Graduate Students

Melissa Badillo

Academic Program: Anthropology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Maya Archaeology, Mesoamerica
Advisor: Arlen Chase
Email: badilm1@unlv.nevada.edu

Laura A. Benedict

Academic Program: Archaeology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Zooarchaeology of Late Pithouse to Classic period Mimbres culture; Zooarchaeology of PII-PIII California Wash area.
Advisor: Barbara Roth
Email: benedl1@unlv.nevada.edu

Timothy Bennett

Academic Program: Cultural Anthropology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Morality, justice, proportionality.
Advisor: William Jankowiak
Email: bennt2@unlv.nevada.edu

Alexander Carmer

Academic Program: Archaeology
Anticipated Degree: MA
Research Interests: Southwestern Archaeology, the Virgin Branch and Mogollon Puebloan cultures, ceramic analysis, linguistics
Advisor: Karen Harry
Email: carmea1@unlv.nevada.edu

A’liciah Carr

Academic Program: Biocultural
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Human social behavior, evolutionary approaches, psychological anthropology, genetics
Advisor: Peter Gray
Email: carra7@unlv.nevada.edu

Manuel De Cespedes

Academic Program: Archaeology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Southwestern archaeology, Virgin Branch Puebloan Culture, experimental archaeology, psychology, human environmental interactions and the use of natural resources
Advisor: Karen Harry
Email: decesped@unlv.nevada.edu

Lyndsey Craig

Academic Program: Anthropology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Biocultural perspectives on female sexual signaling in romantic relationships.
Advisor: Peter Gray
Email: craigl1@unlv.nevada.edu

Joseph Curran

Academic Program: Archaeology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: North American Archaeology, Conflict, Decolonization, Experimental Archaeology, Biomechanics.
Advisor: Liam Frink
Email: curraj1@unlv.nevada.edu

Haley Dougherty

Academic Program: Archaeology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Southwestern archaeology, Virgin Branch culture, Kayenta Puebloan design styles, ceramic analysis, database design software, exchange system modeling, ceramic distribution networks, trade routes, cultural identity, and technological innovations
Advisor: Karen Harry
Email: doughh1@unlv.nevada.edu

Aislin Edalgo

Academic Program: Cultural Anthropology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Sub-clinical psychopathy, trait selection, occupations and social groupings, political dynamics.
Advisor: Pierre Lienard
Email: edalgo@unlv.nevada.edu

Emily Edmonds

Academic Program: Bioarchaeology
Anticipated Degree: MA and Ph.D.
Research Interests: Bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, violence, massacres, patterns of inequality
Advisor: Debra Martin
Email: edmone2@unlv.nevada.edu

Mitzy Danell Flores

Academic Program: Cultural Anthropology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Anthropology of Death & Dying, Love, Care, Consciousness, Spirituality and Religion.
Advisor: William Jankowiak
Email: florem19@unlv.nevada.edu

Taylor Flaherty

Academic Program: Bioarchaeology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Sub-discipline: Forensic Anthropology
Research Interests: Human identification methods, hormone replacement therapy in relation to skeletal sex indicators, medical imaging techniques, human anatomy and pathology, trauma analysis
Advisor: Jennifer Byrnes
Email: flahet1@unlv.nevada.edu

Ian Ford-Terry

Academic Program: Archaeology
Anticipated Degree: M.A.
Research Interests: Ethnobotany, Paleoethnobotany, Southwestern and Mesoamerican archaeology, ancient agricultural methods and adaptations, collapse and regeneration of complex societies, Uto-Aztecan languages, Nahuatl philosophy, Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)
Advisor: Alan Farahani
Email: fordterr@unlv.nevada.edu

Cristina Freiberger

Academic Program: Bioarchaeology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Health and Violence in Past Communities, Paleopathology, Forensic Anthropology, Colonization of New World, Andean South America, American Southwest.
Advisor: Debra Martin
Email: freiberg@unlv.nevada.edu

Eric Fries

Academic Program: Archaeology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Maya archaeology, geographic information systems, settlement patterns, landscape archaeology.
Advisor: Arlen Chase
Email: friese1@unlv.nevada.edu

