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Shauna Strnad, '13

Shauna in the lab

Shauna Strnad in the anthropology lab.

i.     What got you interested in Anthropology?

When I signed up to be an anthropology major I had no idea what it was. All I knew was that paleontology was related to it so if I wanted to study fossils and artifacts, this was what I should major in. I became really interested in anthropology when I learned that it can be applied to nearly anything. Anthropological knowledge can help with jobs, other classes, but also socially. You learn how to be open-minded, accept other cultures more readily, and examine things from all possible angles. I really wanted to open myself up to new experiences and think outside the box and this was the perfect major for me to start doing just that. Plus, telling people you’re an anthropologist is a great conversation starter!

 Shauna excavating in Belize

ii.     How would you describe your learning experience as an anthropology major at Brockport?

My learning experience at Brockport was well rounded, I would say. I was able to study three out of the four major branches of anthropology while still concentrating most of my studies on archaeology. Because of this I learned I had a natural talent in cultural anthropology and was simultaneously able to develop my skills and interest in archaeobotany by working one on one with Dr. Ramsay in the laboratory. All of the professors take an interest in their students and are always willing to help you understand things better. That was a major reason I did well in my classes. The small student to professor ratio as well as the professors being so willing to help their students grow made my experience as a major something that I will never forget.

Shauna Sifting in Belize

iii.     What are your future plans?

I hope to earn my master’s degree in ethnobotany within the next three years. However, my ultimate goal is to work as an ethnobotanist in Australia. One day I would like to have published a paper either on botany or mythology, which is another passion of mine, but until then I am happy to finally be working in a laboratory and doing research on my own.

Last Updated 5/28/14


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 (2 radio 30 minute 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”).

Dr. Feldman chaired a session and gave a presentation at the Society for Applied Anthropology meeting in March: “Panic and Stigma: Similarities and Differences of the HIV/AIDS and Ebola Crises,” paper presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), Pittsburgh, March 2015

Dr. Keating publishes an article on Cambodia in "The Indigenous World 2015," published by the International Working Group on Indigenous Affairs. (IWGIA). Copenhagen.

Dr. Keating participates in the 14th UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City, April 20–21.

Dr. Keating presents a paper at the Association for Asian Studies Conference in Chicago, March 25–29.

Dr. Esara Carroll presents her research on refugee resettlement at the Society
for Applied Anthropology, March 2015.

Dr. Esara Carroll talks about International Women's Day on WXXI's Morning
Edition radio program, March 2015.

Dr. Ramsay publishes two articles in Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, February 2015 and March 2015.