Brandon Locke, Director
Alice Lynn McMichael, Assistant Director
Jen Andrella, Graduate Assistant
Jen Andrella is a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of History. Her research pertains to nineteenth-century territorial development of the American West, violence against Indigenous peoples, and its connections to the politics and policies of the Reconstruction Era. She follows ethnohistorical approaches that incorporate non-traditional documentary evidence like art, fictional literature, and music which allows stronger representation of Indigenous culture and memory. She is also pursuing the graduate certificate in Digital Humanities, and my work utilizes text mining, mapping, and image analysis.
Jack Biggs, Graduate Assistant
Jack Biggs is a fifth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology. He is a bioarchaeologist specializing on the ancient Maya of Central America. His research is focused on human growth and development and the social creation of childhood by analyzing biological correlates and the transitional/liminal age phases individuals go through during childhood to attain personhood up to adulthood. He is also a strong proponent of using photogrammetry and 3D models as a means to preserve fragile material and biological artifacts so that these data will not be lost or destroyed over time.
Brian Geyer, Graduate Assistant
Brian Geyer is a 7th Year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University. His research regards intersectional identites, ethnicity, and gender/masculinity among Kenya’s tech industry professionals. He comes to LEADR as a scholar deeply interested in increasing the reach for published anthropological research through web-based publication venues. To contact Brian, feel free to email him at geyerbri [at] msu [dot] edu.
Alyssa Lopez, Graduate Assistant
Alyssa Lopez is a fourth year PhD student in the History Department. Her research looks at black silent film, issues of censorship, and spaces of leisure in early twentieth century black New York City. Her dissertation, titled “Screens, Seats, and Picket Signs: New York City’s Black Film Culture,” examines the various ways that black New Yorkers interacted with motion pictures as cultural producers, consumers, and workers. She is also particularly interested in the ways that digital methodologies can be incorporated into history classrooms.
Feel free to contact Alyssa at lopezal6 [at] msu [dot] edu.