Our alumni work in a wide range of fields around the world. The sample below showcases some of the Anthropology alumni who have drawn on skills developed at Tufts to find new solutions and tools for human questions and problems. Their experiences show that innovation and social entrepreneurship—qualities in high demand around the working world—are nothing new for graduates of our program.
Benjamin Gee, 2012
Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow, National Institutes of Health
A double major in Anthropology and Biology, Benjamin Gee has been pursuing work at the intersection of medicine and culture. Through a post-BA fellowship with the International Virtual e-Hospital Foundation (IVeH) and then a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), he has been exploring ways to use longitudinal data to study the relationship between human behaviors and health outcomes in a variety of different public health contexts. With IVeH, he helped develop two projects in Albania: a web portal called TeleAutizmi for autistic children and their parents and an open-source web application, TeleDiabetit, that uses interactive media and monitoring to improve glycemic control and quality of life for patients with Type 1 and 2. Benjamin's training in anthropology, particularly medical anthropology and the utility of understanding one's "illness narrative," was instrumental to the development of his projects abroad, equipping him with ability to critically think about and approach systematic problems rooted in culture. You can read more about his work on his website.
Eileen Guo, 2011
Founder and Partner, Impassion Media (US-based) and Impassion Afghanistan (Kabul-based)
Eileen Guo is a social entrepreneur whose work lies at the intersection of communications, ethnographic research, and technology in transitioning environments. In addition to her BA in Anthropology and International Relations at Tufts, she holds a Certificate in Humanitarian Field Practices from Harvard. Her start-up, Impassion Afghanistan, is the country's first social media agency. She has led the company's information and communications technology initiatives, conducted an ethnography of social media and mobile technology use, organized the first Afghan Social Media Summit, and designed the country's first citizen journalism platform, Paiwandgāh. Eileen is an appointed member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Social Media. She has been recognized for her work by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper and was named one of "99 Top Foreign Policy Professionals Under 33" by the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) and Diplomatic Courier magazine. Eileen writes about technology, culture, and post-conflict for a variety of publications including VentureBeat and the New York Times. Her work has been featured in Foreign Policy, Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, The Guardian, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, Fox News, and Vice, among others.
David Hoberman, 1995
User Experience Strategist, Researcher and Consultant
David Hoberman is a User Experience Consultant with experience spanning the medical device, mobile app, finance, and health care industries. With a holistic approach informed by his ethnographic training, he specializes in user research and usability studies to help clients understand their users' needs and improve their products. After graduating from Tufts, he completed a Certificate in Technical Writing from Northeastern University, and a Human Factors in Information Design MS from Bentley University. Following an internship at Intuit, he worked as a freelance User Experience Consultant with clients including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Veracode, and Key Lime Interactive.
Steven LaFrance, 1991
President and CEO of Learning for Action (LFA)
Steven LaFrance continued his Anthropology education through graduate study at UCLA. While there, he was hired to conduct an ethnography of homeless youth in Hollywood in a project to design and evaluate more effective HIV prevention interventions. Having applied qualitative research skills and culture-grounded theoretical frameworks from Anthropology, Steven added quantitative research methods through a Public Health degree from UC Berkeley. As Steven deepened his work with homeless youth, the roots of homelessness in other social justice issues deriving from structural discrimination – poverty, access to educational and workforce development opportunities, health disparities, etc. – nagged. Steven began to engage more deeply in the role of the social sector (public agencies, nonprofits, philanthropies) in generating change. In 2000, he founded Learning for Action (LFA), a social entrepreneurship company with a mission to enhance the impact and sustainability of social sector organizations through applied community-based research, strategy development, program evaluation, and organizational capacity building. Since 2000, LFA has helped hundreds of social sector organizations more deeply understand the needs and barriers to change that the communities they serve face, hone their focus, strengthen their theories of change and program models, and shore up their infrastructure all in the service of deepening and expanding their impact. "To this day," writes Steven, "I credit my education and training with the Anthropology Department at Tufts with setting me off on my life path, which has culminated in the founding of LFA."
