The co-presidents are the Chief Executives of the AGSU, and are responsible for the activities of the executive. They chair the executive meetings, set the agenda for future meetings, and send notices to the General Membership over the grad student listserv. If you have any questions about the AGSU or anthropology, and do not know who to contact, send them an email.
Steven is a third year doctoral student under the supervision of Dave Smith. Steven’s academic interest include pottery production of the Ancestral Wendat, learning and apprenticeship, and the ensory experiences of the Ancestral Wendat practices. Steven is our returning AGSU Co-President. You can contact him at email@example.com
Sarah is a first year doctoral student under the direction of Bianca Dahl. Her academic interests include HIV/AIDS, Uganda, humanitarianism, development stigma and medical anthropology. This is her first year on the AGSU. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
The social coordinator(s) plan, organize, advertise, and schedule AGSU social events. This include the three department Wine & Cheeses, as well as any social or mentorship events. Any events proposed by AGSU membership should be reviewed by the social coordinator(s).
Sarah is a first year doctoral student under the supervision of Holly Wardlow and Janice Boddy. Her academic interests include indigenous health, women’s health, indigenous rights movements, medical anthropology, the biomedicalization of childbirth and midwifery. Sarah was involved with the AGSU previously but this is her first year as a Social Coordinator. You can contact her at email@example.com
Danii is a first year doctoral student under the supervision of Max Friesen. Her academic interests lay in zooarchaeology, arctic anthropology and archaeology and skin clothing production. Last year, she was a member at large for the AGSU and this is her first year as a social coordinator. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
The secretary is responsible for taking minutes at all executive and General Membership meetings. Minutes are posted on the AGSU website following the monthly executive meeting, and copies can be distributed to members upon request.
Nav is a first year masters student under the supervision of Holly Wardlow. Her academic interests include the concept of motherhood, identity construction, gender, immigration, feminist theory, kinship and childcare. This is her first year with the AGSU. You can contact her a email@example.com
The treasurer is the second signatory on all cheques issued by the AGSU, and is responsible for maintaining account books. They sign off on budget requests for events that have been approved at the executive level. They compose the preliminary budget at the beginning of an academic year, as well as the final budget following the second semester (May). The final budget is available for viewing by the general membership. Contact the treasurer with any questions about budgets or reimbursements.
Gillian is a second year masters student under the supervision of Esteban Parra. She currently researches human evolutionary genetics by examining the genetic variation present in modern day people. This is her second year as the Treasurer for the AGSU. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Space and Resource Coordinator
The space and resource coordinator’s main task is to collect applications and assign student offices in August. They work with the Department Manager in anthropology to organize office moving dates, and represent grad students on the Space and Resources Committee (STG). Contact the resource coordinator with any questions about desk or office space.
The CUPE reps attend the monthly CUPE meetings and report to the AGSU executive on the activities of this organization. A rep also fulfills the role of a Union Steward, as outlined by CUPE regulations.
Graduate Student Union Representatives
The GSU reps attends the monthly Graduate Student Union meetings and reports to the AGSU executive on the activities of this organization.
Daniel is a second year Phd student under the supervision of Gary Crawford. His academic interests include the origins of rice agriculture, Shangshan pottery technology, China, jade and thin-section petrography. This is his first year as a GSU representative. You can contact him at email@example.com
The computers coordinator is responsible for the maintenance of the AGSU computer lab, as well as the general upkeep/upgrading of related equipment. The communications coordinator is in charge of updating the AGSU website with meeting minutes, event notices, and grad student bios. This year we have additional support for the AGSU website because of the anticipated workload of rebuilding the new site.
Computer Coordinator: Christina Lafebvre
Christina is a second year masters student under the super vision of Gary Crawford. This is her first year as the computer coordinator for the AGSU. You can email her with computer room issues or for access to the AGSU printer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications Coordinator: Becky Goodwin
Becky is a second year masters student under the direction of Max Friesen. Her academic interests include zooarchaeology, the arctic, marine mammals and fish, subsistence patterns and Inuvialuit history and culture. This is her second year as the communications coordinator with the AGSU. You can contact her at email@example.com
Communication team and website: Nox Dineen Porter
Nox is a first year masters student working under the supervision of Joshua Barker. Her academic interests include the anthropology of technology, mobile and wearable devices, cognition and virtual worlds. This is her first year working on the AGSU website. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vis-a-vis editors coordinate the publication of our online anthropology grad student journal. They are responsible for all duties surrounding publication, including soliciting, submissions, editing submitted work, layout, and advertising. The Lead Editor maintains the website and contacts lists, coordinates duties among the other editors, and is the main point of contact for inquiries. They also liaise with university departments, professional associations, and so on.
The Medusa coordinators organize, schedule, and advertise the Medusa Graduate Student Symposium or lecture series. 2012-13 was the first year that the AGSU hosted a symposium style Medusa event, which attracted anthropologists from every sub-discipline across the University of Toronto, as well as from other universities. In the past, Medusa was organized as a series of grad student colloquiums, occurring several times a year depending on presenter interest.
Stephen is a second year Phd student under the direction of Edward Swenson. His academic interests include landscape and Andean archaeology. This is his first year with Medusa. You can contact him at email@example.com
Niamh is a first year masters student under the supervision of Edward Swenson and Valentina Napolitano. Her academic interests lay in Catholic and Peruvian archaeology in the Spanish colonial period. This is her first year with Medusa. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Courtneay is a first year masters student under the supervision of Genevieve Dewar. She is primarily interested in dental anthropology, paleodietary reconstructions, and reconstructing the landscape use of Late Stone Age South African hunter-gatherers. This is Courtneay’s first year with Medusa and the AGSU. You can reach her at email@example.com
Members at Large
MALs attend executive meetings, sit on AGSU committees, and provide assistance to other executives in their respective roles. MALs may be asked to fill in for the secretary at meetings, and are responsible for helping out at AGSU social events.
Rachel is a fourth year PhD Candidate working under the supervision of Carl Knappett. Her academic interests include Aegean and east Mediterranean prehistory, geoarchaeology, archaeological science and viticulture and olive oil production and consumption. Rachel has been a member at large since 2012.
Mitchell is a second year masters student, under the supervision of Gary Crawford. Mitchell’s academic interests lay in the origins and development of agriculture in East Asia. This is Mitchell’s first year as a member at large.
Departmental committee representatives are chosen each year. Duties and time required varies by position.
Community, Colloquium & Advancement Committee