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Mike Callaghan

Michael Callaghan (PhD, 2015)

Masculinity and Exclusion at an HIV Clinic in Namibia by Mike Callaghan

The CASCA Culture blog has posted a piece by Michael Callaghan (PhD, 2015) on how exclusion can sometimes work in unexpected ways. Read it online at

Mike completed his PhD with us in 2015 under the supervision of Profs. Dan Sellen and Richard B. Lee. This blog post includes reflections from Mike’s field work in Walvis Bay, Namibia.  He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Ampath Consortium in Eldoret, Kenya. His research there examines health and change, with a focus on orphans, street children, and kinship.

Martin T. Bale Co-Authors Article in Journal of Anthropological Research

PhD Alum Martin T. Bale has co-authored a paper with Rachel J. Lee in the Journal of Anthropological Research (Summer 2016, pp. 178-199) examining Incipient Mumun to Middle Mumun period (c. 1500– 400 BC) households in South Korea during a time in which social inequality developed. The paper can be read on Martin’s page here.

Martin completed his PhD with us in 2011 under the supervision of Profs. Gary Crawford, Gary Coupland, and David G. Smith. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University.

Recent Publications from Esteban Parra’s Former Grad Students

Melissa Edwards, Gillian Cook and Nicole Murray have all recently co-published papers with Prof. Esteban Parra. Melissa just defended her PhD thesis on April 1, 2016. Gillian completed her MSc in 2015 and Nicole Murray is expected to finish her Masters later this year. Below are details of the publications.

Edwards M, Cha D, Krithika S, Johnson M, Parra EJ. 2016. Analysis of Iris surface features in populations of diverse ancestry. R. Soc. Open Sci. 3:150470.

Edwards M, Cha D, Krithika S, Johnson M, Cook G, Parra EJ. 2016. Iris pigmentation as a quantitative trait: variation in populations of European, East Asian and South Asian ancestry and association with candidate gene polymorphisms. Pigment Cell Melanoma Res 29:141-162.

Murray N, Norton H, Parra EJ. 2015. Distribution of two OCA2 polymorphisms associated with pigmentation in East Asian populations. Hum. Genome Var. 2:15058.

Sense-Making and Careers Outside of Academia: An Interactive Panel with Anthropology Alumni, April 1, 2016

On Friday, April 1, 2016, our Graduate Professionalization Workshop series will be hosting an interactive panel with Anthropology alumni Dr. Crystal Forrest (2010), Dr. Loren Vanderlinden (1995), Dr. Carla Parslow (2006), Dr. Elka Weinstein (1999) and potentially Bennett McCardle (1980) discussing how graduate training in Anthropology has aided and shaped various career paths outside of academia. It will be an exciting event to connect current graduate students with alumni in various fields and career trajectories. 3:00-5:00pm, AP 130, 19 Russell St. Please register here.

Alicia Hawkins Co-Authors Paper with Gary Crawford

Prof. Alicia Hawkins, who completed her PhD (2000), MA (1993) and  BA (1991) in our department, has teamed up with Joseph A. Petrus, Lisa Marie Anselmi, and Prof. Gary Crawford to write Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass  Spectrometry analysis of copper-based artifacts from Southern Ontario and the chronology of the indirect contact period. The article appears in Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 6 (2016) 332-341. Alicia is currently an Associate Professor at Laurentian University.

John L. Creese (PhD, 2010)

John L. Creese Publishes Article in World Archaeology

John L. Creese (PhD, 2010) has published an article titled Emotion Work and the Archaeology of Consensus: the Northern Iroquoian Case in World Archaeology [V. 48(1):14-34]. The article illustrates the central role of emotion in the formation of consensus-based political systems. Looking at Late Woodland longhouse societies of north-eastern North America, the paper shows how emotion work that connected individual bodies with the body politic produced historically particular forms of power and political subjectivity. The paper can be read here. John is currently an Assistant Professor at North Dakota State University.

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Zoë H. Wool (PhD, 2011)

PhD Alumna Zoë Wool Publishes Book

Zoë H. Wool (PhD 2011, supervised by Prof. Todd Sanders) is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University.  She has just published Attachments of Life: Intimacy, Genital Injury, and the Flesh of the U.S. Soldier Body, a chapter appearing in Living and Dying in the Contemporary World: A Compendium, edited by Veena Das and Clara Han (University of California Press, 2016, pp. 399-417). Zoë has also recently published her own book After War: The Weight of Life at Walter Reed (Duke University Press, 2015) explores how the American soldiers most severely injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars struggle to build some kind of ordinary life while recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from grievous injuries like lost limbs and traumatic brain injury. Read more about Zoë’s recent research here.

Catherine Merritt
Catherine Merritt (PhD, 2014)

PhD Alumna Catherine Merritt Begins SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship

PhD graduate Catherine Merritt (PhD, 2014, supervised by Prof. Susan Pfeiffer) will begin her SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship in January 2016 at the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University of Dundee. She deferred her Fellowship for a maternity leave, and is looking forward to continuing her research on the ways body size impacts skeletal aging. Catherine held a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship while she was a graduate student at the University of Toronto and was co-President of the AGSU for 2.5 years. She has recent publications in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Journal of Forensic Sciences, and International Journal of Paleopathology.

Intimacy Revisited, Special Issue of The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology Edited by Asli Zengin and Sertaç Sehlikoglu

PhD Alumna Asli Zengin and MA Alumna Sertaç Sehlikoglu have co-edited a special issue of The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology on Intimacy Revisited (Vol. 33, No. 2, Autumn 2015). Sertaç has posted their Introduction: Why Revisit Intimacy? On her page here. Sertaç is currently a Visiting Fellow at the European Institute, London School of Economics. Azli is a postdoctoral fellow in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University.

Jude Fokwang

Jude Fokwang (PhD, 2007)

Jude Fokwang Publishes Article in Africa

PhD Alum Jude Fokwang has an article on Fabrics of Identity: Uniforms, Gender and Associations iun the Cameroon Grassfields appearing in Africa [85(4): pp 677-696; doi:10.1017/S0001972015000625]. Since completing his PhD in 2007, Jude has also published a book entitled Mediating Legitimacy: Chieftaincy and Democratisation in Two African Chiefdoms (2009, Langaa RPCIG). He is currently an Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology at Regis University, Denver.

The Post-Fordist Sexual Contract

Kori 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 (PhD, 2013)

Danielle Macdonald Hired as Assistant Professor at the University of Tulsa

Congratulations to PhD Alumna Danielle Macdonald (PhD, 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.

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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