Adrian C. Madaro, 2011
State Representative, 1st Suffolk District
Adrian C. Madaro is a first-generation American and lifelong East Boston resident. Adrian has a deep-rooted commitment to strengthening the community that welcomed his family and shaped his future.
As a son of East Boston, Adrian was raised with a deep sense of civic duty and participation. He was first introduced to public service as a student at Boston Latin School when he interned at Boston City Hall for the Chief of Environment and Energy Services. Adrian attended Tufts University, where he earned a Bachelors in Anthropology and Child Development and a Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning. During his time at Tufts he also had the opportunity to expand his government experience by interning for US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in Washington D.C.
Prior to his election as State Representative, Adrian served as the Chief of Staff for Representative Carlo Basile. He has proven himself to be a staunch advocate for the East Boston community on Beacon Hill by working to pass legislation and change policies that directly impact our neighborhood. Since 2010, Adrian has worked directly with community members to make a difference.
Elyse (Tyson) Neumeier, 2009
Consultant, Bain & Company
Elyse Neumeier is a Consultant in Bain & Company's Boston office, where she has worked on trade strategy and supply chain efficiency projects. Prior to joining Bain, Elyse worked in the lighting industry, first at a global lighting manufacturer and then at a family office focused on investing in the LED space. Elyse earned her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2014. While at Sloan, Elyse served as a Vice President of the Sloan Design Club and helped organize conferences related to sustainability, energy and the arts. Elyse has found her anthropology education invaluable as she works to understand and leverage the dynamics that inhibit and encourage change within organizations and across industries.
Claire Redfield, 2011
Director, Performer, Educator
Claire Redfield is a director, teaching artist, and community maker who double-majored in Anthropology and Drama. After graduating, she co-founded Eleusis Collective, an artistic ensemble committed to exploring gender and identity through theatre, literary, and multimedia. The collective's first initiative, "The Rutland Project," a theatre arts workshop for high school girls in Rutland, VT, won a 2012 "Small and Inspiring" Grant from the Vermont Community Foundation. In her home town of Chicago, where she now lives, Claire is active in performing, directing, producing, and teaching theater, including with the Women's Theatre Alliance and the Tony Award winning Looking Glass Theatre. She is deeply interested in theater as a vehicle for cross-cultural understanding, a topic she explored in her senior honors thesis project, a play about cultural encounter and tourism in South Africa. She currently teaches through the Global Voices Initiative, which connects students in Chicago to students abroad to write and perform each other's original plays and share a dialogue about them. She serves as the Community Engagement Associate at Sideshow Theatre Company, is TEFL certified, and is also an English Instructor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Chicago. You can learn more about her work on her website.
Amanda Strawhacker, 2011
Lab Manager, Developmental Technologies Research Group, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University
Amanda Strawhacker is a double-Jumbo whose BA in Anthropology focused on the biological underpinnings of human development. She went on to receive her Master's degree at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. Currently, she is the Lab Manager at the Developmental Technologies Research Group at Eliot-Pearson, and her work involves designing, implementing, and investigating new technologies for young children. She is also the project coordinator for the ScratchJr research project, a computer-programming environment for young children. In this role, she has been able to further her investigations of humans-as-tool-users, as well as research the way new learning tools are built. Previously, Amanda's work has involved curriculum development, teaching, consulting, professional/educator development, and experimental research. In the upcoming year, she will pursue research as a PhD student in areas of child-computer interaction, developmentally appropriate technology, game-based learning, and young children's problem solving strategies. She hopes to continue to bring a human-centered approach to technology design.
Duy Linh Tu, 1997
Professor and Director of Digital Media, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Self-defined as "the original multimedia gangsta," Duy Linh Tu says, "I became a journalist not realizing that my double English/Anthro major were exactly what drove me there." In addition to his teaching work, Duy has been active as a cinematographer, photographer, and media consultant, and has shot and produced for broadcast networks, cable channels, independent production houses, and web venues. His award-winning documentary "deepsouth" explores the lives of those affected by HIV in the American South; the New Yorker said the film "burrows into the crevices of culture."