Current Student Research

Omar Abdelqader

Degrees prior to starting this degree program:

BFA in Photography, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design | 2017

MA in Race, Media and Social Justice, Goldsmiths, University of London | 2019

Areas of Interest:

Palestine, Indigenous and Settler Colonial Studies, Political…

Mai K. Alkhamissi

Mai K. Alkhamissi is a 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 chose to…

Vinicius Cardoso Reis

Degrees prior to starting this degree program:

Law Degree, FGV Direito Rio, 2018

MA in Sociology, IESP-UERJ, 2020

Areas of Interest:

Repair, memory, COVID-19, victimhood, social movements

Field Research Plans/History:

Vinicius is…

Kymberley Chu

Degrees prior to starting this degree program:

BA in Anthropology & International Relations, University of California (Davis), 2021

Field Research Plans/History:

Kymberley Chu’s doctoral research looks at how different human communities in Malaysia perceive and co-construct…

Tae Cimarosti

Tae is interested in the continuous interplay between the environment and its inhabitants,contemporary post-disaster experiences, and creativity, both as a subject and as a method of research. Her MA fieldwork focused on how a group of residents from Arahama (north-eastern Japan) reimagined their relationship with the post-tsunami environment…

Max A. Cohen

Max A. Cohen is a PhD candidate in Anthropology who studies cultures and politics of the technology economy in the U.S. today. His dissertation, Subgoliath: Venture Capital & the Hunt for Baby Unicorns at the Technological Frontier, newly situates the U.S. startup economy within its ultra-high-risk-high-reward financial…

Noah Collins

Noah’s (White Mountain Apache Tribe/Cherokee Nation) research interests broadly concern Indigenous health disparities. He has worked extensively in genomics, bioethics, and community based participatory research in multiple domestic and international Indigenous peoples groups. His most recent research has been to identify&nbsp…

Daisy Couture

Degrees prior to starting this degree program:

BA, English Literature & Psychology, University of British Columbia, 2020

MA, Medical Anthropology, McGill University, 2023

Areas of Interest:

Medical anthropology; feminist STS; neurology, neuroscience, psychiatry, and…

Ipsita Dey

Degrees prior to starting this degree program:

BS, Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, University of California Los Angeles

Areas of Interest:

Environmental Anthropology/Humanities, Pacific Island Studies, South Asian Diaspora Studies, Indigenous Studies, Post…

Runnie Exuma

Degrees prior to starting this degree program:

Dual degree between the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Paris Institute of Political Studies) and Columbia

University in the City of New York.

Political Humanities with a concentration in International Law (Paris Institute) Comparative…
Lloyd Farley

Degrees prior to starting this degree program:

BA, University of Texas at Austin, 2018

MESc, Yale School of the Environment, 2022

Areas of Interest:

Morocco, Environmental anthropology, Agrarian change, Ethnobotany, Islam, Political ecology


Luke Forrester

Degrees prior to starting this degree program:

BA in Anthropology, summa cum laude, Yale University, 2016

MA in Anthropology, Princeton University, 2020

Areas of Interest:

Racial capitalism & white supremacy, The Francophone world, Psychoanalysis &…

Alexander L. Foster

Degrees prior to starting this degree program:

BA Hons (Geography), University of Oxford, 2017

MPhil (Medical Anthropology), University of Oxford, 2020

Areas of Interest:

Oceanic Anthropologies, Environmental Futures, Multi-sited Ethnography, Materialities, Political…

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 PhD student interested broadly in the relationship between philanthropy and…

Amadeus Harte


BA Philosophy/Sociology, Trinity College Dublin, Valedictorian

MSc Anthropology, Oxford University, First Class Honors


Field Research Plans / History:

I work between medical, psychological, and neuroanthropology to investigate the experience of…

Max Horder

Max Horder is a cognitive anthropologist working on issues of belief, trust, and identity in modern Europe. His research broadly focuses on how individuals make sense of sociocultural change, particularly in terms of myth and the sacred. His ethnographic project concentrates on Britain’s decision to leave the European Union in 2016, with an…

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…

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…

Nicolás Díaz Letelier

Nicolás’ research interests focus on the affective and ethical dimensions of violence, on the one hand, and the moral and political government of the latter, on the other. His previous research, The Moral Composition of Punishment. An Ethnography of the Carceral Condition in Rapa Nui, inquires about the forms and possibilities of…

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, political and literary—that…

Moad Musbahi

Moad works on ‘continuity’ and how it can be claimed and constituted across the region of North and Sub-Saharan Africa. Focussing on the performative moment of articulation and its acoustic dimension, he is interested in investigating the different methodologies employed to demand economic privilege and political participation contra the nation…

Yanping Ni

Degrees prior to starting this degree program:

BA, Sichuan University, 2017

MA, University of Warwick, 2018

MA, Duke University, 2021

Areas of Interest:

Materialism, ecology, feminism, historical anthropology, China, transnational economy


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 Health…

Lucas E. A. Prates

Degrees prior to starting this degree program:

LL.B. in Law – Federal University of Paraná (Brazil), 2014

LL.M. in Human Rights – Birkbeck, University of London (UK), 2018

Field Research Plans/History:

Lucas is a joint Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology and…

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…

Darius Sadighi

Darius Sadighi’s dissertation research is concerned with climate adaptation in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region. Specifically, the research looks at the effects of climate change on agricultural production and the ways in which various actors are adapting to climate change through solutions such as “nature-based solutions.” The research is being…

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 Sastrawati

Degrees prior to starting this degree program:

B.A. (Hons) in Sociology, certificate in Creative Writing, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2016

M.A. in Anthropology, certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2019

M.A. in Anthropology, Princeton University…

Alisa Sopova

Degrees prior to starting this degree program:

BA, Moscow State University, 2012

MA, Harvard University, 2020

Field Research Plans/History:

Alisa has been working on the war in Ukraine since its beginning in 2014, first as a journalist and, later, as a student of…

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-South Experiments in Aid, Agribusiness, and Conviviality, is…

Aaron Su

Degrees prior to starting this degree program:

B.A. in Anthropology, Columbia University, 2019

Areas of Interest:

medical and environmental anthropology; feminist STS and history of science; design; critical ethnic and Indigenous studies; East Asia (Taiwan and China)

Junbin Tan

Junbin Tan's research interests lie at the intersection of studies of religious affects, political subjectivities, temporality, and generational life. His dissertation Moving Gods, Moving Times: Cosmological Anxieties at Taiwan’s Border with China is based on twenty months of ethnographic fieldwork on Kinmen, once Taiwan’s…

Nikita Taniparti

Degrees prior to starting this degree program:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Economics, University of Notre Dame, 2014 (Minor in Anthropology)

Master of Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID), Harvard University, 2018

Professional experience prior to starting this degree…

Ayluonne Tereszkiewicz

Degrees prior to starting this degree program:

B.A. in Anthropology (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa), Columbia University, 2017 

M.A. in Anthropology, Princeton University, 2022 

Field Research Plans/History:

Ayluonne Txai Tereszkiewicz is a joint Ph.D…

Caryn Tin Powe Hoo

Degrees prior to starting this degree program:

BA, International Studies, University of Chicago, 2017

MA, Anthropology, Columbia University, 2022

Areas of Interest:

Environmental anthropology, Political ecology, Environment and climate crisis, Knowledge and power,…

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

Degrees prior to starting this degree program:

BSc 2016, University of Amsterdam

MSc 2018, University of Amsterdam

MA 2021, Princeton University

Areas of Interest:

Queer anthropology, empirical ethics, anthropology of aging and care, critical disability studies,…