Skip to navigation menu

Skip to main content

Anthropology
Teachers College, Columbia University
teachers college logo columbia univertsity logo

Anthropology

In the Department of International & Transcultural Studies

Students > Our Doctoral Students

Our Doctoral Students

Welcome to the profiles of the doctoral students in the Programs in Anthropology at Teachers College. These snapshots demonstrate our academic, professional and personal diversity. We hail from South Africa to Korea to New York. Our students are anthropologists, teachers, administrators, consultants, and work in the public and private sectors, in academia and research organizations.

* Doctoral Students: Profiles are updated and new profiles are added ONCE a year during the Fall semester.

Chelsea Good Abbas

Program: Applied Anthropology

Degree: Ph.D.

Previous Graduate Education:  Master of Arts, Anthropology & Education, Teachers College, Columbia University.

Research Interests: Borderlands, Conflict/Violence; Race and Ethnicity, Diasporas, Marginality; Migration and Human Rights; Social Movements; Visual Anthropology.

Geographical Interests: Central America and the Caribbean.

Selected Publications, Presentations, Works-in-Progress:
Abbas, C. (2011) Nica vs. Tica: Exploring Environment and Identity in the Rio San Juan Borderlands of Costa Rica. Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, QC.

Abbas, C. (2011) Danger Passes Through Me: A Narrative Exploration of a Latina’s Struggles in Hell’s Kitchen. Film presented at the Education Across the Americas Conference, Teachers College, Columbia University.

Abbas, C. (2009) A Look at Poverty in Paradise: Rethinking Undergraduate Research through Experiences in Limon, Costa Rica. Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Awards/Grants:
NSF Summer Institute for Research Design, Duke Marine Lab, Beaufort, NC, 2012

Institute of Latin American Studies, Pre-dissertation Field Research Grant, 2011

Teachers College Dean’s Grant for Student Research, 2011

Gerard P. Alolod

Program: Applied Anthropology

Degree: Ph.D.

Previous Graduate Education: B.S.F.S., Georgetown University, M.A., Anthropology & Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Research Interests: Feminist postcolonial theory, anthropology of development, elite and identity formation, women’s microfinance

Geographical Interests: East Africa

Selected Publications, Presentations, Works-in-Progress:
(2005) Rectifying a Cultural Violation: Female Parliamentarians in South Africa

(2008) The Possibilities of Women’s (Extra-)Household Roles: An Anthropological Study of Women’s Microcredit in a Tanzanian City

Lauren S. Bae

Program: Applied Anthropology

Degree:
Ph.D.

Previous Graduate Education: Ed.M. in Anthro and Ed, Teachers College, Columbia University; M.A. in Education, Stanford University

Research Interests: cultural anthropology; applied anthropology; urban anthropology; political anthropology; theories of resistance; anthropology of factory work; politics of representation; identity; globalization of labor unions; public sector unions; political economy; politics of education; dysfunction of math (education) in America

Geographical Interests: United States (DC area); Southeast Asia (Vietnam); Cuba; Mongolia

Selected Publications, Presentations, Works-in-Progress:
2011—AAA Presentation: On the Necessity of Confusion in Conversion: The "Mystification of Math" in the United States

Awards/Grants:
2010—Summer FLAS (SEASSI, Vietnamese)
2009—SYLFF Fellow (summer research, Vietnam)


James Bettinger

Program: Anthropology and Education

Degree: Ph.D.

Previous Graduate Education: M.A. Anthropology &Education, Teachers College

Research Interests:
My research interests involve youth and community-based education (such as after-school programs and summer camps).I  am currently investigating what it means to be pre-adolescent in an East Harlem, recreation-based, after-school program focused on "youth development."

Geographical Interests: United States



Sarah French Brennan

Program: Applied Anthropology

Degree: Ph.D.

