Recent Graduate Theses

David M. Amrine (MA 2010; Supervisor: Paul A. Demers)
Thesis: Nail Distributions as Structural Insight a the Beaver Creek Trail Crossing Site (25SW49), Seward County, Nebraska
Current Situation: Archaeological Technician, National Park Service, Washington, D.C.

Donald Arp, Jr. (MA 2011; Supervisor: Stephen Glazier)
Thesis: The Aputu: An Examination and Analysis of a War Club-Form Distinctive to the Guianas
Current Situation: Marketing Specialist, Innovation Hub, Nelnet, Lincoln, Nebraska

Kelli Bacon (MA 2010; Supervisor: LuAnn Wandsnider)
Thesis: The Preservation of Archaeological Records and Photographs
Current Situation: Preservation Archivist, Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln, Nebraska

Benjamin J.  Bilgri (MA 2012; Supervisor: Peter Bleed)
Thesis: Ambushed at Dawn: An Archeological Analysis of the Catastrophic Defeat of the 1720 Villasur Expedition
Current Situation: Field Supervisor, Cultural Resources Analysts, Inc., Lexington, Kentucky

Brittany Brooks (MA 2012; Supervisor: LuAnn Wandsnider)
Thesis: Nebraska Phase Occupational History through the Study of Various Taphochronometric Indicators

Mayo Buenafe (MA 2012; Fulbright Scholar; Supervisor: Martha McCollough)
Thesis: RECLAIMING THE SACRED WITHIN THE LEGAL PLURALISM PHENOMENON: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ RIGHTS OVER CULTURAL PROPERTY
Current Situation: PhD candidate, Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University (The Netherlands)

José N. Cabrera-Schneider (MA 2010; Supervisor: Patricia Draper)
Thesis: Trade Liberalization, Corn Prices and a Rural Community in Guatemala

Anne M. Cafer (MA 2011; Supervisor: Mary Willis)
Thesis: A Survey of Agricultural Productivity and Nutritional Status in Rural South Wollo, Ethiopia
Current Situation: PhD candidate, Rural Sociology, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

Amanda Callahan-Mims (MA 2012; Supervisor: Douglas Scott)
Thesis: DYNAMIC RECONFIGURATION OF PAWNEE SOCIAL ORGANIZATION IN THE PROTO-HISTORIC AND HISTORIC ERAS
Current Situation: Field Supervisor, Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc., Lexington, Kentucky

Charles A. Flowerday (MA 2014; Supervisors:  Steven Glazier and Martha McCollough)
Thesis: EMERGING FROM THE SHADOWS: CIVIL WAR, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND PEACEBUILDING AMONG PEASANTS AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN COLOMBIA AND PERU IN THE LATE 20TH AND EARLY 21ST CENTURIES
Current Situation: Coordinator, C. Flowerday Communications, Lincoln, Nebraska; Assoc. Editor for reviews, at American Anthropological Association

Jennifer Hildebrand (MA 2012; Supervisor: Douglas Scott)
Thesis: The Social Bioarchaeology of Childhood as Applied to the Analysis of an Excavated Mid- to Late-Nineteenth-Century Mennonite Cemetery, Berne, Indiana
Current Situation: Abandoned Mineral Land (AML) Project Lead, The Great Basin Institute, Reno, Nevada

Caroline Jones (MA 2011; Supervisor: Carleen Sanchez)
Thesis: Women's Rights and the Millennium Development Goals
Current Situation: Academic Advisor, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas

Andrew E. LaBounty (MA 2010; Supervisor: Peter Bleed)
Awaiting the Call: Historic Sites Monitoring and Preservation at Fort Charlotte (21CK7), Grand Portage National Monument, Minnesota
Current Situation: Integrated Resources Technician at Voyageurs National Park, International Falls, Minnesota

Albert M. LeBeau (MA 2010; Supervisor: Peter Bleed)
Thesis: A Ditch by Any Other Name is Still a Ditch: An Archaeological Assessment of Ditch Earthworks on the Middle Missouri in the Dakotas
Current Situation: Cultural Resources Manager, Effigy Mounds NM, Harpers Ferry, Iowa

Tamara Luce (MA 2012; Supervisor: LuAnn Wandsnider)
Thesis: A Model for a Fifth Grade In-Class Fieldtrip
Current Situation: MA Program, Education, Northern Colorado University, Greeley, Colorado

