Recent Jobs and Activities

Cecilia Mayer '16 (Seattle, WA) is living in the Indonesian jungle with orangutans and her best travel buddy, research partner, and fellow Mac Anthro/Art major Katherine Meier '16. She and Katherine are living in Kalimantan, Indonesia (commonly known as Borneo) at the Tuanan Orangutan Research Site with other researchers who are all a part of the Tuanan Orangutan Research Project. She is research assistant for Dr. Erin Vogel from Rutgers University on a project entitled “Long-term patterns of Protein Regulation, Nutritional Stress, and Health in Wild Bornean Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii).” The work involves following wild orangutans, observing their behavior, and collecting samples of their food and urine to add to Dr. Vogel's long-term study on nutrition, and to give Cecilia a unique opportunity to do intense and amazing field work.  If you're interested in the research, site, or project, here are some links: 

Kwame Gayle '11 received the 2016 Educational Equity Scholarship from American University, Washington, D.C., to pursue a graduate degree in the School of Education. Recipients must show strong academic achievement and a record of community service. Gayle grew up in Jamaica and graduated from Macalester College, where he completed a BA in anthropology with a concentration in African studies and a minor in American studies. After graduation, he taught English in Japan, and then became a Princeton in Africa Fellow and taught history and geography in Botswana. Gayle then returned to Jamaica and taught English as a second language (ESL) to Venezuelan engineers. 

Sophie Macks '16 (San Francisco, CA) is on a year-long fellowship doing AVODAH's Jewish Service Corps in Chicago, IL.

Andrea Grimaldi '16 (Lima, Peru) is a Health and Wellness Assistant Coordinator at Centro Tyrone Guzman, a Latino community organization in Minneapolis, MN, run by and for Latinos, to improve the livelihoods of Latino families in the Twin Cities. This is where she did her Chuck Green Fellowship.

Katherine Meier ’16 (Madison, CT) is spending 2016-17 in Indonesia working for the Tuanan Orangutan Research Program.

Gabrielle Morgenstern '16 (Newton, MA) is Health Program Representative for HIV/STI Prevention and Control, Minnesota Department of Health.

Sara Saltman '15 (Honolulu, HA) received the 2015 Nancy “Penny” Schwartz Undergraduate Essay Award from the Association of Africanist Anthropology (AfAA) for her honors thesis, “The Grass that Grows on Top of Bodies: Women, Marriage and the Construction of Collective Narratives in Rural Rwanda.(more)  She is teaching at New Pisgah Daycare in Auburn Gresham in Chicago while finishing a Master's in Education in 2017.

Beth Moretzsky ’13 (Randolph, NJ) is getting an MA in Anthropology, Medical Concentration from George Washington University. Formerly she worked doing qualitative research, STEM, and nutrition policy research at a public policy firm and grant writing and development at a cancer support nonprofit, both in Washington, D.C. (updated 01.20.16)

Lucky Homesombath '10 received her Masters in Science with an emphasis in Community Health at Mankato State University, MN, this past may and plans on continuing her passion for healthcare and moving toward her career goal of coordinating healthcare programs.

Zoe Tomasello '13 is a professional development assistant at Inner-City Arts, Los Angeles, CA.

Laura Holt '13 is currently pursuing a masters of science at Minnesota State University Mankato. Her thesis research will focus on the Archaic to Early Woodland transition in Minnesota. Between Macalester and graduate school, she worked as a security guard at the Science Museum of Minnesota, interned with the Minnesota Historical Society, and visited Japan!

Katherine Ehrenreich, '14 (Deerfield, IL) is an Associate Technical Advisor at Population Services International (PSI) in Laos working on the Women's Health Project. She previously interned with the World Health Organization Maternal and Child Health Unit in Laos. (updated 01.21.16)

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) isa social media and brand specialist at Vynna. See what she is working on here. Danielle has also had experience working as a conservation intern at Alice Bear Conservation of Works of Art on Paper in Seattle, WA, and as a market research intern with Ipsos of North America. 

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 2013 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." The Association recognized the strength of her work, which impressively incorporated in-depth fieldwork within the framework of Africanist anthropology.

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.

Gina Megson '14 (Happy Valley, OR) is pursuing a Masters of Public Health in Health Services at the University of Washington in Seattle starting fall 2016.

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.

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 is a teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota school of Pharmacy. Collin was also 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.

Julia Gartzke '13, worked as AmeriCorps Promise Fellow. (updated 01.21.2016)

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 in her second year as a Public History Masters Student at American University in Washington, DC where she uses her research from her undergraduate anthropology honors thesis to conduct oral histories exploring the relationship between genealogy, race, history and the performance of family. Chelsea has also interned for the National Museum of American History conducting research and producing content for the new exhibit called The Value of Money, developed a public program for NMAH's exhibit called "How Do You Fix a Broken Heart?," and is currently interning at Tudor Place in Georgetown developing a historic tour focused on the early Republic period of Georgetown. Chelsea intends to work at a museum or historic site upon graduation from her masters program.

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:

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.

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

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 researching and writing about consumer behavior at CEB Iconoculture.

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 serves as a transportation management specialist for the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) Policy, Planning, and Sustainability Administration (PPSA). Jonathan formulates policies and regulatory proposals that pertain to the development of transportation systems for the District of Columbia, with particular emphasis on a multi-modal comprehensive approach. In this role Jonathan researches and drafts innovative policies and programs that balance public and private sector needs, and contributes to long-term policies and plans through quantitative and qualitative research and analysis of transportation, land-use, economic, social, and environmental trends.

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