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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 the 2019 edition can be found through the links below. In completely random order.




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Hannah Howard
Boston University, USA

Hannah is a graduate of the Sociology and Anthropology program at Washington and Lee University, USA in Virginia and the Southeast European Studies MA program at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece. Currently she is working on her PhD in Anthropology at Boston University. Hannah's 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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Adrian Gonzalez
University de Magallanes, Chile

Adrian's interests are traditional food and symbols. He has a degree in social communication and a master's degree in social sciences but his participation in the Off The Beaten Track summer field school as a student in 2017 inspired him much to research with ethnographic methods especially after having a case study experience with a local wine and cheese producer in Gozo, Malta, during 2017 and 2018. He works in the University of Magallanes, Punta Arenas, Chile, with an interest in further research in the above-mentioned areas.

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Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway
Oberlin College, USA

Erika is a linguistic anthropologist, trained at the University of Michigan and currently an associate professor of anthropology at Oberlin College. Her work, focused on sign languages, explores the flexible, multi-modal nature of communicative practices as well as the social factors that facilitate, limit, and are shaped by that flexibility. Her publications to date center on deaf sociality in Nepal and on transnational sign language literacy practices. In recent years she has launched a new project focusing on sensory strategies employed by Maltese and Gozitan deaf people within and outside of sign language-centered encounters. She is also working toward building a Lingwa tas-Sinjali Maltija (Maltese Sign Language) linguistic corpus. Participation in the fieldschool helps Erika develop her interest in graphic methods, as she finds that the representational affordances and challenges involved in producing drawings of linguistic encounters helps highlight their multi-sensory complexity. She is very fond of her flock of pet chickens.

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Mirjam Bussels
Expeditions, Research in Applied Anthropology, Belgium

Mirjam finished her Master in Social work and Social Policy at the Catholic University of Leuven. Due to her thesis she got in contact with Expeditions. During her stay on Gozo, she explored several topics within different fields. The first years she did cooperative fieldwork with another staff member about religion and identity on the Island. Next to this Mirjam did a brief research about the concept of time on the Island, ‘Gozo Maybe Time’. In the frame of her job in Belgium for the Center for Gastrology she looked into the social construction of a mealtime and the mealtime ethics. To do so, she did a whole summer of voluntary work in Saint Dominic Elderly Home in Victoria. As a result of these experiences, she developed a genuine interest in the anthropology of aging, and delved straight into it. Her love for the Island kept on growing and she decided to stay on Gozo. She is further interested in how religion manifests itself on the island.

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Maarten Loopmans
University of Leuven, Belgium

An a-disciplinary geographer who graduated at the university of Leuven, Belgium and worked at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium and the University of Urbino, Italy. His research interests are in political ecology, with a focus on agro-ecological innovation and land use regulation, and the geographies of diversities (in particular cultural and sexual diversity); he is very keen on methodological issues and discussions, and loves to experiment with graphics in academic research, from boredom-born research meeting droodles to graphic novels as a medium to communicate research findings.

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Xin Pan
Sun Yat-sen University, China
University of Leuven, Belgium

Xin is a PhD student in Geographies of Sexualities at KU Leuven, Belgium. She has her Master’s Degree of Anthropology in Sun Yat-sen University and did field work in a Sino-Burmese village in Yunnan Province of Southwest China, focusing on local ethnic minority, ethnic tourism and cross-border marriages. After graduation, she worked as a research assistant for an HIV-related project, focusing on social and ethical aspects of research on curing HIV. Having volunteered for 5 years in a LGBT NGO, she also engages in LGBT activism in China. Xin first joined Expeditions on Gozo as a student in the graphic anthropology field School in 2017, afterwards she took part in the summer school, to then finally join as a staff member in 2018. On Gozo, her research was on a local LGBT NGO and she has a great interest for graphic anthropology.

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Cole Kedzierski
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

Cole graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology, and minors in sustainability studies and philosophy. During his undergraduate work, he conducted ethnographic studies of community development projects, as well as food access and diet habits of university students. As a student at the field school in 2016, he researched Malta and Gozo’s fishing industry, and how it has been affected by governmental policy following Malta’s introduction into the European Union. His research interests include political ecology and medical anthropology, as it relates to environmental sustainability and public health. Cole is applying to graduate programs focused on public health, urban planning, and applied anthropology.

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Cindy Jow
University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Cindy is a graduate of a Masters in Design and a Bachelor of Design in Interior and Spatial Design (Honours) from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. She is currently a practicing Design Strategist in architecture and a student of sociology at Macquarie University, Australia. She first came to Gozo in 2018 and her research interest is in the production of architecture and urban planning, particularly how contemporary development affects Gozitan and Maltese society politically and culturally. Her ethnographic work on Gozo explored how the experience of new urban space has affected locals and tourists in Gozo and Malta. Cindy is passionate about travel, art and food, and enjoys rambling anthropology evening chats on Barruf.

