Current Team

photo of Margaret Allsopp Margaret Allsopp

Margaret is a doctoral candidate in the Applied Anthropology program.  She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Florida and a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology from the University of South Florida.  Margaret’s research focuses on exploring the possibilities that new technologies have for engaging youth in heritage research preservation.  Margaret was enrolled in the “Issues of Heritage Tourism” course in the Fall of 2009, and working with the Heritage Research Lab, she served as a graduate student mentor on the Sulphur Springs team for the Summer 2010 Heritage REU program, conducted field work in Nicodemus, Kansas in the Summer of 2011, and served as a researcher on the Hardee County rapid ethnographic assessment of cultural/historical resources.  She recently completed her pilot research study for her dissertation which focused on the use of intergenerational geocaching through an examination of a preservation project in Sulphur Springs.  Please visit her blog page.

photo of Kiersten Downs Kiersten Downs

Kiersten is a doctoral student in the Department of Applied Anthropology. After serving in the US Air Force, Kiersten attained her B.A. in Political Science from Binghamton University and a M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University. Kiersten’s research focuses on the transition and reintegration of student veterans from the military to higher education. She is the president of the Student Veterans Association on campus and also works as a program manager for the Office of Veteran Services at USF. Additionally, she is a research assistant for Dr. Antoinette Jackson where she is assisting with the Hardee County rapid ethnographic assessment of cultural/historical resources.  Kiersten will bike cross-country this summer to support student veterans and the USF chapter of SVA.  Please visit her biking USA website and blog to learn more about how Kiersten is raising awareness about and supporting veterans who are transitioning into campus life.

photo of  Atuanya DuBreuilAtuanya DuBreuil

Atuanya serves as a USF Heritage Lab volunteer and as an administrative assistant to Dr. Jackson in her new role as regional ethnographer for the National Park Service.  Atuanya is a former middle school English Language Arts and math teacher, and she spent several years working in non-profit fund development.  She has a keen interest in cultural anthropology, ethnic minority and immigrant cultures and identity, foreign languages, and American History.  Her current focus is on Native American and multi-ethnic Native American communities – past and present – along America’s east coast.  She holds a M.A. in Secondary English Education from the University of South Florida and a B.A. in English with a minor in Spanish from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

photo of Kaniqua Robinson

Kaniqua Robinson

Kaniqua is a doctoral student in the Applied Anthropology program. She holds a B.A. in English and M.A. in Anthropology from Georgia State University. Her research interests center on the Black Church and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African American community.

Melissa SedlacikMelissa Sedlacik

Melissa is a doctoral student in the Applied Anthropology program at USF. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in History and an M.A. in Anthropology both from Monmouth University. Her research interests are centered on the anthropology of disaster, with an emphasis on promoting community engagement during post-disaster reconstruction, and her M.A. thesis specifically focused on reducing vulnerability and increasing resiliency along the Jersey Shore following Hurricane Sandy. She assisted in organizing Rebuild One City, as part of the Rebuild by Design competition sponsored by President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force.  Melissa has also volunteered with the Nevis Disaster Management Department in Nevis, West Indies. She also spent two years working at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City.