Heather Frigiola

Academic Program: Cultural Anthropology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Anthrozoology, pet-keeping, identity, United States, multiculturalism, mythology and religion.
Advisor: Iván Sandoval-Cervantes
Email: frigiola@unlv.nevada.edu

Katherine Gaddis

Academic Program: Bioarchaeology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: paleopathology, developmental origins of disease, evolutionary medicine, GIS and geospatial analysis, biocultural perspectives on human health
Advisor: Jennifer Byrnes
Email: gaddik1@unlv.nevada.edu

Bri Heisler

Academic Program: Biological Anthropology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Hominin Evolution, Phylogeny, and Molecular Anthropology.
Advisor: Brian Villmoare
Email: heislb1@unlv.nevada.edu

Kristen Herlosky

Academic Program: Biocultural Anthropology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Cooperative breeding, birth experience, postpartum depression, and mother and infant health outcomes.
Advisor: Alyssa Crittenden and Daniel Benyshek
Email: herlosk4@unlv.nevada.edu

Elizabeth Johnson

Academic Program: Biocultural Anthropology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Biocultural approaches to human behavior; anthrozoology (human-animal interaction); identity, family and kinship; behavior and ethics.
Advisor: Peter Gray
Email: elizabeth.johnson@unlv.edu

Kara Jones

Academic Program: Archaeology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Mojave Desert and Great Basin archaeology, lithic technology, lithic resource procurement, trade networks, raw material sourcing, experimental analysis, environmental ecology.
Advisor: Barbara Roth
Email: kara.jones@unlv.edu

Virginia Lucas

Academic Program: Archaeology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Complex societies, zooarchaeology, Iron Age, Romania, Southeastern and Southwestern United States
Advisor: Levent Atici
Email: lucasv1@unlv.nevada.edu

Melina Luu

Academic Program: Archaeology
Anticipated Degree: MA and Ph.D.
Research Interests: Ancient diet/dietary transitions, dental calculus, bioarchaeology, environment and human interactions.
Advisor: Alan Farahani
Email: luum1@unlv.nevada.edu

Alexxandria Martinez

Academic Program: Archaeology
Anticipated Degree: M.A.
Research Interests: Southwestern archaeology, Virgin Branch Puebloan culture, ceramic analysis and XRF analysis
Advisor: Karen Harry
Email: marti108@unlv.nevada.edu

Kayleigh Meighan

Academic Program: Biocultural Anthropology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Reproduction, childbirth, postpartum period, health disparities, and stress-disease connection.
Advisor: Alyssa Crittenden
Email: meighk1@unlv.nevada.edu

Jared Miles

Academic Program: Archaeological Heritage Management
Anticipated Degree: MA
Research Interests: Great Basin and Southwest archaeology
Advisor: Barbara Roth
Email: milesj1@unlv.nevada.edu

Julianne Paige

Academic Program: Biomedical Anthropology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Maternal placentophagy, postpartum depression, epidemiology, maternal-infant health
Advisor: Daniel Benyshek
Email: paigej1@unlv.nevada.edu

Daniel Perez

Academic Program: Archaeology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Southwestern archaeology, Virgin Branch and Kayenta Puebloan cultures, ceramic analysis, cultural exchange, migration, identity, GIS and geo-spatial analysis.
Advisor: Karen Harry
Email: perezd19@unlv.nevada.edu

Dylan Person

Academic Program: Archaeology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Ancient southwestern cultures (Jornada and Mimbres Mogollon), behavioral archaeology, ritual and religion in the past, agency, technology systems, lithics, ceramic art.
Advisor: Barbara Roth
Email: dylan.person@unlv.edu

Alesha Pettit

Academic Program: Biological Anthropology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Reproductive strategies, sexual assault, evolutionary psychology, human behavior, life history strategies, inclusive Fitness, free will.
Advisor: Brian Villmoare
Email: pettia2@unlv.nevada.edu

Trevor Pollom

Academic Program: Biocultural Anthropology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Human development across the lifespan.
Advisor: Alyssa Crittenden
Email: pollomt@unlv.nevada.edu

Roxayn Providas

Academic Program: Anthropology ( Bioarch)
Anticipated Degree: MA and Ph.D.
Research Interests: Human pathology and trauma.
Advisor: Jennifer Byrnes
Email: roxayn.povidas@unlv.edu

