After Macalester


Rebecca Erdman '14 (Whittemore, IA) is a Public Health Outreach Specialist at Children's Dental Services in northeast Minneapolis. CDS is a non-profit dental clinic that serves low-income and pregnant woman across Minnesota. She does a wide variety of things, such as health outreach, grant writing, helping patients navigate the insurance process, and interpreting for Spanish-speaking patients in the clinic.

Danielle Klein-Kanter '14 (Mercer Island, WA) is a conservation intern at Alice Bear Conservation of Works of Art on Paper in Seattle, WA.

Sasha Lansky '14 (Amherst, MA) received Honorable Mention for the 2014 Nancy "Penny" Schwartz  Undergraduate Essay Award from the Association of Africanist Anthropology (AfAA) for her honors paper, "My Brother Before Me: The Role and Experience of Local Humanitarian Aid Workers In Eastern Cameroon."  The Association recognized the strength of her work, which draws upon strong ethnographic research to reconceptualize the global flows of humanitarian aid. The award presentation is Dec. 4, 2014, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art (NMAfA).

Rachel Mueller '13 (Glenwood Springs, CO) received honorable mention for the 2014 Nancy "Penny" Schwartz  Undergraduate Essay Award from the Association of Africanist Anthropology (AfAA) for her honors paper, "The Spirits are my Neighbors: A Gender Perspective on the Spirit World in Dakar, Senegal."

Kathryn Howell '14 works for the Institute of Medicine as a Senior Program Assistant for the Forum on Drug Development, Washington, DC.

Kate Adelsheim '14 (Albuquerque,  NM) has won the  2014 Mikiso Hane Prize for the Best undergraduate paper for her essay, “Sterilization in Urban India: Navigating Systemic Influences on Family Decision-Making in Indian Families.” The prize is awarded by the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs.

Katherine Ehrenreich, '14 (Deerfield, IL) is interning with the World Health Organization Maternal and Child Health Unit in Laos for six months starting October '14.

Gina Megson, '14, (Happy Valley, OR) is in AmeriCorps, Eureka, CA, working for Red Cross of Humboldt County, CA, in their California Safe Corps program. The position includes disaster response, volunteer management, and community education.

Sarah Rasmussen, '14 (Wayzata, MN) received a Fulbright research grant to work in Kathmandu and in rural far-western Nepal with female community health volunteers, looking at how they are able to create alliances among practitioners of diverse health systems, out of Bayalpata hospital, which is a health facility operated by Possible. Her project is an expansion of her honors thesis. 

Jessica Smith Rolston, '02, was just published.  Her hot, new book title is Mining Coal and Undermining Gender: Rhythms of Work and Family in the American West.

Mikaela Rogozen-Soltar, PhD, '03, has accepted a tenure track faculty position as Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology in the Anthropology Department at University of Nevada-Reno.

Susanna Fioratta, PhD, '02, has accepted a tenure track faculty position in anthropology at Bryn Mawr College, PA.

Katie Trostel '09 won the 2014 Horst Frenz Prize for the best graduate student presentation at the 2013 American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Conference, held spring 2013 in Toronto, for her excellent paper, "The Eye that Cries: Macro and Micro Narratives of Memory in Peru Post-Shining Path."  The judges were impressed by her succinct blending of "monument theory" and contemporary Peruvian short fiction. combining the analyses of Katherine Hite, Paolo Drinot, Robert Nelson and of Margaret Orlin, with the short stories of Karina Pacheco Medrano. (CITATION)

Collin Calvert '13 was recently awarded The Society for Urban, National and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) national Undergraduate Paper Award for his senior capstone paper, entitled "Apartheid Lives On: Policing Migrants in South Africa." SUNTA is a sub-section of the American Anthropological Association.  Collin first worked on an ethnographic study of policing in the Twin Cities for his Ethnographic Interviewing course and subsequently expanded his topic to conduct original research during Study Abroad in Durban, South Africa.

Wren Brennan '13 was awarded a Fulbright teaching assistantship to Brazil.

