PhD Student Profiles

Nitasha Ali
Advisor: Dr. Susan Frohlick





Nour Ashour
Advisor: Dr. Haskel Greenfield





Jacenta Bahri
Advisor: Dr. Susan Frohlick





Annie Brown
Advisor: Dr. Haskel Greenfield





Gifty Dzorka
Advisor: Dr. Fabiana Li


MPhil, University of Bergen, Norway
BA, University of Ghana

Areas of specialization: Food Security and Food Self-Sufficiency;  Political Anthropology; Poverty and Development Narratives; Foreign Direct Investment in Agriculture; Community Participation in Development.

Current Research: Large-scale Rice Production and Its Impact on Dietary Patterns In Ghana: Implications for Food Security. The study explores the dynamics of rice production and consumption in three regions in Ghana.


Dzorka G. (2016). Food Self-Sufficiency and Partnership in Agricultural Production in Ghana: A Case Study of the Fievie Rice Project (Master's thesis)


Mary Grace Golfo-Barcelona
Advisor: Dr. Brooke Milne



BLS. MLIS (School of Library and Information Studies, University of the Philippines); MA History-Archival Studies (University of Manitoba)

Areas of specialization:  Archival Studies, Cultural Studies, Climate Change and Anthropology, Archives and Preservation of Cultural Heritage

Current Research: My proposed research will focus on the preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Indigenous Communities threatened by climate change.



Presented a paper entitled “ Integrating Colonial History, Natural Environment, Social  Justice and Global Challenges in the Proposed Master’s Program in Archival Studies in the  Philippines,” at the Asia Pacific Conference on Archival Education organized by  International Council on Archives-Society for Archival Education (ICA-SAE) held in Seoul, South Korea on 05 September 2016. 

Presented a paper entitled “Archives Research at the School of Library and Information Studies,” at the 2015 Asia Pacific Library and Information Education and Practice Conference held in Pasay City, Philippines on  October 27-30, 2015. 

Presented a paper entitled “The Role of Archival Education in the Journey Toward Archivatopia in the Philippines” at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Association of Canadian Archivists, Student Session, held in Victoria, B.C. on June 26-28, 2014. 


“Mapping Archival Research at the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), University of the Philippines: Implications for Curriculum Development,” Journal of Philippine Librarianship 2015(35) A-LIEP Special Issue. [Peer Reviewed] 

“Educating Filipino Archivists Amidst the Challenges of the 21st Century Archival 
Profession,” Journal of Philippine Librarianship 2014(34). [Peer Reviewed] 



Francois G. Jordaan
Advisor: Dr. Kent Fowler


Master of Arts (Archaeology), University of Pretoria, South Africa   
Honours Degree (Archaeology), University of Pretoria, South Africa

Areas of specialization: Ceramics, Iron Age, Craft specialization, Social boundaries, Social Identity, Community of Practice

Current Research: My research focuses on the stylistic analysis of Early iron Age pottery of the Thukela Basin, South Africa. I aim to address the debate on how style should be characterized, and the types of identity different stylistic analyses may detect.


Forssman, T., Jordaan, J., Forssman, K., Jordaan, G., & Louw, C. 2016. An application for QR codes in archaeology: a case study at Telperion Shelter, Mpumalanga, South Africa. Antiquity, 90, (353), pp. 1363-1372

Pottery practice within Early Iron Age Communities in the Thukela Basin, South Africa. Presented at the University of Manitoba Institute for Humanities, 2016 

In all things forgotten: An archaeological gaze into the first agriculturalists of the eastern Lowveld; South Africa. Presented at the University of Manitoba Anthropological seminar series; “What are a few thousand years between archaeologists: Presentations and discussion on Southern African Archaeology, from the Stone Age to the Historical Period

Temporal changes at two Early Farming Communities sites in the southern Kruger National Park, South Africa, All things small and beadiful: The importance of shell beads in the archaeological record. A case study from TSH1 Presented at the Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologist, 2015.



