“In the Anthropology department, there is a really strong sense of community between faculty and students. While we all have our specializations in the sub-fields of anthropology, students and faculty alike are genuinely interested in learning and discussing everyone’s research -- we are all Anthropologists in the holistic sense of the term.”
Supervisors: Dr. Fred Longstaffe and Dr. Jean-Francois Millaire
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
The Anthropology department has a specialization in Bioarchaeology and the Laboratory for Stable Isotope Science (LSIS) is a really well-equipped facility where I can carry out my doctoral research.
Describe your research in 100 words or less.
My doctoral research focuses on obtaining dietary and geographical information, through stable isotope analysis, about individuals who were sacrificed by the Aztecs as an offering to their gods during the Late Postclassic period. This will allow me to identify the life histories and social personae of the sacrificed individuals, and answer questions about who was chosen as an Aztec sacrificial offering and how these religious practices were tied to cultural, economic, and political practices within the Aztec empire.
What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
The extremely supportive Anthropology faculty, administrators, peers, and the overall positive and supportive departmental environment.
What is your “dream” career?
Getting hired as a bioarchaeology professor to be able to teach and continue to carry out research on the Aztecs (which, in fact, has been my “dream” research since I was in high school!).
Where is “home” for you?
I am originally from Mexico, and my parents still live there so every time I go back I feel at home. My husband and I live in Vancouver, so that is home for me as well. My academic family is here in London and I spend a lot of time on campus (especially in the lab!) so I would say that’s my third home.
What are you most passionate about?
Since I was 18, I have had two passions in my life: Mesoamerican Archaeology and Dance.