Graduate Placement

Where are our graduates today?

The department's former Ph.D. students work in both academic and non-academic settings. Our recent alumni who have secured permanent positions related to their field of study are listed below.

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Tenure-Track Academic Anthropologists:

Sanmuregeswaran, Pathmanesan (PhD 2020): Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Studies, Open University of Sri Lanka

Milanes, Lilian (PhD 2018) Assistant Professor of Anthropology, William Paterson University 

Howell, Britteny (PhD 2017) Assistant Professor, Division of Population Health Sciences, University of Alaska Anchorage

Sheperd-Powell, Julie (PhD 2017) Assistant Professor, Appalachian Studies, Appalachian State University

Anderson, Ryan (2014) Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Santa Clara University

Hedwig, Travis H. (2013) Assistant Professor of Health Sciences, University of Alaska at Anchorage

Harnish, Allison (2013) Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Albion College

Compretta (Ellender), Caroline (2012) Assistant Professor, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Mississippi Medical Center

Rignall, Karen (2012) Assistant Professor of Community and Leadership  Development, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Fletcher, Rebecca Adkins (2011) Assistant Professor of Appalachian Studies, East Tennessee State University

Meyers, Maureen (2011) Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Mississippi

Moore, Christopher R. (2011) Associate Professor of Physics and Earth-Space Sciences, University of Indianapolis

Murphy, Daniel J. (2011) Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Cincinnati

Stephenson, Keith (2011) Director of the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program, University of South Carolina

Stoner, Wesley (2011) Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Arkansas

Evans, Carol Jo (2010) Associate Professor of Sociology, College of the Albemarle

Isenhour, Cynthia (2010) Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Maine

O'Daniel, Alyson (2010) Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Indianapolis

Scott, Mary Alice (2010) Assistant Professor of Anthropology, New Mexico State University

Venter, Marcie (2008) Assistant Professor of GeoSciences, Murray State University

Owczarzak, Jill (2007), Assistant Professor Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health

Cairo, Aminata (2007) Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Randall, Theo (2006) Associate Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University South Bend

Thompson, Victor (2006) Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Georgia

Wies, Jennifer (2006) Associate Professor of Anthropology, Eastern Kentucky University

Kenny, Erin (2005) Associate Professor of Anthropology, Drury University

White, Jill (2005) Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin Green Bay


Other Academic Positions

Waugh Quasebarth, Jasper (PhD 2019) Postdoctoral Researcher in Public Folklore at the Center for Folklore Studies, Ohio State University

Hensler, Rachel (PhD 2018), Archaeology Laboratory Coordinator and PI, Department of Anthropology, Cal State Chico

Schmid, Mary Elizabeth (PhD 2018), Anthropology and Sociology Department, Western Carolina University

Maurer, Megan (PhD 2017), Postdoctoral Fellow, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Miranda, Veronica (PhD 2017) Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow, Santa Clara University


Practicing Anthropologists:

Carlson, Justin (PhD 2019) Project Director, Kentucky Archaeological Survey, Western Kentucky University

Bundy, Henry (PhD 2019) Health services researcher and assistant professor, Atrium Health, Charlotte, NC

Jones, Scott (PhD 2019) Owner and Operator, Mid-South Cultural Resource Consultants, Murfreesboro, TN

Thapa, Sneha (PhD 2019) Staff Interpreter and CEU instructor, Vocalink Global, Louisville, KY

Buer, Lesly-Marie (PhD 2018) Researh Director, Choice Health Networks, Knoxville, TN

Davies, Gavin (PhD 2018) Project archaeologist, TRC Inc., Nasville, TN

Kolavalli, Chhaya (PhD 2018) Assistant Director, Center for Equality and Social Justice, University of Kentucky

Sawyer, Heather (PhD 2018) National Opinion Research Center-Economics, Justice & Society

Milanzi, Tony (PhD 2017) PRoject Manager at Malawi Economic Justice Network, Lilongwe, Malawi

Davidson, Matt (PhD 2016) Cumberland District Archaeologist, Daniel Boone National Forest 

Gunn, Christopher (PhD 2015) Transportation Archaeology Review Coordinator, Kentucky Heritage Council

Mink, Philip (PhD 2015) Assistant Director, Kentucky Office of State Archaeology

Stottman, Jay (PhD 2015) Assistant Director, Kentucky Archaeological Survey, Western Kentucky University

Meyer, Patti (PhD 2013) Program Director, Non-Academic Careers University of California San Francisco

Williams, Jennifer (2013) Evaluation Specialist with the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Greenough, Karen  (PhD 2011) Junior Researcher, West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use

Stephenson, Keith (PhD 2011) Director, Savannah River Archaeological Research Program, University of South Carolina

Maggard, Greg (2010) Staff Archaeologist, Cultural Resources Program, Oklahoma Department of Transportation

Meharie, Anduamlak (2009) Chair, Dallas Independent School District Research Review Board

Ricci, Erin (2008) Global Programs Manager, The Bohemian Foundation

Stackelbeck, Kary (2008) State Archaeologist, Oklahoma Archaeological Survey, University of Oklahoma

Arnn, John W. (2007) District Archaeologist, Texas Department of Transportation

Smith, Clifford (2003) Senior Planner, Neighborhood and Development Services Department, Sarasota, Florida, and Board Member, Florida Historical Commission

Cellarius, Barbara (1999) Cultural Anthropologist and Subsistence Specialist, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska