Current MA and PhD Students

The following are select anthropology graduate degree candidates.


Anthony Alvarezr, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Anthony Alvarez

Email: akalvare@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD · Subfield or Specialization: Archaeology

Research Interests: Anthropological Archaeology, Spanish Colonial Archaeology (Guam, the Philippines, and California), Archaeology of Religion, Cultural Resource Management (CRM)

Advisor: James Bayman

Nadia Arzberger, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Nadia Arzberger

Email: narzberg@hawaii.edu

Program: MA · Subfield or Specialization: Archaeology

Research Interests: Archaeology, Pottery, Food Culture, Korea Three Kingdoms, Trade, Yayoi, Yamato, East Asia, Korea, Japan, China

Advisor: Christopher Bae

Ashley Atkins, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Ashley Atkins

Email: amatkins@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD · Subfield or Specialization: Biological Anthropology

Research Interests: Bioarchaeology, Entheseal Change/ Musculoskeletal Stress Markers, Neolithic Revolution, Wet Paddy Rice Farming, Jomon, Yayoi, Japan

Advisor: Christopher Bae

Zakea Boeger, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Zakea Boeger

Email: zakea@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD · Subfield or Specialization: Medical Anthropology

Research Interests: Medical Travel, Transnationalism, Tonga

Advisor: Jan Brunson

Ruben Campos, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Ruben Campos

Email: recampos@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD · Subfield or Specialization: Cultural Anthropology

Research Interests: Mexico, Hip Hop, Urban Anthropology, Sound Studies, Voice

Advisor: Christine Yano

Brennan Chambers, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Brennan Chambers

Email: bvcham@hawaii.edu

Program: MA · Subfield or Specialization: Applied Archaeology

Research Interests: Archaeology, Zooarchaeology, Marine Resource Use, Subsistence Economy, Cultural Resource Management (CRM)

Advisor: Jim Bayman

Deirdre Clyde, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Deirdre Clyde

Email: daclyde@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD · Subfield or Specialization: Cultural Anthropology

Research Interests: Japan, United States, Popular Culture, Media Fandom, Gender and Sexuality, Queer Theory

Advisor: Christine Yano

Crystal Cooper, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Crystal Cooper

Email: crysc@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD · Subfield or Specialization: Medical Anthropology

Research Interests: Infant Care and Feeding, Reproductive Health, Embodiment, Healthcare Delivery, Healthcare Policy

Advisor: Jan Brunson

Brendan Flanagan, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Brendan Flanagan

Email: flanag2@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD · Subfield or Specialization: Environmental Anthropology

Research Interests: Conservation Ethics, Human/Forest Relations, Local Knowledge Dynamics, Ethnic Insurgency, Alternative Economies, Burma/Myanmar

Advisor: Jonathan Padwe

Phoebe France, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Phoebe France

Email: pfrance@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD · Subfield or Specialization: Archaeology

Research Interests: Southeast Asia, Cambodia, Paleobotanical Analysis, Spatial Analysis

Advisor: Miriam Stark

Sione Manupuna Funaki, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Sione Manupuna Funaki

Email: smfunaki@hawaii.edu

Program: MA · Subfield or Specialization: Cultural Anthropology

Research Interests: Tongan Kava Ceremony, Tongan Society & Culture, Tonga-Hawaiʻi Relationship (Ancient and Modern), Ceremony, Governance, Oral History, Indigenous Paradigm

Advisor: Ty Tengan

Katherine I. Harrington, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Katherine I. Harrington

Email: kih@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD · Subfield or Specialization: Biological Anthropology

Research Interests: Bioarchaeology, Osteology, Forensic Anthropology, Geometric Morphometrics, Population History, Population Variation, Biodistance, Japan, Korea, East Asia

Advisor: Christopher J. Bae

Elena Hughes, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Elena Hughes

Email: ehughes6@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD · Subfield or Specialization: Biological Anthropology

Research Interests: Forensic Anthropology, Osteology, Skeletal Trauma, Criminal Dismemberment, Taphonomy

Advisor: Christopher Bae

Phianphachong Intarat, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Phianphachong Intarat

Email: pintarat@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD · Subfield or Specialization: Cultural Anthropology

Research Interests: Labor Migration in Southeast Asia, Gender, Borderlands Studies

Advisor: Jonathan Padwe

Seng Khang, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Seng Khang

Email: skhang@hawaii.edu

Program: MA · Subfield or Specialization: Applied Archaeology

Research Interests: Transmission of Buddhism and Hinduism into Southeast Asia, Art History, Museum Studies

Advisor: Miriam Stark

Yi Yu Lai, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Yi-Yu Lai

Email: yiyulai@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD · Subfield or Specialization: Cultural Anthropology

Research Interests: Southeast Asia (the Philippines), Political Anthropology, Anthropology of State, Indigeneity, Indigenous Politics, Resistance, Cultural Activism

Advisor: Alex Golub

Tiffany Lee, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Tiffany Lee

Email: tlee7@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD · Subfield or Specialization: Archaeology