Jacqueline Jordaan
Advisor: Dr. Kent Fowler


MA, University of Pretoria

 Areas of specialization: Heritage, South Africa, identity, politics, and archaeology.

 Current Research: Zulu heritage in South Africa
Currently, I’m working on an ethnographically grounded comparative study of Zulu heritage constructs from urban centre to rural homeland, Pietermaritzburg to Ulundi, in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa. I’m evaluating Zulu heritage constructs from the perspective of stakeholders in relation to an agenda of nation-making, industry, development, and governance. Additionally, I’m assessing how visitors perceive or choose to connect with the past across this Zulu heritage landscape.


De Bruyn, C. & J. Jordaan, 2017. ‘Regional feature: Perspectives from southern African  archaeology professionals’, International Journal of Student Research in Archaeology (IJSRA), 3:2-18

T. Forssman & J. Jordaan, K. Forssman, G. Jordaan, C. Louw,  2016. ‘An application of quick response (QR) codes in archaeology: a case study at Telperion Shelter, Mpumalanga, South Africa’, Antiquity, 90(353):1-10.

J. Jordaan, 2016. ‘Taking stock of archaeological thought, method and practice in southern Africa: A review of the ASAPA Conference from the 1st -3rd July 2015’, International Journal of Student Research in Archaeology (IJSRA), 1(1):261-264.



David Landry
Advisor: Dr. Brooke Milne

Course Taught:

  • ANTH 1210 - Human Origins and Antiquity


M.A. – University of Manitoba
B.A Hons – University of Toronto

Areas of specialization: 3D Terrestrial Laser Scanning; Archaeo-geophysics; Landscape Archaeology; Lithic Analysis; Hunter-Gatherer Studies;  Arctic Archaeology

 Current Research: My current research focuses on non-invasive and near-surface remote sensing and geophysical investigations of Arctic hunter-gatherer occupation and toolstone quarry sites in the deep interior of southern Baffin Island, Nunavut.


Landry, D. B., Ferguson, I. J., Milne, S. B., Serzu, M., and Park R. W. (in Review). Integrated geophysical techniques for the archaeological investigation of LbDt-1, a Paleo-Inuit lithic quarry site in the interior of southern Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory.

Landry, D. B., Milne, S. B., Park, R. W., Ferguson, I. J., and Fayek, M. 2016. Manual Point Cloud Classification and Extraction for Hunter-Gatherer Feature Investigation: A Test Case from Two Low Arctic Paleo-Inuit Sites. Open Archaeology, 2:232-242. DOI: 10.1515/opar-2016-0017.

Landry, D. B., Ferguson, I. J., Milne, S. B., and Park, R. W. 2015. Combined geophysical approach in a complex arctic archaeological environment: A case study from the LdFa-1 site, southern Baffin Island, Nunavut. Archaeological Prospection, 22(3):157-170.


Viviane Luiza da Silva
Advisor: Dr. Kathleen Buddle


Masters in Local Development, 2013, Catholic University Dom Bosco (UCDB)
History, 2006, Catholic University Dom Bosco (UCDB)

Areas of specialization: Social Cultural Anthropology: indigenous societies, ethnic minorities, development of indigenous communities, patrimonial culture, indigenous’ museums


(2016–present) Researcher at FUNDECT / MS (Foundation for Support and Development of
Education, Science and Technology, Mato Grosso do Sul)
Project: Indigenous Crafts, Technological Changes and Innovations in Mato Grosso do Sul


2013 Herança de um Brasil Central: Aspectos do Patrimônio Indígena Brasileiro na Ótica dos Viajantes e Pesquisadores não-Brasileiros de Alexandre Rodrigues Ferreira a Claude
Lévi-Strauss, Masters thesis, UCDB, Campo Gande [

2010 Between Tradition and Modernity: The Bororo in Photographs of the 1930s. Archiv für Völkerkunde 59–60: 167–202. Vienna.

2009 Os primeiros brasileiros: consequência de parceria entre Museu da Culturas Dom Bosco e Museu Nacional do Rio de Janeiro. Multitemas 37: 1121–121. Campo Grande, MS.

