Graduate Program Alumni

"The M.A. in Medical Anthropology prepared me well for a doctoral program in Epidemiology. The admissions committee told me that this degree made me stand out among the large group of applicants for admission to the program."
-Kartavya Vyas, MA'15

"Mitchell Hamline School of Law's dean of admissions praised my application, namely my work in the MMA program, and cited it as a key reason for my admission with a significant scholarship. This school of law has a strong emphasis on health law."
-Peter Thomas, MA'15

Graduate Program Alumni

Nadia Alaglan-Manly

Nadia graduated in December 2015 with an MA in Medical Anthropology. Her practicum resulted in a capstone project that analyzed the general public presence and relevance of medical anthropology as a field of study in the United States, by drawing upon dialogues from several public online chat room discussions of topics related to health. She is preparing for doctoral studies in public health.

Chad Baber

Chad graduated in May 2017 with an MA in Medical Anthropology. His thesis, titled Unraveling Dyslexia: The Medicalization of Learning Differences as a Form of Structural Violence in the American Education System, was inspired by his own personal experiences with dyslexia and navigating the academic system. He hopes to continue his education by pursuing a PhD in medical anthropology with a focus on learning differences. With his research, he aspires to make a difference in the lives of those with learning differences. (click to download thesis)

Samantha BuglewiczSamantha Buglewicz

Samantha graduated in May 2015 with a Certificate in Medical Anthropology and currently works for the Santa Clara Valley Water District in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also has used her statistical and research methods training to help facilitate the development of a start-up hardware and software tech company in the area, and has served as a Human Resources Manager, Project Manager, and Social Media Account Manager and Researcher.

Andy Gleason

Andy graduated in May 2017 with a Master of Arts in Medical Anthropology. His thesis research stems from his work with Creighton's Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC) in the Dominican Republic and is titled Towards an Anthropology of Service-Learning: An Exploration of the Impact of a Cross-Cultural, Service-Learning Experience on Health Professional Students. He currently works for Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Washington, DC, overseeing programs in Chile, Nicaragua and Peru. Andy has aspirations to pursue further studies in mental health and psychosocial support, specifically as it relates to international humanitarian work. (click to download thesis)

Stephanie Keeney Parks

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Rachel Larsen

Rachel graduated in May 2016 with an MA in Medical Anthropology. Her capstone paper is titled How Family and Social Expectations Create Stigma that Influences Schizophrenic Patient Outcomes, and informed her policy brief "Can We Talk Together? Expanding Our Conversations about Mental Illness," written for National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Southwest Utah Region. Her work makes research-based recommendations to initiate joint peer support group meetings between clients and their loved ones to discuss experiences of and strategies for living with mental illness.She is now completing training to become a support group facilitator for NAMI.

Laura Nasseri

Laura graduated in May 2015 with an MA in Medical Anthropology. The title of her thesis is Using Telehealth as a Vehicle to Explore Nurses' Professional Identities: A Qualitative Study. She recently served as a Program Associate to the Public Health Institute's Center for Connected Health Policy in Sacramento, California, and currently is completing the Pre-Med Post-Baccalaureate Program at Loyola Marymount University. (click to download thesis)

Damaris Odhiambo

Damaris used qualitative methods to explore access to health services among refugees. The title of her capstone paper is Naivete and Fieldwork: A Case Study Exploring Medical Pluralism among Bhutanese and Somali-Bantu Refugees in Omaha, Nebraska. Damaris graduated in August 2015 and continues her education in a doctoral program in Nursing Practice at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Cathy OrrCathy Orr

Cathy used a mixed methods study design to explore attitudes toward vaping in the vaping community in San Diego, California. The title of her thesis is E-Cigarettes: Smoking Cessation Device or Big Tobacco's New Frontier? Vapers Tell Their Stories in the Face of Pending Regulation by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Her outstanding thesis can be downloaded by clicking here. Cathy received her M.A. in May 2015 and is working as a patient advocate in California. (click to download thesis)

Phil Sweet

Phil, a psychiatrist, considers medicine, public health, and anthropology as his professional "three pillars." For his capstone project, he studied antisocial beliefs and attitudes in youth at a faith-based residential center blending his background in child psychiatry with anthropology. He is currently working for the government and the military. He received his MA in August 2016 and, inspired by his research, intends to work with "child soldiers" in a governmental or non-governmental organization, pulling together his "three pillars", saving lives and helping to heal minds and communities.

Peter thomasPeter Thomas

Peter collaborated with Gretchen Reid, RN, Joan Norman, PT, and Natalie Mandolfo, APRN, to explore the impact of group exercise on overall health and wellbeing. They used a mixed-methods approach and collected data from individuals participating in exercise classes in Papillion, Nebraska. The title of his thesis is Community-Based Health through a Holistic Lens: Perceptions and Impacts of Senior Group Exercise at a Local Faith-Community and Beyond. Peter received an M.A. in August 2015 and started law school with a focus on health policy. (click to download thesis)

Kartavya Vyas

Kartvavya explored the psychological impact of medical humanitarian missions among United States military service members. The title of his capstone paper is The Antagonistic Roles of Perceived Risk and Altruistic Acceptance on the Mental Health of U.S. Military Service Members Deployed on Medical Missions: A Structural-Functional Perspective. Kartavya received an M.A. and graduated in August 2015 and is continuing his education in a doctoral program in epidemiology at the University of California in Los Angeles.