Alumnus Eben Kirksey

Our Graduates in Anthropology

Eben Kirksey ‘96 (above) is a cultural anthropologist who teaches in the Environmental Humanities program at The University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He studies the political dimensions of imagination as well as the interplay of natural and cultural history. His first book, Freedom in Entangled Worlds, is about an indigenous political movement in West Papua, the half of New Guinea under Indonesian control. As a guest co-editor of Cultural Anthropology, he assembled a collection of original research articles from the emerging field of multispecies ethnography. His second book, an edited collection called The Multispecies Salon: Gleanings from a Para-Site, is forthcoming from Duke University Press. While a New College student, he was awarded a British Marshall Scholarship to attend Oxford University where he earned his M.Phil. degree. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

New College is proud of the many Anthropology graduates who have contributed to the field. Here's a sampling of some of our graduates:

Traci Ardren received her Ph.D. in anthropology from Yale and is currently Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Miami. A Maya archaeologist, she has directed several archaeological projects in Yucatan and has published several books and articles.

• James H. Jones earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology at Harvard University and and is now an associate professor at Stanford University, where he is currently the Director of the Methods of Analysis Program in the Social Sciences and a Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment.

Mary Barnes is the education and outreach coordinator at Houston Maritime Museum. While a New College student, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Indonesia.

Aimee Placas went on to receive her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Rice University and is currently a faculty member at the College Year Abroad program of the International Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies.

Christa Craven is the author of Pushing for Midwives: Homebirth Mothers and the Reproductive Rights Movement. Her New College thesis was titled, "Words of Empowerment: Language and Behavior in Direct-Entry Midwifery." She is a professor and chair of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at The College of Wooster in Ohio.

Bill Burger is the Sarasota County Archaeologist with the Sarasota County History Center.

Alexis Santos, a 2012 graduate, is a contributing editor at with articles and reviews about technology. His senior project was on “Creating an Interactive Past: Digital Technologies for Public Representation of Archaeological Sites and Artifacts.”

Sample of Graduate Schools Attended by NCF Students in Anthropology

• Harvard University
• Yale University
• Cornell University
• Oxford University
• Stanford University
• Tulane University
• University of Kentucky
• University of Arizona
• Rice University
• University of Texas at Austin
• University of Florida
• University of Wisconsin at Madison
• American University
• George Washington University
• Johns Hopkins University
• Syracuse University
• University of California, Santa Cruz
• University of Pittsburgh

[Did you know?]

The Hal C. Ball Anthropology Laboratory on campus houses a 2,000-volume library on Mesoamerican anthropology. It also contains a collection of anthropology texts and manuals, a series of hominid and primate skulls, a slide collection, an oral history archive, audio-visual and photographic equipment, a computer workstation for student use and a Mac video editing station.

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