Colca Valley, Peru. Current Position: Mellon Diversity Post-doctoral Associate (2016-17), Assistant Professor (2017-), Department of Anthropology, Cornell University 


  • Teresa Franco - Paleoecology and Sedentism of Early Coastal Hunter-Gatherers in North Chile
  • Dan O'Maley - Networking Democracy: Brazilian Internet Freedom Activism and the Influence of Participatory Democracy. Current Position: Associate Editor, Center for International Media Assistance.
  • Kasia Szremski - Shellfish, Water, and Entanglements: Inter-community Interaction and Exchange during the Late Intermediate Period (1100 – 1470 CE) in the Huanangue Valley, Peru
    - Pre-major Academic Adviser, CAS
  • Brendan Weaver - "Fruit of the Vine, Work of Human Hands”: An Archaeology and Ethnohistory of Slavery on the Jesuit Wine Haciendas of Nasca, Peru.  
    The Robert Penn Warren Vanderbilt University Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland


  • Jeff Shenton - Schooling the Forest: Land, Legacy, and Environmental Epistemological Practice in the Upper Napo
    - Lecturer in Dept. of Anthropology and  Assistant Director of the Writing Studio, Vanderbilt University
  • Jamie Shenton - The Bodily Logics of Aspiration: Intergenerational Perspectives on Adolescence, Exchange and Production among Kichwa Womenn in the Ecuadorian Amazon
    - Lecturer of Women's and Gender Studies, Vanderbilt University


  • Tomas Barrientos - The Royal Palace of Cancuen: The Structure of Lowland Maya Architecture and Politics at the End of the Late Classic Period
    - Lecturer,  University of the Valley of Guatemala
  • Jennifer Ann Vogt - The Ambitions and Ambiguities of Community: State Policy and Artisan Cooperation in Rural Peru
    - ACLS Public Fellow


  • Jake Sauer - Long-Term Resilience in Cultural Systems: An Araucanian Example from Santa Sylvia, South-Central Chile
  • Jennifer Zovar - Post-Collapse Constructions of Community, Memory, and Identity: An Archaeological Analysis of Late Intermediate Period Community Formation in Bolivia’s Desaguadero Valley
    Assistant Professor at Whatcom Community College (Bellingham, WA).
  • Danielle Kurin -  The Bioarchaeology of Collapse: Ethnogenesis and Ethnocide in Post-Imperial Andahuaylas, Peru (AD 900 - 1250)
    - Assistant Professor at University of California-Santa Barbara


  • Anna Catesby Yant - Powerful Buildings: The Evolution of Non-domestic Architecture and Social Interaction in the Puuc
    Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, Assistant Director of CASPAR and the Director of A&S Tutoring at Vanderbilt


  • Molly Morgan - Fixing Residence: Formative Period Place Making at Chiquiuitan, Guatemala
  • Carrie Anne Berryman - Food, Feasts, and the Construction of Identity and Power in Ancient Tiwanaku: A Bioarchaeological Perspective


  • John Tomasic - Investigating Terminal Preclassic and Classic Period Power and Wealth at K'o, Guatemala
    Archeologist with the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka


  • Michael Callaghan - Technologies of Power: Ritual Economy and Ceramic Production in the Terminal Preclassic Period Holmul Region, Guatemala
    - Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Avery Dickins de Girón - Balancing Inequalities and Opportunities: Globalization and Development in Q'eqchi' Maya Communities in Guatemala
    Program Coordinator, International Programs at Vanderbilt


  • Alberto Esquit-Choy - Liderazgo Maya-Kaqchikel en Guatemala: del Preconflicto al Postconflicto, 1950-1985
    Instituto de Lingüística, Universidad Rafael Landívar (Guatemala)
  • Matt O'Mansky - The Petexbatun Intersite Settlement Pattern Survey: Shifting Settlement Strategies in the Ancient Maya World
    Professor of Archaeology, Youngstown State University
  • Brent Woodfill - Shrines of the Pasión-Verapaz Region, Guatemala: Ritual and Exchange along an Ancient Trade Route


  • Carolyn Audet - Ancient Maya Political Organization: Excavations at Baking Pot, Xunantunich, and Cahal Pech
    • Assistant Director, Office of Active Citizenship and Service, Vanderbilt University
  • Hector Leonel Escobedo - History and Dynastic Politics in a Classic Maya Court: Investigations at Arroyo de Piedra, Guatemala
    • Professor of Archaeology, Universidad de San Carlos, Guatemala
  • Brigitte Kovacevich - Reconstructing Classic Maya Economic Systems: Production and Exchange at Cancuen, Guatemala
    • Assistant Professor, Southern Methodist University


  • Thomas Kam Manahan - The Collapse of Complex Society and its Aftermath: A Case Study from the Classic Maya Site of Copan, Honduras
    • Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Kent State University


  • Andrew Workinger - Coastal/highland interaction in prehispanic Oaxaca, Mexico: the perspective from San Francisco de Arriba
    • Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga


  • Laura Stiver - Prehispanic Mixtec settlement and state in the Teposcolula Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico