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CHRISTOPHER J.H. AMES
(PhD Anthropology, McGill University; MA Anthropology, McGill University; BA Honours Anthropology, University of British Columbia)

Thesis: “Hominin Occupation and Landscape Evolution during the Middle and Late Pleistocene at the Druze Marsh Site in Northeast Jordan”
Interests: Paleolithic archaeology, geoarchaeology, human-environment relationships, site-formation processes
Supervisors: Andre Costopoulos (McGill) & Carlos Cordova (Oklahoma State University)
christopher [dot] ames [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

KIM ARMSTRONG
(PhD Anthropology, McGill University; BA, MA Anthropology, University of Alberta)

Interests: Conflict, displacement, humanitarianism, discourse analysis, post-structuralism, northern Uganda
Supervisor: John Galaty
kimberley [dot] armstrong [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

 

SARAH BEAN
(MA Anthropology, McGill University; Ontario Graduate Certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship, Fleming College; BA Anthropology, McGill University)

Current Employment: Teacher in the Anthropology Department at John Abbott College (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec)
Interests: Evolution education, human evolution, Canadian museums, Canada
Thesis: “Evolution Education in Canada's Museums: Where is Human Evolution?”
Supervisors: Michael Bisson and Brian Alters (Chapman University)
sarah [dot] bean [at] johnabbott [dot] qc [dot] ca (Email)
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DANIEL BITTON
(MA Anthropology, McGill University)

 

SHIKA CARD
(MA Anthropology, McGill University)

Thesis: "Hearing and Speaking with Senility: Aging, Dementia, and Caregiving in Beijing, China"
Interests: Aging, senility, end-of-life, caregiving, mental health; China
Supervisor: Sandra Hyde
shika [dot] card [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

JANET E. CHILDERHOSE
(PhD Anthropology, McGill University; MA University of Toronto; BA Anthropology, University of Waterloo)

Current Employment: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) University of Michigan
About Current Employment: I joined the CBSSM in the Department of Internal Medicine in September 2013, and am supervised by Dr. Beth Tarini, a primary care pediatrician with appointments at CBSSM and the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit. My research focus is the ethical dimensions of performing bariatric surgery on obese children and adolescents under 18 years of age. With Dr. Scott Roberts at the School of Public Health, I continue my research on personalized medicine in the US, and am participating in working groups of the Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research Consortium. I am also a Co-Investigator on a 5-year prospective cohort study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research that examines the psychological and behavioral responses of children following PICU hospitalization in four cities.
Training and Skills: Qualitative research (policy hearings) and data analysis (ethnographic and clinical); grant-writing.
Interests: Medicalization of children, bariatric surgery, personalized medicine, United States
Thesis: “Genetic Discrimination: Genealogy of an American Problem”
Supervisor: Margaret Lock
Curriculum vitae
childerh [at] med [dot] umich [dot] edu (Email)
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BEN COLLINS
(PhD Anthropology, McGill University; MA Anthropology, University of Alberta; BA Anthropology, University of Manitoba)

Thesis: "The Taphonomy and Subsistence Strategies from the Final Middle Stone Age Occupation at Sibudu Cave, South Africa"
Interests: Zooarchaeology, taphonomy, southern Africa
Supervisor: Andre Costopoulos
benjamin [dot] collins [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

JENNIFER CUFFE
(MA Medical Anthropology, McGill University; BSc Biochemistry and Anthropology)

Interests: Medical anthropology, anthropology of science, efficacy, number, bureaucracy, emotion, Canada
Thesis: “Medicine, Multiculturalism, and Managerialism: How Government Scientists Evaluate the Efficacy of Traditional and Alternative Medicines”
Supervisor: Allan Young
jennifer [dot] cuffe [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

 

GENEVIÈVE DIONNE
(PhD Anthropology, McGill University; MA Anthropology, Northern Arizona University)

Interests: Anthropology of development, alternative development, organisational culture, FAO, livelihoods approaches, practice theory, ethnography, complex organisations
Thesis: “How ‘Agency’ Makes a Complex Organisation Work: A Journey in Everyday Practices at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)”
Supervisor: John Galaty
genevieve [dot] dionne [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

 

JOSHUA EISEN
(MA Anthropology, McGill University)

 

HANNAH GILBERT
(MA Medical Anthropology, McGill University; BA Mount Holyoke College)

