Division of Social Sciences

Doctoral Alumni


2006 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Erez BEN-YOSEF Technology and Social Process: Oscillations in Iron Age Copper Production and Power in Southern Jordan
2005 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Ted Gideonse

Risky Subjectivity: The Effects of Cultural Discourses of Addiction on Methamphetamine Using HIV+Men Who Have Sex with Men in San Diego

Dr. Charlotte van den Hout

Hysteria on the Borderline: Mental Illness, Cultural Change, and Subjective Experience Among Women in Morocco

Dr. Ana Paula Pimental Walker Face-to-Face Citizenship: the Effects, Ethics, andAesthetics of Participatory Budgeting in Porto Alegre,Brazil
2004 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Eli Elinoff

Architectures of Citizenship: Democracy, Development, and the Politics of Participation in Thailand's Railway Communities

Dr. Naomi Haynes Ambitious Obligations: Pentecostalism, Social Life, and Political Economy on the Zambian Copperbelt
Dr. Edward F. Kennedy The Politics of Representing the Past in Bolivia
Dr. Anna Pagano Health in Black and White: Debates on Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Brazil
Dr. Alexander K. Piel Savanna Sounds: Using Remote Acoustic Sensing to Study Spatiotemporal Patterns in Wild Chimpanzee Loud Vocalizations in the Issa Valley, Ugalla, Western Tanzania
Dr. Noga Shemer Public Ideologies and Personal Meaning-Making in Postcolonial Grenada
2003 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Ulrike Ulli Green Controlling Food Production and Consumption - Wari Imperial Strategies at Cerro Trapiche, Moquegua
Dr. F. Chandler Hallman Debating Death: Discourse and Legitimacy in the Northern Irish victims' rights movement
Dr. Sonja A. Schwake The Social Implications of Ritual Behavior in the Maya Lowlands: A Perspective from the Maya site of Minanha, Belize
Dr. Brendan Thornton The Cultural Politics of Evangelical Christianity in the Dominican Republic
2002 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Marc Beherec Nomads in Transition: Mortuary Archaeology in the Lowlands of Edom (Jordan)
Dr. Tara Carter Rethinking Secondary State Formation in Medieval Iceland: Trade and Social Connectivity in the Norse Economic Territory
Dr. Sandra Chacko

“Why Do Females Live in Groups? Dominance, Grooming, and Experimental Testing of the Effects of Food Distribution on the Behavior of Commensal Bonnet Macaque (Macaca radiata) Females

