Anthropology Alumni News

Kelly Moran served in the US Peace Corps for 27 months after obtaining her BA from CSUN. This time spent living as an “other” persuaded Kelly to continue studying anthropology, and she earned an MA in Applied Anthropology from the University of North Texas in 2007. Kelly has spent the last five years working for VHA, a national healthcare alliance based in Irving, Texas. Although she works healthcare, Kelly considers herself more of an organizational/business anthropologist then a medical anthropologist and spends her time studying how healthcare workers provide safe and compassionate care within a highly structured organizational environment. Read her recent paper, "Health Care as Social Practice."

Sandra Mermelstein received her Masters in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology. Sandy is now applying to combined Masters/Ph.D programs in Archaeology. After completing her MA thesis "Production and Exchange of Hellenistic Moldmade bowls at Tel Dor", Sandy is now working on publishing a catalogue of the moldmade bowls for the excavation in Israel. The catalogue is a continuation of the research she began while working on her thesis. While at CSUN, she received a National Science Foundation (NSF) mini grant to have her pottery undergo Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA) in order to help determine the origin of the bowls and she continues to work on this project as well.