Graduate Students

Graduate Student

Areas of Interest:

Migration and burial practice, East Greece, Cyprus, and Egypt in the Archaic period, ceramics

Camille Acosta is a Los Angeles native. After completing her undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, she obtained an MA in Arts and Heritage Management in London and worked in a variety of museums and cultural institutions in curatorial and...
Areas of Interest:

Mesoamerican archaeology, visual culture, GIS

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Art and archaeology of the Roman provinces, archaeological photographs, cultural heritage, classical reception

Taylor Carr-Howard studies Roman provincial art and archaeology through the lens of its reception. In particular, she is interested in the role photography plays in shaping perceptions of the classical past. Taylor received her BA in art history from Scripps College in 2017 and her MA in...
Areas of Interest:
  • Early medieval Iceland and the Iron and Viking Ages in northern Europe/Scandinavia
  • Posthumanist and new materialist archaeological theory
  • Material ecocriticism and embodiment
  • Old Norse language, mythology, and Norse architecture
  • Digital humanities and GIS
Alex Casteel (he/him/his) is a PhD student at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. Although Alex's earliest archaeological fieldwork was in South America, he examined possible Viking-Age artefacts at a re-used broch in Orkney for his Bachelor's thesis after an interest in the synergy of...
Areas of Interest:

Exploring the possibilities of comparative research in the archipelago of the Spanish East Indies and the “vertical archipelago” of the Viceroyalty of Peru during the early modern period.

Edward Cleofe was born and raised in Southern California. He earned a BA in anthropology from Brown University in 2015. From 2015 to 2019, he worked for youth-serving nonprofits in Seattle, Washington. Edward is interested in exploring the archaeology of the Philippines, with a focus on ritual and...
Areas of Interest:

Zooarchaeology; Diet and inequality; Multispecies interactions; Iron Age and Late Antique Mediterranean

Eden earned her B.A. and M.A. in anthropological archaeology and will pursue her PhD in Archaeology using an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating elements of art historical and Classical scholarship along with biology, multispecies ethnography, and more. She has analyzed fauna from the U.S....
Areas of Interest:

Pacific Archaeology (Hawaiʻi),gender, sexuality, paleoenvironment, paleoethnobotany, microartifact analysis, queer theory, post colonial theory, indigenous theory. 

Areas of Interest:

Spanish colonialism during the early modern period

Earl John Cedo Hernandez is an anthropological archaeologist from Bicol, Philippines. He received his BA in Political Science from the Ateneo de Naga University in 2015 and MA in Anthropology from the University of the Philippines - Diliman in 2022. As a Bikolano anthropologist he is broadly...
Areas of Interest:

Pre-Columbian Andean archaeology, trade and exchange in pre-Columbian societies, subsistence economies in pre-Columbian societies, development of craft specialization, paleoethnobotany, and  archaeometry.

Terrah Jones is from Green Bay, Wisconsin, and she received B.A. degrees in both anthropology and chemistry from Ripon College and an M.A. in archaeology at UCLA. While in attendance at Ripon College her focus was on archaeological science using chemical techniques to compositionally analyze...
Areas of Interest:

Late Neolithic - Early Bronze Age China

Ariadin Jones’ current research trajectory began as an undergraduate at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where she majored in Asian Area Studies and minored in Archaeology, with an additional concentration in bioarchaeology. Looking to combine these interests, she attended the UCLA...
Areas of Interest:

Andean archaeology, Inka architecture, imperial presencing, spatial theory, urbanism

Georgi Kyorlenski is possibly the only representative of a crossbreed between two rather large groups—Bulgarian archaeologists and U.S.-trained Andeanists. He received a B.A. in Anthropology and History from Beloit College and an M.A. in Museum Anthropology from Columbia University. Georgi is...
Areas of Interest:

Mesoamerican interregional trade networks, merchants, feasting, sociopolitical organization in complex societies, and the Zoque civilization.

Lucha Martínez de Luna was born and raised in Colorado. She has worked on numerous archaeological projects in the American West and Southwest, as well as in central and southern Mexico. She worked for the National Institute of Anthropology and History conducting the excavation and restoration of a...
Areas of Interest:

Inca Empire, Andes, landscape studies, environmental humanities, built environment, past sensory experiences, sound studies, performances, Indigenous ways of knowing, spatial history, construction of history, colonialism in the Americas, cross-cultural exchanges

Alba Menéndez Pereda (she/her/hers) is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studies the Inca Empire. In her doctoral research, Alba examines the relationship between Inca ways of making and remembering imperial history and...
Iman Nagy received her BA and MA in Near Eastern languages and cultures simultaneously while attending UCLA. Her areas of study included Egyptology, northeast African archaeology, and religious traditions of the ancient Near East and surrounding areas. She participated in excavations in Tigray,...
Areas of Interest:

Pottery of Central America

Carly Pope was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She earned her BA, with honors, in art and archaeology from Princeton University in 2016. Her senior thesis, on the topic of early pottery in Latin America, received the Frederick Barnard White thesis award. She presented her research at the annual...
Areas of Interest:

Sensory Archaeology; Egyptian archaeology; GIS, 3D-imaging, RTI and Photogrammetry; oils, incense, and unguents; ethnoarchaeology

Areas of Interest:

Egyptology

Maryan Ragheb was born in Egypt. She received BAs in both Egyptology and Business Administration, with a concentration on Management of Information Systems, from the American University in Cairo. With a fellowship from the Selz Foundation she continued at the same university to obtain a MA in...
Areas of Interest:

Archaeology of western Mexico, specifically examining the rise of social differentiation in early classic Mesoamerican sites, and the development of household and political organization in prehispanic Mesoamerica.

