Meet our 2022-2023 CAP Fellows
First things first — Thanking our former Campus Archaeologist
As we move into the new academic year and welcome a new set of CAP Fellows, we also say our farewells to Jeff Burnett, our outgoing Campus Archaeologist. Jeff oversaw the program in a challenging era, effectively managing shifts in CAP’s approach to public outreach, research, and fieldwork in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. We’d like to express our sincere gratitude for his guidance, support, and comradery during this time.
Our 2022-2023 Graduate Fellows
Aubree Marshall (she/her/hers) is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology, with a focus in bioarchaeology. This is her second year serving as a CAP fellow. Her research focuses on the relationship between dietary access and social identity of the ancient Maya from Belize. Aubree will be working with undergraduates to better understand the use of UV light in archaeological contexts. She is excited to continue participating in archaeological surveys, artifact cataloging, and public outreach through CAP.
Emma Creamer (she/they) is currently a second-year graduate student who is pursuing the thesis track MA in the ACM&MS program as well as a graduate certificate in community engagement. They got their BA in anthropology with a minor in classical archaeology from the University of Michigan. Using their background in community-driven archaeological research, Emma is interested in community-based participatory methodologies in archaeology and how those methods can provide a framework through which to increase community engagement and collaboration in museums. This year, Emma will be participating in the CAP fellowship, as well as the CHII fellowship, and continuing their work exploring community engagement strategies at the Broad Art Museum.
Emily Nisch (she/her/they/them) is a first year archaeology PhD student. She works in digital archaeology and cultural heritage and plans to focus on historic Native American boarding schools. This is Emily’s first year in CAP. She is looking forward to exploring the intersection of digital archaeology, public engagement, and campus archaeology.
Holly Long (she/her/hers) is a first-year biological anthropology doctoral student, focusing on forensic anthropology. Her research interests include tracing the evolution of traits used in the biological profile and excavations of commingled remains. This is Holly’s first year as a CAP fellow and hopes to gain more archaeological experience that she can apply to forensic investigations and other research. She also hopes this work will help her make connections across the different anthropological subfields by working with the other CAP fellows.
Rhian Dunn: Rhian (she/her/hers) is a fourth-year biological anthropology doctoral student, focusing in forensic anthropology. Her research interests include human variation and improving aspects of the biological profile (i.e., human identification) and her dissertation will focus on bias in skeletal collections often used to create forensic anthropological methods. Rhian is starting her fourth year as a CAP fellow and is looking forward to continuing work for outreach and engagement, both in person and online. She also hopes to continue working with some archival data and previously collected artifacts currently housed in the CAP lab.
Clara Devota (she/her/hers) is a second-year biological anthropology doctoral student, specializing in forensic anthropology. Her research interests include improving methods for human identification and cranial blunt force trauma and repair. This is Clara’s first year with CAP and she is excited to partake in the many public outreach events and gain more experience in archaeological practices.
Victoria Schwarz: Tori (She/Her/Hers) is a first-year doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant with the Department of Anthropology. Her archaeological focus is on prehistoric human-environmental interactions in the Central Andes of Peru, and she specializes in geoarchaeology. Tori is a first year CAP Fellow, and she is looking forward to public engagement and outreach through social media, as well as developing skills in report writing.
Benjamin Akey (they/them) is a fourth-year doctoral student in anthropology, specializing in historical archaeology. Returning to CAP for their fourth consecutive year, Ben is excited to take on a new role within the program supporting fellows in their research projects, organizing outreach events, and protecting the cultural resources of campus through coordination with the university and external stakeholders. Outside of the Campus Archaeology Program, their dissertation research focuses on the relationship between labor, racialization, and the negotiation of belonging in early-twentieth century Japanese American communities of the Pacific Northwest.