2009 Mario Baldi e os Bororo. In: M. F. B. Lopes and C. Feest (eds.), Mario Baldi. Fotógrafo austríaco entre índios brasileiros (Rio de Janeiro 2009: F. Dumas), 17–25 (ISBN:
9788562607004). []

2008 Histórias que o museu conta. In: 26ª Reunião Brasileira de Antropologia, 2008, Porto Seguro



Jesse McKenzie
Advisor: Dr. Emily Holland


M.Sc. Forensic Anthropology
B.A. Anthropology

Areas of specialization: Physical Anthropology, Adult and Juvenile Osteology, Skull Morphology, Ancestry Estimation




Paula Migliardi
Advisor: Dr. Susan Frohlick





Elizabeth Nagengast-Stevens
Advisor: Dr. Robert Hoppa





Sardana Nikolaeva
Advisor: Dr. Anna Fournier

Courses taught:

  • ANTH 1220 - Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 2020 - Relatedness in a Globalizing World
  • ANTH 3470 - History of Anthropology


PhD in Education,University of Pittsburgh
MA in Africana Studies, SUNY at Albany,
BA in Linguistics, Sakha State University

Areas of specialization: indigeneity, indigeneity politics, indigenous activism, politics of recognition, Russian North-East

Current Research: de-politicized indigeneity: politics of misrecognition and misrecognition of politics in the Russian North



Sölmundur Pálsson
Advisor: Dr. Derek Johnson

Courses Taught:

  • ANTH 2530 - Anthropology of Political Systems 



BA, University of Akureyri
MA, University of Manitoba

 Areas of specialization: Small-Scale Fishery, Manitoba, Governance, Political Economy, Critical Theory, Political Anthropology, Well-being, Aboriginal rights.

 Current Research: Lake Winnipeg in a Different light: Re-imagining Environmental Politics in a Small-Scale fishery.


Johnson, Derek, and Pálsson, Sölmundur
2015. Governability and its discontents in the fishery of Lake Winnipeg since the late 1960s: The view from Gimli.281 – 298. In Interactive governance from small-scale fisheries: Global reflections. Jentoft, Svein, and Chuenpagdee, Ratana, eds. Springer: Netherland

Johnson, D., Biswal, R., and Pálsson, S.
2016. The Affective Dimension of Wellbeing and the Political Ecology of Food in Small-Scale Fisheries. “Food and Sustainability” at Taste for Feeling Symposium. Held February 25 – 26, Winnipeg, Canada, 2016. Session Chair: Brenda Austin-Smith.
Pálsson, Sölmundur Karl
2015 A History of success or failure? Perception, social position, and governance in the fisheries of Lake Winnipeg. “Lake Fisheries” at Mare Conference: People and the Sea VIII. Held June 24 – 26, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2015. Session chair: Mafansio Hara.
Pálsson, Sölmundur Karl
2014 From Institutional dysfunction to Institutional stability: Explaining Governance Success in the Lake Winnipeg Fishery Since the late 1960s. Presented in session “Governing the governance” at 2nd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress. Held September 21 – 26, Merida, Mexico. 2014. Session chair: Svein Jentoft and Ratana Chuenpagdee.



Kaela Parker
Advisor: Dr. Robert Hoppa

Courses Taught:

  • ANTH 1210 - Human Origins and Antiquity
  • ANTH 2820 - Human Osteology


BA, University of Alberta
MA, University of Victoria

 Areas of specialization: Osteology, paleopathology, skeletal aging and degeneration.

 Current Research: Age-Related Skeletal Degeneration in Medieval Denmark


Flemming, S., Parker, K. et al. 2013. Climate Change and Canada’s Resources. Elk Island National Park, Parks Canada.

Parker, K. 2017. Changes in Body Mass and Indulgence-Related Disorders Among Medieval Danes. Poster session presented at the Paleopathology Association annual conference, New Orleans, LA.

Parker, K. 2016. Changing Patterns of Stature and Body Mass in Medieval Denmark. Poster session presented at the Annual Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology conference, Peterborough, ON.