Research Interests: Processes of identity formation, sexuality, race

Geographical Interests: United States, Egypt

Selected Publications, Presentations, Works-in-Progress:
Race Monologues: Personal Narratives on the Contemporary Experience of Race and Racism in the United States. www.RaceMonologues.com

Chapter on sexuality and nationalism in Egypt in the forthcoming book Islam and Nationalism (working title), to be published by Palgrave MacMillan, 2012

Awards/Grants:
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Academic Year 2011-2012

Middle East Institute Summer Regional Travel Research Fellowship, 2011

Laura L. Bunting-Hudson

Program: Anthropology & Education

Degree: Ph.D.

Previous Graduate Education: MSc Environment and Development, London School of Economics

Research Interests: Media, Technology, Economics, and Informality in Colombia and Mexico. I am currently conducting research on how independent rap artists in Bogota, Colombia produce and disseminate their music.

Geographical Interests: Mexico, Brazil, US

Works-in-Progress:
¨Perceptions of Environmental Justice and Equity in Air Pollution Policy from Mexico City.¨ Published in the London School of Economics and Political Science Department of Geography and the Environment Bulletin.  December 2009.  Winner of the George and Hilda Ormsby Award.

¨Economic Informality and Shadow State Formation in Mexico.¨ Presentation. American Anthropology Association Conference 2011. Chair of the Panel of Latin American Democracy. Montreal, Canada.

Awards/Grants:
George and Hilda Ormsby Award, Department of Environment and Geography London School of Economics 2009



Bruce Burnside

Program: Anthropology and Education

Degree: Ph.D

Previous Graduate Education: Masters in Anthropology at Columbia University

Research Interests:  Bruce's current research focuses on the Turkish migration to Germany and the experience of young people with immigration backgrounds and issues of national belonging, with particular attention given to questions of education. His research also extends to Turkish-Germans' relations to and in Turkey and the historical connections between the two countries. Previous work has focused on religious tolerance in Ottoman Bosnia as well as African American Islam. He is also the Program Director of the Center for African Education at Teachers College.

Selected Publications, Presentations, Works-in-Progress:
"Immigrating to Germany, USA and Mexico: The Girls from MÄDEA”, Todo Aleman (Goethe Institut, July 2012),     http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/lp/prj/toa/beg/mig/en9611286.htm

I Want A Good Friend": Youth Work And Belonging Among Migrant Girls In Berlin (Masters Thesis: Department of Anthropology, Columbia University, 2012).

“Bosnian War,” “Bosnian Americans,” “Ishmaelites,” “Lebanese Civil War,” “Last Poets,” “Lamen, Kebe,” “Wu-Tang Clan,” Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History, Edward Curtis, ed. (New York: Facts on File, Inc, 2010).

Presenter at Integration and Immigrants' Participation conference at University of Iceland November 2011.

Presenter at Early Modern Ottoman Empire workshop at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, June 2010.

Awards/Grants:
Summer Foreign Area Language Scholarship, 2011, Istanbul, Turkey.

Meghan M. Chidsey

Program: Anthropology & Education

Degree: Ph.D.

Previous Graduate Education: Master of Science in Education, specialization in Urban Education, from the University of Pennsylvania (2010); Secondary Education teaching Certificate in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania (2010); [Bachelor of Architecture with major in Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame (2008)]

Research Interests: Gender; Hindu widowhood; identity formation; religion; education

Geographical Interests: India (South Asia); Africa

Selected Presentations:
Chidsey, M. (2011). Infusing Global Education into Science Curricula. PhilaScience Festival presentation, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Chidsey, M. (2010, May). Africa’s Educational Predicament: A Comparative Examination of NGO-Government Relations in Sub-Saharan Africa. Master’s thesis presented at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Chidsey, M. (2009, Nov). Teaching the Human Experience: Lessons from Ethiopia. Photography/photojournalism exhibit, African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Chidsey, M. (2009, Nov). Teaching the Science of Ethiopia. Paper presented at the African Studies Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Chidsey, M. (2008, May). Tashunke Witko Cultural Center. Undergraduate thesis presented at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.

