Where Our Students Go

Evolutionary anthropology is a diverse field of research, enabling you to pursue many different career trajectories.

The majority of our doctoral students pursue careers in academia. Here is a sampling of our doctoral alumni and their academic positions:

Maxx Toler, Ph.D. (2018)
Instructor of Anatomy, Campbell University

Joseph Feldblum, Ph.D. (2017)
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan

India Schneider-Crease, Ph.D. (2017)
Postdoctoral Fellow in Behavior and Genomics, University of Washington

Jackson Spradley, Ph.D. (2017)
Lecturer, Department of Biology and Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Gabriel Yapuncich, Ph.D. (2017)
Research Scholar, Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University

Michael Granatosky, Ph.D. (2016)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago

Christopher Krupenye, Ph.D. (2016)
Marie Curie Fellow, School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of St. Andrews

Lauren Gonzales, Ph.D. (2015)
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville

Christopher Walker, Ph.D. (2015)
Assistant Professor of Anatomy, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Kara Walker, Ph.D. (2015)
Research Assistant Professor of Behavioral Ecology, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Kari Allen, Ph.D. (2014)
Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology and Neuroscience, Washington University in Saint Louis

Katie Grogan, Ph.D. (2014)
Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Anthropology, Penn State University

Daniel Gonzalez-Socoloske, Ph.D. (2013)
Associate Professor of Biology, Andrews University

Jingzhi Tan, Ph.D. (2013)
Postdoctoral Scholar, Cognitive Science, University of California San Diego

Laura Johnson, Ph.D. (2012)
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, University of Missouri

Evan McLean, Ph.D. (2012)
Director, Arizona Canine Cognition Center

Alexandra Rosati, Ph.D. (2012)
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Anthropology, University of Michigan

Michael Malinzak, M.D., Ph.D. (2011)
Medical Instructor, Department of Radiology, Duke University School of Medicine

Sara Doyle, Ph.D. (2009)
Instructor of Anatomy, Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University

Terence Mitchell, Ph.D. (2009)
Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Campbell University

Nancy Barrickman, Ph.D. (2008)
Assistant Professor of Biology, Salt Lake Community College

Adam Hartstone-Rose, Ph.D. (2008)
Associate Professor of Biology, North Carolina State University

Jonathan Perry, Ph.D. (2008)
Assistant Professor of Functional Anatomy and Evolution, Johns Hopkins University

Todd Yokley, Ph.D. (2006)
Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Jandy Hanna, Ph.D. (2006)
Associate Professor of Anatomy, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Laura Gruss, Ph.D. (2005)
Assistant Professor of Biology, Radford University

Elissa Krakauer, Ph.D. (2005)
Preceptor, Harvard University

Michael Black, Ph.D. (2004)
Head of Research and Information, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California Berkeley

Rebecca Lewis, Ph.D. (2004)
Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

Susan Williams, Ph.D. (2004)
Professor of Anatomy, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Patrick Lewis, Ph.D. (2003)
Associate Professor of Biology, Sam Houston State University

Natalia Rybczynski, Ph.D. (2003)
Associate Researcher in Palaeobiology, Canadian Museum of Nature

Erik Seiffert, Ph.D. (2003)
Professor of Integrative Anatomical Sciences, University of Southern California

Roberto Delgado, Ph.D. (2003)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California

Christopher Kirk, Ph.D. (2003)
Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

Alex van Nievelt, Ph.D. (2003)
Research Scientist (retired), Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University

Robert O. Deaner, Ph.D. (2001)
Associate Professor of Psychology, Grand Valley State University

Jayne Gerson, Ph.D. (2000)
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, Rutgers University

Charles Nunn, Ph.D. (1999)
Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Global Health, Duke University

Marcelo Sanchez-Villagra, Ph.D. (1998)
Associate Professor of Palaeobiology, University of Zurich

Joyce Powzyk, Ph.D. (1997)
Associate Professor of the Practice of Biology, Wesleyan University

Patricia Holroyd, Ph.D. (1994)
Museum Scientist, Museum of Paleontology, University of California Berkeley

Mario Gagnon, Ph.D. (1993)
Research Officer, York University

Callum Ross, Ph.D. (1993)
Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago

Anne Yoder, Ph.D. (1992)
Professor of Biology and Director of the Duke Lemur Center, Duke University

Deborah Oberdorff, Ph.D. (1991)
Math Teacher, St. Francis School

Joseph Macedonia, Ph.D. (1990)
Associate Professor of Biology, Florida Southern University

J. Michael Plavcan, Ph.D. (1990)
Professor of Anthropology, University of Arkansas

Richard Madden, Ph.D. (1990)
Lecturer, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago

There are many opportunities available for a graduate with a degree in evolutionary anthropology, including conservation, non-academic research, and academic administration. Here is a snapshot of select doctoral alumni and their careers:

Randi Griffin, Ph.D. (2018)
Data Scientist, KAYAK

Emily Boehm, Ph.D. (2016)
Faculty Development Consultant, University of North Carolina

Marisa Macias, Ph.D. (2015)
Data Scientist, COTA, Inc

Catherine Workman, Ph.D. (2010)
Senior Director of Wildlife, National Geographic Society

Meredith Bastian, Ph.D. (2008)
Curator of Primates, Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington D.C.

Michelle Merrill, Ph.D. (2004)
International Sustainability Advisor and US Operations Manager, In3Finance, California

Stephanie Pandolfi, Ph.D. (2004)
Research Associate, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit MI

Kirsten Siex, Ph.D. (2003)
Assistant Director of  Africa Programs, Wildlife Conservation Society

Michele Rasmussen, Ph.D. (1999)
Dean of Students, University of Chicago

Elizabeth Fox, Ph.D. (1998)
Assistant Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs, Cornell University

Claire Hemingway, Ph.D. (1995)
Program Director, Office of International Science and Engineering at National Science Foundation, Washington D.C.

Anne Nacey Maggioncalda, Ph.D. (1995)
Director, Nacey Maggioncalda Foundation

Robert Ruiz, M.D., Ph.D. (1995)
Chief Pediatric Pathologist, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Hollywood, FL

Sharon Babcock, Ph.D. (1993)
Director of Pre-professional Health Advising, James Madison University

David Meyers, Ph.D. (1993)
Executive Director, Conservation Finance Alliance

Christopher Tilden, Ph.D. (1993)
Research Project Manager, Kansas University Center for Public Partnerships and Research

Christopher Clark, M.D., Ph.D. (1990)
Physician, San Diego, California