Tia Tupuola traveled to Samoa with me in summer 2017 to assist with research about women's relationships to their bodies. During this time she also conducted independent research on the historical integration of Christianity into village life.
Megan Kleser is an Infrastructure/Program Development Specialist in Pawnee, Oklahoma. She creates programs to alleviate poverty for the surrounding Native American community. Here she is helping to remove weevils from the ancestral corn supply.
Clark Winingar is serving in the Peace Corps as a Youth, Families, and Community Development Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. His job is to teach youth about sexual health in order to avoid sexually transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancy. He will also teach English and work with the local government to create initiatives to better engage youth in the community.
Chelsea's anthropology senior capstone was featured in the Forest Grove newspaper. Her project uses anthropological theories of gender violence to develop a bystander intervention training designed to address campus-based sexual assault. Chelsea is now pursing a MSW at Boston University.
In 2015 I was awarded a PRISM grant through Pacific University to oversee undergraduate independent research. Aaron Ferguson conducted independent ethnographic research in American Samoa on how youth imagine their futures. He also conducted archival research at the Nelson Library in Apia. Aaron collected articles published from 2013-2015 in the daily newspaper, the Samoa Observer, on food, fat, and fitness to supplement my corpus of news media. He presented his research at the Society for Applied Anthropology meetings in Vancouver, BC in 2015.
Aaron now works as a Clinical Research Assistant at Aggregate Analytics Inc.
After studying abroad in Argentina and working in a Spanish immersion elementary school in Forest Grove, Laura Shonk was awarded a Fulbright IIE Award to teach English in Spain. Her thesis focused on her study abroad research in Cordoba, Argentina, where she explored English language ideologies and the ways that the prestige associated with English made English-language learning difficult.