Anthropology alumni Colin Brand at undergraduate research forum

Alumni Spotlights

Sabrina BourgeoisSabrina Bourgeois (2003) received the Rebecca Jeanne Andrew Memorial Award to study "The Characterization and Psychological Assessment of Laboratory Chimpanzees Designated for Retirement to a Non-Profit Sanctuary." Another research project was the "Behavior Modification in Singly-Caged Baboons: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Four Enrichment Conditions." Today she is still studying primates as Senior Research Assistant/Animal Trainer at Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio, TX. She also owns her own consulting business, providing expertise on animal behavior Consultation to zoos, aquariums, and research facilities.


Alexa DavisDuring her junior year Alexa Davis (2014) was awarded a 12-week paid summer internship with the Human Resources department at Fossil Inc. in the Dallas, Texas area. In applying for the position, Alexa used her knowledge of ethnography and business anthropology to connect with Fossil’s goals of understanding organizational culture, marketing and consumer behavior, and the transnational challenges of the global economy. Today, Alexa is Assistant Creative Marketing Manager at Global Horizons, LLC in Cincinnati.


Jennifer Farrell (2007) had no intention of majoring in anthropology, but after her first day in her first anthropology class, she was hooked. Interested in medical anthropology, she volunteered for a semester at McCullough-Hyde hospital in the obstetrics unit. After graduating from Miami in 2007, she earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Dayton.  One of the reasons I was accepted into the program, she says, was because her undergraduate major wasn’t in psychology—anthropology gave her a different perspective to bring to the program. She is currently an Intern at Eastway Behavioral Healthcare in Dayton, OH.


Erica FoxWhile taking her semester abroad in Dharamsala, India, Erica Fox (2013) served in an internship at the Central Tibetan Government’s Environment and Development Desk. She completed a research report on connections between Tibetan nomads, the Tibetan Plateau grasslands, and Chinese Government policy, which was published in the Environment and Development Desk’s 2012 annual newsletter. At the same time, she conducted an independent research project on the links between socioeconomic status and access to running water in refugee households. Erica was the Anthropology Department’s first “triple crown winner,” earning the Second Year Service Award, the Provost’s Academic Achievement Award and the President’s Distinguished Service Award each in her sophomore, junior and senior years, respectively. The anthropology and sustainability double major plans a career in environmental studies—but first she must complete her two-year stint with the “Teach for America” program.


Her interest in primates led Molly Laird (2007) to internships at the Philadelphia Zoo, the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, and the Cincinnati Zoo. Her love of horses led to a career as a trainer, currently with  Moërleg Dressage & Eventing in Cincinnati.


Kerry LoganA business major couldn’t fulfill Kerry Logan’s (2010) wide ranging interests, so she switched to anthropology. She spent the spring of her junior year in Rome, Italy. She is currently completing a Master of Public Health degree at DePaul University, and working as the Volunteer Coordinator at Hephzibah Children's Association. 

Mehghen MattaMeghen Matta (2012) says she got her current job as a research associate in the Past Foundation’s Knowledge Capture department as a direct result of the skills she learned at Miami: knowledge of the IRB process, familiarity with qualitative data analysis software, and experience with survey-based research and analysis. While at Miami, Meagan traveled to India to study community health conditions in the Tibetan refugee community.
Sarah McKassonSarah McKasson (2010) was an anthropology and statistics double-major. She participated in Miami’s 2008 summer workshop in Dharmasala, India, where she looked at the effects of Tibetan medicine and Buddhism on the treatment of substance abuse. In her senior year, Sarah collaborated with Dr. Cameron-Hay Rollins, Miami’s medical anthropologist, to study women’s eating habits during college life. Sarah received her Master’s degree in Public health from Tulane University in 2012, and now works as a Research & Evaluation Analyst at the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), a non-profit network organization that supports national public health system initiative.

Colleen PayneDuring the summer of 2008 Colleen Payne (2010) participated in a study abroad workshop in  Dharamsala, India, learning from the Tibetan exile community.  She spent the next semester studying abroad at Miami’s Luxembourg campus, during which she traveled to 12 European countries.  The following summer she worked in Chicago as an intern with the Marjorie Kovler Center, devoted to the recovery and healing of individuals, families, and communities affected by torture.


Margo Rosner (2012) took nearly every culture course the anthropology department offered, and studied abroad in Gujarat during her junior year before graduating cum laude. But it was the medical anthropology courses that stuck—today she is a Public Health Associate and Disease Intervention Specialist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Baltimore, MD.


A Phi Beta Kappa and Harrison Scholar, Sam Russak’s (2006) double major in anthropology and zoology, and her research project on "Age Differences in Tail-Use by Mantled Howling Monkeys at Ometepe Island" in Nicaragua, led to a PhD in biological anthropology from Arizona State University. Today Sam is a Zookeeper/Media Specialist at Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium in Phoenix, AZ.


After graduating from Miami, Kim Stahl (2011) took additional archaeological training at Heidelberg University of Ohio. She is now an Archaeological Field Technician working in Cultural Resource Management (CRM). She’s worked both for private firms and the US Forest Service on projects that have taken her to Indiana, California and South Carolina.


Charlie Turner (2008) graduated with a double major in Anthropology and Journalism. Traveling to South Africa to work as a blogger for SumRando, an Internet security company, he rose to become vice-president of marketing. Now back in the U.S., he is currently eCommunications Coordinator at the Association of Clinical Research professionals in Washington, DC.


 Sarah QuaintAnthropology and Latin American Studies double major Sarah Quaint (2010) had already been an exchange student in Chile before she came to Miami. While pursuing her interest in linguistic anthropology, she managed to spend a semester in Santiago, Chile, and travel to Bolivia and Argentina. After graduating, she took a Master’s degree in linguistics at the Universidad del Atlántico in Colombia. She taught English for two years in Colombia, then switched to teaching Spanish at the British International School in Knoxville, TN.
Tim WebsterTim Webster (2008) spent his final undergraduate semester as a Junior Fellow in the Leverhulme Centre, Department of Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. He also spent six months studying chimpanzees in the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Uganda. He is currently completing a PhD at Yale University