Graduate Alumni News


Guido Pezzarossi (Ph.D. 2014)

Guido Pezzarossi will be starting as Assistant Professor at Syracuse University in the Department of Anthropology in the fall of 2014. (Updated 05/2014)


Rachel Engmann (Ph.D. 2013)

Rachel Engmann will be starting as an Assistant Professor at Hampshire College in the School of Critical Social Inquiry in the fall of 2013. (Updated 08/2013)

Corisande Fenwick (Ph.D. 2013)

Corisande Fenwick will be a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University in 2013-14 before returning to the UK to take up a position as Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester. She earned her BA in Archaeology, Classics and Classical Art at University College London, and gained an MA in Classics as well as a PhD in Anthropology at Stanford. Whilst at Stanford, she was awarded fellowship and grants by a number of organisations including the SSRC, NEH, DO and Barakat Trust, as well as receiving a Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellowship from the Stanford Humanities Center. Her PhD research focused on Byzantine and Arab imperialism in North Africa and some of the results have recently been published in al-Masaq. An active field archaeologist, she is currently involved in fieldwork in Tunisia and Libya as well as writing up the excavations of a medieval cemetery in Italy. (Updated 06/2013)

Alexandra Kelly (Ph.D. 2013)

Alexandra Kelly has accepted a tenure-track offer from the University of Wyoming as an Assistant Professor, jointly in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of History, starting August 2014. (Updated 08/2013)

Sarah Murray (Ph.D. 2013)

Sarah Murray will be starting as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Notre Dame in August, 2013. (Updated 04/2013)

Adrian Myers (Ph.D. 2013)

Adrian Myers graduated with a PhD in Anthropology in May, and accepted a permanent position as an archaeologist with AMEC Environment & Infrastructure , in Vancouver, Canada. In June, he was an invited speaker at the National Geographic Society’s 2013 Explorers Symposium in Washington DC . Adrian is settling down in Vancouver with his wife Stephanie. (Updated 08/2013)


Joshua Samuels (Ph.D. 2012)

Joshua Samuels is currently an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at North Dakota State University. (Updated 01/2013)


Brian Codding (Ph.D. 2011)

I'm currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Utah. I'm working on multiple research projects focused on understanding past and present human-environment interactions with foraging populations in Western Australia and Western North America. My courses cover similar topics and include broad problem-based courses like "Peopling of the Planet" (which I developed with Doug Bird while at Stanford) and methodological courses like "Spatial Analysis in Anthropology". This upcoming year I plan to continue excavations at shell middens along California's central coast and conduct community-based ethnoecological field work in collaboration with the North Fork Mono Tribe. (Updated 11/2012)

Trinidad Rico (Ph.D. 2011)

Trinidad was appointed Lecturer in Museums and Heritage in the recently inaugurated University College London Qatar in Doha. She earned her BA in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge, a MA in Principles of Conservation from University College London, and a PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University in 2011. Her PhD research focused on the construction of understandings of 'heritage at risk' in post-tsunami Indonesia, and parts of her dissertation will be published in the forthcoming volume The Rhetoric of Heritage (edited by Kathryn Lafrenz Samuels and Trinidad Rico). She is currently co-editing a volume on heritage approaches in the Arabian Peninsula for Ashgate, which also reflects her current work on Islamic constructions of heritage in a pan-islamic context that brings together her research in Southeast Asia with her involvement in the Gulf heritage scene. (Updated 11/2012)


Kathryn Lafrenz Samuels (Ph.D. 2010)

Kathryn Lafrenz Samuels will be Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, at the University of Maryland in fall 2015. (Updated 05/2015)


Stacey Camp (Ph.D. 2009)

Dr. Stacey Camp is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Idaho. She received her B.A. in English and Comparative Literary Studies and Anthropology from Occidental College in 2001 and her Ph.D. from Stanford in 2009. Her research concerns the archaeology of immigrants living in the late 19th century and early 20th century Western United States. Her dissertation thesis, “Materializing Inequality: The Archaeology of Citizenship and Race in Early 20th Century Los Angeles,” examined the archaeology of Mexican immigrant railway workers living at Los Angeles’ Mount Lowe Resort and Railway. At present, she is studying Idaho’s Kooskia Internment Camp, a World War II Japanese American Internment Camp. More information on her project can be found here: (Updated 03/2011)

Sarah Levin-Richardson (Ph.D. 2009)

