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PhD Students


Andree Beauchamp

Physical Anthropology
Supervisor: Dr. Rob Hoppa

Research interests: Growth and development, age estimation and forensic anthropology.

David Landry

Supervisor: Dr. Brooke Milne

Bio: M.A. University of Manitoba, B.A.Hons. University of Toronto

My current research takes place at a complex Palaeo-Eskimo site in the interior of southern Baffin Island where I use both terrestrial and subsurface remote sensing technologies to acquire 3D datasets, and characterize the geophysical responses of near-surface anomalies. The collection of these data contributes to my analysis of persistent social landscapes in this remote region of the Arctic.


Sardana Nikolaeva

Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Supervisor: Dr. Anna Fournier

Sardana received a BA in Linguistics/Philology from the Sakha State University, Mirny, Russia, an MA in Africana Studies from the SUNY at Albany, Albany, NY, and a PhD in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Her primary research interests are indigeneity, race, ethnicity, transnational activism and social movements, indigenous politics in post-apartheid South Africa and post-Soviet Russia. Sardana's dissertation will focus on the transnational indigeneity in post-apartheid South Africa and post-Soviet Russia.

Jacenta Bahri

Cultural Anthropology
Supervisor:  Susan Frohlick
Research interests: Gender and sexual citizenship, exotic dance/sexualized labour and stigma; fashion and the body.

Solmundur Palsson

Supervisor: Dr. Derek Johnson

My PhD research combine my interest in Maritime Anthropology, Political Ecology and well-being. In my MA thesis I explored the Social and Ecological determinants of well-being from a perspective of Gimli Fishers. What I want to do in my PhD study is to expand the research by exploring fisheries in more communities along the shore of Lake Winnipeg.


Jon Ross

Supervisor: Dr. Haskel Greenfield

I graduated with an M.A. degree from the University of Sheffield in Archaeology, Ancient Cultures, and Biblical Studies. My longstanding research interests lie in attempting to unravel how style and artefact diversity intersect with discrete features of the social landscape; exploring how material culture and texts are used to negotiate identities, and mark group boundaries on multiple planes, across space and time. My doctoral thesis investigates ceramic production and craft specialisation at Tell es-Safi/Gath during the Early Bronze Age urban revolution of the Southern Levant.


Elizabeth Nagengast-Stevens

Biological Anthropology

Supervisor: Dr. Robert Hoppa

My PhD research focuses on trauma analysis in the Danish populations and creating an overall sociodemographic analysis of trauma in the Danish Middle Ages.  The research applies sociocultural theories for trauma analyses especially with respect to age-differential risks between samples and over time, and comparing the observed archaeological data to contemporary studies.  Overall my research will focus on creating a permanent 3D model to document the trauma that will be used both to aid in analysis (e.g. whether it is perimortem or postmortem damage) and that can be used in knowledge mobilization activities that can provide insight into the manner or cause of the death in medieval Denmark. 

Ali Nitasha Ali

Cultural Anthropology
Supervisor: Susan Frohlick
Research interests: Indo-Fijian immigration to Canada; Immigrant youth; identity construction; race; gender; ethnicity; autoethnography.

Paula Migliardi

Cultural Anthropology
Supervisor: Susan Frohlick


Deland Wing

Supervisor: Dr. Haskel Greenfield

I completed my BA in Archaeology at Boston University and MA at University College London in the Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East.
My research interests include Near Eastern Archaeology, Urbanization, the Early Bronze Age, GIS and Remote Sensing, Spatial Analysis, the Development of Complex Societies, Landscapes, and the Archaeology of domestic contexts (Households, Neighborhoods...etc.).  My thesis will focus on spatial analysis of Early Bronze Age landscapes of the Southern Levant.


Master's Students


Kaitlynn Alarie

Physical Anthropology
Supervisor: Dr. Mirjana Roksandic (adjunct)

Bio: B.A.Hons University of Winnipeg
Research Interests: early human migrations in the Circum-Caribbean, dental modifications, dental morphology and population demography.


Kirsten Bruce

Biological Anthropology
Advisor: Dr. Tracey Galloway (University of Toronto)

My MA research focuses on health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians, specially in regards to First Nation communities in Yukon. I am attempting to understand challenges that Indigenous communities face when trying to access and implement federally funded health programs, specially relating to Type 2 Diabetes.

