Megan is a fourth year graduate student in the Anthropology Department at the University of Florida. She studies bioarchaeology under the supervision of Dr. John Krigbaum and Dr. James Davidson. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Cincinnati, and her M.A. in Bioarchaeology from the University of Florida. Her research focus is in bioarchaeology, specializing in Early-Mediaeval health and migration in Britain utilizing stable isotope, funerary, and osteological data.
Biological Anthropology Editor: Samantha McCrane
In May 2017 Samantha McCrane graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Bachelor of Sciences in Biology, and minors in Arabic and Classical Civilizations. She graduated summa cum laude. Subsequently, she earned a Master of Arts degree at the University of Florida in June 2019 in Biological Anthropology. Currently, she is a Biological Anthropology Ph.D. student at the University of Florida, with a dual focus on forensics and genetics. Samantha is currently studying factors that affect the probability of primary and secondary DNA transfer through touch for her dissertation research. Additional research interests include exploring cranial shape differences between U.S. “White” and European populations in relation to past migrations, differential taphonomic staining on bone from various tattoo and cosmetic inks, temporal changes in ancestry assessment within forensic anthropology, and temporal changes in skeletal indicators of stress at Freedmen’s Cemetery. She is also one of the graduate analysts at the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory (CAPHIL) working on active forensic cases. Samantha is the Laboratory Coordinator at the CAPHIL, and has previously served as the Volunteer Coordinator and Biohazardous Waste Manager. Samantha has also been a co-author on nine case reports produced by the CAPHIL and the peer-reviewer on eight others. Additionally, she has interned at the Humboldt County Medical Examiner and Coroner Office in Eureka California, assisted on over a dozen forensic archaeology field recoveries, and participated in the 2016 excavations at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Archaeological Editor: Kylie Williamson
Kylie is a bioarchaeologist who specializes in stable isotope analyses of skeletal remains. While her dissertation project focuses on three prehistoric populations from the Florida Gulf Coast, she has had the opportunity to travel to Hungary to conduct research on a Bronze Age cremation cemetery. She is currently in the fifth year of her PhD at UF, working under Dr. John Krigbaum in the Bone Chemistry Lab.
Linguistic Editor: Delin Deng
Delin Deng is a PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Florida, under the supervision of Dr. Hélène Blondeau. Her research interests mainly lie in the intersection of sociolinguistics and second language acquisition. She specializes in the analysis of discourse markers used by non-native speakers in French and in English as well as corpus linguistics. She is particularly interested in discourse analysis. She participates actively in and has presentations at various international linguistic conferences. Currently, she also collaborates with Dr. Zhen Li at the Chinese University of Hongkong (Shenzhen) in the Department of Computer Sciences as a linguistic consultant on various ongoing projects.
Cultural-Medical Anthropology Editor: Shreemoyee Sil
Shreemoyee is currently a third year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology, specializing in medical anthropology under the supervision of Dr. Adrienne Strong. She has received her BA and MA in Sociology from India. Her research interests revolve around the everyday lives of pediatric cancer patients belonging to lower- and middle-income families in India. Her research broadly focuses on the administration of pediatric cancer care and the availability of pediatric palliative care services in India, along with bureaucratic administration of biomedical care which often leads to poor health outcomes among children suffering from cancer in India. Her research draws upon both medical anthropology and the anthropology of childhood to produce ethnographic narratives of pediatric cancer patients and critically theorize notions of pain, care, vulnerability, and agency within biomedical care.
Perspectives Editor: Isis Dwyer
Isis is a second year Ph.D. student at the University of Florida working in Dr. Valerie DeLeon’s Virtual Morphology Laboratory and the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and B.A. in Cognitive Sciences from Johns Hopkins University, and her M.A. in Anthropology from New York University. Her research focuses on craniofacial variation and self-identified race and ethnicity within Afro-descendant communities in the Caribbean and Latin America. Overall, she would like to examine practices of forensic ancestry estimation in international contexts. She participates actively with the Black Graduate Student Organization and within her McKnight Doctoral Fellow cohort.
Review Editor: Simon Goldstone
Simon is a 5th year PhD candidate at the University of Florida specializing in historical archaeology under advisor Dr. James Davidson. His dissertation research focuses on the archaeology of a 17th-century Jewish colonial settlement in Suriname called Jodensavanne, where Jewish colonists were granted unprecedented religious and legal privileges. The major focus of this research is an analysis of Jewish communal identity formation around the burgeoning concepts of citizenship, nationality, and race during this time period. In addition to working in Suriname, he has worked on excavations on colonial and plantation sites in Florida (Kingsley Plantation, Bulow Plantation, Fort Mose) and North Carolina (Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson). He is also currently working on a project assessing Jewish cemeteries in North Florida as sites of communal placemaking.
