Alumni News

The Post-Fordist Sexual ContractKori Allan and Jessica Taylor Publish Pieces in The Post-Fordist Sexual Contract: Working and Loving in Contingency

This volume edited by Lisa Adkins and Maryanne Dever (2015, Palgrave Macmillan) includes two chapters by PhD Alumni Kori Allan (PhD, 2014) and Jessica Taylor (PhD, 2012). Kori Allan’s piece is entitled “Self-Appreciation And The Value Of Employability: Integrating Un(Der)Employed Immigrants In Post-Fordist Canada”, and Jessica Taylor has written on “Laptops And Playpens: ‘Mommy Bloggers’ And Visions Of Household Work.”

Matthew Walls
Matthew Walls (PhD, 2013)

Matthew Walls Hired as Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary

Congratulations to PhD Alum Matthew Walls for being hired into a tenure track position at the University of Calgary. Matthew completed his PhD in 2013 under the supervision of Prof. Max Friesen. Since then he’s been a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Oxford Institute of Archaeology. Click here to read the University of Calgary announcement. Learn more about Matthew’s research here.

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan

Alumna Kirsty Duncan Sworn in as Science Minister

Kirsty Duncan, a medical geographer and former U of T student of Anthropology and Geography, has been sworn into the Liberal federal cabinet as the new Science minister. After completing her undergraduate degree in the late 1980s, she went on to obtain a PhD in Geography at the University of Edinburgh. Kirsty has represented the riding of Etobicoke North since 2008. Prior to entering politics, she was an Associate Professor of Health Studies at U of T, and the Research Director for the AIC Institute of Corporate Citizenship at Rotman School of Management.

Danielle Macdonald Hired as Assistant Professor at the University of Tulsa

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Professor Danielle Macdonald (PhD, U of T, 2013)

Congratulations to PhD Alumna Danielle Macdonald (PhD, U of T, 2013) for her recent hire as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. Danielle completed her PhD in 2013 under the supervision of Prof. Michael Chazan. Her research interests include microwear analysis, the Epipalaeolithic, material culture studies, surface metrology, and the chaîne opératoire. She is co-director of the Kharaneh IV excavation project in the Azraq Basin, Jordan, alongside another PhD Alumna, Prof. Lisa Maher (PhD, U of T, 2004).

PhD Alum Matthew Walls Publishes Papers in American Antiquity and Quaternary International

Matthew Walls (PhD, U of T, 2013) has recently published two papers. “Inughuit Open Water Hunting Before the Nineteenth Century: New Dates and Questions from Washington Land, Northwest Greenland”is a co-authored article appearing in American Antiquity 80(3): 602-609 that re-examines the archaeological discovery of Morris Bay Kayak in 1921. It can be read on Matthew’s page here. “Making as a Didactic Process: Situated Cognition and the Chaîne Opératoire” was published earlier this year by Quaternary International (doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2015.03.005). This paper explores the implications of Material Engagement Theory for how archaeologists construe technical activity through ethnoarchaeological observations of Inuit kayak making in West Greenland. Matthew is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford.

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Prof. Monir Moniruzzaman (PhD, UofT 2010)

Spare Parts: Brock U Art Exhibit Based on Ethnographic Research of Prof. Monir Moniruzzaman (PhD, U of T 2010)

Spare Parts is a new collaboration between curator Camille Turner, artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg and medical anthropologist Monir Moniruzzaman with consultation by Jim Ruxton. In this installation exploring the illegal global organ trade, the viewer is confronted with life sized video projections of a Bangladeshi kidney seller and a Canadian transplant recipient facing each other and sitting in silence. The exhibit highlights the ethics of techno-medicine, the economy of the global marketplace, the intimacy of spare parts, and what is means to be human in the 21st century. Spare parts will be presented in conjunction with the Consuming Intimacies Symposium at Brock University’s Rodman Hall Art Centre at 109 St Paul Crescent in St Catharines October 6-19, 2015.

Karyne Rabey
Karyne Rabey (PhD, 2014)

PhD Alumna Karyne Rabey Accepts Tenure Track Position at Midwestern University

Congratulations to Karyne Rabey, now an Assistant Professor at Midwestern University. Karyne completed her PhD with us in 2014 under the supervision of Prof. David Begun. She leaves her position as a Postdoctoral Associate in Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University to join the faculty at Midwestern. We wish Karyne all the best in this new leg of her career!

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Seçil Daǧtaș has been awarded the 2015 Sakip Sabanci Award

PhD Alumna Seçil Daǧtaș Receives Sakip Sabanci International Research Award

Congratulations to PhD Alumna Seçil Daǧtaș , recipient of the 2015 Sakip Sabanci International Research Award! The annual prize is awarded to recognize distinguished contributions to research on all aspects of Turkish culture, society and politics. Further details at

Seçil defended her PhD in June, 2014 under the supervision of  Prof. Janice Boddy, and is currently an Assistant Professor  in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Waterloo.

Adam Allentuck
Adam Allentuck (PhD, 2013)

Adam Allentuck Publishes Papers in Journal of Social Archaeology  and Cambridge Archaeological Journal

Adam Allentuck (PhD, 2013) has published an article appearing in the Journal of Social Archaeology (2015, Vol. 15(1), pp 94–115) on Temporalities of human– livestock relationships in the late prehistory of the southern Levant.” The paper can be read on Adam’s page here. He’s also published in the Cambridge Archaeological Journal (V. 25(1): 45-62) The title of that paper is “An Acquired Taste: Emulation and Indigenization of Cattle Forelimbs in the Southern Levant”. Adam is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

PhD Alumni Lisa Maher, Danielle Macdonald, and Jay Stock Co-Author Paper in Paléorient

Together with current PhD student Aleksa Alaica and Prof. Edward Banning, PhD Alumni Lisa Maher, Danielle Macdonald, and Jay Stock have co-authored Two Early Epipalaeolithic Sites in Wadi Taiyiba, Northern Jordan, appearing in Paléorient 40(1): 73-97. The paper contributes to understanding of site diversity and settlement patterns in the relatively poorly known Early Epipalaeolithic period.