Dr. Andrew W. Froehle Physical Activity and Metabolic Physiology in Postmenopausal Women: An Evolutionary Approach
Dr. Heather M. Spector
Dr. Scott L. VANDEHEY Suburban Citizenship
2001 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Nicole Barger “Social Behavior from a Comparative Neuroanatomical Perspective: The Amygdala in Human Evolution"
Dr. Ashwin Budden BUDDEN Moral Worlds and Therapeutic Quests: A study of medical pluralism and treatment seeking in the Lower Amazon
Dr. Alyssa Noelani CRITTENDEN Allomaternal Care and Juvenile Foraging among theHazda: Implications for the Evolution of Cooperative Breeding in Humans
Dr. Jason A. DANELY Departure and Return: Abandonment, Memorial and Aging in Japan
Dr. Priyantha KARUNARATNE Secondary State Formation During the Early Iron Age onthe Island of Sri Lanka: The Evolution of a Periphery
Dr. John C. PETTERSON All This Dies with Us: The Decline and Revision of a Mestizo Gentry (Chumbivilcas, Cuzco, Peru)
Dr. Neil Gordon SMITH Social Boundaries and State Formation in Ancient Edom:A comparative ceramic approach
Dr. Jeffrey Wescott “The Good Lake, the Possible Sea:Ethics and Environment in Northern Vanuatu”
2000 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Eric HOENES Ideologies of Language and Gesture among Q'eqchi'-Maya Mainstream and Charismatic Catholics
Dr. Leslie LEWIS Piety and Activism in Egypt: Reflections on Framing, Motivation, Contradiction, and Desire
Dr. Adolfo MUNIZ Feeding the Periphery: Modeling Changing Early Bronze Age Environments and the Cultural Landscape of the Wadi Fidan, Southern Jordan
Dr. Heather RAE-ESPINOZA Devoted Abandonment: The Children Left Behind by Parental Emigration in Ecuador
Dr. Natalie M. SCHENKER Comparative Analysis of Broca's Area in Hominoids
Dr. Ryan E. SCHRAM Feast of Water: Christianity and the EconomicTransformation of a Melanesian Society
1998 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Yoav ARBEL The Historical Impact and Archaeological Reflections of Intense Religious Movements
Dr. Jon Anthony BIALECKI The Kingdom and its Subjects: Charisms, Language, Economy, and the Birth of a Progressive Politics in the Vineyard
Dr. Angelica MARCELLO Contemplating the Evolution of Attachment and Cognition in a Collaborative Learning Environment
Dr. Jonathan S. MARION Dance as Self, Culture, and Community: The Construction of Personal and Collective Meaning and Identity in Competitive Ballroom and Salsa Dancing
Dr. Jennifer POURNELLE Marshland of Cities: Deltaic Landscapes and the Evolution of Early Mesopotamian Civilization
1997 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Nicole PETERSON Casting a Wide Net: Decision-Making in a Mexican Marine Park
Dr. Gregory SIMON Self and Moral Obligations of Husbands and Fathers in a West Sumatran City
1996 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Margie BURTON Collapse, Continuity, and Transformation: Tracking Protohistoric Social Change Through Ceramic Analysis. Case Studies of Late 5th-Early 4th Millennium Societies in the Southern Levant
Dr. Bambi CHAPIN Hierarchy, Envy, and Spirit Possession: Case Studies of Internalization Among Sinhala Women in Central Sri Lanka
Dr. Timothy "Cage" HALL Social Change, Mental Health, and the Evolution of the Gay Male Identities: A Clinical Ethnography of Post-Communist Prague
Dr. April LEININGER Culture and Cognitive Psychodynamics in Vietnamese-American Families
Dr. Joylin NAMIE Good Intentions: Women, Diet, and Food Choice in "America's Finest City"
1995 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Steven G. CARLISLE The Self Divided: Obligation and Solitude in Contemporary Thailand
Dr. Ashidara DAS Asian Indian Immigrant Women in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area: Work, Home, and the Construction of the Self
Dr. Timothy KNICKERBOCKER Digo Discontents & the Future of Conservation Illusions in Kenya
1994 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Shawn M. BENDER Drumming Between Tradition and Modernity: Taiko and Neo-Folk Performance in Contemporary Japan
Dr. Sharla BLANK Women Don't Want to Stoop Too Low: Help-Seeking Among Female Household Heads in Dominica, West Indies
Dr. Marcia S. REGO Echoes From an Empire, Voices of the Nation: Hierarchy, Disorder, Speech, and Textuality in Cape Verde
Dr. Randy STURMAN A Matter of Life & Death: End-of-Life Decisions in Jerusalem, Israel: Cultural, Legal, Medical, and Ethical Considerations
Dr. LiAnne S. YU The Reemergence of Vietnam's Ethnic Chinese Community through Local, National, and Transnational Structures
1993 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Armine ISHKANIAN Hearths and Modernity: The Role of Women in NGOs in Post-Soviet Armenia
Dr. Lisa ROSEN Calculating Concerns: The Poltics of Representation in California's "Math Wars"
Dr. João H. Costa VARGAS Blacks in the City of Angels' Dust
Dr. Laura STANLEY Prodigal Sons & Daughters of Job: Navigating the Moral Landscape of AIDS.
Dr. Deana WEIBEL Kidnapping the Virgin: The Reinterpretation of a Roman Catholic Shrine by Religious Creatives
1992 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Jeffrey D. BASS In Exile From the Self: Identity, Politics, and Psychoanalysis in Buenos Aires
Dr. Jason JAMES Imagining Restoration: Loss and Redemption in an East German Cityscape
