Heritage Lab Alumnae

Kierston H. Downs, Ph.D.

Ph.D., USF, 2017
Dissertation title: “Beautifully Awful”: A Feminist Ethnography of Women Veteran’s Experiences with Transition from Military Service

Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D.

Ph.D., USF, 2016
Dissertation title: Reification, Resistance, and Transformation? The Impact of Migration and Demographics on Linguistic, Racial, and Ethnic Identity and Equity in Educational Systems: An Applied Approach

Leslie Paul Walker, Jr., M.A.

M.A., USF, 2015
M.A. Thesis: Narrating Climate Change at the San Juan National Historic Site at the Community Level

Iyshia Lowman, M.A.

M.A., USF, 2014
M.A. Thesis: Recreational Segregation: The Role of Place in Shaping Communities

 Justin Hosbey, Ph.D.

Justin Hosbey was a researcher in the Heritage Research Lab under Dr. Antoinette Jackson’s direction while pursuing his MA degree in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida. He worked on Dr. Jackson’s NPS projects in Archery, Georgia and Nicodemus, Kansas. Justin completed his Masters Degree in 2011. His thesis research analyzed women’s roles in cultural reproduction in Nicodemus, Kansas. The title of his thesis is Inalienable Possessions and Flyin’ West: African American Women in the Pioneer West. View Justin’s thesis at https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/etd/3154/.  He was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship in 2012. Justin received a PhD at the University of Florida on 2016. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Emory University.

Whitney Goodwin, M.A.

Whitney completed her M.A. degree in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida in 2011. She was enrolled in the “Issues in Heritage Tourism” course and served as a graduate student mentor for Dr. Jackson’s NPS projects in Archery, Georgia and Nicodemus, Kansas. The title of her thesis is Archaeology and Indigeneity, Past and Present: A View from the Island of Roatan, Honduras. View Whitney’s thesis at https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/etd/3123/. Whitney is currently pursuing a doctorate in Anthropology at Southern Methodist University.

Arland Ndong, Ph.D.

Arland Ndong completed his Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology at USF in 2011. His dissertation is titled Investigating the Role of the Internet in Women and Minority STEM Participation: A Case Study of Two Florida Engineering Programs. View Arland’s dissertation at https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/etd/3734/. Arland was enrolled in the “Issues in Heritage Tourism” course in Fall 2006 and participated in the Multicultural Guide Project.

Richard Estabrook, Ph.D.

Richard Estabrook completed his Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology from USF in 2011. The title of his dissertation is Social Landscapes of Transegalitarian Societies: An analysis of the chipped stone artifact assemblage from the Crystal River site (8CI1), Citrus County, Florida. View Richard’s dissertation at https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/etd/3723/. He also holds an M.A. in Applied Anthropology and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), both from USF. His interests lie in using GIS to map both geographic and social spaces in communities. Richard was enrolled in the “Issues in Heritage Tourism” course in Fall 2006. In the summer of 2007, he used GIS to map the Sulphur Springs and Spring Hill communities for the Heritage REU. He also collaborated with undergraduates to create posters for community heritage events.

Atuanya DuBreuil, M.A.

Atuanya DuBreuil served as a USF Heritage Lab volunteer and as an administrative assistant to Dr. Jackson in Dr. Jackson’s role as ethnographer for the 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 developement. She has a keen interest in cultural anthropology, ethnic minority and immigrant cultures and identity, foreign languages, and American History. She is also interested in 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 is Spanish from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Alisha Winn, Ph.D.

Alisha Winn received her Ph.D. from the University of South Florida in Applied Anthropology in 2010. She also has a M.A degree from Georgia State University in Anthropology.  Dr. Winn’s dissertation is titled Beyond the business: Social and cultural aspects of the Atlanta Life Insurance Company. View Alisha’s dissertation at https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/etd/1809/. She received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Sociology from Bethune-Cookman University, and Anthropology from Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Winn has worked on community research projects focusing on immigrants in the US, Mexican women in disaster response, heritage preservation, museums, elders and youth, and incorporating African American history and culture in the curriculum of public school systems using ethnographic research and oral narratives. Her research includes the historic African American insurance company, Atlanta Life, and its multiple roles in the African American community, and African American working class populations related to educational disparities, employment, and identity.

Karen Castagna

Karen Castagna was in the Masters program in applied anthropology at the University of South Florida. She is co-owner of a conflict resolution company and was studying conflict resolution and applied anthropology. Her focus was 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.

Janay Armstrong

Janay Armstrong earned a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Public Health from USF in 2009. She was an undergraduate participant on the Sulphur Springs research team during the summer 2007 Heritage REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) under Dr. Jackson’s leadership. Her culminating paper, The Other Side of Leisure in Sulphur Springs, examined leisure activities among marginalized Spring Hill residents, discussing how segregation restricted entertainment options for people of color from the 1930s to the 1950s. After the REU Janay co-edited the first two issues of The Heritage Researcher, a newsletter that chronicled the new developments and accomplishments from the Heritage Research Lab.

