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Anthropology Alumni

Graduates in the Master of Art program

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A sample of where the graduates of our MA program went after earning the MA degree:

Doctoral program in Biological Anthropology – American University

Doctoral program in Biological Anthropology – UNC Chapel Hill

Doctoral program in Biological Anthropology – U of Arkansas

Doctoral program in Archaeology – UNC Chapel Hill

Doctoral program in Archaeology – Florida State University

Doctoral program in Archaeology – U of Kentucky

Doctoral program in Cultural anthropology – University of South Florida

Doctoral program in Cultural anthropology – State University of NY-Binghamton

Doctoral program in Classics – UNC Chapel Hill

Doctoral program in Sociology – UNC Chapel Hill

Doctoral program in Public Health – University of South Florida

Doctoral program in Intercultural Education – U of Colorado

Doctoral program in American Studies – U of New Mexico

Doctoral program in Policy Administration – NC State

Doctoral program in Social Policy – Warwick Univ. Great Britain

Doctoral program in Coastal Resource Management – ECU

Law School – University of Mississippi


A sample of position titles of graduates of our MA program:


Vice President for Institutional Advancement at a Community College

Community College Instructor in Anthropology

University Instructor in Anthropology

Foundation Director for Public Television

Clinical Trials Coordinator for a pharmaceutical company

Research Coordinator, School of Medicine

Research Associate, Area Health Education Center

Senior Principal Investigator, Cultural Resources

Domestic Violence Shelter Director

Director, Peace and Justice Church

Autopsy Assistant

Veterinary Tech

Statistician, County Health Department

Primate Research Assistant, University Medical School

National Park Service Education Coordinator

Preservation Specialist

Director, Public Archaeology Network

Archaeologist, US Army

Forensic Anthropologist, US Army Central Identification Lab

President, Cultural Resource Management Firm

Contract Archaeologist

Archaeologist, URS Corporation



In 2010 the alumni of our BA and MA programs were asked "where are you now and what are you doing?"  Here is summary of the correspondence we received.  

Richard A Marksbury, BA 1973 Dean, School of Continuing Studies and Summer School, Tulane University  

Thomas G. Gardner Jr. BA 1973 He is the owner of Rocky Mountain Textbook, Inc and lives in Edenton, N.C.  

Sara Van Arsdel BA 1975 She is the Executive Director of Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando, FL.  

Gregory Gilbert BA 1980 He lives in Port Saint Lucie, FL.  

Sabrina Buck Taala MA 1999 After 8 years at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in Hawaii, she moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado to be with her husband and two children.  She is teaching anthropology at Pikes Peak Community College.  

Julie Phelps BA 1994 She is currently living in Florida working on a MS in Communication Disorders.  She had been teaching middle school at an international school in Barcelona, Spain.  

Jeremy A. Pulley MA 1998 He is Director, Sales Operations-Data Management for Sanofi-Aventis a pharmaceutical company in New Jersey where he lives with his wife, three boys and a girl.  

Melissa Dye BA 2001  She earned a MA in Maritime Archaeology at the University Southampton, UK.  Currently she is a Project Manager for Environmental Services, Inc. in Savannah GA.  In 2007 she worked in Israel excavating a 12th Century Byzantine shipwreck.   

Jason Miller BA 2000 He is a Planner for the City of Archdale, NC.  He is enrolled at UNCG PhD program in the Geography Program.  

Stephanie Nutt BA 2000 She is the historical archaeologist for the Fort Leonard Cultural Resource Management program for the U.S. Army installation in the Missouri Ozarks.  She is also assisting the CRM program's Native American consultation efforts.  

Aaron Bowman MA 2002  He is teaching anthropology at Surry Community College in Dobson, NC and at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC.   

Marty Shaw Buie MA 2002 She is a Public Health Epidemiologist, NC Communicable Disease Branch, Raleigh, NC where she lives with her husband, three children, two dogs and two cats.  

Christie Martin Martoccia BA 2004 She is Quality Assurance Director at Personalized Therapy, Inc. Greenville, N.C.  

Karen DiZio MA 2006 She is a Customer Research Analyst at the Corporate Family Dollar in Charlotte.  She is also teaching anthropology courses at Central Piedmont Community College.  

Tim Shortley MA 2006 He is currently working on a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Science.   

Haley Thrift MA 2007 She is employed by Orthofix in McKinney Texas, an Orthopedic Surgical Device Company.  

Maxx Toler 2009 BA He is in the Evolutionary Anthropology PhD program at Duke University, N.C.  

Donna Munier BA 2011 She is working for the GNC Corporation on the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. 


In October 2006 alumni of our MA program were asked "where are you now and what are you doing?" Below is summary of the correspondence we received.  

Fiona Baxter MA 1997. Completed her PhD in Public Administration from NCSU in 2005. She is Assistant Vice President for College and Community Relations at Valencia Community College in Orlando, FL.  

Charles L. Heath MA 1997 anthropology PhD program, UNC-CH.  

Dane Magoon MA 1998 anthropology PhD program, Univ. of Illinois.  

Jeremy Pulley MA 1998  Manager, Data Management, Sanofi Aventisn, New Jersey.  

Sabrina Buck MA 1999  anthropology PhD program Univ. of Hawaii.  

