Our graduates go on to pursues work in a variety of fields and careers. The majority of our graduates pursue academic careers in tenure or non-tenure track positions in departments of Anthropology or other university programs, such as colleges of Medicine or Public Health, and Ethnic and Cultural Studies programs. Others of our graduates find work with state and local government organizations as planners, researchers, and managers. Finally, some of our graduates use their anthropological training in corporate and non-governmental organization or community-based settings.

PhD Program Data

The Graduate College maintains admissions, enrollment, completion, and employment data for PhD programs throughout the University. For more information, visit the Graduate College's PhD Program Data page.

American Anthropological Association

The American Anthropological Association provides a Careers in Anthropology page that details career opportunities and resources.

Career Resources for UI Graduate Students

The Graduate College offers robust professional development services, including career guidance, national grants and fellowships support, and Iowa's Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL). For more information on graduate student professional development services, visit the Professional Development page in the Graduate College.

Where do our graduates end up?

The following list is a sampling of where our graduate students have ended up in recent years:

Graduation year and current employer of recent Anthropology graduates
Name Graduation Year Current Employer
Emma Handler (Wood) 2020 Assistant Professor, Center for Anatomical Sciences,
University of North Texas Health Science Center (Fort Worth, TX)
James McGrath 2020 Wapsi Valley Archaeology
Ana-Monica Racila 2020 Postdoc, UI College of Medicine (Iowa City, IA)
Christie Vogler 2020 Assistant Professor, History, University of Lynchburg
Alejandro Muzzio 2019 Instructor, Howard Community College (Columbia, MD)
Paul Capobianco 2019 Specially Appointed Associate Professor,
Faculty of Media and Communication, Hokkaido University (Japan)
Theodore Marks 2018 Faculty member, Academic Studio,
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (New Orleans, LA)
Meredith Wismer 2018 Assistant Professor, Anthropology,
Salt Lake Community College (Salt Lake, UT)
Toby Avalos 2017 Assistant Professor, Centralia College (Centralia, WA)
Christian Haunton 2017 Religious Studies, University of Nebraska - Omaha (Omaha, NE)
Jill Davis 2016 Visiting Assistant Professor, Cornell College (Mt. Vernon, IA)
Miranda Karban 2016 Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Department of Biology,
Illinois College (Jacksonville, IL)
Shelby Putt 2016 Assistant Professor, Illinois State University (Normal, IL)
Jennifer Trivedi 2016 Assistant Professor (tenure-track),
University of Delaware (Newark, DE)
Susanna Donaldson 2015 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology,
University of West Virginia (Morgantown, WV)
Christina Nicholas 2015 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Orthodontics,
University of Illinois - Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Tony Pomales 2015 Visiting Assistant Professor,
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Welfare,
Augustana College (Rock Island, IL)
Michelle Quill 2015 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology,
Cornell College (Mount Vernon, IA)
Sarah Trabert 2015 Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology,
University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)
Brandi Janssen 2014 Clinical Assistant Professor and Director,
Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health,
College of Public Health, University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
Jonathan Thomas 2014 Research Support Coordinator, University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
Erica Begun-Veenstra 2013 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology,
Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI)
Cindee Calton 2013 Teacher Professional Development Specialist,
Science Museum of Minnesota (St. Paul, MN)
and Adjunct Professor, McNally Smith College (St. Paul, MN)
Jenna Grant 2013 Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology,
University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
Hannah Marsh 2013 Assistant Professor, Department of History and Anthropology,
Central Missouri University (Warrensburg, MO)
Cristina L. Ortiz 2013 Assistant Professor, Division of Social Sciences,
University of Minnesota - Morris (Morris, MN)
Clare Tolmie 2013 Senior Research Archaeologist,
Illinois State Archaeological Survey (Champaign, IL)
Alissa M. Whitmore 2013 Academic Advisor, World Languages & Cultures,
Iowa State University (Ames, IA)
Cerisa Reynolds 2012 Instructor, Department of Anthropology,
Aims Community College (Greeley, CO)
Anna Waterman 2012 Associate Professor of Biology (tenured),
Department of Natural and Applied Sciences,
Mount Mercy University (Cedar Rapids, IA)