Robert Byzio

Supervisor: Dr. Greg Monks

Research interests: Experimental archaeology; faunal archaeology, lithics; bone working; flint knapping; Canadian archaeology, classical archaeology, medieval dark ages 


April Chabot

Supervisor: Kent Fowler


Bryan Hall

Supervisor: Dr Mirjana Roksandic

I am pursuing my MA in Anthropology with specialisation in Bioarchaeology, Human Osteology and Burial Practices.  My research focus area is Central America and the Caribbean studying spatial distributions of ancient shell middens and burials in context.  I hold undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Religion and Culture from the University of Winnipeg.  I also have a strong interest in forensic anthropology and archaeology with a focus on social justice and human rights violations, working most recently in Central America.


Oksana Hudson

Supervisor: Dr. Kent Fowler

My research involves the use of pattern recognition algorithms
for the classification of modern ceramic fabrics manufactured by several potters in South Africa. One of my research goals is to explore possible markers that can be used to identify the unique hand movement patterns of individual potters. My research interests include ceramic shaping techniques and the application of machine learning to archaeology.


Anureet Lotay

Medical Anthropology
Supervisor: Stacie Burke

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2011 and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English in 2013. I am currently studying mental health, medicine and culture, with a specific focus on illness narratives and online social networks. 


Estella Marmah

Supervisor:  Dr. Susan Frohlick

Cultural Anthropology, Religion and Sexuality.

My project aims to challenge the reigning public health and immigration policy discourses that construe the sexualities of Africans living in Canada as “risky” and “dangerous”. It also illustrates how these tensions are negotiated by African newcomer youth in relation to family, religious ideologies, and notions of authentic culture.

Lesley Martin

Supervisor: Kent Fowler

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Anthropology in 2014 from the University of Winnipeg. My main research interests include: mortuary archaeology, bioarchaeology, bio-cultural anthropology, human osteology and taphonomy.


Carolina Meneses

Supervisor: Dr. Susan Frohlick

Former sociologist, graduate from the University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica. I developed my research interests in the Caribbean region of the country, working with topics related to Afro Caribbean population, women organization, culture, tourism and access to services of sexual health in the area.

For my Masters thesis I will be exploring the topic of teen pregnancy in the South Caribbean of Costa Rica and its relation with the touristic activity that takes place in the region.


Alberta Mwangi

Supervisor: Dr. Anna Fournier

I am from Nairobi, Kenya, where I completed my Bachelors degree in Political Science with a minor in Anthropology at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. My research deals with Political violence and Social Movements among the youth and the subsequent relation to the society as a whole.


Robyn Neufeldt

Supervisor: Dr. Kent Fowler

Undergraduate Background: Degree focused on archaeology.

Interests: Ethnoarchaeology, Ceramic Analysis, African Archaeology, Experimental Archaeology

Thesis Work: To provide insight into the likely production choices and possible contexts that affected the manufacture of Middle-Late Woodland pottery of Manitoba via the manufacture of comparative ceramic vessels. The aim is to better understand aspects such as clay selection, processing, shaping and firing and the context in which they were made and the decision making process of the replica artisans work. The collected comparative vessel data will be utilised as analogs to better understand the production of Middle-Late Woodland pottery of Manitoba.  


Md. Mahfuzar Rahman

Supervisor: Dr. Derek Johnson

Background: I completed my B.S.S in Anthropology in 2009 and M.S.S in Anthropology in 2010 from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh.

My Masters project aims to identify the multidimensional responses of fishermen, women and children towards the structural changes in small-scale fisheries in Norther part of Bangladesh.


Afroza Sultana

Physical Anthropology
Supervisor:  Stacie Burke

Paul Turner

Supervisor: Kathleen Buddle

For my thesis I am studying the experience of mainland Chinese immigrant families living in Winnipeg. Specifically, I am looking at factors that influence decisions to maintain a multi-generational household (grandparents, parents, and children) as well as roles within multi-generational households. This research is also looking at how recent family-class immigration reforms of the Parent Grandparent Program (2012) might affect these multi-generational households.

Autumn Whiteway

Supervisor: Kent Fowler

At a very early age, one of my favourite activities was digging in the dirt. This quickly flourished into an interest in archaeology and palaeontology. I eventually ended up at the University of Calgary, where I obtained a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Archaeology, concentrating in Physical Anthropology, and a B.A. (With Distinction) in Greek and Roman Studies. Here, my passion for mortuary archaeology, mummy studies, and osteology continued to grow, and I was introduced to ethnoarchaeology. In 2008, I commenced an ethnoarchaeological study of the Bedouin of Jordan, with an aim to increase the archaeological visibility of mobile pastoralists in the southern Levant. I have continued to pursue this objective at the University of Manitoba, with a thesis entitled "Ethnoarchaeological Perspectives on the Mortuary Practices of Jordanian Bedouin". In addition to ethnoarchaeological research (in Jordan and Ethiopia), I have excavated sites in Jordan, Italy, Iceland and Alberta.