Courtney Spillane, M.A.

Courtney Spillane received her M.A. degree in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida in 2007. Her research, conducted in Sulphur Springs and Seminole Heights communities, is captured in her thesis entitled: Reconstructing the Past: Heritage Research and Preservation Activities in Tampa Bay Communities. View Courtney’s thesis at https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/etd/2371/. Courtney currently works as a Historic Preservation Planner for the city of Houston, Texas. Working on an interdisciplinary preservation team, she is the only anthropologist in her office-and she notes that collaborating with a diverse group of professionals has proved to be quite a learning experience. As the team anthropologist, she is charged with conducting copious amounts of archival research yielding data to be used in reports and briefings for Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission (HAHC).

Issues in Heritage Tourism Class of 2019
Blair Bordelon (Applied Anthropology)
Bridget Donahue-Farrell (History)
Jessica Gantzert (Applied Anthropology)
Amy Gatenbee (Applied Anthropology)
Meya Hemphill (Applied Anthropology)
Emma Lawler (Global Sustainability)
Tracy Lovingood (Applied Anthropology)
Heather Van Allen (Global Sustainability)
Amanda Ward (Applied Anthropology)
Marcella Zulla (Applied Anthropology)

Issues in Heritage Tourism Class of 2018
Lisa Armstrong (Applied Anthropology)
Chantel Bell (Applied Anthropology)
Shannon Bruffett (History)
Megan Keener (Applied Anthropology)
Aaron Lewis (History)
Hanna Lipsey (History)
Timothy Lomberk (Applied Anthropology)
April Min (Applied Anthropology)
Colette Witcher (Applied Anthropology)

Issues in Heritage Tourism Class of 2016
Christina Kmetz (Global Sustainability)
Eileen Deluca (Anthropology)
Preston LaFarge (Anthropology)
Antoine Romulus (Anthropology)
Emily Weisenberger (Anthropology)

Issues in Heritage Tourism Class of 2015
Joseph Corbett (History)
Brandy Kinkade (American Studies)
Melissa Sedlacik (Anthropology)
Vivian Gornik (Anthropology)

Issues in Heritage Tourism Class of 2014
Karen Castagna
William (Bill) Chalfant
Russell (Russ) Edwards
Granato, Toni
Eric Koenig
Cassandra Lawhon
Iyshia Lowman
Suzanna Pratt
Kaniqua Robinson
Ecaterina (Katie) Vasenina
Leslie Walker
Corinne Zellner

*Guest Participants
Ruben Wakefield
Atuanya DuBriel

Fall 2011 Issues in Heritage Tourism Class
Kiersten Downs
Adrienne Mael
Kara Rothenberg
Terrance Simpson

Summer 2011 Heritage Research Team – Nicodemus National Historic Site Project
Margaret Allsopp
Whitney Goodwin
Justin Hosbey

Fall 2010 Issues in Heritage Tourism Class
Maryann Cairns
Melanie Coughlin
Desiree Harden
Stefan Krause
Ashley Meredith
Elizabeth Murray
Chaady Radwan
Felicia Silpa

Summer 2010 Heritage REU program
Blaze Buck
Karen Castagna
Jeannese Castro
Sheryl Daisley
Aaron Lee Frost
Mika Giordano
Cassandra Lawhon
Jenny Loh
Cassandra Lubbers
Jessica Rubano
Richard Titus

Graduate Mentors:
Margaret Allsopp
Whitney Goodwin
Vanessa Hein
Justin Hosbey
Ashley Meredith

Fall 2009 Issues in Heritage Tourism Class
Margaret Allsopp
Kristina Baines
Sara Connolly
Diane Cotsirilos
Clayton Flotz
Vernice Hippolyte
Justin Hosbey
Elizabeth McCoy
Diego Serpa
Meg Stack
Jennifer Webb

Fall 2008 Issues in Heritage Tourism Class
Wanda-ël Antoine
Gaëlle Bernard
Noemi Creagan
Alejandro J. Figueroa
Whitney A. Goodwin
Vanessa Hein
Mabel Sabogal
Pete Watson

Summer 2008 Heritage REU Program
Lance Arney
Clayton Flotz
Lauren Johnson
Erika Westfield

Summer 2007 Heritage REU Program
Ja’Nay Armstrong
Lauren Drakopulos
Clayton Flotz
Laine Grivna
Megan Harding
Muchapiwa Mazano
Mary Quintero
Michael Ross
Sadiya Sassine

Fall 2006 Issues in Heritage Tourism Class
Tim Burke
Maressa Dixon
Richard Estabrook
Arland Ndong
Fred Pirone
Juan Ruiz
Nicole Shelnut
G. Smith
Courtney Spillane
Roger Villamar

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