Anthropology BA at Brockport: Class of 2012
History BS at Brockport: Class of 2012
History MA at Brockport: Class of 2013
I am currently working as Marketing Assistant at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY. This involves some of the standards of a marketing position, such as working with promotional materials, coordinating with tourism agencies, and promoting the museum on social media, but also requires a direct connection with and understanding of the collections and the history of the site, and utilizing this information visually as a means of engaging audiences and visitors.
i. What got you interested in Anthropology?
When I came to Brockport as a freshman, I already knew that I wanted to be a history major, but I had a very general interest in archaeology that I wanted to further explore. So I took on Anthropology as a minor, and began taking archaeology and anthropology courses. I became more and more interested in anthropology as a discipline, and I really came to appreciate the way that my anthropology coursework and history curriculum complimented each other. I made the decision relatively early on to take on Cultural Anthropology as a major, in addition to my history major, and graduated in 2012 with two degrees that I felt really reflected my interests as a student and my goals as a professional. Through my interest in public history (and my work experience in marketing), I found a way to utilize both degrees in the professional world in the context of museum marketing, which really combines a little bit of everything I enjoy: presenting historical and cultural information to a diverse audience through the use of a material (and digitized) collection.
ii. How would you describe your learning experience as an anthropology major at Brockport?
I had such a fantastic experience within the Anthropology department during my time at Brockport. Being such a small department, I became really familiar with all of my classmates and professors, and found a level of support amongst the department that really made the already fascinating courses that much more enjoyable. It was also during my time as an anthropology major that I took advantage of Brockport's study abroad program, and traveled to Jordan in 2011 with Dr. Ramsay to work at Petra, an amazing, ancient Nabataean site with a rich material and cultural history. This was a life changing experience for me, and really substantiated my love for material culture and travel. Being an anthropology major was also incredibly fun - being a member of Anthropology Club meant that there were always great activities and trips in the works, and the courses themselves were always completely engaging, whether they focused on New World Archaeology or Ethnography. While I value my entire Brockport experience, I have very fond memories of being an anthropology major.
iii. What are your future plans?
I see myself continuing down the path of museum marketing and digital public history. This is a really interesting niche of the historical community that I was only able to discover as a result of my diverse experimentation with courses, travel, internships, and work experiences at Brockport. My work at the Adirondack Museum allows me to spend every work day in the middle of an incredibly significant historical location, constantly learning about material culture through hands-on experiences, and sharing this knowledge and love for Adirondack history with the museum's audiences. A degree in Anthropology from Brockport has provided me with so many of the necessary tools to succeed in a professional climate, even in circumstances which don't relate directly to anthropological work. Every day, I get to share with people my passion for history and culture, both of which I honed during my time as a history and anthropology double major at Brockport.
Keep up to date with Paige:
Professor Neal Keating participated in an Expert Meeting on peace sustainability at Columbia University on October 23, organized through the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity, part of the Earth Institute at Columbia. The expert meeting was convened to discuss and examine the design of a new approach to modeling sustainable peace systems at local to global scales, that makes use of non-linear systems of causality that are grounded in temporalities of historical memory, future expectations, and the current existence of conflict resolution mechanisms and peace-promoting practices.
Dr. Zinni's book project, “A Palimpsest of Place: Technologies of Memory, Landscape, and Folklife in Western New York,” has been selected by the University of Illinois Press for the 2015 Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World workshop, a collaborative publishing initiative of the University of Illinois Press, the University Press of Mississippi, and the University of Wisconsin Press, in conjunction with the American Folklore Society and with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Dr. Zinni was honored in 2015 faculty/staff recognition program by Office of Special Disabilities (OSD) for assisting and contributing to our students with disabilities.
Dr. Ramsay published an article: Ramsay, J.H. and Eger, A. 2015. Analysis of Archaeobotanical Material from the Tupras Field project of the Kinet Höyük Excavations. Journal of Islamic Archaeology 2 (1): 35-50.
Dr. Feldman was recently on the Coy Barefoot Show (two 30-minute radio shows) in May and June 2015:
The Coy Barefoot Show, 107.5 FM (Charlottesville, VA), 2015 (two 30-minute shows on “Same Sex Marriage” and “Baltimore, the Police, and African Americans”).