 

Kellie Roddy earned BAs in both Archaeology and the History of Art from Brown University in 2015. After her graduation, she participated in cultural resource positions in several projects in Arizona, California, and New Mexico. Some of these were private projects, others were administered by the US...
Areas of Interest:

Urbanism and landscape in the Mediterranean during the Hellenistic & Roman period.  Topography of ancient sites. Applied photogrammetry and 3D modeling. Archaeological reconstruction of architectural sites. Religious syncretism and multi-culturalism in the Ancient World. Anthropological Ethnography. Public & Community-led archaeology.

I was born in Cuba and moved to Miami when young. While at Miami Dade College I pursued an AA with a History track, and an AS in Game Art & Animation. My intention was to learn how to use new visual technologies and develop my skills in 3D modeling and animation for future work in capturing and...
Areas of Interest:

Architectural Construction Technologies, Inca Archaeology, Andean Archaeology, Colonial Andes, Archaeology of Colonialism in the Americas, Adobe/ Mudbrick, Place-Making, Temporality, Geoarchaeology.

Rachel Schloss (she/her/hers) is a PhD student at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA. Her doctoral research focuses on architecture and construction (technology, adaptation, and meaning) in Inca architecture from the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries AD. Before joining the Cotsen...
Areas of Interest:

Highland Archaeology, Himalayas Studies, Archaeology of Medieval North India, Gender and Masculine Subjectivity, Landscape and Space, Embodiment, Iconography, Figurine Studies, Human-Animal Studies, Multispecies Ecology.

Baisakhi Sengupta is a native of India. On completing her BA (hons.) in History at Hindu College, University of Delhi, India she received her MA and M.Phil. in Ancient History and Archaeology from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. Baisakhi is interested in exploring the archaeology of...
Areas of Interest:

Pre-Hispanic Andean archaeology, Inca archaeology, environmental archaeology, borderlands and interregional exchange, wak'as, landscape archaeology

Gabriel Silva Collins earned his B.A. in Anthropology from Williams College in 2019. At Williams, he worked with Antonia Foias to study Aztec religious statues, and completed a thesis project that surveyed the interconnected system of Inca roads between Cusco and Huchuy Qosqo, Peru. Gabriel also...
Dominique Sparks-Stokes obtained her BA in archaeology with minors in anthropology and geology at the University of Cincinnati, followed by an MA in anthropology, with a focus on archaeology, from the same institution in 2019. During this time, she investigated the role that ceramic raw...
Areas of Interest:

archaeology of East Asia, sound studies, materiality, state formation, music archaeology, prehistoric archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, ethnomusicology, archaeological theory 

Areas of Interest:

The study of ancient Egyptian peripheral populations and their contribution to the Egyptian economy.

Matei Tichindelean was born in Transylvania, Romania. After receiving BAs in both classical civilizations and German studies from the University of Arizona, he received an MA in Egyptology from the University of Liverpool, UK. His MA thesis, under supervision of Ian Shaw and Steven Snape, focused...
Areas of Interest:

Andean archaeology, Mesoamerican archaeology, historical archaeology

Syon Vasquez is a Ph.D. student in the Interdepartmental Archaeology Program at the University of California, Los Angeles.Prior to arriving at UCLA, Syon received his BA in anthropology from the University of South Florida. While completing his BA he participated in fieldwork at several Classic and...
Areas of Interest:

The transitioning period from the late Neolithic to the early Bronze Age in China, which is a critical period to understand the emergence of civilization. 

Zichan Wang is from Jinan, Shandong, China. She obtained her BA and MA in archaeology at Shandong University. Her study in China mainly focused on Bronze Age. During her first year of graduate education she visited Tel Aviv University in Israel to study biblical archaeology, especially in the Iron...
Areas of Interest:

zooarchaeology, geoarchaeology, Austronesian, East and Southeast Asia

Yen Chun Wang received his BA in anthropology with a minor in geosciences from the National Taiwan University in 2020. Yen Chun focuses on the interactions between humans and their environments, but is also interested in topics such as spheres of interaction in East and Southeast Asia, and...
Areas of Interest:

History and civilization of early China, especially the political and cultural transformations in late Bronze Age and early Iron Age.

Zichao Wang received his BA in culture and arts management at Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, followed by an MA in comparative and public history at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and another MA in East Asian studies at McGill University. His research covers the history and civilization of...
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Areas of interests are headhunting, warfare, and cultural change and stagnation in ancient Gaul and Scythia because of Greco-Roman interaction and conquest.

Rachel Wood obtained a BA in Classical Archaeology and Anthropology from Florida State University in 2016 and her MA in Classical Archaeology from the same institution in 2018. Although most of her classwork concentrated on Roman and Greek archaeology, she became interested in the peripheral...