Claira Ralston

Academic Program: Bioarchaeology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Violence, colonization, community, forensic anthropology, paleopathology, dental anthropology, American Southwest, Romania, Mediterranean.
Advisor: Debra Martin
Email: ralstc1@unlv.nevada.edu

Danielle Romero

Academic Program: Archaeology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Southwest archaeology, ceramics (Mimbres technology, design, and trade), communities of practice and identity, migration and interaction, public archaeology and heritage management.
Advisor: Barbara Roth
Email: romero76@unlv.nevada.edu

Jonathan Roldan

Academic Program: Archaeology
Anticipated Degree: MA and Ph.D.
Research Interests: Marketplace economy, resource distribution, and political interactions among ancient Maya.
Advisor: TBD
Email: roldaj5@unlv.nevada.edu

Elizabeth Shikrallah

Academic Program: Anthropology
Anticipated Degree: MA and Ph.D.
Research Interests: Maya Archaeoastronomy, geographic information systems, 3D modeling, architectural analysis.
Advisor: Arlen Chase
Email: shikrall@unlv.nevada.edu

Summer Shives

Academic Program: Anthropology
Anticipated Degree: M.A.
Research Interests: Prehistoric Mediterranean and Southwest Asian Archaeology, Zooarchaeology, Paleoethnobotany
Advisor: Alan Farahani
Email: shives@unlv.nevada.edu

Diana Simpson

Academic Program: Bioarchaeology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Paleopathology, bioarchaeology of care, violence, identity and intersectionality in the past, mortuary practice, Archaic North America, primate behavior, human evolution and adaptation, archaeological illustration.
Advisor: Debra Martin
Email: simpsd4@unlv.nevada.edu

Alex Straftis

Academic Program: Anthropology
Sub-discipline: Biocultural
Research Interests: Reproduction and adaptation, life history theory, paternal care, biology and health, triadic cosleeping, pair-bonding, and cooperative breeding.
Advisors: Peter Gray and Alyssa Crittenden
Email: straftis@unlv.nevada.edu

Emily Swett

Academic Program: Anthropology
Sub-discipline: Archaeology
Anticipated Degree: M.A.
Research Interests: Southwestern archaeology, Puebloan Culture, Hohokam Culture, Neolithic archaeology, LiDAR technology, Geo-physical methods in archaeology, and Bio-archaeology
Advisor: Karen Harry
Email: swette1@unlv.nevada.edu

Cristina Tica

Academic Program: Bioarchaeology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Iron Age and Late Antiquity in Eastern and Central Europe, migration studies and nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppes, frontier and borderlands studies, identity studies, trauma and violence studies, paleopathology, isotope analysis.
Advisor: Debra Martin
Email: tica@unlv.nevada.edu

Maileen Ulep-Reed

Academic Program: Cognitive Anthropology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Cognitive anthropology, cognitive neurodegenerative disorders, dementia, evolutionary medicine, biomedical anthropology, threat-detection.
Advisor: Pierre Lienard
Email: maileen.ulep-reed@unlv.edu

Benjamin Van Alstyne

Academic Program: Archaeology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Public outreach, photogrammetry, 360-degree film making, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technologies, Southwestern archaeology, Virgin Puebloan culture, architectural adaptations, building information modeling (BIM), computer aided design (CAD).
Advisor: Karen Harry
Email: vanalsty@unlv.nevada.edu

Jacob White

Academic Program: Biomedical Anthropology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Developmental origins of disease, Maternal/fetal health, Evolutionary medicine.
Advisor: Daniel Benyshek
Email: whitej31@unlv.nevada.edu

William Willis

Academic Program: Archaeology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Southwestern archaeology, Virgin Branch Puebloan Culture, adaptation to risk, human emotion and decision making, settlement patterns, landscape usage, social networks and resource distribution, computer simulation, GIS and statistical methods, the archaeology of remote and difficult to reach places.
Advisor: Karen Harry
Email: williw1@unlv.nevada.edu

Katharine Woollen

Academic Program: Bioarchaeology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D.
Research Interests: paleopathology, trauma, forensic anthropology, public health, structural violence, social injustice
Advisor: Jennifer Byrnes
Email: woollen@unlv.nevada.edu