Michelle NightPipe (MA 2012; Supervisor: Raymond Hames)
Thesis: Displays of Personal Adornment and Body Decoration by Nineteenth Century Lakota (Sioux) Tribes: A Costly Signaling Model
Current Situation: PhD candidate, Evolutionary Program, Anthropology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Christine Nycz (MA 2013; Supervisor: LuAnn Wandsnider)
Thesis: An Examination of Chipped Stone from Two Middle Holocene Archaeological Sites in the East Central Great Plains
Current Situation: National Park Service Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln, Nebraska

Owen J. O'Reilly (MA 2011; Supervisor: Mark Awakuni-Swetland)
Thesis: Diet and Disease: Subsistence Change and Tuberculosis among the Pawnee, Omaha and Winnebago in the Nineteenth Century
Current Situation: PhD candidate, Anthropology, SUNY

Keely A. Rennie-Tucker (MA 2010; Supervisor: LuAnn Wandsnider)
Thesis: Spirit of the Law: A Case Study in the Application of NAGPRA to Collections from Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, a Unit of the National Park Service
Current Situation: Staff Curator, National Park Service, Lincoln, Nebraska

Kristin E. Rodgers (MA 2011; Supervisor: Raymond Hames)
Thesis: Virtual Communities as Egalitarian Societies: Why Contributions Matter and What They Mean
Current Situation: Intelligence Analyst, US Strategic Command, Omaha, Nebraska

Curtis H. Sedlacek (MA 2012; Supervisor: Douglas Scott)
Thesis: Alternative Individual Cartridge Case Identification Techniques
Current Situation: Environmental Analysis Branch, Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit, Michigan

Eric Skov (MA 2013; Supervisor: LuAnn Wandsnider)
Thesis: Experimentation in Sling Weaponry: Effectiveness of and Archaeological Implications for a World-wide Primitive Technology
Awarded the Folsom Distinguished Masters Thesis Award, 2014
Current Situation: Archaeological Editor, Center for Environmental Management on Military Lands, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado

Jillian R. Smith (MA 2010; Supervisor: Peter Bleed)
Thesis: Hanseatic Cogs and Baltic Trade: Interrelations between Trade Technology and Ecology

Holly J. Staggs (MA 2014; Supervisor: LuAnn Wandsnider)
Thesis: Roman Baths at Antiochia ad Cragum: A Preliminary Evaluation of Bath Architecture as Social Signals in the Ancient Mediterranean World
Current Situation: Archaeological Technician, National Park Service Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln, Nebraska

Kathrine E. Starkweather (MA 2010; Supervisor: Raymond Hames)
Thesis: Exploration into Human Polyandry: An Evolutionary Examination of the Non-Classical Cases
Current Situation: PhD candidate, Anthropology, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

Karen A. Steinauer (MA 2011; Supervisor: LuAnn Wandsnider)
Thesis: Nebraska's Traditional Cultural Properties in the Section 106 Process
Current Situation: Highway Archaeologist, Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln, Nebraska

Kendra Suesz (MA 2011; Supervisor: Martha McCollough)
Thesis: America Hates the Westboro Baptist Church: The Battle to Preserve the Funerals of Fallen Soldiers
Current Situation: Artist and Editing and Proofing Specialist, Lincoln, Nebraska

Ryan Thomas (MA 2011; Supervisor: Martha McCollough)
Thesis:  Precarious Collaborations: A Study of Interpersonal Conflict and Resolution Strategies in Local Rock Bands

Cynthia J. Wiley (MA 2010: Supervisor: LuAnn Wandsnider)
Thesis: Home on the Plains: An Examination of Place at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument through Chipped Stone Tool Analysis
Current Situation: Curations Technician, National Park Service Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln, Nebraska

Allison M. Young (MA 2013; Supervisor: Peter Bleed)
Thesis: An historical archaeological investigation of the Indianola prisoner of war camp in southwestern Nebraska
Current Situation: Cultural Resources, Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Van Buren, Missouri

Courtney L. Cope Ziska (MA 2013; Supervisor: LuAnn Wandsnider)
Thesis: Omaha, Nebraska's Costly Signaling at the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition of 1898
Current Situation: Curator of Anthropology, Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln, Nebraska