Current Student Research

Ayah Abo-Basha

Ayah Abo-Basha received an MA in anthropology from the American University in Cairo and a BA in anthropology with honors from Washington University in St. Louis. She was awarded a post-MA Mellon fellowship by the Humanities and Social Sciences Lab at the American University in Cairo and spent two months as a visiting fellow at the University of…

Celeste Alexander

Celeste Alexander works at the intersection of political anthropology, the anthropology of development, and environmental anthropology. Her fieldwork concerns political possibilities and limitations presented by community conservation and related development projects in north-western Tanzania. Working with institutional actors who mediate…

Mai K. Alkhamissi

Mai K. Alkhamissi is a second-year PhD student with an MA in Anthropology and Cultural Politics from Goldsmiths and a BA in Anthropology and Sociology from the American University in Cairo. Mai has done fieldwork in Cairo from 2011 to 2013 on a project called the Imagination of the Political researching independent trade unions and artists who…

Lucas E. Allegretti Prates

Lucas E. Allegretti Prates received his LL.B. from the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil, and his LL.M. with Distinction in Human Rights from Birkbeck, University of London. His main research interests are related to legal and political anthropology, especially regarding the use of law (and its inherent violence) as a weapon to persecute…

Max A. Cohen

Max A. Cohen is a PhD candidate in Anthropology who studies technological and economic cultures in the contemporary United States. His dissertation is an ethnographic study of the U.S. startup economy. Max’s research with its participants, especially San Francisco Bay Area venture capital investors and tech workers, engages themes such as value…

Ipsita Dey

Ipsita Dey received her BS in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2017. While an undergraduate, Dey also minored in Anthropology and conducted extensive ethnographic work for her Departmental Honors thesis. She studied the post-traumatic process of psychological recovery and…

Wei Natalie Gan

Wei Gan comes to Princeton with a B.A. in cultural anthropology from Duke University, for which she completed an ethnography of conspiracy theorists in Texas. After spending some years bartending and running a vegan ice cream company in New York City, she is now a second-year PhD student working on a project related to Chinese and Chinese…

Thalia Gigerenzer

Thalia Gigerenzer is interested in the anthropology of anxiety, moods, wonder, embodiment and intimacy. Her research focuses on changing idioms of stress and well-being in India. Specifically, she is interested in how working-class residents of Delhi articulate their interior lives and re-imagine intimate relations in times of economic and…

Amadeus Harte

Amadeus Harte is a medical anthropologist working at the intersection of psychological and neuroanthropology to investigate the experiences of participants in clinical trials for psychedelics to treat trauma, depression, and addiction. What can the psychedelic experience teach us about…

Max Horder

Max Horder is currently working on populism in the United Kingdom. His ethnographic research engages questions of political affiliation, subjectivity and the nation. Broadly, he is interested by the ways in which Brexit is reshaping British citizenship and the change in party affiliation that this monumental process brings with it. Previously,…

Hazal Hürman

Hazal Hürman received her BA in Political Science and International Relations from Marmara University, Istanbul. She earned her MA in Political Science from Central European University, Budapest and MS in Sociology from Texas A&M University. Hazal’s research interests are situated at the crossroads of legal anthropology, political violence,…

JahAsia Jacobs

JahAsia Jacobs is broadly invested in questions of student loan debt, Blackness, gender, as well as historical and contemporary labor in the United States. Her research asks how Black Americans are entangled in relationships of obligation at interpersonal and structural levels, and how feeling and religion mediate the ways Black women engage…

Luke F. Johnson

Luke Johnson is a PhD candidate in cultural anthropology and the interdisciplinary humanities (IHUM) at Princeton University. His dissertation explores the social, political, and ethical dimensions of interracial erotics in Paris, France. Luke's research interests include psychological and linguistic anthropology, psychoanalysis, fantasy, race,…

Monica Joyce

Monica Joyce received her BA in Anthropology and Latin American Studies from Barnard College and her MA in Latin American Studies and Museum Studies from NYU. She is interested in the intersections of globalization, tourism, urban development, memory, and heritage studies. Her current research focuses on the art world within the port of Rio de…

Kamal Kariem

Kamal Kariem’s primary research interests lie at the intersections of indigeneity, protected areas, Russia, and post-Socialism. He investigates environmental governance through the lens of conservation projects in the Russian Far East (RFE) particularly in Primorskii Krai. In this vein, Kamal grapples with the ways that conservation projects do…

Navjit Kaur

Navjit Kaur is a doctoral candidate in socio-cultural anthropology and Inter Disciplinary Program in the Humanities. Her dissertation research examines the forms and futures of savings that co-exist- often in contradiction- with the contemporary forms of banking and financial practices in India. Foregrounding, the ‘womanly face of savings’ the…

Aleksandar Kostić

Aleksandar Kostić studies environmentalist activism and the state in Kyrgyzstan. He is looking at a network of environmentalist organizations operating in the western part of Kyrgyzstan. On the one hand, Aleksandar hopes to learn more about how these activists became interested in trying to end certain practices that some of them used to engage…

Sarah-Jane Koulen

Sarah-Jane Koulen studies the turn to international criminal prosecution for violations of specific human rights violations and the bureaucratic transnational forms this new field of practice has produced, from courts and tribunals, NGOs and civil society organizations to independent evidence collectors and forensic training institutes. Sarah…

Karolina Koziol

Karolina Koziol’s research focuses on the development and transformation of border towns and their importance for trade and tourism in the Russian-Chinese borderlands. Her planned fieldsite is the town of Manzhouli in the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia and the bordering Zabaykalsk in Russia.  Before coming to Princeton, Karolina lived and…