Dr. Leila MADGE Managing & Manipulating Modernity: Middle-Class Women and the Japanese Nation-State
Dr. William RHETT-MARISCAL Settling In: New Indian Communities & the Transformation of Citizenship in Mexico
1991 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Thomas K. BROWN Spiritual Seekers & "Finding a Spiritual Home": An Ethnographic Investigation of Conversion to Christian Spiritualist Churches in Southern California.
Dr. Rebecca LESTER My Name Would Be Jerusalem: Religious Formation & the Transformation of Subjectivity in a Mexican Convent
Dr. Marc L. "Marco" MOSKOWITZ Fetus-Spirits: New Ghosts in Modern Taiwan
Dr. Julia OFFEN Beyond the Ring: The European Traveling Circus
1990 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Dale BRETCHES Culture and Economy in Cuba's Transition: An Anthropological Perspective
Dr. Andrew BROWN Existing on Ogorodnaia Street: Accommodations & Confrontations with a Post-Soviet Economy (Kazakstan)
Dr. Heather L. CLAUSSEN Un(convent)ional Sisterhood: Feminist Catholic Nuns in the Philippines
Dr. Lisa DIETRICH Coming of Age in the Barrio: Girls, Gangs, and Growing-Up
Dr. Erica PRUSSING Warriors & Survivors: The Culture of Sobriety in Northern Cheyenne Women's Narratives
Dr. Elizabeth THROOP Net Curtains & Closed Doors: Intimacy, Public Life, and the Family in Dublin
1989 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Joseph P. MASCO The Nuclear Borderlands: The Legacy of the Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War New Mexico
Dr. Andrew C. WILLFORD Cage of Freedom: The Politics of Tamil & Hindu Identity in Malaysia & Bangalore, South India
1988 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Marysia GALBRAITH Polish Youth in Transition: Nation, Self, and Other in Post-Communist Poland
Dr. Jeffrey SNODGRASS Big Words, Little People : Cash and Ken in Modern Rajasthan
1987 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Axel AUBRUN Modeling Animism : In Defense of an Old Illusion
Dr. Susan L. BROWN This Is the Real Bahamas: Solidarity and Identity in Cat Island
Dr. Brian HAZLEHURST Fishing for Cognition : An Ethnography of Fishing Practice in a Community on the West Coast of Sweden
Dr. William REESE The Writer, the West, and the People: Calcutta's Populist Literary Tradition
1986 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Alexander H. BOLYANATZ Matriliny and mortuary feasting among the Sursurunga of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea
Dr. Daniel M. T. FESSLER A Small Field With a Lot of Hornets: An Exploration of Shame, Motivation, and Social Control
Dr. Kendall W. KROESEN Es Otra Cosa: Emotion and World View in a Mexican Town
1985 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Kevin K. BIRTH Any Time Is Trinidad Time: Time and Social Organization in Eastern Trinidad
Dr. Mark A. CRAVALHO An Invisible Universe of Evil: Supernatural Malevolence and Personal Experience Among Amazon Peasants
Dr. Alasdair S. DONALD Stories of the 'Real Self': A Psychological Analysis of Popular Illness Categories in the Secular West
Dr. Elisa J. SOBO The Jamaican Body: A Study of the Use of Traditional Health Beliefs
1984 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Eva M. BAGG Children's Uses of Culture Through Self-Presentation: A Study of a Cretan Boy and Girl
1983 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Eiko TADA Maintaining a Balance: Between Hito ("Person") and Kojin ("Individual") in a Japanese Farming Community
1982 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Daniel J. DOYLE Democracy in the Context of Fraud: The Mexican Presidental Election of 1988
Dr. Sara Ann DICKEY Going to the Pictures in Madurai: Social, Psychological, and Political Aspects of Cinema in Urban Working Class South India
1981 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Karen BRISON Gossip, Innuendo, and Sorcery: Village Politics Among the Kwanga, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Dr. Stephen L. EYRE Revival Christianity Among the Urat of Papua New Guinea: Some Possible Motivational and Perceptual Antecedents
Dr. Brian P. FARLEY Existential Dilemmas. Anxiety. and Social Control in a Tlaxcalan Village
Dr. Dana A. FARNHAM Animal Traction at Agbassa: The Change From Hoes and Plows on a Government-Sponsored Land Settlement Project in Northern Togo
Dr. Rebecca M. JOSEPH Diffused Batik Production in Central Java
Dr. Stephen LEAVITT Cargo. Christ. and Nostalgia for the Dead: Themes of Intimacy and Abandonment in Bumbita Arapesh Social Experience
Dr. Yasuko WACHI What comes next? Native Americans of San Diego County: A Study of Uncertainty for an Ethnic Minority Group of Southern California
1980 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Eloise HIEBERT-MENSES Aspects of Cheating in a South Indian Market
Dr. Daniel T. LINGER Beyond Carnaval : Dangerous Ritual in São Luis
Dr. Susan THICKSTUN Culture and Self: A Study of Cultural Ideas in the Discourse of Five American Psychotherapy Patients
Dr. Anne WOODRICK The Sign of the Cross: Folk Catholicism in a Rural Yucatecan Community
1979 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Michael A. DOWNS Sociocultural Change and Ethnic Identity: The Effect of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act in Unalaska, Alaska
