Anna Nelson Releases New EP

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology celebrates Anna Nelson (Sociology, 2009) and the upcoming release of her new EP In My Dreams.  More info about Anna, known by her stage name Moxi, and her amazing talent and creativity as a performer and songwriter can be found here:

Department Alumna Sabrina Perlman Recognized for Research

Sabrina Perlman (2009) is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Medical Anthropology at Michigan State University.  A research project she conducted on Native American women and diabetes risk was recently awarded the Rita Gallin Award for Best Graduate Paper on Women and Gender in Global Perspective.  A copy of her paper can be found here: Congrats Sabrina!


Keturah Kennedy, Anthropology 2004

Keturah Kennedy

Keturah stayed close to Vanguard post-graduation, and is currently the Director of Operations for Mika Community Development Corporation.  Mika works in four low-income neighborhoods in Costa Mesa and focuses on building the capacity of neighborhood leaders to be able to identify, design, fund, manage, and evaluate projects and initiative for their community.  Keturah also lives in one of the neighborhoods in which she works, Shalimar, and she loves getting to know her neighbors and being a part of the community.

This is a photo of Keturah with the girl she mentors (as well as Keturah’s summer intern) at her high school graduation.

Adam Thomson, Anthropology 2008

Adam is currently working as the Missions Director for a small non-profit called Krochet Kids.  Krochet Kids works to Adam Thomsondevelop locally-sustainable livelihoods with women who are dependent on humanitarian aid.  Currently, the organization employs 83 women in northern Uganda and is finalizing a feasibility study for a similar program in Peru.

We spoke to Adam about his work, and this is what he said:

“This year was an awesome year!  As our programs have grown a lot, my main challenge has been to maintain a very contextual and relational approach to our aid practice, but with these challenges we’ve seen great opportunity.  I spent the first half of the year in Uganda, working with our staff to better develop our operations and monitoring and evaluation systems, and now as I write I’m in Peru finalizing up a feasibility study for a new program.  It’s been such a rad experience getting to travel to our project locations and brainstorm with our staff and other nationals about how we can best use our collective resources to empower and equip vulnerable women.

Since I graduated from Vanguard in 2008, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind, but I couldn’t be happier.  I see a lot of God’s grace in the opportunity to explore my dreams and develop my career at such a young age.  I thought I might end up in grad school right after university, but I’m learning too much in the field right now for it to make any sense to leave. We’ll see, the future always hold bright things for those who remain humble and willing.  That’s the challenge right now.”

Trujillo, La Liberdad, Peru