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Rachel Rangel
California Polytechnic University, USA

Rachel holds a bachelor's degree in graphic design but it was in one fateful anthropology class that she was hooked on a different course. She attended the July 2018 session on Gozo and found herself exploring the street artist community at an abandoned hotel. This experience confirmed her passion for anthropology and she has since returned to school to chase her dreams. While she may have wandered from her bachelor's degree she still finds herself drawn to art and artists and how they reflect the culture they are immersed in. Rachel enjoys a serious conversation every now and then, but she can be easily located by following her laughter. 

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Melissa Carlson
University of Newcastle, Australia

Mel has a degree in Social Science and is currently completing her Honours year in Sociology & Anthropology. She also works as a Research Assistant in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle, Australia where she works on projects which explore issues affecting cancer patients including distress screening, cognitive impairment, and medicinal cannabis. As a student at the field school, Mel had the opportunity to explore risk and emotional labour in scuba diving communities in Gozo and to fall in love with anthropology in the process. She is eager to return in 2019 and see old friends and meet new passionate anthropologists.

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David Johansson
Uppsala University, Sweden

With a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Uppsala University and a Master’s in Journalism from Södertörn University in Stockholm, David is currently a trainee at the European Parliament’s web communication unit in Brussels. Over the last year he has been working as a journalist for two local Swedish newspapers and studied Postcolonial Perspectives on Moving Images at Stockholm University. He first attended the Graphic Anthropology Fieldschool by Expeditions in Xlendi, Gozo in 2016. A bachelor’s thesis on this method and several anthro-visits on ’Gozitan migration’ later, he spent four months in 2017 as a journalist intern for Times of Malta. Carrying a backpack of experiences in anthropology, news journalism and from the EU, his research-aspirations focuses on local discourses for topics such as postcoloniality, migration and bilingual identity. David would like to focus on graphic anthropology when returning to Gozo.

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Alashua Crowley
Concordia University, Canada

Alashua is in her second year at Concordia University in Montreal, with a joint specialization in Anthropology and Sociology and a minor in Urban Studies. Originally from Iqaluit, Nunavut, she has worked with Public Health and University researchers on topics relating to mental and sexual health in the Canadian Arctic. Alashua first came to Gozo as a student in 2018 and will return as a staff in 2019. As a student, her research focused on the relationship between Maltese economic development and traditional cultural practices such as cheese making and horse carriages. Her current field of interests are community relationships with the environment, food, and development. In free time, she likes to boulder, dogsled, eat chocolate and lie in the sun. 

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Nick Jordan
University of North Texas, USA

Nick is a recent graduate from the University of North Texas, where he received his Bachelors in Anthropology. He came to Gozo in the summer of 2018, where he studied how local grocery store owners built rapport with expat suppliers. He will be returning to the University of North Texas to pursue his master’s in applied anthropology with a concentration in business, technology and design. He hopes to apply anthropological methods to better understand how people interact with their surroundings, especially technology. Nick currently works as an intern for a company that facilitates cultural trainings for international businesses. Aside from that, he is interested in food studies, cycling, traveling, and cooking.

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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 organisation of space. She has carried out research on the savoury ‘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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Kylie Schroeder
Utah State University, USA

Kylie received undergraduate degrees in anthropology, folklore, religious studies, and Celtic Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 and completed a M.A. through Utah State University's Folklore Program in 2018. She attended the Off The Beaten track summer school as a student in 2014. In addition to teaching college composition, her varied work experiences have included time with the National Park Service through the National Council for Preservation Education, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the Fife Folklore Archives, USU's Digital Folklore Project, and a number of local and state museums with a focus on education and interpretation. Her research and publications have mainly focused on culinary tourism, haunted heritage tourism, and digital folklore.

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Sam Janssen
Expeditions, Research in Applied Anthropology, Belgium

The general research manager of Expeditions and program director of the summer school. As a researcher his main focusses are the anthropology of food, whilst also having a great interest in topics related to architecture and urban planning.

He obtained a variety of masters degrees at the University of Ghent (philosophy, ethics, academic education and urban planning) and has worked as a researcher for Expeditions since 2003.

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Julia Le Monde
University of Queensland, Australia.

Julia is an Honours graduate in anthropology and is currently pursuing a PhD. Her honours thesis explored Australian childhood vaccination policies and her upcoming thesis will focus on the home birth movement in Australia. Julia is primarily interested in critical medical anthropology and theories around medicalisation. She attended the field school as a student in 2017 exploring the concept of ageing on Gozo, amongst local born Gozitan and U.K. ex-patriot retirees.

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Jacob Jansen
University of Oregon, USA

Jacob graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in cultural anthropology and minor degree pursuits in Middle East and North African studies, as well as food studies. Since 2016, Jacob became fascinated with honeybees and beekeepers. His fieldwork concerns honeybees and their relation to climate, demography and conflict through epistemologies of beekeeping. Jacob first came to Gozo in 2016 as a student in the field school. He returned as a staff member in 2017 to further explore his research interests and gain pedagogical insight on the summer program itself. In 2019, he will once again join the Off the Beaten Track team to explore human-animal relationships with fellow field school attendees in his research project ‘Human-animal Dialogue’: Anthropological Explorations.