Graduate student profiles

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Caitlin Brast

MA Student

Caitlin entered the program in September 2020 after receiving an Honours BA from UWaterloo with majors in Anthropology and Classical Studies, as well as a history minor. She is interested in the archaeology of the American Southwest, historical archaeology, and museums.

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Grace Chan

MA Student

Grace entered the Public Issues Anthropology program in September 2020 after completing her HBSc in forensic anthropology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She is interested in biological profiling techniques, and her research will focus on sex determination using bones of the foot.

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Jennifer Cullison

MA Student

Jennifer completed her BA in Anthropology at Michigan State University with a minor in Religious Studies. She started in the MA program in fall 2020. Jennifer’s main interest in Great Lakes archaeology and hopes to study trade networks through lithic analysis.

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Laurel McInnis

MA Student

Laurel started the Public Issues Anthropology program in September 2020.  She has a BA in biological anthropology from Western.  She is interested in the human skeleton and her research will concern pathological conditions of skeletons from Greece.

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Sarah Tomkins

MA Student

Sarah Tomkins completed her BA in Anthropology at the University of Alberta, with a minor in Linguistics. After completing education and work experience in Prenatal/Postpartum/Pelvic Health Yoga, and Labour/Postpartum/Loss Doula support, she is now pursuing the MA in Public Issues Anthropology at the University of Waterloo.

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Ivelina Petrova

MA Student

Ivelina started the Public Issues Anthropology program in September 2020 after completing her undergraduate degree at Western University for an Honors Specialization in Anthropology. Her research will focus on gender in post-socialist Bulgaria. Her interests include gender, identity and nationalism.

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Kagan Pittman

MA Student

Kagan entered the Public Issues Anthropology program in September 2020 after completing his BA (Hons) in Anthropology and History of Religions at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

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Kaithleen Tan

MA Student

Kaithleen entered the Public Issues Anthropology program in Fall 2020 after completing her BSc in Honours Science at the University of Waterloo with a minor in Chemistry and Anthropology. Although she is interested to learn all aspects of anthropology, she is mostly interested in dental anthropology, osteology, and paleopathology.

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Jessica Clarke

MA Student

Jessica did her undergrad at Wilfred Laurier University in Archaeology and now continues her education with a Masters in Bioarcheology here at the University of Waterloo. She is from Kingston, Ontario, and loves travelling and fantasy novels. 

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Christina Saoud

MA Student

Christina Saoud graduated with a BA in Anthropology and is finishing an MA in Religious studies. At the Anthropology department of the University of Waterloo, she hopes to utilize a feminist intersectional approach to war and refugee/(im)migration theories.

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Nathan Homerski

MA Student

Nathan entered the Public Issues Anthropology program in Fall 2021 after having received his BSc in Honours Science, minoring in Physics and Anthropology. He is interested in researching how occupation or habitual activities are reflected on skeletal remains.

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Andrew Dasilva Furtado

MA Student

Andrew entered the Public Issues Anthropology program as a graduate student in September 2021, after receiving his BSc from the University of Toronto in Anthropology. His research interests are in Ontario archaeology, specifically the Late Woodland period.

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Alice Xu

MA Student

Alice graduated from the University of Toronto (Scarborough) with a HBSc. Double majoring in computer science and socio-cultural anthropology. She started in the program this fall, and her research interests include science and technology studies, software development, and ethnomethodology.

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Menda Tesfaye-Visser

MA Student

Menda did her undergrad here at UW in anthropology with a minor in cultural identities. She is now interested in pursuing anthropology and development, specifically in the longevity of development practices and healthcare.

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Grace Lenz

MA Student

Grace completed her BA Honours Anthropology in 2020 from McMaster University with a minor in archaeology. Her research interests include childhood bioarchaeology and paleopathological conditions present in juvenile skeletons from Greece. 

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Carey Matthews

MA Student

Carey received her BSc from the University of Toronto with a double major in Anthropology and Classical Studies. She is currently pursuing her MA for Public Issues Anthropology at the University of Waterloo. Her interests lie in landscape anthropology, with a focus on archaeobotany and niche construction.

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Karen Rueb

MA Student

Karen completed her BA (Honours) at the University of Waterloo, majoring in Anthropology and French with a minor in Russian and East European Studies. She entered the Public Issues Anthropology program in September 2021. She is interested in exploring the history of anthropology, ethnography, and women’s travel writing, and the relationships between them.

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Yingjia Wang

MA Student

Yingjia started her master program of Public Issues Anthropology in 2021 after years working experience in the global design industry. She has an educational background of BE Industrial Design in China and Art & Visual History in Germany. She is interested in the interconnection between sociocultural anthropology, design, and technology.

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