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 Master 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 she is currently a researcher on the Hardee County rapid ethnographic assessment of cultural/historical resources.  Please visit her blog page.
 
 

photo of Karen Castagna Karen Castagna

Karen is in the masters program in applied anthropology. She is a co-owner of a conflict resolution company and is studying conflict resolution and applied anthropology. Her focus is ethnicity, race, social networks and quality of life issues involving education, housing and heritage preservation. She is active in local community work and was a member of Dr. Jackson’s Heritage Preservation program in the summer of 2010.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 Iyshia Lowman

Iyshia Lowman

Iyshia is a Masters student in the Applied Anthropology program.  She holds a B.A. in Psychology & Sociology from Florida State University. In association with Biscayne National Park, working with the Heritage Research Lab, Iyshia is gathering oral histories, photographs, and artifacts associated with Homestead Bayfront Beach during the period of 1950s and 1960s.  This project is an effort to record the history of the Homestead community as it transitioned from the period of racial segregation, characterized by Jim Crow laws, to the present.  Iyshia’s project needs your help.   Please visit her blog page.
 
 
 
 

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Leslie Walker

Leslie Walker is currently a Master’s student at the University of South Florida in the Department of Anthropology. He received a BA in Anthropology and Spanish from St. Mary’s College in Maryland. Leslie’s research interests include community engagement and community development with a specific focus on military families and community programs for the US Navy and Air Force. Leslie’s current research involves heritage and environmental resource management. He is working with Dr. Jackson on an Ethnographic Overview and Assessment Project for the National Park Service at the San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico.

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