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Spotlight: Nicky Ryan

Nicky Ryan

Nicky Ryan is a double-major in Anthropology and Psychology

What got you interested in Anthropology?

One of the most influential experiences I've had that made me want to study anthropology was a high-school exchange year in Germany. I had wanted to go on an exchange since I was 8 years old. I would fantasize about learning another language and living somewhere else besides the Adirondacks. When I finally got the chance, you could have cancelled Christmas and I wouldn't have cared because I was so happy!

When I came back to the States for my senior year of high school I discovered that anthropology matched my interests in understanding other cultures. I liked learning how solutions to social problems come from numerous disciplines and factors working together. I don’t think I could have chosen a better major. I was not exactly sure where to start with anthropology, whether to specialize in cultural, medical, or so on, but I did know that I wanted to incorporate psychology into my coursework. I was hesitant at first to make psychology a second major, but the more classes I took in it the more I saw parallels between social psychology and anthropology. I find it useful to know how cognitive processes and group dynamics work in the field.

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

Anthropology at Brockport has been a very good experience for me. All of my professors know me by name, know my general interests in anthropology, and have provided me with suggestions on internships and independent study opportunities. After taking the Professions course, I found it easier to apply the tools we learned to start networking and I ended up being able to make enough contacts within the Rochester Museum and Science Center to create my own flexible internship, which involved everything from museum organization to repatriation of artifacts to Native American communities.

What are your future plans?

I'm hoping to become a professional psychological anthropologist. I would like to do applied anthropology in North America focusing on healthcare and public health. One thing that has really helped me with this has been the independent study I did concerning Indigenous Rights and the continuing effects of Indian residential schools in Canada.

Last Updated 3/30/12


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.


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