Julie Darnton '99 is working on her Ph.D in Urban Studies at Michigan State University.
Jocelin Herron '99 obtained her MSW in 2001 from The University of Michigan and is currently an executive with KIPP Schools.
Lisa Leitz '99 completed her Ph.D in sociology in 2009 at University of California, Santa Barbara and is now teaching at Hendrix College.
Erik Love '01 is finishing his dissertation on Arab American social movements at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Heather Mustonen '01 worked after graduating as an archaeological technician for the National Park Service at the Southeast Archaeological Center in Tallahassee, Florida. She traveled throughout the Southeast doing archaeological fieldwork in National Parks. She is currently completing an M.A. in anthropology at Michigan State University.
Linda Myers '01 wasn't an anthropology major but took a lot of courses in our department. She is currently loving medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in Hershey. She is hoping to organize an international research project this summer.
Tonya Zimmerman '01, graduated 2004 from Temple University with a Master of Arts in Urban Studies. While at Temple her research focused on Community Development Corporations, specifically New Song Urban Ministries and Community Building in Partnership in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore. She also worked as a Teaching Assistant. In the Fall of 2004 she will begin a PhD program in Policy Sciences at University of Maryland Baltimore County where she will specialize in Urban Policy and also work as a Research Assistant.
Caroline Cangelosi '02 completed her M.PH program at University of California, Berkeley.
Ayako Eda '02 is enrolled in the Master's Program in International Development at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She received a fellowship from Clark to support her studies, and she intends to use her degree to aid women's development efforts in less developed societies, particularly in India where she attended high school.
Erin Harrelson '02 is living in Monument Valley on the Navajo Reservation as a VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) worker as part of Americorps. She works in the elementary school on oral language assessment.
Casmir Kethlhalefile '02 returned to his native Botswana after graduation where he has been responsible for several projects of archaeological resource assessment. He has formed the first private cultural resource management company in Botswana, and has been active in writing cultural resource management guidelines.
Laura Siebert '03 is making good use of her combined major in anthropology and Spanish by doing disaster relief training in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as a member of Americorps and as a Red Cross volunteer.
Alyssa Montgomery '04 was admitted to the Ph.D program in sociology at Northwestern University.
Ayesha Ghazi '06 will receive her MSW from The University of Michigan this spring of 2010.
Meagan Burton-Krieger '07 received her MA in Higher Ed Administration from the U of Vermont in 2009.
Carolyn Jacques '07 received her MDiv from Boston University in 2009.
Matti Smith '07 received her MSW from The University of Michigan in 2009.
Paige Edwards '08 completed her MA in anthropology from Western Michigan University and has recently accepted a management position with the Institute of Reading Development a company working with kids and adults on developing reading and reading skills.
Amy Krieg, '08 is in law school at California Western School of Law in San Diego
Chad Best '07 is currently in law school (Detroit Mercy) and received an MPA from the U. of M.-Flint.
Anneliese Breugal ‘09 has begun a Ph.D. program in bioarchaeology Michigan State University.
Kyle Kubitz ‘09 works for Valassis Communications Inc., a marketing company using his GIS skills daily to create innovative maps of consumer behavior and preference, similar to those he employed in his Elkin Isaac project mapping ancient archaeological sites.
Beth Sylak ‘09 will be joining the Historical Administration MA program at Eastern Illinois University.
Sarah Wenner ‘09 works for Franklin Fueling Systems as a Market Analyst in Madison, Wisconsin where she is “unsurprised to find that having a Anthropology background is a good commodity to have in the global business community.”
Katie Meier ‘10 has been admitted to the Master's Program in Non-Profit Management at Indiana University.
Martha Carey '90 recently began a Ph.D. program at the Institute of Liberal Arts in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Emory University. Martha's studies build on her years spent working in Africa with Doctors Without Borders. Specifically, she hopes to study post-conflict Sierra Leone to understand the role of the War Crimes Tribunal and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission compared to local institutions that normally decide guilt and punishment.
Leigh Willis '97; is an Assistant Professor of sociology at the University of Georgia where he has taught since 2003. His teaching and research specializations are in the sociology of medicine and race & ethnicity. He has published articles about health disparities between African Americans and white, and on both mental health use and sexual risk for African Americans.
Chris O'Neil '98 is working on her Ph.D. in sociology at the Colorado State University and is currently teaching a course on The Leisure Society. Her dissertation is on the impact of global forces on local and regional development. She expects to finish her work in the summer of 2004. You can reach her
Sarah Walbridge '98 received an M.S. in forensic science from Michigan State University in 2002. She now works as a research microscopist at Microtrace in Chicago. Recently, Sarah testified in her first case and was featured in a local newspaper in Chicago. At Albion, Sarah double-majored in anthropology and chemistry. She was awarded honors in anthropology for her thesis on women athletes.