Wilkins, Jayne
Jayne Wilkins (PhD 2012)

Jayne Wilkins Co-Authors Articles in PloS ONE
and Quaternary International

Jayne Wilkins, who completed her PhD in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Michael Chazan, has co-authored “An Experimental Investigation of the Functional Hypothesis and Evolutionary Advantage of Stone-Tipped Spears” with B.J. Schoville and K.S. Brown. The article appears in PLoS ONE 9(8) and is available on Jayne’s profile here. She has also co-authored a paper appearing in Quaternary International titled A Middle Stone Age Paleoscape near the Pinnacle Point caves, Vleesbaai, South Africa. Jayne is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Arizona State University in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change.

Laura Bolt Publishes Paper in Folia Primatologica

PhD graduate Laura Bolt has authored a paper titled “Male-specific use of the purr in the ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta),”  published in the online issue of Folia Primatologica. Although mammals usually purr in affiliative contexts, such as grooming and nursing, this paper presents evidence that ring-tailed lemur males purr primarily in an unexpected context: during male-male agonism, such as fights. Laura was co-supervised by Profs. Joyce Parga and Shawn Lehman. Her full article can be read online at:

M.Sc Alumna Michelle Cameron Receives PAST Student Paper Award

Recent M.Sc. Graduate Michelle Cameron (now on a SSHRC doctoral scholarship at the University of Cambridge) was awarded the Palaeoanthropological Scientific Trust (PAST) Student Paper award at the Pan African Archaeological Association/Society of Africanist Archaeologists joint meeting, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, 14-18 July, 2014. The paper, entitled “Later Stone Age foragers’ long bone cross-sectional geometric properties compared: fynbos, forest and Lower Orange River Valley,” is a synopsis of her master’s research. Prof. Susan Pfeiffer is co-author. The work will also be appearing in the South African Journal of Science.

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MSc Alumnus (2013) Cadell Last

MSc Graduate Cadell Last Publishes in World Future Review and Current Aging Science

Congratulations to MSc Graduate Cadell Last for recently publishing two articles. “Global Brain and the Future of Human Society” was published in the June 2014 (vol. 6, no. 2: 143-150) edition of World Future Review (see “Human Evolution, Life History Theory, and the End of Biological Reproduction” was published in Vol. 7, Issue 1 of Current Aging Science (see

Cadell is currently a graduate student at the Global Brain Institute (GBI) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels. He completed his MSc in Evolutionary Anthropology here at U of T in 2013. Follow Cadell on, where you can also download his latest publications, at

Recent PhD Alumna Danielle Macdonald Co-Authors Paper in Microscopy Today

PhD Alumna Danielle Macdonald working in the field.
PhD Alumna Danielle Macdonald working in the field.

Recent PhD Graduate Danielle Macdonald, currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis in France, has just published a paper with co-author Adrian A Evans. Entitled “Evaluating Surface Cleaning Techniques of Stone Tools Using Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy.” The article appears in the May 2014 edition of Microscopy Today (Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp. 22-27). You can download a copy of the paper from Danielle’s website at or  click here. Danielle completed her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Michael Chazan in April 2013.

Photo of Zoe WoolPhD Alumna Zoë Wool Hired as Assistant Professor at Rice University

Zoë H. Wool (PhD 2011, supervised by Prof. Todd Sanders), currently a Fellow in Theory and Writing in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University, will take up a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University starting in 2015. Read more about Zoë’s recent research here.

PhD Alumnus Christopher Watts Hired at University of Waterloo

Congratulations to Christopher Watts (PhD 2006) for his recent tenure-stream appointment at the University of Waterloo! Chris completed his PhD in 2006 under the supervision of Prof. David G. Smith. In addition to teaching several archaeology courses for us over the years, Chris is in the process of completing a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Western University.

PhD Alumna Emily Holland Hired at Brandon University

Emily Holland (PhD 2013) recently signed a contract for a tenure-stream appointment in Physical Anthropology at Brandon University. Emily completed her PhD just last year under the supervision of Prof. Tracy Rogers. Emily will be joining a department that has another U of T Anthropology PhD Grad among its ranks, Assistant Professor Emma Varley (PhD 2008).

OrchardPhD Alumnus Trevor Orchard Becomes New Lab Tech at UTM

After a long process, due to the truly amazing pool of applicants, it was recently announced that Trevor Orchard will be joining UTM Anthropology as their new laboratory technician, as of April 1, 2014.   This position includes dedicated support to the curation, use and development of the extensive UTM faunal collection.

Trevor replaces Deborah Berg, who will be officially retiring as of March 31. We hope that after a well-deserved break, we will see her on frequent occasions as a research specialist using the faunal collection she has spent so much time and effort to develop

Trevor is a dedicated zooarchaeologist with a biology and anthropology background in BC, capped by a doctorate here at U of T with Prof. Gary Coupland on archaeological faunal resource use in the Northwest Coast, focusing especially on marine ecosystems.  Since then, he has held post-docs and taught a range of archaeology and environment/biology courses at several universities in the area, including a successful three years at McMaster where he updated their faunal collection to aid in teaching.

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