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Department of Anthropology

Graduate Students

Our graduate students work closely with faculty conducting research and exploring issues in archaeology as well as cultural, linguistic and biological/biocultural anthropology. Meet our doctoral and masters candidates.

Ph.D. Students


Research Interests



Andrea Acosta

Roman Bioarchaeology; Stable Isotope Analysis; Paleopathology; Osteology; Kinship Analysis; Origins of the Roman City-State; Migration in the Late Iron Age Italy B.A., Anthropology, B.A., Classical Antiquity, University of Kansas, 2014; M.A., Anthropology, University of West Florida, 2014 Andrea's CV [pdf]

Mattie Atwell

Human Osteology; Trauma and Disease; Forensic Anthropology; Paleopathology; Skeletal Health Disparities; Structural Violence B.A., Anthropology, University of South Carolina, 2013 Mattie's Website 

Emily Brennan

Bioarchaeology; Paleopathology; Paleodemography; Stable Isotope Analysis; Biocultural Perspectives of Health, Disease, and Death; Forensic Anthropology M.A., Anthropology, George Washington University, 2013; B.S., Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009 Emily's CV [pdf]  

Laura Clifford

Historical Archaeology; African Diaspora; Edgefield Ceramics; Pottery Technology; Public Outreach; Archaeology Education; Cultural Resource Management M.A., Education, University of Kentucky, 2005; M.A., Public Archaeology, University of South Florida, 1990; B.S., Anthropology, Oregon State University, 1986  Laura's CV [pdf]

Jessica Cooper

Woodland Southeast; Feminist Archaeology; Lithics M.A., University of South Carolina, 2017; B.A., George Mason University, 2011  Jessica's CV [pdf]

Larissa Daniels-Hill

Life History Theory; Life Course Theory; Black Feminist Theory; Racism; Social Inequality; Paleopathology; Bioethics; Early Life Stress M.A., Anthropology, George Mason University, 2021; B.A., Anthropology, B.A., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Northern Colorado, 2018; A.A., Criminal Justice, Pikes Peak Community College, 2016 Larissa's CV [pdf]

Amber Teresa Domingue

Raciolinguistic Ideologies; Constructions of Identity; Migration and Immigration; Bilingualism; Cross-Cultural Communication; African Diaspora of (Spanish-speaking) Caribbean to U.S. M.A., Anthropology, University of South Carolina, 2019; B.A., Spanish, Xavier University of Louisiana, 2017; B.S., Psychological Science, Xavier University of Louisiana, 2017 Amber's CV [pdf]


Allison Ham

Bioarchaeology; Paleoepidemiology; Paleodemography; Infectious Disease; Historical Archaeology M.A., Anthropology, George Mason University, 2018; B.A., Archaeology, College of Wooster, 2014 Allison's CV [pdf]

James Preston Kerns

Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases; The Opioid Epidemic in the Southeastern U.S; Globalization and Developing Economies; Social Determinants of Illness M.A., University of South Carolina, 2016; B.A., University of South Carolina, 2014 James' CV [pdf]

Brian Mabelitini

Historical Archaeology; Conflict Archaeology; GIS M.A., Historical Archaeology, University of West Florida, 2011; B.A., Anthropology, University of Kentucky, 2006 Brian's CV [pdf]

Nina Schreiner

Colonialism; Ethnogenesis; Decolonizing Methodologies; Public Archaeology; Historical Archaeology of the Mid-Atlantic  M.A., Social Sciences, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 2017; B.A., Anthropology, B.A., History, University of Pittsburgh, 2012 Nina's CV [pdf]

Liz Wakefield

Human Osteology; Life Histories; Stable Isotopes; Mass Spectrometry; Paleoepidemiology; Paleodemography; Bioarchaeology; African Diaspora B.A., Maritime Studies, University of West Florida, 2007; M.A., Anthropology, University of South Carolina, 2015 Liz's CV [pdf]

M.A. Students


Research Interests



Jordan Davis

Historical Archaeology; Ethnohistory; African Diaspora; Spatial Analysis and GIS; Southeastern U.S Graduate Certificate, Geographic Information Systems, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2020; B.A., History, Calvin University, 2013 Jordan's CV [pdf]

John Dodge

Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology of the American Southeast; Mississippian Culture; Ceramic Technology  B.A., Anthropology, University of South Carolina, 2018 John's CV [pdf]

David Hansen

Bioarchaeology; Paleopathology; Human Osteology; Infectious Disease; Trade Networks; Central Asia B.S., Anthropology, B.S., Cultural and Global Studies, Central Michigan University, 2015 David's CV [pdf]

Timothy Hite

Cultural Anthropology; Urban American Indians; Cultural Revitalization; Lumbees B.A., Anthropology, B.A., American Indian and Indigenous Studies, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2020 Timothy's CV [pdf]

Sam McDorman

Southeastern Archaeology; Stamped Ceramics; Archaeological Databases; Non-Traditional Archives; Digitization B.A., Anthropology, University of South Carolina, 2018 Sam's CV [pdf]

Ashley McGraw

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Samantha Real

Cultural Anthropology; Lingustic Anthropology; Medical Anthropology; Agriculture; Agribusiness; Toxicity and Normalization B.A., Anthropology, University of South Carolina, 2020 Samantha's CV [pdf]
Richard Strater Medical Anthropology; Political Economy of Migration; Immigration as a Social Determinant of Health; Marginalization of Limited English Proficiency Speakers B.A., Anthropology, University of South Carolina, 2019 Richard's CV [pdf]

Angelina Towery-Tomasura

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