New Postdocs and Academic Positions in Sociocultural Anthropology

Our graduate students have often found it advantageous to take postdoctoral fellowships for the first year after the PhD. Here is a conversation with four recent graduates on the pros and cons of postdocs vs faculty positions. Recently accepted postdocs and faculty positions include:


  • Carolyn Barnes (PhD 2020) is Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Washington University. 
  • Katie Rynkiewich (PhD 2020) is Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University. 
  • Dick Powis (PhD 2020) is Postdoctoral Fellow, Center of Excellence in Maternal Child Health Education, Science, and Practice; College of Public, Health University of South Florida. 
  • Lauren Cubellis (PhD 2020) is Max Kade Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. 
  • Natalia Guzmán Solano (PhD 2020) is ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow, Liberal Arts Engagement Hub, University of Minnesota. 
  • Lauren Marr (PhD 2020) is Faculty Assistant, Department of Anthropology, Washington University, and Postdoctoral Researcher for EU-funded multi-country CRISPR research project.
  • Oguz Alyanak (PhD 2019) is Volkswagen Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Gottingen. 


New Books by our Recent Sociocultural Graduates

  • Andrew Flachs, Cultivating Knowledge: Biotechnology, Sustainability, and the Human Cost of Cotton Capitalism in India
  • Ali Heller, Fistula Politics: Birthing Injuries and the Quest for Continence in Niger.
  • Adrienne Strong, Documenting Death: Maternal Mortality and the Ethics of Care in Tanzania.
  • Geoff Childs and Namgyal Choedup, From a Trickle to a Torrent: Education, Migration, and Social Change in a Himalayan Valley of Nepal.
  • Nutsa Batiashvili, The Bivocal Nation: Memory and Identity on the Edge of Empire.