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Program Graduates

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Jamie Budnick. Department of Sociology, Ph.D., 2020
Ph.D. thesis: "The New Gay Science: Sexuality Knowledge, Demography, and the Politics of Population Measurement."
NICHD Postdoctoral Fellow, Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research,
University of Michigan

Ayse Buyuktur, School of Information, Ph.D. 2015 
Ph.D. thesis: "Temporality and Information Work in Bone Marrow Transplant."
Research Area Specialist, U-M School of information; affiliate of Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research

Nicholas Caverly, Department of Anthropology, Ph.D. 2020
Ph.D. thesis: "Restructured City: Demolition and Racial Accumulation in Detroit."
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Danielle Czarnecki, Department of Sociology, Ph.D. 2017
Ph.D. thesis: "Modern Crosses: How Christian Women Navigate Gender, Religion, and Assisted Reproductive Technologies."
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University

Robyn d'Avignon, Program in Anthropology and History, Ph.D. 2016
Ph.D. thesis: "Making Artisanal Miners: Nature, Knowledge, and Subterranean History in Senegal."
Assistant Professor, Department of History, New York University

Carla May Dhillon, School of Enviroment and Sustainability, Ph.D. 2018
Ph.D. thesis: "Indigenous Peoples and Climate Scientists: Assessing Knoledge, Power, and Practices in Collaborative Climate Change Networks"
Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Bryn Mawr College

Kevin Donovan. Program in Anthropology and History, Ph.D. 2019
Ph.D. thesis: "Sovereign Scales: Frontiers of Value in East Africa."
Lecturer, Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh

Kristin Fraser. English Language and Literature.

Merideth Garcia, English and Education, Ph.D. 2018
Ph.D. thesis: "Ethical Frames: A Qualitative Study of Networked Device Use in Two High School ELA Classrooms"
Assistant Professor, English, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Amanda Greene. English Language and Literature, Ph.D. 2019
Ph.D. thesis: "Modern Feels:Interwar Britain and the Bodily Politics of Visual Social Media"
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Associate at Lehigh University

Sarah Hamilton, Department of History, Ph.D. 2013
Ph.D. thesis:
"Lake Effects: Transnational History and the Making of a Valencian Landscape."
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Auburn University

James Hammond. English Language and Literature, Ph.D. 2019.
Ph.D. thesis: "Composing Progress in the United States: Race Science, Social Justice, and the Rhetorics of Writing Assessment, 1845-1859."
Research Fellow, University of Michigan School of Education

Jean Hardy. School of Information, Ph.D. 2020.
Ph.D. thesis: "Rural Transformation in the 21st Century: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and High-Tech Economies in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula"
Assistant Professor of Media and Information, Michigan State University

Andrew Haxby. Department of Anthropology, Ph.D. 2019
Ph.D. thesis: "A House Divided: Land, Kinship, and Bureaucracy in Post-Earthquake Kathmandu."
Visiting Assistant Professor, Pitzer College

Dan Hirschman, Department of Sociology, Ph.D. 2016
Ph.D. thesis:
“Inventing the Economy (Or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the GDP).” 
Assistant Professor, Sociology and Organizational Studies, Brown University

Geoffrey Hughes, Department of Anthropology, Ph.D. 2015
Ph.D. thesis:
"Affection and Mercy: Kinship, State, and the Management of Marriage in Jordan." 
Research Fellow, London School of Economics

Adam Fulton Johnson, Department of History, Ph.D. 2018
Ph.D. thesis: "Secretsharers: Intersecting Systems of Knowledge and the Politics of Documentation in Southwesternist Anthropology, 1880-1930"
Assistant Professor, Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University

Jallicia Jolly, Department of American Culture, Ph.D. 2020
Ph.D. thesis: "Ill Erotics: The Cultural Geography of Sexuality, Illness, & Self- Making Among HIV-Positive Young Women in Jamaica"
Postdoctoral Fellow, Amherst College

Mika Kennedy, English Languages and Literatures, Ph.D. 2020
Ph.D. thesis: "Crossed Wires: Japanese American Incarceration and the Environmental Frontier"
Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Kalamazoo College

Cory Knobel, School of Information, Ph.D. 2010 
Ph.D. thesis: "Ontic Occlusion and Exposure in Sociotechnical systems."
Assistant Adjunct Professor, Bren School of Information, University of California, Irvine

