About Us

Dr. Jen Erickson

Dr. Jen Erickson is the instructor for this course. She is Associate Professor and Assistant Chair in the Department of Anthropology at Ball State University. She teaches courses on ethnographic methods and anthropological theory, race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and feminism, and applied and urban anthropology. Her research interests include refugee resettlement, citizenship, race and racism, tax, feminist and urban anthropology, and (post)colonial, (post)socialist, and (post)neoliberal transformations. Her geographic interests center on the United States, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and South Sudan.

Sydney Lundy

Sydney Lundy is an anthropology student with minors in both studio art, with a concentration in glass, and history. She currently works as a studio assistant for Glick Glass Center and does fieldwork for the AAL during the summer months.

Brooklynn Kelley

Brooklynn is a Natural Resources Environmental Management major at Ball State University with a concentration in Natural Resources. She also holds minors in Spanish and Anthropology. She enjoys exploring State and National parks and wishes to travel to all the US National Parks in her lifetime. She is currently the Treasurer of Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship at Ball State University, where she is also a two-year small group leader.

Sierra Runion

Sierra is a senior at Ball State University and is majoring in Biological Anthropology. She holds minors in Ancient Studies and Digital Forensics and works for the AAL (Applied Anthropology Laboratory) as an Archaeological Technician. Her main goal after graduation is to travel the United States before moving abroad for graduate school.

Phillip Oechsle

Phillip is an Anthropology major at Ball State University. He holds interest in both cultural and archeological work, and aspires to travel to several places around the globe in order to fulfill his studies.

Zoe Lawton

Zoe is a senior at Ball State University and is majoring in anthropology. She has a focus on midwestern archaeology, and is the current historic preservation fund assistant for the Applied Anthropology Laboratories on Ball State’s campus.

Olivia Vincent

Samantha Turner

Sammy is a senior undergraduate at Ball State University with a double concentration in Biological and Applied Cultural Anthropology with a double minor in Spanish and History. She will be graduating in the fall of 2021 and looking for further research opportunities later down the line.

Kierstin Price

Kierstin is a criminology major and plans to become a victim advocate. This was her first anthropology course ever taken. She plans to continue her criminology career with a new appreciation for the parks.

Olivia London

Olivia is a senior at Ball State University majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. She works at the Applied Anthropology Laboratories as a Student Administrative Assistant. She will graduate in May 2022, and hopes to continue working in Curation Management.

Claire Dorsch

Claire Dorsch is a senior anthropology and english rhetoric double major at Ball State University. Claire enjoys bookbinding, reading, hiking, and hammocking. She plans on graduating in May 2022 and is taking a gap year before studying at IU Bloomington for a double master’s in library and information science.

Hannah Hayth

Hannah Hayth is a sophomore at Ball State University double majoring in anthropology and chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry. She currently holds an associate degree in Paralegal Studies from Ivy Tech Community College. She has interests in both forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology, and hopes to be able to study in these fields after graduation.

Sydney Taylor

Sydney is a junior at Ball State majoring in Anthropology and Religion, with a minor in Women’s and Gender studies. After graduation, Sydney hopes to attend grad school where she would like to achieve a PhD in some form of Religious studies, with the hope of working for National Geographic or being a professor of Religious Studies. On campus she is involved in Greek life and was recently elected her sorority’s, Phi Mu, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion chair for the 2022 executive committee.

Parker Post

Parker Post is an Anthropology and History double-major at Ball State. He is interested in Historic Preservation and hopes to pursue that through further schooling and an eventual career.

More researchers

In addition to the above profiles, the following students also contributed to this research: Becca Gutierrez, Koby Johnson, Kiera McWhinney, Mason Miller, Tommy Ropp, Len Virges, and Douglas Weinert.