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Expeditions is founded upon a vast network of enthusiasts that make our programs work each year. Information on the faculty joining us for this years’ edition can be found through the links below. In completely random order.

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Jacob Heinricher
University of Illinois, USA

Jacob participated as a student in the field school in the summer of 2018, on Gozo. His fieldwork then focussed on the formation and growth of sports clubs around the island and how their membership, resources, and growth strategies can give us some insight into the effects of globalization and neoliberal policies on people and communities, especially in the rural, “peripheral”, communities of Gozo. He looks forward to returning to Gozo as a staff member this summer, meeting and learning from students and staff, and pursuing his research.
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Hannah Howard
Boston University, USA

Having Greek-American roots led Hannah to study Anthropology in the US, and Southeast European studies in Greece. Her work primarily centers on various projects of religious identity, group and boundary maintenance, and narratives of belonging. Hannah first came to Gozo as a student in 2015 and has returned as staff each year since. On the island, she specifically studies storytelling motifs and food production as a consumable symbol of collective identity. You can often find her making fried green tomatoes and zucchini fritters or doing yoga on the roof.

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Kylie Schroeder
Utah State University, USA

Kylie first attended Off the Beaten Track as a student in 2014 and returned as staff in 2019. She studied anthropology, folklore, and religious studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Utah State University, where her research interests focused on haunted heritage tourism and digital folklore. On Gozo, she researched agrotourism and the built environment. In the future, she is excited to explore the use of abandoned spaces by locals and visitors to the island. Kylie lives in Wisconsin, USA with her fiance and their two cats, Leia and River. She is an avid reader, loves to knit socks, and enjoys experimenting in the kitchen! She spends some of her free time volunteering at the local living history park and working in their archives. She is also a competitive Irish dancer and instructor with the Kinsella Academy of Irish Dance.
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Ethan Glaze
University of Oregon, USA

As a former participant in the OtBT program, Ethan began his research on Gozo's fitness industry by studying a 30-year-old gym in the heart of Victoria. In this ongoing project, he is focussing on cultural perceptions of gender, and their influence on gender roles in the gym and general fitness industry. As an anthropology graduate from the University of Oregon, he aims to continue this study upon returning to Gozo.

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Sofia Grady
American University, USA

Before moving to DC, Sofia spent time backpacking through Eastern Europe, going to school in Southern California, and working in Iowa. Although her degree in Anthropology is interdisciplinary, she focuses her studies on the cultural aspects of human interaction. In 2019, Sofia participated in the summer school, studying heartbreak among the male population on the island of Gozo and the migratory experiences of heartbreak as a whole. In the fall of 2021, Sofia will return to school to study Creative Writing with an emphasis in nonfiction. 
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Sabina Carbajal
McMaster University, Canada

In the summer of 2019, Sabina conducted research in Gozo on the environmental impacts of festa and how perceptions of the celebration differ between Gozitan generations. She is currently studying a combination of anthropology, psychology, neuroscience and behaviour at the McMaster University in Canada. Her research interests in undergrad revolved around suicidology in the post-Soviet context. Sabina is a strong proponent of environmental preservation and is a passionate advocate for animal rights. Come to her for philosophical discussions or to go on an adventure!
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Mirjam Bussels
Expeditions, Research in Applied Anthropology, Belgium

Expeditions’ general manager and permanent basecamp resident on Gozo, from where she manages all logistics concerning Expeditions’ research and projects on the islands. Since 2012 she was bitten by the summer school virus and kept returning ever since. Her love for the island increased, and in 2016 she decided to follow her heart and reside in Gozo. As a Social Work and Social Policy graduate, she has various research interests, ranging from social work to religion and identity to mealtime ethics. For some years, she specializes in the anthropology of aging, based on her previous job in Belgium for the Center for Gastrology and her volunteering in the Saint Dominic Elderly Home in Victoria, Gozo, which she increased during the recent pandemic.
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Carianne Ralph
University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK

As a previous participant of the Off the Beaten Track program, Carianne has researched water-human-plastic relationships due to her ongoing interest in understanding the changing relationships between humans and the environment. In her spare time, she enjoys belly dance and exploring the local history and mountains of her home, The Brecon Beacons.
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Adrian Gonzalez
University de Magallanes, Chile

Adrian's interests are food, symbols, heritage interpretation, and music. His attendance in the Off The Beaten Track summer school as a participant in 2017 inspired him to refine his ethnographic methods. He spends his spare time listening to metal and rock, as well as playing in Fuerzas Ocultas, a raw death/doom metal act based on Punta Arenas.
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Xin Pan
Sun Yat-sen University, China
University of Leuven, Belgium

Xin has a fond interest in queer migrants and local/transnational queer activism. She studied at Sun Yat-sen University and did fieldwork in a Sino-Burmese village in Yunnan Province of Southwest China, focusing on local ethnic minority, ethnic tourism, and cross-border marriages. Later, she focused more on the social and ethical aspects of research on curing HIV. Xin engages in LGBTQ+ activism in China. Xin first joined Expeditions in the Graphic Anthropology Field School in 2017, after this she take part in the summerschool as a student, to then join as staff. Her research was on a local LGBT NGO, and she has a great interest in graphic anthropology.

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Marjan Moris
University of Leuven, Belgium

Our Belgian-born research and field work mentor who gets lost between human geography and anthropology now and then. Her research interests include migration and mobilities, the anthropology of food, and manifestations of difference and inequality in the organization of space. She has carried out research on the savory ‘pastizzi’ as cultural brokers on Gozo, and remains fascinated by stories of change on the island. Marjan stays up late for discussions about methodology, creative ways to share research findings, and most other topics (given that they come with a late-night snack).

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Cindy Jow
University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Cindy first came to Gozo as a student in 2018 and then returned as staff for the 2019 edition of the field school. Inspired by her research in Gozo on urban spaces, nostalgia, and opinions that can shape contemporary urban development and policies, Cindy started her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Sydney, Australia. She combines her passion for design and anthropology by working professionally as an architectural designer and strategist. Always happy for a chat, You can find Cindy making snacks for everybody, cooking up her own creations, or walking around sketching.
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Sam Janssen
Expeditions, Research in Applied Anthropology, Belgium

The chairman of Expeditions and program director of the summer school. As a researcher, his main focuses are the anthropology of food while also having a great interest in architecture and urban planning topics. In 2020, originating as a ‘lockdown hobby’, he started a guitar building course and soon ‘anthropologized’ this new pastime into a personal research project on the physical and museological relationship between humans and musical instruments. He has worked as a researcher for Expeditions since 2003.
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Melissa Carlson
University of Newcastle, Australia

Mel keeps busy being a mother and a Ph.D. student and Research Assistant at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Her research interests are psychosocial care and equitable healthcare for people with a cancer diagnosis and their loved ones. She enjoys combining quantitative and qualitative research methods, including creative research methods. As a student at the field school in 2018 and as staff in 2019, Mel's research focused on edgework and emotional labor in scuba dive instructors in Gozo.
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Jacob Jansen
University of Oregon, USA

Jacob first joined the field school as a student in 2016, working with beekeepers to gain insight into Gozo and Malta’s environmental challenges. Since then, he has returned multiple summers focusing on analyzing national identity to better understand Malta's post-colonial experience and the areas this overlaps with non-human interactions. In 2019, he created the program's optional project Human-animal Dialogue: Anthropological Explorations. Jacob is inspired by moments that make one reconsider methodology. He craves vignettes that come to the dinner table every night among students and staff, and loves listening to the unexpected encounters that refocus research questions. In 2021, Jacob will pursue an anthropology MA at the University of Colorado, Boulder.