Deanna Bell received BAs in Anthropology, Archaeology, and Art History from Rutgers University. She spent two years in a graduate program in Art History at the University of Iowa before returning to Rutgers for law school where she earned her JD in 2007. Deanna served as the Administrative Coordinator of the PennCHC for one year. She intends to pursue a doctoral degree focusing on Near Eastern archaeology and cultural heritage issues.
Julia Brinjac graduated in 2008 with her BA in Cultural Anthropology from Penn. After spending a year in Washington DC interning for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, she returned to Penn to pursue an MA in Cultural Heritage with a focus on Heritage Tourism. Julia's projects included the Belize National Museum project, central american tourism research and site museum development. Additionally, Julia completed her MA thesis project in Belize where she conducted a heritage tourism study of Altun Ha- one of Belize's most visited heritage tourism sites. Julia graduated with her MA in 2011 and currently works for the Pennsylvania State Senate Democratic Caucus.
Lauren Davis was one of the first employees of the CHC! While at Penn she majored in Anthropology and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and participated in archaeological excavations in America, Turkey, and Israel. After a wonderful year of painting, organizing, and researching for the center, she moved on to Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey, where she is working on her doctorate, but is also currently interning at the Smithsonian Institute’s Freer|Sackler Galleries in Washington, D.C. In addition to the Smithsonian and the Penn Museum, she has worked with other museums including the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam, where she spent the past summer implementing new digital practices and an iPad application. Once she returns to Istanbul, her dissertation research will focus on bringing the sensory experience, and smell in particular, into our understanding of place and heritage, and how the sensory landscapes and heritage can be integrated with the digital world. As part of her dissertation work, she will also be turning her smellscape research of Istanbul into an exhibition.
J. Tyler Ebeling
Tyler Ebeling worked with PCHC from 2010-2012 as a research assistant, collaborating on the Belize National Museum project, Central American tourism research, site museum development, and governmental white papers. He graduated from Penn in 2012 with a double major in Art History and Classical Studies, and currently works at Lincoln Financial Group in Radnor, PA on the market research team.
Caitlin Foley volunteered at the PennCHC in the Penn Museum from October of 2012 through May of 2013. While volunteering at CHC Caitlin researched the genealogy of the Shasta, a Native American tribe located on the border between California and Oregon. Her work involved reading and recording information found in applications to the Bureau of Indian Affairs dated from 1928 to 1929, in an effort to contribute to research being done to aid the Shasta in the federal recognition process. Today Caitlin is a teacher at a pre-school in Northwest Philadelphia and enjoys teaching her students about the history of the United States when she can.
Joseph Isaac is a visiting Fulbright scholar studying street art and graffiti regulation in affiliation with the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Joseph's research involves analyzing how the creative interventions created by illicit images affect Melbourne's corporate identity and the experience of the city's public spaces. He is currently creating an online archive that maps street art and graffiti as a form of cultural heritage, with crowd-sourced content of thematically-linked images and guided tours that detail how individuals see and understand the city around them. From 2010-2014, Joseph worked at the PennCHC as a research assistant studying cultural property law and cultural heritage.
Sarah MacIntosh graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 with a major in Anthropology and minors in Geology and Modern Middle Eastern Studies. She worked for the Cultural Heritage Center as an undergraduate student while taking courses in cultural heritage studies. During her undergraduate career, she participated in numerous field excavation seasons in Morocco, Jordan, and America. Additionally, she worked in the American and Near East collections at Penn’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. After graduation, she was selected to be a research assistant for the Andrew Mellon Collection project at the Penn Museum from 2011 to 2012. Currently, she is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research focuses on exploring diachronic changes in sociopolitical organization, subsistence economies, and ethnic identity at the site of Kaman-Kalehӧyük in Central Anatolia (present-day Turkey). Sarah’s work experience at the CHC has greatly contributed to her anthropological training and perspective.
Jamie O'Connell graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 with a BA in Ancient History and Religious Studies. She worked with the PennCHC on research requests for renewal of Memoranda of Understanding with Cambodia, China, Mali, and Honduras, as well as several other research projects. Jamie's research interests include Greek and Roman relations with Achaemenid Iran, as well as cultural heritage and antiquities trade issues involving modern Iranian-U.S. relations.
After finishing her BA in Art History and Archaeology from Cornell University in 2012, Sabrina spent the summer at the Penn Cultural Heritage Center. While at the CHC, Sabrina primarily researched the economic implications and scope of the antiquities market, collecting data from a range of art dealers and online auction sites. After her summer at the CHC, Sabrina went on to complete a MPhil in Archaeology with a concentration in Archaeological Heritage and Museums from the University of Cambridge. Her dissertation focused on the effects of tourism on the management of an Urartian site in Armenia. Sabrina is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University where she plans to continue her research in Armenia, investigating the management policies and cultural diplomacy surrounding heritage and its subsequent effects on identity building.
Shannon Renninger graduated from the University of the Arts in 2013 with a BFA in Dance Performance. From 2012-2014 she worked for Group Motion Dance Company as a Community Ambassador and Administrator. In addition, she served as the Assistant to the Directors of the University of the Arts Dance Study Cycles, working as an administrator and author for the program's blog. Her interests include performing as a freelance dancer and non-profit cultural preservation management. Shannon was the Administrative Coordinator of the PennCHC in 2015. She is currently the Undergraduate Coordinator of the Department of Anthropology at Penn.
In the summer of 2010, after graduating from University College Utrecht (UCU) in the Netherlands with a major in cultural anthropology and international law and a minor in art history and museum studies, Angelea interned for the Penn Cultural Center. Her projects included conducting legal research for an upcoming conference at the University of Pennsylvania concerning the 1970 and 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Conventions and examining the circulation of Greek and Cypriot coins from different time periods throughout the Mediterranean. After leaving Penn, she interned for the University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) in Cambridge, England, where she worked with their anthropological collections and assisted a Senior Curator with developing a new exhibition for the Museum’s reopening. In addition, she worked closely with the Manager of Photographic Collections in gathering photographs from the archives of specific Adivasi communities in India for an upcoming project. She has also worked for INCOMINDIOS, a Swiss human rights organization who advocates for indigenous issues worldwide and has consulting status with the United Nations. In Spring 2013, Angelea graduated from the London School of with an MSc in Law, Anthropology and Society.
Ariel Smith graduated from Penn in 2011 with a major in Anthropology and minors in East Asian Area Studies and History. She worked for the Center first as a student and then after graduating on projects such as the Cultural Heritage Education Survey, Shasta Heritage Indian Kinship Project, and the Historical Museum Attendance Survey. She now works as Department Administrator in the Department of Anthropology at Penn.
Siobhan Walsh volunteered at the Cultural Heritage Center while attending Saint Joseph's University. Siobhan graduated from Saint Joseph's University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She majored in Fine Art and minored in Ancient Studies. At the Cultural Heritage Center, Siobhan researched importing and exporting regulations and drafted a document referencing the regulations implemented by UNESCO. After graduating college, Siobhan moved to New York and began working in the Human Resources Department at a nonprofit. She is currently looking into graduate school programs.