Parker, K. 2011. The Effects of Skeletal Preservation on Cranial Trauma Analyses.  Poster session presented at the Annual Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology conference, Montreal, QC.


Md. Mahfuzar Rahman
Advisor: Dr. Derek Johnson




Sarah Richardson
Advisor: Dr. Haskel Greenfield
 Courses Taught:
  • ANTH 1210 - Human Origins and Antiquity

MA- Tel Aviv University, Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible, Magna Cum Lade
Bachelor of Science University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Areas of specialization: Bronze Age Israel, settlement patterns, Egyptian influence on Israel in the Bronze Ages, pigments and colorants of the ancient world, copper trade and production in the Southern Levant, bead and amulet production in the Late Bronze Age, digital recording of archaeological sites

Current Research: The digital reconstruction and spatial analysis of the site of Tell es-Safi/Gath area E (early bronze age occupation) through LiDAR, photogrammetry, and ArcGIS.


Richardson, S. 2016. The Origin, Use, and Implications of a Late Bronze Production Kit from Tel Azekah. Unpublished MA thesis. Tel Aviv University.

Forthcoming Publications:
Richardson, S. and Lipschits, O. The Origin, Use, and Implications of a Late Bronze Production Kit from Tel Azekah. In: Lipschits, O., Gadot, Y., and Oeming, M. (eds.) Tel Azekah I. Institute of Archaeology Tel Aviv University.



Jon Ross
Advisor: Dr. Haskel J. Greenfield

 Courses Taught:
  • ANTH 1210 - Human Origins and Antiquity
M.A. Archaeology, the Bible, and Ancient Cultures, 2012 University of Sheffield

Areas of specialization: ceramic analysis, craft production, Bronze Age archaeology of the Near East, social complexity and early state formation 

Current Research: The organisation of ceramic production in early urban domestic contexts of the southern Levant: the Early Bronze Age III ceramics from Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel 


Submitted. Ross, J., Greenfield, H., Fowler, K., and Maeir, A. The identification of pottery forming techniques at the mesoscopic scale: the manufacture of Early Bronze Age III holemouth jars and platters from Tell es-Safi/Gath. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports

Ross, J. 2017. In search of Early Bronze Age potters: the development of specialist pottery production at Tell es-Safi/Gath. Presented at the Tell es-Safi/Gath field school lecture series in Neve Shalom, Israel. July 26th, 2017.

Ross, J. 2017. Early Bronze Age pottery production at Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel. Presented at the 2017 University of Manitoba’s Students’ Association Conference on Changes and breakthroughs in Anthropology. March 24th, 2017.

Ross, J. 2017. The organisation of Early Bronze Age pottery manufacture at Tell es-Safi/Gath: An examination of shaping techniques at the mesoscopic scale. Presented at the 21st Annual Near and middle Eastern Civilisations Graduate Students’ Association Symposium, University of Toronto. March 9th, 2017.

Ross, J., Greenfield, H., Fowler, K., and Maeir, A. 2016. The manufacture of Early Bronze Age III Pottery Holemouth Jars and Platters from Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel: An Examination of Shaping Techniques at the Mesoscopic Scale. Poster Presentation at the 2016 American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting.



Jose Sanchez
Advisor: Dr. Robert Hoppa

Courses Taught:

  • ANTH 2820 - Human Osteology
  • ANTH 2890 - Human Population Biology


MA, University of Western Ontario
BSc, University of Toronto Mississauga 

 Areas of specialization: Growth and Development; Forensic Anthropology; Paleopathology

 Current Research: My current research will examine how childhood stress may affect the ability to conduct sex assessments on subadult (<20 years) skeletal remains and how that may contribute to the inconsistent and unreliable methods currently available. My research also aims to pinpoint a minimum age at which sex can be confidently and reliably determined from the skeleton.


Amy Sears
Advisor: Dr. Robert Hoppa




Garth Sutton
Advisor: Dr. Kent Fowler




Tracey Turner
Advisor: Dr. Maureen Matthews




Deland Wing
Advisor: Dr. Haskel Greenfield