Research Interests: Stable Isotopes, Environmental Archaeology, Osteology, Bioarchaeology, East Polynesia

Advisor: Seth Quintus

Pūlama Lima, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Pūlama Lima

Email: calima@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD · Subfield or Specialization: Archaeology

Research Interests: Pacific/Hawaiian Archaeology, Indigenous-Community Based Archaeology, Cultural Resource Management (CRM), Ethnohistory, Social Complexity, Archaeology of Ritual & Ideology, Archaeoastronomy

Advisors: James Bayman and Ty Kāwika Tengan

Ci Yan Sara Loh, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Ci Yan Sara Loh

Email: cysloh@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD · Subfield or Specialization: Environmental Anthropology

Research Interests: Cultural and Political Ecology, Local and Indigenous Knowledge, Climate Change, Resilience and Adaptation, Environmental Policy, Development, Southeast Asia

Advisors: Jonathan Padwe

Yi Ma, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Yi Ma

Email: mayi@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD · Subfield or Specialization: Cultural Anthropology

Research Interests: Gem Trading and Mining, Borders, Markets, Southeast Asia, Southwest China

Advisors: Alex Golub

Erin McConkey, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Erin McConkey

Email: emcconke@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD · Subfield or Specialization: Medical Anthropology

Research Interests: Medical Anthropology, Environmental Anthropology, Multi-Species Ethnography, Biodiversity, Snake Envenomation, Medical Technologies, Caregiving, End-of-Life Care, Mainland Southeast Asia, Thailand

Advisors: Eirik Saethre

Jacyv Miller, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Jacy Miller

Email: jacym@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD · Subfield or Specialization: Archaeology

Research Interests: Western Pacific, Guam's Latte Period, Settlement Pattern, Subsistence Economy, Landscape Archaeology, Ceramic Ecology

Advisor: James Bayman

Michelle Nguyen, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Michelle Nguyen

Email: mh72@hawaii.edu

Program: MA · Subfield or Specialization: Biological Anthropology

Research Interests: Bioarchaeology, High-Altitude Adaptation, Population Variation, Neutral Evolution, Epigenetics, Osteology, East Asia, Tibet, China

Advisor: Christopher Bae

Mattias van Ommen, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Mattias van Ommen

Email: ommen@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD · Subfield or Specialization: Cultural Anthropology

Research Interests: Japan, Popular Culture, Video Games

Advisor: Christine Yano

Stephanie Sang, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Stephanie (Tian) Sang

Email: tsang8@hawaii.edu

Program: MA · Subfield or Specialization: Cultural Anthropology

Research Interests: Aid Work, Development Discourse, Moral Anthropology, Peace Corps, Madagascar, and the U.S.

Advisor: Alex Golub

Hae Eun Shin, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Hae Eun Shin

Email: haeeun@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD · Subfield or Specialization: Cultural Anthropology

Research Interests: Socialism, Agency, Performing Arts, North Korea

Advisor: Christopher J. Bae

Jaratnapa Surinlert, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Jaratnapa Surinlert

Email: jsurinle@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD · Subfield or Specialization: Archaeology

Research Interests: Prehistoric Archaeology, Southeast Asia, Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Human Behavior, Hunter-Gatherer, Environmental Archaeology, Late-Pleistocene to Early Holocene Period, Lithic Analysis

Advisor: Christian Peterson

Kylie Tuitavuki, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Kylie Tuitavuki

Email: kylietui@hawaii.edu

Program: MA · Subfield or Specialization: Archaeology

Research Interests: Environmental Archaeology, Community Archaeology, Pre-Contact Western Polynesia, Human-Ecosystem Dynamics, Sustainable Agriculture, Resource Management, Plant-Soil Interactions, Geochemistry

Advisor: Patrick Kirch

Jenny Ung, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Jenny Ung

Email: jennyung@hawaii.edu

Program: MA · Subfield or Specialization: Cultural Anthropology

Research Interests: Cambodia, Chinese Diaspora, Genocide, Refugees, Migration, Journalism, Transnationalism

Advisor: Jonathan Padwe

Kamuela Werner, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Kamuela Werner

Email: kamuelaw@hawaii.edu

Program: MA · Subfield or Specialization: Applied Cultural Anthropology

Research Interests: Native Hawaiian Institutions, Political Anthropology, Semiotics, Indigenization of Colonial Institutions, Environmental Racism, Structural Racism

Advisor: Ty Kawika Tengan

Ming-Jen Wu, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Ming-Jen Wu

Email: mingjen@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD · Subfield or Specialization: Cultural Anthropology

Research Interests: Papua New Guinea, Natural Resource Development, Social Change

Advisor: Alex Golub

Thomas Zeller, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Thomas "Robin" Zeller

Email: trzeller@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD · Subfield or Specialization: Medical Anthropology

Research Interests: International Addiction Governance, Addiction and Recovery, Evidence-based Psychology; Development and Public Health, Neoliberal Economics and Healthcare, Lived Experiences of Development

Advisor: Jan Brunson