Student Feature: Benjamin Smith

  Benjamin Smith’s (MA Candidate, Anthropology) research focuses on the archaeology of Late Pleistocene hunter-gatherers in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. Many scholars believe that modern human behaviors evolved gradually, as adaptations to ecologically diverse and highly variable Pleistocene African landscapes. They posit that these behaviors left Africa as a “package” integral to the […]

Student Feature: Amanda B. Edgell

From January to August 2016, Amanda B. Edgell (PhD Candidate, Political Science) conducted fieldwork in Uganda and Kenya. Edgell’s dissertation assesses the effectiveness of gender quotas at achieving long-term, sustainable representation for women in national legislatures. Capitalizing on a unique electoral system for allocating designated women-only seats in Uganda and Kenya, the research combines qualitative and quantitative […]

Student Feature: Justin Hoyle

Justin Hoyle is a third year PhD student in Political Science. Over the summer he spent a month in Cairo, Egypt conducting fieldwork for his dissertation project entitled “Determinants of Military Retrenchment: Army Behavior during Political Transitions.” This project addresses the question of why during transitional periods some political armies accept a reduced political role, […]

Student Feature: Netty Carey

  Netty Carey is a second year MA student in Anthropology. This past summer, she conducted field research in Ghana, dedicating six weeks of her trip to ethnographic research in Ada, a coastal town roughly three hours’ drive outside of Accra, the capital. Netty’s research community are fishermen, fish mongers, and petty traders residing on the Volta […]