The Department of Sociology and Anthropology would like to welcome our newest faculty members!
Simone Delerme is a cultural anthropologist who received her PhD from Rutgers University. Her research, funded in part by the Truman Scholars Foundation, focused on Hispanic migration to the South, and the social class distinctions and racialization processes that create divergent experiences in Southern spaces and places. Her dissertation explores language ideologies, racial formation, and the embodied social class identities that impacted Hispanic migration, settlement, and incorporation in Central Florida. She specializes in the anthropology of the contemporary United States with interests in Hispanic migration, critical race theory, language ideologies, social class inequalities, and suburbanization.
Carolyn Freiwald is a bioarchaeologist who received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 2011. She works to reconstruct migration and diet among the ancient Maya in Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras. She researches the relationship between burial practices and origin at Maya sites 1300 years ago in western Belize. She also is investigating changes in animal use in northern Guatemala, where independent Maya groups were in contact with the Spanish for 200 years before becoming part of the colonial system in 1697.
Marcos Mendoza is a cultural anthropologist who received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2013. He was awarded an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council to conduct field research investigating the social, cultural, and ecological impacts linked to the development of environmental capitalism in Southern Patagonia. His current research focuses on the development of environmental capitalism across Latin America with an emphasis on rural landscapes in Argentina and Chile. His theoretical interests include subjectivity, risk imagination, practice theory, class and race, globalization, state formation, environmental protection, and neoliberal capitalism.
Maureen Meyers is an archaeologist who received her PhD from the University of Kentucky in 2011. Her research focuses on Native American chiefdoms of the Southeast from the fourteenth century, and specifically on exchange at native frontier sites. She also researches the seventeenth-century Westo natives in South Carolina. She studies archaeological evidence of inequality through the analysis of ceramic analysis and settlement patterns.