Dr. Eugene S. KUMEKAWA Person, Group, And Context : The Foundations of Ethnic Identity Among the Chinese in Fiji
Dr. Steven PARISH Hierarchy and Person in the Moral World of the Newars
Dr. Raquel PRIEGUEZ The Power of Demeanor: Charismatic Leadership in a Spiritual Organization
Dr. Elizabeth STERN Conflicts in a Swiss valley
Dr. Alan N. TIMMERMAN Tradition and Community in Modern Japan: Tradition as a Mediating Agent in Social Change at the Family and Local Level
1978 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Mark W. BUSSE Sister Exchange Among the Wamek of the Middle Fly
Dr. John DART Ethnic Identity and Marginality Among the Coast Veddas of Sri Lanka
Dr. Mary Kay GILLILAND The Maintenance of Family Values in a Yugoslav Town
Dr. Sunil GOONASEKERA Renunciation and Monasticism Among the Jainas of India
Dr. Douglas HOLLAN "Disruptive" Behavior in a Toraja Community
Dr. Jane WELLENKAMP A Psychocultural Study of Loss and Death Among the Toraja
1977 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Kathleen BARLOW Learning Cultural Meanings Through Social Relationships : An Ethnography of Childhood in Murik Society, Papua New Guinea
Dr. Ernestine McHUGH The Social, Cultural, and Personal Worlds of the Gurungs of Nepal
1976 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Joshua AKONG'A Social Training: Perspectives on Obedience and Autonomy in Boys Among the Swahili of Old Town, Mombasa and the Upper-Middle Class of La Jolla, California
Dr. Daniel W. FORSYTH Motivational Bases for Conformity to Religious Norms
Dr. David M. LIPSET Authority and the Maternal Presence: An Interpretive Ethnography of Murik Lakes Society (East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea)
1975 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Ruth L. MOORE Women and Warriors: Defending Islam in the Southern Philippines
Dr. John S. PETTERSON The Political Significance of Fishing Cooperatives: A Mexican Case Study
Dr. Betsy R. STRICK Ideology and Expressive Culture in the Druze Family
1974 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Susan ACKERMAN-LEE Cultural Process in Malaysian Industrialization: A Study of Malay Women Factory Workers
Dr. Bruce M. HARRIS What Go 'Round, Come 'Round: Dissimilation in a Caribbean Society
Dr. Sandra C. MURRAY All in the Family: A Study Of Family Life in a Jat-Sikh Village
Dr. Lawrence A. PALINKAS The Force of Words: Rhetoric and Social Change in a Chinese Christian Community
1973 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Namika RABY Bureaucracy, Politics, and Society in a Provincial Town in Sri Lanka
Dr. George SCOTT Migrants Without Mountains: The Politics of Sociocultural Adjustment Among the Lao Hmong Refugees in San Diego
Dr. Elizabeth YOUNG Topeng in Bali: Change and Continuity in a Traditional Drama Genre
1972 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Kevin A. AVRUCH American Immigrants in Israel: Social Identities and Change
Dr. James MacMURRAY Modernization and Psychopathology: An Anthropological Perspective of the Borderline Personality Syndrome
Dr. John C. RUSSELL In the Shadows of Saints : Aspects of Family and Religion in a Rural Irish Gaeltacht
Dr. Terry TOMBS Women, Politics and Social Change in Spain
Dr. Jack McIver WEATHERFORD Family Culture, Behavior, and Emotion in a Working-Class German Town
1971 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. John L. AGUILAR Self-Esteem and Reputation Management Among Lower Class Males of a Southern Mexican Town
Dr. Peter D. BELL Social Change and Social Perception in a Rural Hungarian Village
Dr. M. Griffin DIX The East Asian Country of Propriety: Confucianism in a Korean Village
Dr. Paula F. LEVIN Students and Teachers on Tubuai: A Cultural Analysis of Polynesian Classroom Interaction
Dr. Michael W. MELTZER Psychosocial Activity Among Elderly Members of the Legal Profession
Dr. Michael D. MURPHY Between the Virgin and the Whore: Local Community and the Nuclear Family in Seville, Spain
Dr. Joseph NALVEN The Politics of Urban Growth: A Case Study Of Community Formation in Cali, Colombia
Dr. Michael K. ORBACH The Cultural Systems of the Tuna Seinermen of San Diego, California
Dr. George R. SAUNDERS The Family Bond: Individual and Communal Experience in a Modernizing Italian Village
Dr. Carlos G VELEZ -IBANEZ Culture, Process, and Politics in Central Urbanizing Mexico
Dr. Geoffrey M. WHITE Big Men and Church Men: Social Images in Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands
1970 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Edwin HUTCHINS Reasoning in Discourse: An Analysis of Trobriand Island Land Litigation
Dr. Michael French SMITH Good Men Face Hard Times in Koragur: Ideology and Social Change in a New Guinea village
Dr. Shiu-kuen Fan TSUNG Moms, Nuns And Hookers: Extrafamilial Alternatives for Village Women in Taiwan
Dr. William A. WEDENOJA Religion and Adaptation in Rural Jamaica
1969 Entering Class Dissertation Title
Dr. Peter W. BLACK Neo-Tobian Culture: Modern Life on a Micronesian Atoll
Dr. Michael L. CHATFIELD Interpersonal Conflict in a Colombian Town
Dr. Eleanor R. GERBER The Cultural Patterning of Emotions in Samoa
Dr. Manisha Dasgupta ROY Ideal and Compensatory Roles in the Life Cycle of Upper-Class Bengali Women