Coordinating Editor: Madison Hyman
Madison Hyman is a first year Ph.D. student in the University of Florida’s Anthropology Department under the supervision of Dr. Jack Kugelmass. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Florida, and her M.A. in Anthropology from Brandeis University. Her research focus is on the constitution of personhood through Jewish death ritual. As a Norman and Irma Braman graduate fellow in Holocaust Studies, she is currently exploring the synthesis between archival research and ethnography.
Coordinating Editor: Andrew Lanser
Andrew Lanser is a Ph.D. student in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Florida. His primary research interest is the intersection of digital technology and resource extraction. He studies under the supervision of Dr. Richard Kernaghan and Dr. Carmen Martinez-Novo. Andrew received his B.A. in Anthropology from New College of Florida.
Biological Anthropology Editor: Belkis Meha Abufar
Belkis Meha Abufaur joined University of Florida’s Anthropology Department as a PhD student under the guidance of Dr. David Daegling. She received her Master’s degree in Anthropology (2019) and her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology along with Prehistoric Archaeology (double major) at the Istanbul University. Her primary research interest is exploring the physical activity pattern of prehistoric human societies and primate limbs' material and structural properties to elucidate different skeletal responses to loading, which provide a baseline understanding of the regional bone structural adaptations. She combines biomechanical and morphological techniques to study loading.
Archaeology Editor: 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.
Linguistics 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 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.
Cultural-Medical Anthropology Editor: Yuqi Zhuang
Yuqi Zhuang holds an M.A. in Culture Health and Medicine from Australian National University. She is a current Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida. Zhuang’s research interests include global and reproductive health, biological science and medicine, therapy, and healing practices.
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.
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Social Media Coordinator: Juliana Rubinatto Serrano
Juliana is a third-year PhD student at the University of Florida working with Dr. Susan deFrance and Dr. Michael Heckenberger. She received a B.A. in Anthropology from Wake Forest University (2020) and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Florida (2022). Her research focuses on past and present human-animal relationships in riverine and coastal regions of Brazil. She seeks to understand how fishing was incorporated into the complex subsistence systems that co-produced Brazilian environments through zooarchaeological and ethnoarchaeological research.
Visual Media Editor: James Everett
James Everett is a first-year anthropology PhD student at the University of Florida, specializing in the subfield of cultural anthropology, with a geographical interest in the Caribbean, particularly the Caribbean regions of Colombia and Venezuela. His current ethnographic research explores the way in which transnational Colombo-Venezuelans use music as a form of sentimental travel. He is also interested in how racialization, class, gender, and sexuality frame the experiences of Colombo-Venezuelan migrants and their affective ties to music.
Visual Media Editor: Nicole Kinbarovsky
Nicole Kinbarovsky is a graduate of Texas State’s School of Criminal Justice and a current graduate student within UF's Anthropology Department. While earning her PhD in Cultural Anthropology, Nicole aims to integrate her fine art and professional photography background with narrative and visual ethnographic methods to explore capital punishment in the US. Currently, her work focuses on the Texas death row experience. When not researching, Nicole enjoys time with her family, including her husband, two daughters, two dogs, and three guinea pigs.
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: Chris Fuglestad
Chris Fuglestad is a PhD. student in Linguistic Anthropology under the guidance of Drs. G. Aaron Broadwell and Abdoulaye Kane. Originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, he holds a Master of Professional French Studies degree in International Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds BA degrees in International Studies and French from the University of Oregon where he specialized in cross-cultural communication, indigenous studies, and ethnic identity. Chris has worked professionally in international higher education at the University of Oregon, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Université Laval in Quebec, and at UT Health San Antonio. His research interests lie in the correlation of historical language policies to contemporary higher education internationalization strategies in the Sahel, especially Senegal, and Chris is specifically studying language use in higher education students' personal networks to situate language vitality as a byproduct of internationalization.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Connie Mulligan
Dr. 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: Dr. 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.
Ex Officio Coordinating Editor & Interim Review Editor: Megan Hanna Fry
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.