Interests: Medical anthropology, Senegal, Burkina Faso
Supervisor: Vinh-Kim Nguyen

 

PAULA GODOY-PAIZ
(PhD Anthropology, McGill University; MA Social Anthropology, York University; BA Anthropology, Health & Society)

Interests: Violence, social suffering, gender, Guatemala
Thesis: “Women and Violence in Urban Post-War Guatemala”
Supervisor: Kristin Norget

 

NEHA GUPTA
(PhD Anthropology, McGill University; MSc GIS and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology, University College, London; BSc Archaeological Sciences, University of Toronto)

Interests: Practice of archaeology, GIS and geovisualization, post-colonial societies
Thesis: "Behind the frontline: local communities, national interests and the practice of Indian archaeology"
Supervisor: Fumiko Ikawa-Smith (McGill) and Stephen Chrisomalis (Wayne State University)
neha [dot] gupta [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)
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RYAN HECHLER
(MA Anthropology, McGill University)

 

CASEY HILLIARD
(MA Anthropology, McGill University; BS Biology, McGill University)

Interests: Critical social theory, global capitalism, consumption studies, Malaysia
Thesis: “Producing Healthy Individuals in Malaysia: The Production and Consumption of Health and Wellness among Malay Women”
Supervisor: Sandra Hyde

 
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CARLYN JAMES
(MA Anthropology, McGill University; BA, University of Alabama)

Interests: Development anthropology, the informal economy, trust and solidarity networks, knowledge adoption, microfinance, gender, Kenya
Supervisor: John Galaty
carlyn [dot] james [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

NOOR JOHNSON
(PhD Anthropology, McGill University; MA Public Anthropology, American University; BA Development Studies, Brown University)

Interests: Governance, institutions, social/environmental change, activism, networks, politics of knowledge, Inuit, scientists, researchers, policymakers, activists, Arctic/global networks and institutions
Thesis: “Inuit ‘Participation’ in Climate Change Governance: From Clyde River to Copenhagen”
Supervisor: Ronald Niezen
noor [dot] johnson [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

 

HANNA KIENZLER
(PhD Anthropology, McGill University; MA Anthropology, Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen)

Current Employment: Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King's College London
Interests: War, violence, trauma, mental health, global (mental) health, humanitarian aid, Kosova, Palestine, Nepal
Thesis: “The Differential Impact of War and Trauma on Kosovar Albanian Women Living in Post-War Kosova”
Supervisor: Allan Young
hanna [dot] kienzler [at] kcl [dot] ac [dot] uk (Email)
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OLIVIER LAROCQUE
(PhD Anthropology, McGill University)

 

 

DAVID LESSARD
(PhD Anthropology, McGill University; MSc Anthropology, Université de Montréal)

Thesis: “Formalization of Identity, a Diversity of Experiences and the Emergence of a Cree Community in Québec Abitibi”
Interests: Social and cultural anthropology, history of colonialism, development and bureaucracies, formalization of identity, Northern Québec, Ontario
Supervisor: Colin Scott
david [dot] lessard2 [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

 

JENNIFER PAIGE MACDOUGALL
(PhD Anthropology, McGill University)

Interests: Sign Language
Supervisor: Ronald Niezen
 

SCOTT MATTER
(PhD Anthropology, McGill University; MA Anthropology, McGill University; BA Anthropology, University of Alberta)

Interests: Politics, development, governance, corruption, indigenous rights, post-foraging communities, Dorobo, Maasai, Kenya
Thesis: “Socio-cultural politics of rural poverty and resource governance in Kenya's Rift Valley”
Supervisor: John Galaty

 

C. WESLEY MATTOX
(BA History and Anthropology, Vanderbilt University)

Interests: Intra-urban organization and differentiation at Tiwanaku, Bolivia archaeology, early urbanism, ceramics, materiality, Highland Andes 
Supervisor: Nicole Couture

 

PIERRE MINN
(PhD Anthropology, McGill University; MA Medical Anthropology, McGill University; BA Anthropology, Yale University)

Interests: Medical anthropology, humanitarianism, philanthropy, global health movements, Haiti, Dominican Republic, North America
Thesis: “‘Where They Need Me’: The Moral Economy of International Medical Aid in Haiti”
Supervisor: Allan Young
pierre [dot] minn [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

 
BRODIE NOGA
(MA Anthropology, McGill University)

 

 

KARINE PESCHARD
(PhD Anthropology, McGill University; BA Anthropology and History, McGill University; MA International Studies, University of Northern British Columbia)