Matt Curry MA 1999 research director for different clinical studies at UNC School of Medicine.  

Lori C. Higginbotham MA 1999 Forensic Examiner.  

Alicia Kramer Durham MA 1999 Instructor, Park University, Cherry Point, and Craven Community College.  

Adam Marshall, MA 1999 Archaeology Field Director, Montpelier Foundations, Virginia.  

April Boyd MA 2000.  University Mississippi, Law School.  

Tiffany Miller MA 2000 clinical trials coordinator for AA Pharma, Wilmington, NC.  

John P. Cooke MA 2000 Archaeologist/ Preservation Program Coordinator,Fredericksburg, Culpeper, and Northern Virginia Districts, Environmental Division, Virginia Department of Transportation.  

Suzanne Johnson MA 2000  anthropology PhD program, University of Tennessee.  

Larry McSwain MA 2000.  Earned a PhD from the ECU CRM program.  

Christopher R. Moore MA 2000  PhD program, Coastal Marine Management, ECU.  

Jennifer Coleman Nixon MA 2000, PhD program Warwick University, UK.  

Thomas E. Beaman, Jr. MA 2001 Teaches at Wilson Technical Community College, North Carolina Wesleyan College and Nash Community College.  He has an archaeology contract firm, Tar River Archaeological Research.  

Eric Giles MA 2001 anthropology PhD program Univ. of Indiana.  

Heather Harris MA 2001 Primate Enrichment, Wake Forest Medical School.  

Sarah Miller MA 2001 Director, Northeast Regional Center, Florida Pubic Archaeology Network based at Flagler College in St. Augustine.  

Aaron Bowman MA 2002 Anthropology and Sociology Instructor at Surry Community College (Full-time).  

Martha (Marty) Shaw Buie MA 2002  Social Research Associate, NC Department of Health and Human Services.  

William J. Dewan MA 2002 Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at the University of New Mexico.  

Kristina Killgrove 2002 MA obtained an MA in Classical archaeology at UNC-CH and PhD candidate, Anthropology, UNC-CH.  

Will Moore MA 2002 does CRM in Virginia at William and Mary University.  

Terri Russ MA 2002 runs a contract archaeology office in Raleigh.  

Brandon Tutt MA 2002  Entered the PhD program, School of Education, Un. of Colorado.  

Beth Barnes Baker MA 2003 Teaches at Baldwin-Wallace College.  

Carol Broadus MA 2003 is currently employed at the Watershed Ecology Center at the University of SC Upstate campus and expects to enter the PhD program, Un. of South Carolina 2008.  

Kelly M. Simpson MA 2003  PhD candidate Public Health at Univ of South Florida.  

Daniel Baicy MA 2003 is working on a project in Texarkana with Pan American, a CRM firm.  

Cynthia M. Bellacero BA 2001 and MA 2004,  PhD Candidate in Anthropology, Florida State University

Donna Griffin MA 2004  an intern at the Zoo Atlanta and working with orangutans.  

Lisa Leone MA 2004 Head Autopsy Assistant for the Regional Medical Examiner's Office, Brody School of Medicine.  

Krystin Erchenbrecher MA 2004 EdD program at the University of Arizona.  

Keith Heinrich MA 2004 State Historic Preservation Office, Pennsylvania.  

Josh Fairchild MA 2004 anthropology PhD program, American University.  

Tracy Martin MA 2004 Archaeologist with the contract firm of TRC Garrow of Chapel Hill, NC.  

Jessica A. Newnam MA 2004 anthropology PhD program, University of Arkansas.  

Tara Potts MA 2004 taught anthropology at ECU and is now living and working in Hong Kong.  

Carol Ann Short MA 2004 documentary film institute in Taos, New Mexico.  

Timothy Pulsifer MA  2004 anthropology Ph.D. program at SUNY Binghamton.  

Malena Rousseau MA 2005 anthropology PhD program, UNC-CH  

Elizabeth Betz 2005 was working for the National Park Service.  

Tina Greene MA 2006 office manager in Wilson, NC.  

Stacey Krim MA 2006 Master's of Library Science at UNC-Greensboro.   

J. Michah Roos MA 2006 sociology PhD program, NC State University.  

Laura Seifert MA 2006 is doing archaeology and museum work at the Savannah History Museum.  

Wesley Willoughby MA 2007 anthropology PhD program University of Syracuse.  

Karen DiZio - I will be starting as the new Market Research Director for Chase Counterfly, an ideation firm here in downtown Charlotte.  

Cristin Atoms- I am in the MA program at Iowa State University and will be going to go to Senegal to study the interaction between the locals and the chimpanzees, particularly why the locals have taboos against harming or eating chimpanzees.  


2014 Updates

Hannah Smith (2013): Lab Manager, TRC Companies, Inc.

Stormy DeLucia (2013): Americorps, Down East AIDS Network

Carlton Purvis (2013): Photographer, International Center for Journalists funded project. Trail of Fears: Central American women risk sexual violence en route to US for a "better life"

J Micah Ross (2006): PhD UNC, IES Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley

Camoosha Bell (2004): Spanish instructor at Spartanburg Community College

Jasmine Johnson Paltraw (2012): PhD program at Albany SUNY