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Ph.D. Alumni

Alumni of Rice's graduate program in anthropology have gone on to publish award-winning books and to thrive as teachers and scholars at respected academic institutions in the United States and abroad. At the same time, a significant proportion of our graduates have put their theoretical and methodological training to use in government agencies, NGOs, clinical and corporate settings. The movement of anthropological knowledge within, alongside, and beyond the academy remains a central problematic for Rice anthropology today, and our graduates have become interlocutors as well as inheritors of the department's vibrant intellectual tradition.


Ala Alazzeh

Casper Bendixsen, Research Scientist, National Farm Medicine Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation.

Stacey Pereira, Postdoctoral Associate, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine


Lina Dib, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Program in Writing and Communication, Rice University

Laura Resendez

Maria Vidart, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Laura Resendez

Maria Vidart, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Katia Belousova, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Lehman College, City University of New York

Nichole Payne Carelock, Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Elise McCarthy, Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, Rice University


Mamadou Cisse, Archaeologist, Direction Nationale du Patrimoine Culturel (Mali)

Laura Jones, Postdoctoral Fellow, Living Links Center, Emory University

Anthony Potoczniak, Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, Rice University

Ayla Samli, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at High Point University

Daniel White, Assistant Professor, Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies, Hosei University (Japan)


Michael Adair-Kriz, Research Instructor, Department of Social and Behavioral Health, Virginia Commonwealth University

Othon Alexandrakis, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, York University (Canada)

Ebru Kaylaap, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Communication, Istanbul Sehir University (Turkey)

Valerie Olson, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

Elitza Ranova, Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, Rice University


Cecilia Balli, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

Hutan Hejazi Martinez, Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences, Universidad Europea de Madrid (Spain)

Aimee Placas, Instructor, College Year in Athens, International Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies (Greece)

Erkan Saka, Lecturer, Department of Public Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey)

Ana Wandless, Research Scientist, Academy for Teacher Excellence, University of Texas at San Antonio

Timothy Wood


Nahal Naficy, Fellow, Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry



Tarra Drevet, Program Manger, Eaton EMEA (Switzerland)

Angela Rivas Gamboa, Coordinator, Business, Conflict, and Peacebuilding Division, Fundación Ideas para la Paz (Colombia)

Tish Stringer, Lecturer and Film Program Manager, Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, Rice University


Ariel Espino, Founder and President, SUMA Arquitectos y Planificadores Urbanos (Panama)

Andrea Frolic, Clinical and Organizational Ethicist, Hamilton Health Services (Canada)

Brian Riedel, Assistant Director, Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Rice University


Alioune Deme, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Université Cheikh Anta Diop (Senegal)

Jennifer Hamilton, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Anthropology, Hampshire College

Ricardo Lima Soto, Professor, Instituto de Investigaciones Humanísticas, Universidad Rafael Landivar (Guatemala)

Kristin Peterson, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

Denise Youngblood Coleman, Executive Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, CountryWatch


Andrea Aureli, Lecturer, St. John's University, Rome (Italy)

Carolyn Babula, Director of Human Resources, Clyde & Co.

Lisa Breglia, Assistant Director, Global Affairs Program, George Mason University

Stanford Carpenter, Assistant Professor, Visual and Critical Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Jae Chung, Professor, International Business Studies, Aalen University (Germany)

Josh Kilroy, Political Consultant, Chicago

Beverly Mitchell, Research Associate and Lecturer, Rice University

Andrea Pound, Software Developer, Schlumberger Information Solutions


Stuart Douglas, Founder, Douglas & Co. (South Africa)

Laurel George, Adjunct Professor, College of Arts and Science, New York University

Lamia Karim, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon

Christopher Pound, Developer/Systems Administrator, Enterprise Applications, Rice University

Sylvia Van Ziegert, Learning Officer, Human Resources Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness, World Bank


Marie-Theresa Hernández, Professor
University of Houston
World Cultures & Literatures Program, Undergraduate Director
Director of Jewish Studies
Department of Modern & Classical Languages
Honors College Fellow

Qin Zhang


Nitin Deckha, Lecturer, Justice Studies Program, University of Guelph-Humber (Canada)

Deepa Reddy, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Studies, University of Houston-Clear Lake


Alexei Elfimov, Research Scholar, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences

Belita Leal

Mazyar Lotfalian, Research Associate, Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture, University of California, Irvine

Mary Ann O'Donnell, Artist/Ethnographer, Shenzhen (China)

Ibrahima Thiaw, Director, Musée Theodore Monod d'Art Africain (Senegal)


Tatiana Bajuk Sencar, Research Fellow, Scientific Research Centre, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Jamila Bargach, Director, Dar Si-Hmad (Morocco)

Mitra Emad, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Minnesota Duluth

Myanna Lahsen, Associate Researcher, Earth System Science Center, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (Brazil)

Scott Lukas, Professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Lake Tahoe Community College

Jeff Tobin, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Critical Theory and Social Justice, Occidental College

Santiago Villaveces-Izquierdo, Senior Advisor, Democracy, Conflict and Security, International IDEA (Sweden)


Laura Helper-Ferris, Founder, Helper-Ferris Editorial Agency

David Syring, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Minnesota Duluth

Pamela Smart, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Art History, Department of Art History, Binghamton University


Evan Davies

Judith Lentz

Elionne Walker Belden


Roger Moore, Founder, Moore Archeological Consulting

Stella Grigorian, Instructional Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Houston


*Brenda Jo Bright

Diana Hill

Jamer Hunt, Associate Professor of Transdisciplinary Design, Parsons the New School for Design

Elizabeth Tudor


Terri Castaneda, Associate Professor and Museum Director, Department of Anthropology, California State University Sacramento

Melissa Cefkin, Anthropologist, IBM Almaden Research Center

Kim Fortun, Professor, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Bruce Grant, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Anthropology, New York University

Jeff Petry, Founder and Managing Director, Lanna Consulting

*Tereba Togola


Rachelle Doody, Professor of Neurology and Effie Marie Cain Chair in Alzheimer's Disease Research, Baylor College of Medicine

Ryan Bishop, Professor of Global Arts and Politics, Winchester Centre for Global Futures, University of Southampton (UK)


Melissa Bowers


Lenore Anderson

Patricia Bass, Fulbright Academic Exchange Specialist, Department of State


Mehdi Abedi, Founder, Pride of Persia Rug Company

Priscilla Weeks, Environmental Anthropologist, Houston Advanced Research Center


Vasumathi Duvvury


Mindi Miller, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania


Texas Anderson, Realtor, Greenwood King Properties


R. Jon McGee, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Texas State University San Marcos

Dennis Supernor


Deborah Harvey Delgado

* Deceased