Where Our Students Go

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

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


Terence Mitchell, Ph.D. (May 2009)
Postdoctoral Scholar, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Maryland

Nancy Barrickman, Ph.D. (Dec 2008)
Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo, Canada

Adam Hartstone-Rose, Ph.D. (Sept 2008)
Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania State University, Altoona

Jonathan Perry, Ph.D. (May 2008)
Assistant Professor, Midwestern University
Department of Anatomy, Downers Grove, Illinois

Todd Yokley, Ph.D. (May 2006)
Assistant Professor, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Basic Sciences, Touro University, Nevada

Jandy Hanna, Ph.D. (May 2006)
Assistant Professor, Structural Biology
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Laura Gruss, Ph.D. (May 2005)
Assistant Professor, Biology, Benedictine University

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

Michael Black, Ph.D. (Dec 2004)
Postdoctoral Researcher, U.C. Berkeley

Rebecca Lewis, Ph.D. (May 2004)
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
The University of Texas at Austin

Stephanie Pandolfi, Ph.D. (May 2004)
Lecturer, Biological Sciences, Wayne State University

Susan Williams, Ph.D. (May 2004)
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Patrick Lewis, Ph.D. (Dec 2003)
Assistant Professor, Biology, Sam Houston State University

Erik Seiffert, Ph.D. (Dec 2003)
Assistant Professor, Anatomical Sciences, SUNY Stony Brook

Roberto Delgado, Ph.D. (Dec 2003)
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
University of Southern California

Chris Kirk, Ph.D. (May 2003)
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
The University of Texas at Austin

Alex van Nievelt, Ph.D. (May 2003)
Research Scientist, Duke University

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

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

Michele Rasmussen, Ph.D. (May 1999)
Assistant Dean of Trinity College and
Director of the Academic Advising Center, Duke University

Charles Nunn, Ph.D. (May 1999)
Research Associate, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary
Anthropology and Department of Integrative Biology, U.C. Berkeley

Marcelo Sanchez, Ph.D. (Dec 1998)
Assistant Professor equivalent, University of Tünbigen, Germany

Elizabeth Fox, Ph.D. (Sept 1998)
Associate Director, Academic Advising Center
University of Colorado, Boulder

Joyce Powzyk, Ph.D. (Dec 1997)
Adjunct Position, Wesleyan University

Patricia Holroyd, Ph.D. (Dec 1994)
Museum Scientist, Museum of Paleontology, U.C. Berkeley

Christopher Tilden, Ph.D. (Sept 1993)
Vice President, Medical Search Institute
Overland Park, Kansas

Mario Gagnon, Ph.D. (Sept 1993)
Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of Toronto

David Meyers, Ph.D. (Sept 1993)
Business School, Yale University

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

Sharon Babcock, Ph.D. (Dec 1993)
Associate Professor, Biology, James Madison University

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

Deborah Oberdorff, Ph.D. (May 1991)
Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Texas

Joseph Macedonia, Ph.D. (Dec 1990)
Post-doctoral Fellow, U.C. Davis

J. Michael Plavcan, Ph.D. (Dec 1990)
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Richard Madden, Ph.D. (Dec 1990)
Senior Research Associate, Department of Evolutionary Anthropolgy
Duke University

There are many opportunities available for a graduate with a degree in evolutionary anthropology and not all are in academia. Here is a snapshot of select doctoral alumni, and their careers.


Meredith Bastian, Ph.D. (Dec 2008)
Curator of Primates, Philadelphia Zoo, Pennsylvania

Michelle Merrill, Ph.D. (May 2004)
Consultant, Emergent Systems, California

Natalia Rybczynski, Ph.D. (May 2003)
Museum Research Scientist, Canadian Museum of Nature

Kirsten Siex, Ph.D. (May 2003)
Assistant Professor, Africa Programs
Wildlife Conservation Society

Lap-Ki Chan, Ph.D. (May 1997)
Medical Health Officer, Orthopaedics
Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong

Claire Hemingway, Ph.D. (Sept 1995)
Technical Editor, Missouri Botanical Garden

Robert Ruiz, Ph.D. (May 1995)
Resident, Pathology, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston

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