Social Media Coordinator: Anthony Farace
Tony is a PhD student in his second year at the University of Florida working with Dr. Neill J. Wallis. Tony received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Missouri- St. Louis, a M.A. in Anthropology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and a M.S. in Archaeological Sciences from the University College London. His research focuses on Mississippian period (AD 900-1500) ceramic production, consumption, and use in the Ohio-Mississippi river confluence region. He looks to implement the use of petrographic thin-section and geochemical analysis to learn more about how crafting knowledge and learning was transmitted and negotiated in the area during the rise of large influential polities such as the Cahokia and Kincaid sites in the early Mississippian period.
Director of Funds: Henna Bhramdat
Henna is a second-year Biological Anthropology Ph.D. student working in Dr. David Daegling’s Skeletal Biomechanics Laboratory. Her research interests are in primate evolution, mathematical modeling, bone biology, functional morphology, and anatomy. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Florida Atlantic University where she focused on anthropology, biology, and biomedical sciences. There, her thesis utilized morphometric techniques to study bone geometry and sexual dimorphism. Currently, her research focuses on bone growth and methods for modeling bone, soft tissue, and biomechanical conditions.
Visual Media Editor: Alexander Lowie
Alex is a graduate student in the Cultural Anthropology PhD program under Dr. Jack Kugelmass. He graduated from UF in 2017 with a BA in Anthropology and History. His research focuses on the political anthropology of the United States and specifically on white nationalist and far-right groups. He seeks to understand how those groups organize themselves physically as well as digitally and how they affect US culture more broadly. His past research has focused on the Trayvon Martin shooting and the impact the media coverage of the event had on the community in which it occurred.
DEIA Editor: Siobhan Summers
Siobhan Summers is a biological anthropology Ph.D. student at the University of Florida, with a focus on forensic anthropology and skeletal morphology. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from Dickinson College, and her M.A.A. (Master of Applied Anthropology) from the University of Maryland, College Park. Under the supervision of Dr. Valerie Burke DeLeon, she studies human skeletal variation. More specifically, she studies the growth, development, and skeletal variation in ankle morphology. Siobhan is a member of the DeLeon Lab at the University of Florida and a graduate assistant at the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory. She joined The New Florida Journal of Anthropology editorial team in 2020.
Managing Copyeditor: Raphaela Meloro
Raphaela is a Biological Anthropology doctoral student under Dr. Valerie DeLeon at the University of Florida Anthropology Department. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and B.S. in Biology from the University of Florida in 2017, and her M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Florida in 2019. Her research focus is in forensic anthropology, focusing on human skeletal variation and the forensic identification of marginalized groups. More specifically, she intends to address the impacts of hormonal therapies on the skeletal morphology of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals, and examine the implications of this on the identification of these individuals in forensic anthropology.
Faculty Advisor: Connie Mulligan
Connie Mulligan is a professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Genetics Institute. She studies human genetic variation in order to reconstruct the evolutionary history of human populations and to investigate the genetic and sociocultural risk factors for complex diseases. She is particularly interested in the impact of stress and trauma on health, and the possibility of an epigenetic mechanism to mediate that impact. Dr. Mulligan has conducted research and collected valuable samples in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jordan, Yemen, Mongolia, and Panamá. Dr. Mulligan received her PhD from Yale University in 1990 in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. She held postdoctoral and research scientist positions at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the National Institutes of Health before coming to the University of Florida in 2000.
Editorial and Publishing Liaison: Chelsea Johnston
Chelsea Johnston is the Scholarly Publishing & Repository Librarian at the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. She manages the Libraries’ open access journal publishing program on Florida Online Journals, supports the Institutional Repository at the University of Florida, and contributes to other initiatives in digital scholarship and publishing through the LibraryPress@UF. Chelsea has also worked as a Library Operations Coordinator at the University of South Florida Libraries and an Associate Acquisitions Editor at Elsevier. Her research interests include publishing, project management, digital scholarship, and partnerships in academic libraries.
Library Liaison: Ginessa J. Mahar
Dr. Mahar serves as the Anthropology Librarian for the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida where she holds affiliate faculty status with the Department of Anthropology. She has long-term research interests in the technology and practices of Southeastern coastal fisher-hunter-gatherer communities of the Late Archaic and Woodland periods. Her current research explores the intersections between cosmology, ritual gatherings, feasting, and fishing technology among Woodland era communities of the North Florida Gulf Coast. Her methods include experimental archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, and allometry as well as traditional archaeological investigation and material analysis. Mahar actively participates in community outreach events to spread awareness of the vulnerability of coastal heritage in Florida by giving public talks and partnering with the Florida Public Archaeology Network.