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Visiting Professor & Researchers/Scholars

  • Catherine Whittaker

    Catherine Whittaker 

    Visiting Researcher

    Catherine Whittaker received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh, UK, in 2019. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Socio-Cultural Anthropology at the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, where she specializes on structures of violence. She has conducted ethnographic research on 1) vigilance and subjectivity among Latin@s in the US-Mexican borderlands (ongoing, DFG-funded, PI: Prof. Eveline Dürr, LMU Munich), 2) women’s power, the relationship between love and violence, and the politics of Indigeneity in the rural south of Mexico City, and 3) the role of gender in anti-violence activism in Michoacán, Mexico. Among her most recent publications are her 2020 articles, “Felt Power: Can Mexican Indigenous Women Finally Be Powerful?” and „Aztecs Are Not Indigenous: Anthropology and the Politics of Indigeneity.“ Having lived a nomadic life, she has previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany, and the University of Aberdeen, UK, was a visiting researcher at the National University of Mexico (UNAM), and studied Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Oxford (all UK) and Latin American Studies at the University of Bonn (Germany).

    Regional and thematic interests:

    Latin America (esp. Central Mexico), the U.S.-Mexican border region (esp. California); anthropology of violence and feminist anthropology; vigilance, coloniality of power, racism, gender, migration, intersectionality, affects, religion, ritual, cosmologies

  • Margie Burton

    Margie Burton


    Margie Burton received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of California San Diego in 2004. She is currently Program Manager for the Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability—Qualcomm Institute and for the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology. From 2005-2014 she was Research Director at the San Diego Archaeological Center, a non-profit curatorial, education and research organization located in Escondido. Her main research interests are ceramic and ground stone technologies and their relationship to socio-economic change. She has worked on projects in the southern Levant and southern California. She earned her BA from Stanford University in Cultural and Social Anthropology (jointly with a BS in Biological Sciences) and her MBA from UC Berkeley. For recent publications, see

  • Gilad Shtienberg

    Gilad Shtienberg

    Visiting Post-doctoral Scholar

    Gilad Shtienberg received his Ph.D. in Coastal geomorphology with an emphasis on anthropogenic influences, University of Haifa, studies long-term climate change in Israel and neighboring lands as a model for more general issues of global environmental change. He specializes in the understanding theoretical and practical aspects of the landscape changes that occur in the dynamic environments of the coast zone. His recent projects focus on human settlement during the Biblical periods along Israel’s northern Mediterranean coast.

    Research interests: Geoarchaeology, Palaeo-landscape reconstruction, Anthropogenic processes effecting soil and landscape, Shallow continental shelf morphology