Anthropological Research by Graduate Students at OSU


Graduate students within the Department of Anthropology are a group of committed scholars who are focused on their future disciplinary education and training. To that end, our students develop research programs that will serve as the foundation for their own productive careers beyond the Ph.D.  Like the faculty, these programs reflect the department's emphasis on ecology, evolution, foodways, migration and change, and health in the three subdisciplines, physical anthropology, archaeology, and cultural anthropology.  The success of our graduate students can be readily measured through their steady matriculation through the graduate program (average 5.8 years), attainment of major external funding, publication in peer-reviewed journals, and placement in the job market (71% employed in academic settings). 

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Research Productivity

Over the past decade our graduate students have been very successful at obtaining large external grants to fund their PhD dissertation research. The majority of these grants are from the National Science Foundation, but many as well from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and other foundations dedicated to anthropology and primatology.

The following grants have been awarded to support PhD research over the past decade:

2016 Abigail Buffington (co-PI Joy McCorriston). Becoming Food Producers: A Phytolith Analysis of Niche Construction by Forager Herders in Neolithic Southwest Arabia. National Science Foundation.

2016 Kelly Yotebieng (co-PI Jennifer Syvertsen). Research Experience for Graduates: The City from the perspectives of urban refugees in Yaoundé, Cameroon. National Science Foundation.

2015 Aaron Comstock (co-PI Robert Cook). Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Long Term Processes Of Cultural Interaction and Change. National Science Foundation Grant #: 1545138

2015 Genevieve Ritchie-Ewing (co-PI Barbara Piperata). Doctoral Dissertation Research: Societal expectations of motherhood and maternal stress during pregnancy. National Science Foundation Award # 1528292.

2015 Selin Nugent (co-PI Clark Larsen). Mobile Pastoralism and Power in Early Urban Centers of the Serur Valley, Azerbaijan.  Wenner-Gren Foundation.

2015 Selin Nugent (co-PI Clark Larsen). Doctoral Dissertation: Urbanization in Motion: Mobile Pastoralism and Authority in the Serur Valley, Azerbaijan.  National Science Foundation.

2015 Ashley Edes. Assessing Long-Term Stress in Great Apes. Conservation & Research Grant, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

2014  Noah Dunham. Doctoral Dissertation Research: Feeding ecology of black and white colobus monkeys from south coastal Kenya: the influence of spatial availability, nutritional composition, and mechanical properties of food items. Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship.

2014  Noah Dunham. Doctoral Dissertation Research: Feeding ecology of black and white colobus monkeys from south coastal Kenya: the influence of spatial availability, nutritional composition, and mechanical properties of food items. National Geographic Society.

2013 Rachael Leahy (co-PI Douglas Crews). Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Allostatic Load Among Migrant Senegalese in New York. National Science Foundation Grant.

2013 Ashley Edes (co-PI Douglas Crews). Assessing Long-Term Stress in Great Apes. Morris Animal Foundation.

2012 Jennifer Spence (co-PI Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg). Doctoral Dissertation Research: Deciduous tooth emergence, nutritional status, and weaning and feeding decisions in the Brazilian Amazon. National Science Foundation Grant.

2011 Dara Adams (co-PI Dawn Kitchen.) Doctoral Dissertation Research: Risk perception and anti-predator strategies in an Amazonian primate. National Science Foundation Grant.

2010 Jessica Walz (co-PI Dawn Kitchen). Female choice in female olive baboons. Leakey Foundation Grant.

2010 Lesley Gregoricka (co-PI Clark Larsen). An Isotopic Investigation of Mobility, Exchange, and Tomb Membership in Bronze Age Arabia. National Science Foundation.

2008 Michelle Rodrigues (co-PI Dawn Kitchen). Stress and sociality in free-ranging female black-handed spider monkeys. Wenner-Gren Foundation Grant.

Over this same time period, graduate students published numerous research articles in peer-reviewed journals. These include the following journals:

  • Anthropological Quarterly
  • Migration Letters
  • Southeastern Archaeology
  • American Antiquity
  • Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology
  • International Journal of Primatology
  • Collegium Anthropologicum
  • American Journal of Physical Anthropology
  • Journal of Archaeological Science
  • Rapa Nui Journal
  • International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
  • Dental Anthropology
  • Journal of Forensic Sciences
  • Anatomical Records
  • American Journal of Primatology
  • Journal of World Prehistory
  • Vegetation History and Archaeobotany
  • American Society of Primatology
  • Planta Medica
  • Human Ecology
  • Cross-cultural Research
  • Journal of Development Studies
  • Social Science and Medicine
  • Antiquity