Joshua Kupetz, English Languages and Literatures, Ph.D. 2016
Ph.D. thesis: "Disability Ecology: Re-Materializing U.S. Fiction from 1890-1940 ."
Director, Department of English Writing Program, University of Michigan

Brian Matzke, Department of English Language and Literature, Ph.D. 2013
Ph.D. thesis: "All Scientific Stuff: Science, Expertise, and Everyday Reality in 1926."
Lecturer, Sweetland Center for Writing, University of Michigan

Chakenetsa Mavhunga, Department of History, Ph.D. 2008
Ph.D. thesis: "The Mobile Workshop: Mobility, Technology, and Human-Animal Interaction In Gonarezhou (National Park), 1850-Present."  
Associate Professor, Program in Science, Technology & Society at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Emily Merchant, Department of History, Ph.D. 2015
Ph.D. thesis:
"Prediction and Control: Global Population, Population Science, and Population Politics in the Twentieth Century"
Assistant Professor, University of Californa-Davis

Stephen Molldrem, Department of American Culture, P.h.D. 2018
Ph.D. thesis: "Remaking Biomedical Sexualities: Health Technologies and the Governance of HIV in the United States"
President's Postdoctoral Fellow, Anthropology, University of California-Irvine

Nicole Novak, Epidemiology and American Culture, Ph.D. 2016
Ph.D. thesis: "Stress Biomarkers and Latinos' Exposure to the United States"
Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

Davide Orsini, Program in Anthropology and History, Ph.D. 2015
Ph.D. thesis: "Life in the Nuclear Archipelago: Cold War Technopolitics and US Nuclear Submarines in Italy"
Assistant Professor, History, Mississippi State University

Angela Perone, Sociology and Social Work.
Executive Director, SAGE Metro Detroit

Johnathan Puff. Architecture & Urban Planning.
Lecturer in Architechture, University of California, Berkeley

Ricardo Punzalan, School of Information, Ph.D. 2013
Ph.D. thesis: "Virtual Reunification: Bits and Pieces Gathered Together to Represent the Whole." 
Associate Professor, School of Information Studies, University of Michigan

Tasha Rijke-Epstein, Program in Anthropology and History, Ph.D. 2017
Ph.D. thesis: "Architectures of Belonging: Moral Economies of Urban Place-Making in Mahajanga, Madagascar"
Assistant Professor, History, Vanderbilt University

Marianne Ryan, School of Information, Ph.D. 2012
Ph.D thesis:
"Archival Preservation in the United States and the Role of Information Sources."
Founder, Creative Technologies

Aleksandr Sklyar. Department of Anthropology, Ph.D. 2019
Ph.D. thesis: "Living in Post-Fukushima Grey Zones: Family Decisions in the Wake of Nuclear Disaster."
Visiting Assistant Professor, Colgate University

Stephen Sparks, Anthropology and History, Ph.D. 2012
Ph.D. thesis:
"Apartheid Modern: South Africa's Oil from Coal Project and the History of a South African Company Town."
Senior Lecturer, University of Johannesburg

Bonnie Tucker. English Language and Literature, Ph.D. 2018
Ph.D. thesis: "For-Profit Colleges as Literacy Sponsors: A Turn to Student's Voices"
Research Specialist, Dean's Office, University of Chicago

Allison Tyler. School of Information.

Kathryn Wataha. Department of History, Ph.D. 2021
Ph.D. thesis: "The Inaudible Sounds of Science and Medicine: Animals and Media from the Galton Whistle to Bat Echolocation"

Kristen Weis. English Language and Literature.

Emily Wentzell, Cultural Anthropology; Women's Studies, Ph.D. 2009
Ph.D. thesis:
"Composite Masculinities: Aging, Illness, Erctile Dysfunction and Mexican Manhood."
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology at University of Iowa

Daniel Williford, History,  Ph.D. 2020
Ph.D. thesis: "Concrete Futures: Technologies of Urban Crisis in Colonial and Postcolonial Morocco" 
Assistant Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jessica Worl, School for Environment and Sustainability, Ph.D. 2019
Ph.D. thesis: "Mercurial Worlds: Producing Mercury, Risk, and Precarity in Kenya’s Artisanal Gold Mining Communities"
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Davidson College, NC