Awards/Grants:

Minority Scholarship, Teachers College, Columbia University (2010-2012)

Arthur Zankel Urban Fellowship, Teachers College, Columbia University (2011-2012)

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), Hindi, U.S. Dept. of State (2011)

Foreign Language & Area Studies Scholarship (FLAS), Columbia University (2011), declined

Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, Ethiopia, U.S. Dept. of Education (2009)

Americorps Education Award, Teach for America (2008-2010)


Elaine Christian

Program: Anthropology & Education

Degree: Ph.D.

Previous Graduate Education:  B.A. Linguistics, Trinity Western University, 2005; M.A. Anthropology of Development, School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), 2010

Research Interests: Anthropology of development, religion, adult literacy development, religious development organisations, missionaries

Geographical Interests: East Africa, Swahili-speaking areas

Awards/Grants:
Leitner Family Fellowship for Research in Africa (2010)

Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship (2010)


Richard C. Landrigan

Program: Anthropology and Education

Degree:
Ph.D.

Previous Graduate Education:
M.Ed.

Research Interests:
Identity formation and development through enculturation and experience; cross-cultural comparisons of transitions to and conceptions of adulthood; linguistic influence on perception and expression; psychology; neuroscience.

Geographical Interests:
Moroccoas well as the rest of Islamic North Africa and the Middle East.

Publications:
2009—Globalizing the Atlas:  The Potential Dangers and Benefits of Non-Native Language Learning in the Moroccan Context. (Up-coming OECD publication)

2007—Teamwork and Leadership Training. In R. Landrigan, et al., Eds. Peace Corps Morocco GGLOW Manual. Rabat: Peace Corps Morocco.

2006—High Atlas Training of Trainers. PeaceWorks Magazine. Rabat: Peace Corps Morocco.

Presentations:
2009—Globalizing the Atlas: The Potential Dangers and Benefits of Non-Native Language Learning in the Moroccan Context. Education Without Borders Bi-Annual Conference Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai & Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Works in Progress:
The New American Rite of Passage: Harnessing the Power of Education to Help Us (Re)Define Ourselves Within the Context of a Globalized World


Maturity Through Challenge:  Looking at Peace Corps Service as Personal Growth for the Globalized Individual

Lisa Le Fevre

Program: Applied Anthropology

Degree: Ph.D.

Previous Graduate Education: Master of Science in Education major in TESOL (ESL) from Long Island University (2007); Master of Arts major in Journalism/French Studies from New York University (2003); Maîtrise Lettres Modernes from the Université Paris Sorbonne, Paris IV (for study during1999-2000); [Bachelor of Arts major in French with a minor in History from Franklin and Marshall College (1998)]

Research Interests: My anthropological interests aim at cross-disciplinary mergers and applications, as well as cultural, psychological, and applied anthropology. My current pursuits include topics such as cultural and personal change, preservation, and adaptive strategies; aging; issues of community survival; and the relationships among people, places, and things.

Geographical Interests:  Eastern and Western Europe

Selected Publications, Presentations, Works-in Progress:
“Emotional and narrative landscapes of the elderly: creative relationships between notions of self and others through space and place” — Panel Co-Convenor with Brian O’Hare at the 10th annual SIEF 2011 Congress in Lisbon, Portugal

“Objects of place, space, and time: a case study of social drama, liminality, and anti-temporality in post-socialist "nostalgic" narratives” — Panel paper presentation at the 10th annual SIEF 2011 Congress in Lisbon, Portugal

Awards and Honors:
Fulbright Research Grant to Bulgaria (2012-13)

ACLS “East European Studies Program Language Grant to Individuals for Summer Study” (2010)

TC General Scholarships (spring 2008 and fall 2008)

Caroline Scholarship (spring 2008)

AmeriCorps education awards for service teaching and as part of the NYCTF (2005–2006/2007–2008)

Yves Andre Istel Fellowship from the Institute of French Studies at NYU (2001–2002)

The Carl Hartzell French Prize from Franklin and Marshall College (1998)

Phi Alpha Theta International History Honor Society (1998)

Monica Mann

Program: Applied Anthropology

Degree: Ph.D.

Research Interests: West African Vodu, sickle cell anemia, medical technology, medical pedagogy, health and healing, “voluntourism”

Geographical Interests: West Africa, U.S.

