MA Alumni

This page includes select Anthropology MA Alumni. Please email Alyssa Crittenden at if you would like to be added to this webpage.

  • Elizabeth Shikrallah, 2021 (Chase)

    Cultural Resources Review Intern, Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University, CO
    Thesis: Re-analysing astronomical alignments of potential E group structures to demonstrate the utility of archaeoastronomy research about the ancient Maya

  • Alexander Carmer, 2021 (Harry)
    Thesis: Fresh out of the oven: An experimental model approach to Mormon Mesa Top (26CK9933)
  • Virginia Smercina, 2019 (Bao)
    Ph.D. Student, Department of Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Thesis: Living on the move: The digital nomad mobile phenomenon identity and practice
  • Carol Franco, 2018 (Gray)
    Professional Research Assistant, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO
    Thesis: Mate preferences among single mothers
  • Brenna Wilkerson, 2016 (Harry)

    Assistant Director of Integrated Resources for Information and Solutions (IRIS), Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO
    Thesis: The proof is in the pots: Residue analysis of Virgin Branch Puebloan ceramics

  • Paige Bockman, 2015 (Simmons)
    Office Manager, Grant Manager, Collections & Exhibitions Assistant, UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, Las Vegas, NV
    Thesis: The painted motifs of Cypriot ceramic art: A study of iconography and identity
  • Laura Gryder, 2015 (Benyshek)
    Project Director of Traffic Safety Research, Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV, Las Vegas, NV
    Thesis: Effects of human maternal placentophagy on maternal postpartum iron status
  • Jacqueline Casey, 2013 (Lienard)
    Library Technician II, Jon Bilbao Basque Library, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
    Thesis: Warfare’s payoffs and tradeoffs: The evolution of warfare and combat-related psychopathology
  • Justin DeMaio, 2013 (Roth)
    Archaeologist, Bureau of Land Management, Las Vegas Field Office, Southern Nevada District
    Thesis: Examining household identity through lithic technology at the Harris Site
  • Dana Foster, 2013 (Gray)
    Cultural Resources Specialist for Fort Morgan State Historic Site, Gulf Shores, Alabama
    Thesis: A bird cannot fly with one wing: A study of women’s responses to and attitudes toward sexual infidelity in Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Christopher Brosman, 2012 (Roth)
    Lead Archaeologist, Redhorse Corporation, Las Vegas, NV
    Thesis: Prehistoric foraging strategies in the Piute Valley of Southern Nevada
  • Heidi Manlove, 2011 (Gray)
    Pedestrian Safety Program Manager, Transportation Safety Division, Salem, OR
    Thesis: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) in urban India
  • Cara Ratner, 2011 (Frink)
    Owner, Archaeology for Kids, San Diego, CA
    Thesis: Fertility symbols in rock art: Cupuls and incised grooves in the Lower Pecos, Texas
  • Danielle Axt, 2010 (Bao)
    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Social Security Administration, Tacoma, WA
    Thesis: Composite of complexity: Manifestations of whiteness and class among Las Vegas Italian Americans
  • Rayette Martin, 2010 (Bao)
    Program Assistant and Outreach Coordinator, Nevada Site Stewardship Program, and Executive Director, Nevadans for Cultural Preservation
    Thesis: Bordered identities: Class, ethnicity, and transnational social networks
  • Denise Ruzicka, 2010 (Roth)
    Associate State Archaeologist, State of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Fresno, CA
    Thesis: Is there evidence for the observation and use of astronomy at the Harris Site in the Mimbres Valley?
  • Kasey O’Horo, 2008 (Simmons)
    Laboratory Director and Senior Archaeologist, Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., Henderson, NV
    Thesis: Characterizing the Chipped Stone From Kritou Marottou Ais Yiorkis, Cyprus: Investigations into the Cypro-PPNB
  • Leilani Lucas, 2007 (Simmons)
    Anthropology Faculty, College of Southern Nevada, and President, Archaeo-Nevada Society, Las Vegas, NV
    Thesis: Identification and interpretation of botanical remains from Neolithic ‘Ais Yiorkis, Cyprus
  • Benjamin “Wil” Wilreker 2007 (Jankowiak)
    Professor, College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
    Thesis: Living and dying in an American neo-pagan community
  • Ryan Schmidt, 2006 (Thompson)
    Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Archaeology and Earth Institute, University College, Dublin, Ireland
    Thesis: The forgotten Chinese cemetery of Carlin, Nevada: A bioanthropological assessment
  • Sali Underwood, 2005 (Cassman)
    Curator of Natural History, Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, NV
    Thesis: Ancestral Puebloan social hierarchies at Manuelito Plateau, New Mexico
  • Greg Seymour, 1997 (Lyneis)
    Principle, Trails Past LLC, Las Vegas and McGill, NV
    Thesis: A re-evaluation of lower Colorado Buff Ware Ceramics
  • Corinne Escobar, 1990 (R Brooks)
    President of the Board of Trustees, Gilcrease Orchard Foundation, Las Vegas, NV
    Thesis: Mexican identity in Clark County, Nevada: A visual ethnohistory