Currently a lecturer in the departments of Classics and Art History at the University of Washington in Seattle.  She has an article called “Modern Tourists, Ancient Sexualities: Looking at Looking in Pompeii’s Brothel and the Secret Cabinet” that will appear in the edited volume Pompeii in the Popular Imagination: From its Rediscovery to Today, published by Oxford University Press in 2010. (Updated 9/09)


Margaret Butler (Ph.D. Classical Archaeology, 2008)

Margaret Butler is an assistant professor at Tulane University.  Her research includes ancient Macedon and Philip II, with a focus on ancient leadership, state formation, institutional change and ritual behavior. (Updated 03/2011)

David Platt ( Ph.D. 2008)

Since then, I have continued to work for Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR).  I started in the Art & Architecture Library in November 2005 as Evening Supervisor and was promoted to Operations Manager in May 2007.  Most recently, my job was restructured to include the duties of Classics Bibliographer.  (Updated 9/2009)

Ulrike Krotscheck (Ph.D. 2008)

Ulrike is Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at Evergreen State College. Ian Morris,Walter Scheidel, and Ian Hodder (Anthropology) advised her 2008 Stanford dissertation, "Scale, Structure, and Organization of Archaic Maritime Trade in the Western Mediterranean: the "pointe lequin 1A"." (Updated 03/2011)


Danielle Steen Fatkin (Ph.D. Classical Archaeology, 2007)

Danielle has accepted a tenure-track promotion from Knox College in Galesburg, IL as an Assistant Professor of Classics where she was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor.  Her Stanford dissertation was titled "Many Waters: Bathing Ethe of Roman Palestine" and was advised by Jen Trimble, Ian Morris and Charlotte Fonrobert.  Her teaching interests include Roman archaeology and history, theory of archaeological and historical methods, Roman religions, especially Judaism, cultural heritage management, comparative study of empires, and gender studies. She is currently working on an essay titled "Power, Purity, and the Invention of the Hasmonean Bathing Tradition." (Updated 09/2013)

Lidewijde de Jong (Ph.D. Classical Archaeology, 2007)

Lidewijde de Jong currently holds the position of Assistant Professor in Archaeology and Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. After graduating from Stanford in 2007, Lidewijde took up the position of Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and spent a year at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World in New York. She has carried out fieldwork in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, and at present works in Iraqi Kurdistan.
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Christopher Witmore ( Ph.D. 2005)

Christopher Witmore is Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology at Texas Tech University. Chris's current work focuses on land and human ecology in the Argolid and Corinthia, Greece, on the Roman built environment in Northern Britain, and on archaeological memories of a POW camp in Norway. A senior founding member of the Metamedia Laboratory at Stanford, his work with media and material culture has addressed a range of questions from how archaeologists manifest qualities of the material world to how we might expand our range of expression in archaeology. Chris is fascinated by the character and scope of archaeology, a discipline committed to things and what they tell us about the past. Articles dealing with these topics have appeared in Archaeological Dialogues, Current Anthropology, Visual Anthropology Review, Norwegian Archaeology Review, the Journal of Material Culture and World Archaeology. Chris is co-author of Archaeology: The Discipline of Things and co-editor of Archaeology in the Making: Conversations Through a Discipline. He also co-edits the Routledge Archaeological Orientations series with Gavin Lucas. (Updated 09/2013)

Dan Contreras (Ph.D. 2005)

Dan begins in September as a postdoctoral fellow in Stanford's IHUM program, where he will teach Laws and Orders and World Archaeology and Global Heritage.  Meanwhile, he continues to work with Neil Brodie on using satellite imagery to quantify looting damage, and to conduct fieldwork in Peru.  In the field, he continues to be involved with John Rick's project at Chavín de Huántar and is also busy developing a project at the Quispisisa obsidian source in Ayacucho.  Recent publications include "Implications of the Fluvial History of the Wacheqsa River for Hydrologic Engineering and Water Use at Chavín de Huántar, Peru," in Geoarchaeology (with David Keefer) and "Reconstructing landscape at Chavı´n de Hua´ ntar, Peru´ : A GIS-based approach," in the Journal of Archaeological Science. (Updated 9/2009)

Trinity Jackman (Ph.D Classical Archaeology, 2005)

Trinity Jackman graduated from Columbia and received a Ph.D. in classical archaeology from Stanford, where she was an assistant director of Stanford’s excavations on the Acropolis of Monte Polizzo, an Iron Age site in western Sicily.  She went on to a post-doctoral position at Columbia University and until June 2008 was a visiting assistant professor in their history department.  Now at the Royal Ontario Museum, she is working on a book on late antiquity. (Updated 03/2011)




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