Current Employment: SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
Interests: Medical and cultural anthropology, biotechnology, seeds, intellectual property rights, social movements, Brazil, India
Thesis: “Biological Dispossession: An Ethnography of Resistance to Transgenic Seeds Among Small Farmers in Southern Brazil”
Supervisors: Vinh-Kim Nguyen (UdeM) and Shalini Randeria (The Graduate Institute)
karine [dot] peschard [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

REMY ROUILLARD
(PhD Anthropology, McGill University; MA Anthropology, McGill University)

Interests: Indigenous Peoples and the Oil Industry
Region: Russian Arctic
Supervisor: Ronald Niezen

 

RIAMIT STANLEY
(MA Anthropology, McGill University)

 

JESSIKA TREMBLAY
(BA Anthropology, McGill University)

Interests: Technology and development, pastoralism, social change, Maasai, East Africa
Supervisor: Philip Salzman
jessika [dot] tremblay [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

 

TAKESHI UESUGI
(MA Anthropology, McGill University)

Interests: Medical anthropology, Vietnam
Supervisors: Ellen Corin and Allan Young

 

CLAUDINE VALLIÈRES
(PhD Anthropology, McGill University; MA Archaeology, Simon Fraser University; BA Anthropology, McGill University)

Interests: Zooarchaeology, anthropology of food, domestic archaeology, Andes, Titicaca basin, Bolivia
Thesis: “Investigation of social differences in Tiwanaku barrios: a zooarchaeological approach”
Supervisor: Nicole Couture
claudine [dot] vallieres [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

 

 

LETHA VICTOR
(PhD Anthropology, McGill University; MA Anthropology with Development, McGill University; BA Political Science and Anthropology, University of British Columbia)

Interests: Violence, ethics, memory, gender, ontology, subjectivity, trauma, ghosts, spirit possession, Acholi, Uganda
 Thesis: “Living with the Dead: Building Ethical Relations in Acholi, Northern Uganda”
Supervisor: Michael Lambek (UToronto) and Todd Sanders (UToronto)
Curriculum vitae
letha [dot] victor [at] utoronto [dot] ca (Email)
Website

PÉTUR WALDORFF
(PhD Anthropology, McGill University; MA anthropology, McGill University; BA Anthropology, University of Iceland)

Thesis: "The Cultural Politics of Development in Post-Conflict Angola" (Working Title)
Interests: Post-war reconstruction, informal market, urban development, civil society, international development, poverty, Angola, Malawi
Supervisor: John Galaty
petur [dot] waldorff [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)
Curriculum_vitae

 

VALERIE WEBBER
(MA Anthropology, McGill University; BA Honours Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality, Concordia University)

Interests: Queer theory, gender and sexuality studies, performativity, public health as disciplinary practice
Thesis: "Filling the Gap, Refusing the Gap: Queer Safer Sex in Montreal"
Supervisor: Sandra Hyde 
valerie [dot] webber [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

 

CAMERON WELCH 
(Associate of Applied Science, Computer Information and Office Systems, University of Alaska, Anchorage; PhD Anthropology, McGill University; BA Native Studies and Comparative Development Studies, Trent University)

Thesis: "Land is Life, Conservancy is Life.” The San and the N=a Jaqna Conservancy, Tsumkwe District West, Namibia"
Interests: San, community-based natural resource management, Indigenous rights, land reform, development, Southern Africa, Namibia
Supervisor: John Galaty
cwelch [at] fastmail [dot] fm (Email)

 

 WILLARD WILSON WILL III
(PhD Anthropology, McGill University; MSc Social Anthropology, London School of Economics; Hospital Chaplain Residency, University of Pennsylvania; BA International Public Health (self-designed major), Pomona College)

Interests: Medical anthropology, religion, epistemology, death, discourse, phenomenology, United States
Thesis: Making Hospital Chaplains in an Age of Biomedicine
Supervisor: Ellen Corin
wwill3 [at] yahoo [dot] com (Email)

 

COLIN WREN
(MSc Archaeology, University College London; BA Anthropology, McGill University)

Interests: Archaeology, GIS, maritime adaptations, lithics, exchange and interaction
Region: James Bay
Ethnic Groups: Contemporary Cree and Prehistoric Hunter-gatherers
Supervisor: Andre Costopoulos
Website
colin [dot] nielsen [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)