Anthropology Alumni

UNCW anthropology alumni have continued on to be successful in their concentration of choice. Check our some of our recent alumni updates!

  • Archaeology

    Didi el-Behaedi (Class of 2017)

    University of Chicago, PhD Anthropology (expected)
    UNCW, BA Anthropology 2017

    Is presently a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago. She’s just completed her first field season at Tell Edfu in Egypt. Didi shared, "I was able to excavate part of a large villa dating to the early New Kingdom period. In the villa, we found one of the earliest examples of a domestic sanctuary in ancient Egypt, in addition to very cool stelae, an offering table, and two complete statutes. During my time at Tell Edfu, my field directors were very happy with my excavation techniques and I told them it was all thanks to you [Dr. Reber]!" Didi was the recipient of the Society for American Archaeology's Historically underrepresented group scholarship (2016), as well as participating in two NASA internships, while at UNCW.

  • Medical Anthropology

    David Dillon (Class of 2015)

    University of Florida PhD, Anthropology, 2020 (expected)
    University of Florida M.A. Anthropology, 2015
    University of Florida MPH Epidemiology, 2017
    UNCW, BA Anthropology 2015

    David graduated from UNCW in December 2013. While in our program, he worked with Dr. Alexander on his immigration enforcement and migrant farmworker health project and presented a paper on this research at the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) annual meeting. He was also a research assistant in the bioarchaeology lab of biological anthropologist Dr. Dan Temple. For his Master of Arts in Anthropology at University of Florida he studied the health effects of pesticides exposure on commercial farms in Tanzania. For his Master of Public Health Epidemiology he worked at the Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology researching air pollution toxicants and morbidities associated with chronic exposure to emissions from incomplete combustion of biomass fuels. David is currently conducting PhD field research in Chipata, Zambia. The goal of this research is to investigate whether perceptions of risk and vulnerability act as mediators of human exposure to environmental toxicants associated with biomass fuel use. His work sits at the intersection of anthropology, toxicology, and public health. As such, it contributes to a range of contemporary global health and economic development efforts.


    Mary Brannock (Class of 2014)

    Duke, MSc Global Health 2019
    UNCW, BA Anthropology 2014

    Mary graduated from UNCW with a BA in Anthropology in December 2014. While in our program, Mary worked with Dr. Alexander on his on-going migrant farmworker health research. Her contribution to this medical anthropology research project took an in-depth look at social justice, morbidity, mortality and mobility issues experienced by undocumented farmworkers in eastern North Carolina. Their article (co-authored with Anthony Guevara) “Using Ethnographic Video to Casting Light in the Shadows of Checkpoints” appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of Practicing Anthropology. Since graduating from UNCW she worked in human services, social innovation and received a Master of Science in Global Health from Duke University. Her most current research is titled “Investigating Attitudes and Preferences of a Pregnancy Support Chatbot within Facebook’s Social Media Platform Amongst Pregnant Women in Kenya – a Feasibility Study.” This project focused on the idea of bringing free personalized pregnancy health information to women in Kenya. She built a chatbot using Human Centered Design (HCD), a very anthropological (and participatory) approach to innovation. Her team found that using this approach improved the acceptance of a chatbot guide for pregnancy and increased access. Other experiences include, Director of Operations at Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators where she leads teams of graduate students who provide pro-bono consulting to organizations with demonstrated need. Also, she’s served as a Global Innovation Ambassador for the company Tekmountain and as the Director of Program Development for the company Learning Perspectives. These combined experiences, along with UNCW training in medical anthropology, encouraged her to forge paths in which she can be innovative in her approach to serve vulnerable populations and their self-identified needs.


    Ann Vitous (Class of 2013)

    University of South Florida, MA Biocultural Medical Anthropology, MPH Global Health
    UNCW, BA Anthropology 2013

    Ann Vitous graduated from our program in Fall 2013. While at UNCW she worked with Dr. Alexander, who directed her Honors thesis “Sustainable Health in Rural Panama: An Ethnographic Approach.” This research was based on her fieldwork conducted during the Summer of 2013. The following Fall she began graduate studies at the University of South Florida where she received a dual degree in Biocultural Medical Anthropology (MA) and Global Health (MPH) in 2017. During her time as a graduate student, Ann was funded under a NSF- research project conducted by an interdisciplinary team of anthropologists and engineers exploring how local village councils, environmental NGOs, tourism organizations, and other community members experienced change in livelihoods, water resources, and the coastal environment as large-scale tourism rapidly expanded. In addition to the work in Belize, Ann was also part of a team evaluating food insecurity and healthcare decision making among mobile food pantry clients in Tampa Bay.

    After graduating, Ann accepted a position as a research analyst for the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy (CHOP) at the University of Michigan. In this position, Ann has provided qualitative research consultation and expertise on a range of surgical and clinical topics including but not limited to: variation in surgical practice, utilization of palliative care services, evaluation of leadership development programs, and an exploration of the role that gender inequities and implicit bias play in both institutional culture and patient-outcomes. In addition to her work at the University of Michigan, Ann also works as a part-time consultant for the Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation (PIRE). Her focus in this position has been evaluations, including a program aimed at Reducing LGBTQI Adolescent Suicide and a comparative effectiveness trial to reduce child maltreatment, improve client outcomes and examine client burden in the state of New Mexico.

  • Physical Anthropology

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