Alumni Spotlight

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    Anthro Alum Elizabeth Najera-Bustillos Named Pasadena Unified Teacher of the Year

    Elizabeth Najera-Bustillos, who is a UC Santa Cruz undergraduate alum and also received her Masters in Education here, has been named 2019 Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Teacher of the Year. Najera-Bustillos is a Spanish Dual Language Immersion and English Language Development teacher at Blair Middle School.
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    Alum Directs University's Gift Of Body Program

    Dr. Laura Johnson, UC Santa Cruz Anthropology alum and former lab assistant, directs the University of Missouri School of Medicine's Gift Of Body Program, speaking at the commemoration ceremony.
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    Adolfo Mercado: An Authentic Life

    The former director of tuition-free college prep program Breakthrough Sacramento, Adolfo Mercado (B.A., 1998) recently became regional manager for California Charter Schools Association. The role embodies his belief in serving others and giving back.
  • Naomi Glenn-Levin Rodriguez (PhD, 2013) Publishes Book on Immigration, Foster Care, Citizenship

    Naomi Glenn-Levin Rodriguez (PhD, 2013) has published a book entitled "Fragile Families: Foster Care, Immigration, and Citizenship", based on research conducted in the San Diego-Tijuana region between 2008 and 2012. 
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    Recent Grad Reflects on Path from Anthropology to Clinical Psychology

    Recent graduate Gabryel Tobias Gutierrez (B.A., 2014) reflects on the ways that anthropology, as a study of culture, can inform clinical psychology.
  • Dr. Marissa Ramsier (PhD UCSC) featured on Today Show for Testing Gorilla

    UCSC Anthropology graduate Dr. Marissa Ramsier was invited to the Jacksonville Zoo in Jacksonville, Fla., to perform hearing tests on a gorilla that was suspected to be deaf. The visit was featured on NBC’s Today’s Show. Ramsier is currently an assistant professor at Humboldt State University.
  • Kristen Cheney, Ph.D. 2004, Publishes Book

    Kristen Cheney, a 2004 Ph.D. recipient from the Department of Anthropology, has published a new book entitled Crying For Our Elders, regarding crucial aspects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa and how this crisis has been read - and misread - by humanitarian organizations. Cheney is currently an associate professor of children and youth studies at the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands.

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    Chelsey Juarez, Ph.D. 2011, Featured for Volunteering with Sheriff

    Chelsey Juarez, Ph.D. 2011, made the Charlotte Observer for her contributions to the Wake County Sheriff's Office in North Carolina.  Dr. Juarez is currently an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University.  Beyond her career in academia, Dr. Juarez volunteers her time and expertise in forensic anthropology to help law enforcement solve crimes.  

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