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Check out what some of our alumni are up to! 


Bridget Arnold, BA, 2023

Bridget Arnold is working her fourth season with the National Park Service, and her second season at Yosemite National Park. She recently graduated with a Degree+ in both Anthropology and Organizational Leadership with minors in Spanish and Design & Innovation. At Yosemite, she's working as a interpretive park ranger, meaning she's the one leading guided hikes and ranger talks, including two-hour tram tours throughout Yosemite Valley. She's also a Spanish language interpretive ranger, which means that when Spanish-speaking visitors have questions they can come to her for answers. She loves the fast-paced environment at Yosemite and is looking forward to working at other parks in the future! When the season wraps up in October, she'll be looking for another interpretation position ideally located somewhere warm for the wintertime. She's so thankful for her time at Purdue, and she's loving this opportunity to explore such an amazing place!

Mary Phelan, BA, 2023

In June 2023, Mary will be starting as a User Experience Product Coordinator with the Children's Tumor Foundation.

Tanvi Inani, BA, 2023

Tanvi Inani graduated from Purdue in 2023, with a degree in Economics and Anthropology, and minors in Statistics, Data Analytics, and Applied Anthropology. After graduation, she works as a Market Analyst with Ducker Carlisle, in Detroit. During her time at Purdue, Tanvi was involved on campus as a Resident Assistant, a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, and served on the Purdue Foundation Student Board.

Diana Quintero-Bisono, BA, 2022

Diana Quintero-Bisono

Diana Quintero-Bisono is a master's student in the Museum and Field Studies Program at the University of Colorado –Boulder. During her time in the Anthropology Department at Purdue University she was involved in research projects with Dr. Stacy Lindshield and Dr. Laura Zanotti. Throughout her time as an undergraduate student at Purdue University she developed an interest in cultural heritage preservation, archaeology, and community-engaged research. Upon the completion of her master’s degree, Diana seeks to obtain her Ph.D. in anthropology with a focus on community-engaged cultural heritage preservation in the Caribbean. Using the skills obtained from an education in anthropology she hopes to work in a museum setting and/or obtain a faculty position.


Francisca Lai, PhD, 2014

laiCurrently, Dr. Francisca Yuenki Lai is an assistant professor at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. She received her PhD in cultural anthropology at Purdue University. Her research interests include gender and queer studies, aging, and labor migration. Her book, Maid to Queer: Asian Labor Migration and Female Same-Sex Desires, details the meanings of same-sex relationships among Indonesian migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong.