Graduates of the StFX Department of Anthropology
Adele Martell, 2022
Adele graduated from StFX in 2022 with a BA Honours in Anthropology with a subsidiary in History. She was also one of three recipients of the Clare Fawcett Graduating Anthropology Student Prize and won the Angus L. MacDonald Memorial Scholarship for Celtic Studies. Her thesis research examined the historical and processual variations between American, Canadian, and Commonwealth approaches to the recovery, identification, and reburial of war dead. Following a field school on the Danish island of Bornholm in the summer of 2022, she is pursuing a Master of Science in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology at Cranfield University in England (2022-23).
Mia Kelly, 2022
Mia graduated with a BA Honours in Anthropology in 2022 and was one of three recipients of the Claire Fawcett Graduating Anthropology Student Prize. Her thesis research, under the supervision of her advisor Dr. Mikael Haller, examined the Mortuary Variability in the Parita River valley during the Late Ceramic period (700-1522). Currently, Mia is working as an archaeology field technician in the Yukon for a Cultural Resource Management company where she is participating in several different projects across northern Canada. She is also looking forward to taking part in an excavation in Panama in June 2023 before she pursues her MA in archaeology in the fall of 2023.
Alison Armstrong, 2018
Alison graduated from StFX (2018) with a BA Honours in Anthropology and subsidiary in Women’s and Gender Studies. Following her graduation, Alison moved to Spain for a year and taught English at an alternative education school. She returned to school in the fall of 2019 and is working towards her Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto. She will be specializing in the Social Justice and Diversity stream and in her first year of study will complete a practicum placement in the field of forensic mental health.
Elizabeth Holmes, 2018
Elizabeth graduated with a BA Advanced Major in Anthropology and Minor in Development Studies. Under the supervision of Dr. Susan Vincent, her major research paper examined the issue of food security through an investigation of local food banks in the Antigonish, NS area. Elizabeth is currently an M.A. student in the Public Issues Anthropology program at the University of Guelph, ON. Her M.A. thesis investigates the intersection of the topics of chronic illness and mothering. Specifically, this project examines the lived experiences of mothers diagnosed with the chronic condition Fibromyalgia. Her research goals are: 1) to contribute to the existing social science literature that discusses the challenges chronic conditions pose to individual self-identity, and 2) to explore the role of support networks in coping and managing chronic conditions, such as Fibromyalgia. Elizabeth plans to complete her M.A. in the Spring of 2020.
Tyler Lecours 2017
Tyler graduated with a BA Advanced Major in Anthropology and a Minor in Fine Arts. After graduation Tyler return to the United States where he served in AmeriCorps Vista and AmeriCorps NCCC. Currently, Tyler is serving as Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco where he is learning Arabic and working with Moroccan youth. He hopes his experiences in the field will help him achieve his dream of becoming a professor of anthropology and archaeology.
Olivia Ells, 2017
Olivia graduated with a BA Advanced Major in Anthropology with a Minor in Sociology. She plans to use her anthropological knowledge as a lawyer. Olivia is in the Juris Doctor (JD) Program at the Dalhousie Schulich School of Law in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (last updated in October 2017)
Adrienne Ratushniak, 2016
Adrienne received a BA Honours in Anthropology. Her thesis titled, “Neo-tribe Sociality in a Neoliberal World: A Case Study of the Shambhala Music Festival” examined community and individualism at an electronic music festival. An academic paper with the same title will be published in The Journal for Undergrad Ethnography (JUE) Volume 8 Issue 1. (http://undergraduateethnography.org/) After graduation, Adrienne spent a year teaching English as a foreign language at a middle school in Suncheon, Jeollanam-do (South Jeolla Province), South Korea. As a Native English Teacher in this co-teaching program, Adrienne helped children with the listening and speaking parts of their lessons. In 2017, Adrienne began a MA in Medical Anthropology at the University of Saskatchewan. (last updated in October 2017)
Kathleen Forward, 2015
Kathleen received a BA Honours in Anthropology with a subsidiary in History. Her focus at StFX was in archaeology. Her thesis, based on fieldwork completed on Dr. Mikael Haller’s Rio Parita Archaeological Project in Panama, was titled “Investigating Household Activities at Site 174 and the Nature of Social Hierarchy in the Parita River Valley, Central Region of Panama”. Kathleen has been an archaeological field technician for three years, working in Debert, Nova Scotia where she has participated in numerous projects for Cultural Resource Management companies. She also volunteered as an archaeological assistant at the Canso Islands National Historic Site in Nova Scotia. Kathleen is currently an M.A. student in the Anthropology Graduate Program at Trent University in Ontario. She is the recipient of a Trent Research Fellowship, a Bagnani Graduate Award, a Graduate Entrance Award, and a Trent University Archaeology Research Centre (TUARC) Collaborative Grant. In addition, she is a Teaching Assistant in the department. Kathleen’s research is part of the Social Archaeology Research Project (SARP) which is a long-term project, focusing on sociopolitical interaction at the site of Minanha in west-central Belize. Kathleen’s thesis is a settlement study of an ancient Maya agricultural community. This thesis seeks to take a closer look at the families and farmers who inhabited this area, their households, and the ways they responded to social, economic, and political fluctuations in this region. Kathleen plans to complete her M.A. in September 2018. (last updated in October 2017)
Meghann Livingston, 2015
Meghann graduated from StFX in 2015 with first class honours in Anthropology with subsidiary in History. Her honours thesis, “Mortuary Patterns and Attitudes Towards Death in Nova Scotia: An Analysis of the historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, Pictou County” was inspired by her experience with Dr. Haller’s Archaeology of Death and Burial advanced seminar course. Her undergraduate research is part of the ongoing Nova Scotia Cemeteries Research Project, which explores how changing trends within a cemetery can also reflect changing social norms, values, and beliefs over time. Meghann spent much of 2015-2016 disseminating her honours research (through The Killick, the Broch Collective Cemetery Workshops, and the Chacmool Archaeology Conference) and gaining volunteer field experience (at the McCulloch House Museum in Pictou, NS; the Canso Islands National Historic Site in Canso, NS; and the Colony of Avalon National Historic Site in Ferryland, NL). She was also hired by Kelman Heritage Consulting, a CRM company based in Halifax, with whom she has assisted in several archaeological assessments in Debert, NS. As of September 2016, Meghann is a Master’s student at Memorial University of Newfoundland specializing in Historical Archaeology. For her MA, she is researching 18th century landscape archaeology in Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, France.
