What To Do With a Master’s or PhD Degree in Anthropology from Carleton?

Below please find a list of some of our M.A./Ph.D. graduates in anthropology, and information on what they are doing at present.  The Ph.D. program in anthropology admitted its first students in the 2009-10 academic year, and proudly graduated its first two Ph.D.’s in 2014.  M.A. graduates from our anthropology program go on to a variety of Ph.D. programs as well as employment in the government, non-profit, and private sectors.

Grant MacNeil (MA 2015) is the executive director at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, a not-for profit, independent research and education facility in Churchill, MB.  His research examined the relationship between food and Identity among Inuit men in Ottawa.

Daniel Tubb (Ph.D. 2014) is a SSHRC postdoctoral research fellow at Yale University’s Agrarian Studies Program.  His research explores resource extraction, the informal economy, and money laundering in the Colombian Pacific lowlands.

Marieka Sax (Ph.D. 2014) was our first Ph.D. student to defend her thesis (August 2014), which was nominated for a medal.  Her research examines sorcery, illness, and healing in the Peruvian Andes. Her next research project is about mining, morality, and indigenous politics in Peru.

Sarah O’Sullivan (M.A. 2014) is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University of Toronto, where her research focuses on humanitarianism, NGOs, and HIV services in Northern Uganda.

Melanie Rickert (M.A. 2014) is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at Carleton University, where her research focuses on queer activism in Russia.

Katie MacLeod (M.A. 2013) is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at Dalhousie University.  Her research investigates the historical, political, and social relations between the Mi’kmaq and Acadians of the Maritime Provinces, with particular attention to how historic relations and alliances resurface in the present though sustained attachments to the land.

Matthew Sanderson (M.A. 2013) is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at Carleton University, where his research focuses on the experience of post traumatic stress disorder among police offers who have served overseas in politically unstable environments.

Cassandra Verardi (M.A. 2013) teaches elementary and secondary students in school boards in Ontario. She is interested in experiential learning, voluntourism, cross-cultural teaching styles, and promoting diversity in the classroom.

Miranda Mason (M.A. 2012) is a Senior Policy Analyst for the Ministry of Health in British Columbia and a PhD student in social and medical anthropology at York University. Her work and research revolves around social determinants of health and inequities in health care access in both British Columbia and Southeast Asia.

Arianna Jezari (M.A. 2012) is working as the National Coordinator for the Uganda Baha’i Institute for Development (UBID) in Kampala, Uganda, where she works on programs that promote adult literacy, youth empowerment, leadership and community engagement.

Graham Fox (M.A. 2012) is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at McGill University, where his research focuses on the politics of race and wildlife conservation in Kenya.

Alana Conway (M.A. 2011) is a Research Assistant at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she works on researching international human rights stories for inclusion in museum exhibits.

Kim Chi Tran (M.A. 2011) is a Ph.D. student in Development Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies – Erasmus University Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.  Her research explores how children from Mongolian nomadic pastoralist families experience and perceive the influences of Information Communication Technologies in their lives as they encounter these technologies through formal and informal forms of learning.

Anita Agrawal (M.A. 2010) is a not-for-profit Consultant who has worked in many capacities in the arts sector, working with over fifty organizations to promote diversity and inclusion in the arts.  She is also a well-known Canadian jewellery designer, small business owner and a former federal and provincial political candidate.

Ana Fonseca (M.A. 2010) is a PhD student in History at Carleton University, where her research focuses on the Maroon population in 18th century Pacific Colombia and the threat it posed to the Spanish colonial order.

Jennifer Slawich (M.A. 2009) works as a Consultant for Plan Canada as their Senior Policy Advisor, where she works on issues ranging from maternal and child health to girl’s education and gender-based violence.  She has also worked as the Child Health and Education Campaigns Officer at RESULTS Canada, and the HIV/AIDS Campaign Officer at the International Department of the Canadian Labour Congress.

Caryl Patrick (M.A. 2009) is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at York University, where her research focuses on Aboriginal health, health promotion programs, and homelessness.  She recently published a book reviewing the literature on Aboriginal homelessness in conjunction with the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness at York, which was featured in a CBC news article and on CBC radio.

Bryan Myles (MA 2008) is the interim director of the Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Studies at Simon Fraser University (SFU), and an SFU PhD student. His work and research explore the use of new media technologies in the documentation, archiving, and circulation of Northwest Coast First Nations’ cultural heritage.

Hodan Mohammed (M.A. 2007) is a Ph.D. student in Population Health at the University of Ottawa, while also working as a policy analyst with the Public Health Agency of Canada.  She has conducted community based research and training in Ottawa on a range of topics related to settlement and counselling supports for newcomers and youth. Her research interests include health equity and immigrant health, in particular the experiences of Somali Canadian male youth.

David Loewen (M.A. 2005) is currently the Manager of Strategic Policy in the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture developing policy and analysis on issues including infrastructure, municipal planning and taxation, labour, federal-provincial relations, social license, strategic planning and research, and capacity development.  Previously, he was a Senior Intergovernmental Officer, Canadian Intergovernmental Relations at Executive Council.  Before returning to Saskatchewan he held positions as the Manager of Immigration Policy and Health Workforce Analyst in the Government of Alberta.

Manon Turcotte (M.A. 2004) is a Policy Analyst at the Centre for Communicable Diseases and Infection Control, a division of the Public Health Agency of Canada.