Graduate Students


Brittany Anderson

Treasurer, AnthGrad, 2021-2022
Graduate Student

Brittany is currently a third year PhD student in sociocultural anthropology under the advisement of Dr. Theodore Powers. Her work is based in Freetown, Sierra Leone with those affected by the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic. Her preliminary research involved examining the long-term aftermath of home-based quarantine on economic and social relationships. Her dissertation research will work with Ebola survivors in Freetown, Sierra Leone.


Kyle Bikowski

New Student Liaison, AnthGrad, 2021-2022
Graduate Student

Noah Johnson

President, AnthGrad, 2021-2022
Graduate Student

Noah is now in the process of completing his doctoral dissertation in sociocultural anthropology under the advisement of Dr. Scott Schnell. Earlier in life, he received his BA (2002) from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, and then worked in the private sector and in secondary education before returning to academic studies in 2011.  For his Master's degree (May 2013) Noah conducted research in Okinawa, Japan, studying karate as a localized cultural practice that has become an international phenomenon by working with transnational karate practitioners.


Derick Juptner

Secretary, AnthGrad, 2021-2022
Graduate Student

Steven Keehner

Steven is a PhD student advised by Dr. Margaret Beck. He studies Woodland Period (2500-1000 BP) archaeology in North America. Steven’s dissertation research focuses on the ceramic technology, chronology, and social complexity of the widespread Hopewell phenomenon of the Middle Woodland Period (2100–1600 BP). He is investigating the timing and ritual contexts of association for Hopewell ceramics in the Lower Mississippi and Arkansas River valleys. His research aims to broaden social theory applied to the interregional social interactions that led to the widespread appearance of Hopewell artifact design styles and ceremonial practices among diverse Woodland communities.


Addison Kimmel

Addison is a PhD candidate specializing in Historical Archaeology. He graduated summa cum laude from Miami University in 2010, with a BA in History and a minor in Anthropology, and completed his MA in Anthropology at Northwestern University in 2012. Addison has conducted fieldwork in the Caribbean and has also worked in cultural resource management in the U.S. He is interested in the archaeology and ethnohistory of the American Midwest, particularly in the lived experiences of Native people during the era of Indian Removal. In 2016, Addison was awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to support his graduate studies.


Caleb Klipowicz

Caleb Klipowicz is a doctoral student in sociocultural anthropology advised by Dr. Erica Prussing. He graduated from the University of Memphis in 2016 with a Master’s in Applied Anthropology and a concentration in Medical Anthropology.


Max Lieberman

Max Lieberman is a PhD student in cultural anthropology advised by Dr. Scott Schnell. He graduated with a BA in English literature and minor in anthropology from Pennsylvania State University in 2011. His research focuses on the relationships between people and wildlife, specifically concerning the bison herds of Yellowstone National Park.


Kerri Lorigan

Kerri Lorigan is completing her doctoral dissertation in archaeology, with a focus on Greco-Roman Egypt, under the guidance of Dr. Glenn Storey. She received both her B.A. in history and B.S. in anthropology from Middle Tennessee State University, and her M.A. in history, with a concentration in Ancient Egypt, from the University of Memphis in 2015. She has conducted field work at the Mississippian site of Castalian Springs, and in the ancient cemetery of Abydos in Egypt. Her dissertation research is focusing on urban experience in ancient Egypt. She is currently working as an adjunct professor at Austin Peay State University and will be conducting archival research on ancient Egyptian towns this summer.


Natalie Luna-Renek

Graduate Student

Natalie Luna-Renek is a Dean’s Graduate Research Fellow working towards her Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology with an emphasis on the Anthropology of Religion, under the guidance of Dr. Scott Schnell. Natalie received her B.A. in Anthropology from California State University, Fullerton, in 2010 and her M.A. in Cultural Anthropology again from California State University, Fullerton, in 2012. Her thesis research focused on the dream and spirit theories of Native Hawaiians living in Southern California. Natalie's dissertation research expands upon her previous work. She is examining how Native Hawaiian animism is sustained away from the islands of Hawai’i and how Christianity changes when exposed to animism. Natalie is currently serving as a teaching assistant for Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.


Logan Moore

GSS Representative, AnthGrad, 2021-2022
Graduate Student

Logan is an anthropology Ph.D student focusing on biological anthropology advised by Dr. Robert Franciscus. Logan received a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Illinois State University in 2018. His research interested in craniofacial anatomy and craniofacial development of Middle to Late Pleistocene hominins.


Scott Olson

Scott is a Ph.D. student in cultural anthropology advised by Dr. Emily Wentzell. He graduated with honors in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and Anthropology from Grinnell College in 2015. He has conducted fieldwork in Chicago, Illinois, and Berlin, Germany, and is interested in the way that collective memories of the AIDS epidemic shape contemporary debates about HIV in Europe and North America. Specifically, his interest in memories of AIDS relates to queer experiences with sexuality, public sex, mass death, and public health policy.


Victoria Priola

Victoria Priola is an anthropology Ph.D. student focusing in archaeology advised by Dr. Katina Lillios. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a minor in History. Victoria’s area of study is prehistoric European archeology. Her interests address textile and craft production as well as gender.


Ariane Thomas

COGS Representative, AnthGrad, 2021-2022
Graduate Student

Ariane is a biological anthropology doctoral student advised by Dr. Andrew Kitchen.  Her research explores past human behavior and its impact on the environment through the analysis of non-human genomes.  Her dissertation uses the genomes of North American indigenous dogs to investigate their role as a trading commodity among past Native American populations and as a proxy for human migration within the Western Hemisphere.

Corinne Watts

Corinne Watts

Corinne is an archaeology graduate student under the advisement of Dr. Katina Lillios. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Emory University in 2016 and a Master of Arts in Archaeology from the University of Leicester in 2019. Her work explores connections between landscape archaeology, environmental engagement, and materiality in Prehistoric Atlantic Europe.