Angel Butel '13 has been offered a position at the Office for Social Justice of Catholic Charities, Twin Cities, as the Community Engagement and Leadership Specialist - doing community organizing and outreach with parishes to help them do more social justice work.

Chelsea Hansen '13 is pursuing a masters in Public History at American University, Washington, D.C.

Rachel Higgs '13 is working in Minneapolis for Respirtech as a Patient Advocate and Representative. She has also recently joined the board of NARAL Pro-Choice MN.

Sarah Koehler '13 is in Sri Lanka on a Fulbright scholarship studying Kandyan dancing.  To learn more about her adventures, visit her blog:

Beth Moretzsky '13 is working at Insight Policy Research, a public policy firm in Washington, D.C., doing health care, social welfare, and education policy using qualitative methods.  She says, "... anthro training has already been incredibly helpful!!"

Anna Hardin '12 is pursuing a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Minnesota and recently published an article with Professor Scott Legge in International Journal of Primatology, Vol. 34, No.5, "Geographic Variation in Nonmetric Dental Traits of the Deciduous Molars of Pan and Gorilla." She is a visiting professor at Macalester teaching Biological Anthropology Spring 2015.

Rachel Mueller '13 received a national award with a $250 cash prize based on her Honors work and Spradley award. Her submission entitled "The Spirits are My Neighbors: Women and the Rab Cult in Dakar, Senegal" was chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Nancy "Penny" Schwartz Undergraduate Essay Award from the Association of Africanist Anthropology (AfAA). The Association recognizes the strength of her work, which impressively incorporated in-depth fieldwork within the framework of Africanist anthropology. The award ceremony is during the AfAA Reception at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in Chicago (November 20-24, 2013).

Dominika Seblova ’11 is working with former USAID infectious disease chief Professor Christy Hanson to investigate pressing public health issues

Kwame Gayle ’11 is an assistant English teacher at a high school in Yaamanashi, Japan, working through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program.

MaryBeth Grewe, MPH, '10, is a Senior Research Assistant at the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases/Department of Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Molly Brown '10 just completed a year as an Emergency Room Scribe and has entered the Nurse Practitioner Program at Simmon's School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Boston, MA.

Sally Dijkerman ’10 is pursuing a master’s in public health at Emory University's Global Health program.

Madeline Graham '10 is a communications coordinator at EMERGE in the Twin Cities, MN.

Liz Scholz '10 Is working in marketing at Fusion Hill.

Bryce Slinger '10 became a Presidential Management Fellow in the Department of Defense Health Agency, working as a Physical Scientist in the newly created Office of Innovation. Starting July '14, he is helping the agency director and Assistant Secretary of Defense harmonize biological, medical, and social science to bring best practices in health to the 9.6 million people cared for by Defense Health.

Sarah Van Etten '10 is a returned Peace Corps volunteer (Kazakhstan) and co-founding teacher for ESL Department at KAPPA International High School, Bronx, NY,  supporting student language and literacy development.

Maggie Yates '10 is a senior investigator at the MacArthur Justice Center in New Orleans.

Mara Forster-Smith '09 is attending McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.

Katharine Wood '09 is Project Associate with TNS Custom North America, a large market research company.

Rachael Harlos, '06 will be entering the MD program at the Medical School for International Health, Ben Gurion University, Israel, in the fall.

Jonathan Rogers '06, recently received a fellowship with Washington, DC's local government, including work rotations through different agencies, and is currently working in the Mayor's Office of Budget and Finance under Mayor Vincent C. Gray in DC. An earlier fellowship at National League of Cities, also based in Washington, DC, included an outplacement in the Mayor's Office, St. Paul, MN, after which he was honored by Mayor Coleman for his "brilliant policy mind,... humor, and intuition" to build capacity for educational programming in community-based organizations and schools, with a proclamation of April 19, 2012 as Jonathan Rogers Day. Read the proclamation.

Anna McCartney-Melstad '03 works with the Strategic Radio for Communication HIV Project (Stradcom)-Tanzania with Johns Hopkins University.

Heather Buessler '03 is traveling around the world as a Bonderman Fellow.