Janelle Young, 2019
Janelle received a Melbourne Research Scholarship in 2019 to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Her proposed research will focus on representations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Australian social work discourse.
Julia Brenan, 2013
Julia received a BA degree with an Honours in Anthropology. Her thesis titled, "You Work for What? A Comparison Between Two Antigonish Producers and How They Resist or Accommodate Capitalism" examined the production process, labour, sales and marketing of two local Antigonish farmers. After graduation Julia completed internships at Spin Media and IEEE's Pulse magazine both in New York City. Returning home to Boston Julia helped found Parkinson's Fitness, a nonprofit organization for people with Parkinson’s Disease. June 2014 found Julia back in Canada working in cultural resource management for Stantec, Fredericton. During the winter of 2015, Julia worked as an intern at the Center for Archaeological Research on the Caribbean island of Saint Eustatius. There she assisted in the excavation of a former sugar plantation and mapped island fortifications. Julia then travelled to Bursa, Turkey where she participated in Barcın Höyük, an archaeological dig conducted by the Netherlands Institute.
Julia is a currently pursuing a M.A. in Archaeology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her work focuses on community archaeology, memory and place, the archaeology of Labrador in during WW11 and tourism and archaeology. Julia has received numerous scholarships and awards including a SSHRC CGS Master's Scholarship, two NSTP Grants from the Northern Scientific Training Program, and, from Memorial University, the Dean’s Excellence Award, a J.R Smallwood Grant, an Institute of Social and Economic Research grant and a SGS Graduate Fellowship. (Last revised in October 2017)
Siobhan Carlston, 2013
Janelle Young, 2013
Janelle received a BA with Honours in Anthropology. Her thesis was titled “Indian Residential School Commemoration: A Move Toward Mi’kmaq Autonomy or the Same Old Hegemony?” Janelle continued studying anthropology at Dalhousie University where she completed a MA in Anthropology. Her MA thesis was titled: Reimagining M’Kmaq-State Relations Facing Colonialism at the Mi’Kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Tripartite Forum”. Janelle was a recipient of a SSHRC MA Scholarship. She is currently studying in Melbourne, Australia. (Last revised in October 2017)
Jean Ketterling, 2011
Jean received a BA Honours in Anthropology with a Subsidiary in Women’s and Gender Studies. Her thesis was titled “Mediation between mainstream perceptions of feminism and contested sexuality: How Venus Envy gives meaning to sexualities and gender identities”. After graduating from StFX, Jean worked in the field of sexual health and reproductive justice, first at South House, Dalhousie University's gender and sexual resource centre, next as the director of a small sexual health centre in rural Nova Scotia and then as the Executive Coordinator of the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, an international youth-run advocacy and education organization located in Ottawa, Ontario. Jean is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa. She has funding from a 2016 SSHRC MA Scholarship, a 2017 Ontario Graduate Scholarship and a 2017 Chet Mitchell Memorial Award. Her current research focuses on violence, eroticism, BDSM, feminist discourse, and psychoanalysis in digital media, particularly in video games. (Last revised in October 2017)
Katie Pearce, 2011
Sunghye Yun, 2010
Sunghye Yun graduated from StFX University in the spring of 2010 with Joint Major in Anthropology and Sociology. Upon graduation, she moved to Montreal where she studied French for 6 months and then to Whitehorse, Yukon. In Whitehorse, she worked as a substitute teacher at elementary and secondary schools and then was hired as an educational assistant at an elementary school in the following year. In June, 2015, she completed her B.Ed in Primary/Junior Education at the University of Toronto. Sunghye is currently employed as a supply teacher for the Toronto District School Board.
Sarah Anderson, 2010
Sarah Anderson graduated from St.F.X. in 2010 with a Joint Major in Anthropology and Development Studies. Following graduation, Sarah was a Coady intern and traveled to Kigali, Rwanda to work with a human rights organization for youth. Sarah remained in Rwanda for roughly 3 years working on advocacy projects surrounding good governance, health, and education. Her main focus, however, was to advocate for the incorporation of gender mainstreaming into public policy and government budgeting reforms. She then traveled to the Northwest Territories where she worked as a Community Development instructor at the Aurora College in Fort Smith. Later, she attended Humber College to obtain a post-graduate certificate in International Development and Project Management. Sarah is currently a full-time Master’s student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto where she is pursuing an M.Ed in Adult Education and Community Development with a special focus in global and women’s health.
Morgan Moffitt, 2010
Kerry Prosper, 2009