Julie Darnton '99 left her position as a Residence Director at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy to enter the Ph.D. program in Sociology and Urban Studies at Michigan State. She is working with Dr. June Thomas of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning as a research assistant gathering data on mixed income neighborhoods in Grand Rapids. She is looking forward to an academic career at a fine liberal arts college in the future. Hmmm? You can reach her
Amy LaChance '99 has joined Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago as a Program and Policy Associate where she will direct the NHS's Neighborhood Report Card project. She expects to complete her Master's Degree in Urban Planning and Policy at University of Illinois, Chicago this May (2003). You can reach Amy
Lisa Leitz '99 left the Ph.D. program in sociology at The Ohio State University to finish her degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In the fall of 2000, Lisa was the Assistant Director of the Great Lakes Jerusalem Program under Len Berkey. Lisa's current work explores various dynamics of girls who fight and mothers who have committed infanticide while affected with post-partum depression. Lisa expects to finish her degree in the spring of 2005.
Britt Halvorson '99 is a graduate student in the MA/PhD program in cultural anthropology at the University of Michigan, where she is affiliated with the Center for the Ethnography of Everyday Life. At Albion, Britt was a double major in anthropology and English and was awarded honors for her thesis in anthropology.
Hon. Mark Schauer '84 served from 2009-2011 as U.S. Representative for Michigan's 7th congressional district serving the Albion-Battle Creek region. He was previously a member of the Michigan Senate, where he served as the Minority Leader, and the Michigan House of Representatives. He was a sociology/Spanish major and member of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Policy and Service. He currently serves on the Ford Institute Visiting Committee and volunteers in many other ways to benefit Albion College.
Faculty and Staff
Dr. Brad Chase
Brad received his B.A. in anthropology from Northwestern University, his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007, and has been at Albion since 2008. He is an anthropological archaeologist who has participated in fieldwork in the American Midwest and Southwest, Turkey, Pakistan, and currently India, where he has been conducting research for over a decade. His teaching and research interests include the organizational dynamics of early urban societies in comparative perspective, the relationship between humans and their environments during periods of social change, and the role of material culture in the creation and maintenance of identities in the past and present. His ongoing research explores these issues in the context of the Indus Civilization in Gujarat, India, specifically focusing on changes in land-use practices and social organization with the emergence and decline of South Asia’s first urban civilization. He can be reached by e-mail at
Dr. Jeong Won Choi
Visiting Assistant Professor
Jeong Won received his B.A. in sociology and Chinese literature and language from Yonsei University, his M.A. in social sciences from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While his current research focuses on comparative and quantitative study of public attitudes toward economic inequality and norms of distributive justice across countries, his research interests also include racial and ethnic conflicts in contemporary South Korea as it transforms into a multicultural society. He can be reached at
You can reach Belinda by phone at 517/629-0414 or by e-mail at
Dr. Allison Harnish
Visiting Assistant Professor
“Alli” is a cultural anthropologist specializing in rural livelihoods, international development, and environmental change. Her research explores the gender and age dimensions of migration, deforestation, and wildlife management in Zambia, Africa. After earning a B.A. in anthropology and sociology from Western Kentucky University, Alli earned a graduate certificate in gender and women’s studies and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Kentucky. Prior to coming to Albion, Alli was a part-time instructor at Transylvania University and co-organizer of the annual Dimensions of Political Ecology (DoPE) Conference on Nature/Society in Lexington, KY. She is a Fulbright
alumna and an outdoor enthusiast. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, cleaning, hiking, bicycling, and rock climbing. She can be reached by e-mail at
Dr. Scott Melzer
Associate Professor and Chair
Scott Melzer received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California - Riverside in 2004, a few months before arriving at Albion College. He also completed an M.A. at UCR after receiving a B.A. in sociology from the University of Florida. His teaching and research interests are primarily in the areas of gender and social psychology, with particular interest in intimate violence, men & masculinities, and social movements. His previous work is highlighted by an article in the Journal of Marriage and Family examining how men’s work experiences influence their rates of violence against women partners, and a book (Gun Crusaders: The NRA's Culture War, NYU Press, 2009) analyzing the National Rifle Association’s dramatic transformation from a recreational firearms interest group into a conservative social movement organization. He is working on another book-length project, one that is a culmination of many years of work on men's views on what it means to be a man, how men deal with their own and others' views, and how men respond to changing societal definitions of manhood. Dr. Melzer is on sabbatical for the 2011-2012 academic year, but he can be reached by e-mail at
Dr. Lynn Verduzco-Baker
Lynn earned her Ph.D. in sociology and women’s studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor after receiving her M.S. in sociology from the University of Michigan and her B.A. in English from California State University, Fresno. Her current research investigates how discourses of motherhood are negotiated by women who were low-income and teenaged (i.e., “welfare queens” and “teen moms”) when they became mothers. The findings from her work challenge the discourses, stereotypes and images of good and bad motherhood and aim to shift the conversation about low-income mothers to one of compassion and respect. Lynn approaches teaching from a social justice perspective that can be traced to her experiences as a university instructor, an English teacher at an inner-city high school and an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Her teaching interests include: intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality; poverty and inequality; popular culture; family; race and ethnicity; and social panics. Lynn can be reached by email at
Dr. Len Berkey
Dr. Berkey received a B.A. from Colgate University in 1969 and a Ph.D in sociology from Michigan State University in 1982. In the interim, he spent two years at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. His long-term interests have been in racial and ethnic relations, inequality and assimilation, and the ways in which personal identities are formed in multicultural societies. He is currently working on a research project with Diana Ariza and 'Dimeji Togunde on the adaptation patterns of recent immigrants to the Orlando metropolitan area. Dr. Berkey can be reached by e-mail at