Publications/Presentations:
2010 — Pain in Translation, Transforming Anthropology(18) 2.

2007 — Presentation:Pain, Personhood, and the Transnational Lived Experience of Sickle Cell Disease:  Solomon's Story. American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings

2006 — “Science and Art: The Bodies Exhibition at South Street Seaport,” Guest Lecture for Dr. Paige West’s “Interpretations of Culture” class at Barnard College

2004 — Presentation: “Bodies that Heal: Penetrability, Pragmatism, and Play in Gorovodu Medicine,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings

2004 — “Bodies of Gorovodu Healing,” a working paper based on 2003 fieldwork in Togo, presented and defended to graduate faculty at Teachers College-Columbia University

2003 — “Getting to Grad School,”Guest Lecture for Dr. Judy Rosenthal’s Advanced Anthropological Theory seminar at University of Michigan—Flint.

Awards/Grants:
2009 — Betty Fairfax Professional Development Grant

2008 — Dean’s Grant for Research—Columbia University Teachers College

2005 — Cowles Fellowship—Columbia University Teachers College

2003 — Columbia University Teachers College Anthropology Research Fund Grant

2002–2005 — Columbia University Teachers College Tuition Scholarship

2002 — University of Michigan Maize & Blue Scholar

2000 — University of Michigan True Blue Service Scholar Award

1992–97 & 1999–2001 — University of Michigan Scholar


Brian J. O'Hare

Program: Applied Anthropology

Degree: Ph.D.

Previous Graduate Education: M.S., CDIT: Language Education, University at Albany, SUNY; M.A., Anthropology & Education, Teachers College (in progress).

Geographical Interests: East Asia, North America, Western Europe

Research Interests: Medical and Psychological Anthropology: urban space and health, cultural construction of emotions and suffering as applied to systems of medical knowledge, power, and healing.

Works-in-Progress: Fieldwork in New York City centered on aging and emotions in an urban enclave.

Gabrielle Oliveira

Program: Applied Anthropology

Degree: Ph.D.

Research Interests: Transnational migration; gender and education; anthropology of childhood

Geographical Interests: Latin America

Selected Publications, Presentations, Works-in-Progress:

Chapters in Books

(2013). “The Consequences of Mexican Maternal Migration on Children Left Behind.” Chapter in Bartlett, Lesley and Ghaffar-Kucher, Ameena, eds. Refugees, Immigrants, and Education in the Global South: Lives in Motion. New York: Routledge Press.

Book Reviews

(2013). Review of Literacy and Mothering: How Women's Schooling Changes the Lives of the World's Children by Robert LeVine, Sarah LeVine, Beatrice Schnell-Anzola, Meredith L. Rowe, and Emily Dexter. Comparative Education Review.

Other Publications

“Caring for them all”. Globalist. May 5 2013. Available at: http://www.theglobalist.com/caring-for-them-all-mexican-migrant-mothers-and-their-children/

(2012). “Staying Connected: Transnational Care-Constellations”. American Anthropological Association, Anthropology News (AN). Borders and Boundaries February issue.


Jeffrey J. Schiffer

Program: Anthropology & Education

Degree: Ph.D.

Previous Graduate Education: M.A. in Anthropology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University; Honors B.A. in Anthropology, The University of British Columbia.

Research Interests:
Contemporary First Nations and American Indian polities.  The reproduction of indigineity in interdisciplinary and cross-cultural spaces.  Critical indigenous studies, semiotic anthropology, and ethnomethodology.

Primary Geographical Interests:
Canada and The United States.

Selected Publications, Presentations, Works-in-Progress:
The Shifting Nature ofInteractions in the Field: A Case Study from Northeastern Guatemala http://digital.lampdev.columbia.edu/anthrorsch/index.php/JAR.

Honors and Distinctions:
Columbia University, Institute of Latin American Studies, Pre-dissertation Travel Grant,2008.

The University of British Columbia, First Nations Student Leadership Award, 2006.

Sarah Wessler

Students