Cate Morley

Cate Morley is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology and the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities (IHUM). Her research concerns forced disappearance and humanitarian forensic intervention, and is shaped, in particular, by attention to the various imaginaries—theological, ecological,…

Yanping Ni

Yanping Ni is a first-year doctoral student. Her research interests focus on medical and environmental issues in contemporary China, particularly in relation to political economy and social inequality. She recently completed a thesis on pneumoconiosis (aka black lung), a disease that has sickened the largest number of workers since the 1980s in…

Lindsay Ofrias

Lindsay Ofrias is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology. Her dissertation examines the political economy of environmental contamination and people’s struggles for conservation and survival in the extractive frontier of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Coupling Medical Anthropology’s concern with theories of violence with Political Ecology and Legal…

Nikhil Pandhi

Nikhil Pandhi is a doctoral candidate in medical and cultural anthropology at Princeton who broadly researches the entanglements between caste, class, community medicine and healthcare in urban India. His current project tentatively titled  How Does Caste Make Us Sick? Chronicles of Injury, Endurance, Chronicity and…

Sofia Pinedo-Padoch

Sofia Pinedo-Padoch is a fourth-year student currently completing her dissertation fieldwork. In 2017, she was awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation for her dissertation project, “Processes of State Administration in Caring for the Isolated Deceased.” Her research looks at how the state…

Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodriguez is a doctoral student, certified birth worker and community organizer. Her research explores the narratives of BIPOC birthworkers and birthing people navigating Western Medical systems. At Princeton University she is studying to center these alternative birth stories while analyzing the intersections of race, gender and…

Jesse Rumsey-Merlan

Jesse Rumsey-Merlan works on the body, gender relations, class and consumption in India. His current research is on expressions of masculinity in urban India, and the growth of the gym and fitness industry. Previously he has conducted research on popular yoga movements in India and the role of television and new media in these movements. He is…

Darius Sadighi

Darius Sadighi earned his BA in music composition and sound studies from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an MA in anthropology from the University of Chicago. He is interested primarily in healthcare, the startup sector, computational capitalism, and media. Currently, he is researching the emergent digital healthcare industry…

Elizabeth (EB) Saldaña

EB’s research interests include the politics and practices of mental health care, American health and insurance policy, adolescence, archives and paperwork, experts and expertise, privatization, and emotional labor. Her current work investigates the rising rate of young people in out-of-home care in Kentucky from the perspectives of young…

Aderayo Sanusi

Aderayo Sanusi is a first-year PhD student. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria and lived there for ten years before immigrating to the United States with her family. She graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in 2012 from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Anthropology and English Writing. She subsequently received an LL.M…

Alexandra Diyana Sastrawati

Alexandra D Sastrawati is a doctoral student in cultural anthropology who broadly researches global mental health and arts activism in the Asia Pacific region (particularly Singapore and Japan). Prior to starting her graduate studies, she was a research executive at a non-profit organization and has worked on various government-funded research…

Fatima Siwaju

Fatima Siwaju’s research engages with the intersections of religion, race and identity, particularly as they relate to Afro-descendant Muslim communities in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has previously conducted ethnographic research in Trinidad, and will undertake her dissertation fieldwork in the Pacific region of Colombia. Her…

Jagat Sohail

Jagat Sohail is a PhD student at the department of Anthropology. His current research work is on Syrian Refugees in Germany, and is concerned with the way in which political categories of nation, religion, class and gender are mobilized in the constructions of narratives about displacement and xenophobia in Germany. He completed his masters in…

Alisa Sopova

Alisa’s research interests focus on the production of resilience in the civilian communities in the war zone in Eastern Ukraine. She seeks to investigate the specifics of everyday life in the environment of military conflict and adjustments and coping mechanisms employed by its residents in order to recreate the normality of their livelihoods…

Serena Stein

Serena’s research draws together environmental anthropology; global and feminist science studies; history of capitalism in Africa; gender and queer theory in Africa, and critical studies of global health and development. Her dissertation, tentatively entitled Kindred Frontiers: South…

Aaron Su

 

Aaron is a 4th-year PhD candidate pursuing certificates in the History of Science & Gender and Sexuality Studies. He is broadly interested in participatory and collaborative design movements in technology, medicine, and environmental remediation, and his ethnographic work in Taiwan and China seeks to investigate the…

Junbin Tan

Junbin Tan received his BA and MA and worked at the Sociology Department at the National University of Singapore before coming to Princeton. His MA thesis, on the ethics and politics of dementia care work in Singapore, provided an analysis of “care” and “labor” that seeks to disrupt homogenizing narratives on medicalization. Junbin’s current…

Ayluonne Tereszkiewicz

Ayluonne is interested in the nexus of temporality, political emotions, and the urban material landscape, as components of city planning. She is a first-year PhD student and comes to Princeton by way of Columbia University, where she graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology in 2017. She is energized by the challenge of researching urban built…

Brian Yuan

Brian Yuan received his BA from Sarah Lawrence College, with concentrations in Cultural Anthropology and Early Modern History. His research interests sit at the point where governing, design, embodiment, aesthetics, and the senses meet in everyday technology and technological practices. He hopes to explore the fractures between designer and…

Christopher Zraunig

 

Christopher Zraunig is a fourth year PhD candidate working at the interface of medical anthropology, the anthropology of aging and care, queer theory, critical disability studies, and feminist studies of science and technology. His doctoral research project, titled “Queer Aging”, examines the possibilities and constraints…