About Student Anthropologist

Student Anthropologist is the flagship peer-reviewed journal of the National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA: the largest organization of student anthropologists in the world). The journal publishes peer-reviewed, original ethnographic or theoretical student research as well as book reviews of relevant texts in anthropology and related fields.

The Student Anthropologist journal can be contacted via studentanthropologist@gmail.com

More About the Journal

Student Anthropologist releases at least one issue per year. Information such as calls for papers and editorial opportunities, as well as new issues, will be published on this blog, on the NASA website, and in the NASA Facebook group.

Journal Staff

Editor (2018-2020)
Bridget Kelly, MA Candidate, Nationalism Studies, Central European University, Budapest

In my capacity as editor of the Student Anthropologist, I am looking forward to collaborating with undergraduate and graduate students from the United States and abroad who can add perspectives from each of the four subfields of our discipline.

My personal background is in the study of linguistic and cultural anthropology in North and Central America as well as Eastern and Central Europe. I have extensive editing experience as an instructor of academic writing and English grammar and literacy at Indiana University, Catholic Relief Services in Indianapolis, and as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bucharest, Romania. In Bloomington, Indianapolis, and Bucharest I worked with immigrant, refugee, and university student populations.

In my role as an Educational Advisor at the Fulbright Educational Advising Center in Bucharest, I led professionalization workshops, lectures, and seminars and assisted students and academics with grant application writing. Outside the classroom, I have experience managing groups from my role as the President of the IU Undergraduate Anthropology Association.

My own writing, in the form of essays and poetry, has won various awards on the national and state level. I have presented my academic work on indigenous language cartography of the North American Plains, historic phoneme-dispersion networking in Oaxaca, Mexico, and operationalizations of language ideologies in Transylvanian higher education at conferences in the US and Canada.

I currently focus my research on language ideologies, social classification schemes, and notions of belonging as they are negotiated in the transnational social fields enabled by globalization and migration. Geographically, I work with people from northern Transylvania in their place of birth in Romania as well as in their place of temporary or permeant residency, Spain.

I speak and read Spanish, Romanian, German, and French and have begun Hungarian.

Peer Review Editor (2019)
Deirdre Patterson, PhD Candidate, University of Sussex

DeDe Patterson is a doctorate student at the University of Sussex. Her research focuses on refugee transnational communities and deals with themes of African diasporas, kinship, and refugee communities.

Book Review Editor (2019)
Kira Stalker, MA Candidate, George Mason University

I am currently pursuing my Master’s degree in Anthropology, specifically cultural anthropology, after receiving my Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a minor in Sociology. My Master’s thesis relates to the white nationalist movement and internet-grown ideology, the Alt-Right. My research focuses on white nationalism online and how internet extremist communities craft a compelling narrative for the frustrated and disenfranchised netizen.

Specifically I have analyzed The Daily Stormer, a most profoundly anti-Semitic and racist news commentary website, utilizing wild and outlandish memes and bizarre humor to spread conspiracy theories about evil Jewish overlords and minority plots to commit white genocide. I have also examined American Renaissance, which is also a racist website, but one with the smug, condescending air of the pseudo-intellectual white supremacist. And last but not least, my studies have lead me to the Donald, which insists that anyone from the “radical left,” i.e. anyone who does not support Donald Trump, is a terrorist, a traitor to America, and a habitual liar.

I chose to study a strange and compellingly disturbing online movement out of morbid fascination for an ideology I fundamentally disagree with. I also feel that anthropology is often viewed as the study of the old, seen as a subject dedicated to living with unnamed “natives” of foreign jungles and learning about exotic ancient cultures, when it is much more than that. Anthropology can and should focus on modern, digital cultures and communication technologies that play a huge part in human lives and human societies.

Design Editor (2019)
Daisy Li, BS Candidate, Emory University

I am currently an undergraduate at Emory University College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a B.S. in Anthropology and Human Biology with a co-major in Integrated Visual Arts. My primary interests lie in the fields of biology and related sciences, but I value the perspectives that the arts and humanities can bring.

I am a traditionally trained artist, fluent in oils and acrylics, but I have also begun to explore digital mediums. I freelance as a graphic designer and create digital paintings with the Procreate app for iPad.

Art is something I choose to see as a hobby and counterbalance to my science-driven academic pursuits. And at times, I value its ability to transcend what science and reason cannot communicate. I find that it can bring me closer to others, helping me see what they see and relate to how they feel.

Interim Editor (2018)
Stephanie Mojica, Candidate for LLM in International Human Rights Law at De Montfort University; also Candidate for Graduate Certificate in American Literature and Culture at Harvard University Extension School

I am an award-winning writer/editor with 20 years of experience in consumer publications, especially print newspapers and magazines. Due to changes in the print newspaper industry and a desire to pursue my lifelong research passions that I could no longer ignore, I am now a graduate student as well as a law student. My goal is to enter a Ph.D. program in Anthropology or a related field.

During my past career as a daily print newspaper reporter, I interviewed former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. But I have always had a passion for anthropology, especially the anthropology of linguistics, religion, and Latin America.

I am a Contributing Editor for Anthropology News, the Editor-in-Chief of Encuentro Latinoamericano (a journal of the International Association of Political Science Students/IAPSS), an Editor for POLITIKON (another IAPSS journal), and the Bylaws Committee Chair for the National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA).

I presented parts of my current research about why violence against female members of African traditional religions has increased in Brazil at two conferences (one at Indiana University and one at the University of Minnesota) in spring 2018. I will be teaching the workshop “Save $: Learn How to Edit and Proofread Your Work Like a Pro” as part of the Student Lounge Roundtable at the American Academy of Religion’s Annual Meeting in November 2018.

I speak, read, and write a close-to-native level of Brazilian Portuguese and also have intermediate knowledge of Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, and Dutch. I have advanced Spanish reading and writing skills.

In my little spare time, I write poetry. I won a third place award from the Kentucky State Poetry Society in 2016. One of my poems was also included in the 2016 print anthology The Messenger is Sudden Thunder. Check out “His Truth” — one of my poems recently published in the print and online editions of The Stray Branch.

Book Review Editor (2018)
Elizabeth Holdsworth, Ph.D. Candidate, State University of New York – Albany

I am currently pursuing my doctoral degree in Anthropology, specifically biocultural anthropology. My research has focused on the ways structural inequalities become embodied during growth and development to change how people physically interact with and respond to the world throughout their lives. In particular, my dissertation project has aimed to center migrant women’s voices in the conversation about stress and effects on health experienced by migrant women in the U.S. While much research on the health effects of stress in migrant women’s lives has focused on acculturation, my work aims to let women themselves identify the challenges and stresses they experience, including commonly experienced challenges that may not be unique to women who are migrants (i.e. lack of transportation, healthcare access).

I’ve previously published and presented on research covering the topics of maternal social and emotional influences on infant growth and adiposity, intergenerational transmission of stress, and stress-related epigenetic influences on growth and development.

I am presenting some of my work on life course trajectories of stress response development and stress as an influence on pubertal timing and later reproductive outcomes at the Human Biology Association and American Association of Physical Anthropologists meetings in April 2018.

Peer Review Editor (2018)
Alexea Howard, MA Candidate, California State University – Long Beach

I earned my BA (Honors) in Anthropology with a focus in Medical and Psychological Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles and received post-baccalaureate training in Psychology and Addiction Studies.

My research explores the way that a sense of community, the mind and body connection, and a gained sense of agency in one’s health and body are facilitated through the pro-anorexia movement and related online communities. Additionally, I am interested in ways that an illness such as anorexia is taught, learned, and maintained through these communities as well as how anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are embodied differently.