Current PhD students

Lucrezi Milillo

Lucrezia Milillo’s doctoral research aims to further our understanding of Andean khipus – colorful knotted cords for record keeping. Combining ethnographic fieldwork to the study of museum specimens through the practice theory framework, her research will provide new insights on the significance of colour and materials used in the production of Andean khipus.

Lucrezia holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and an M.A. in History and Anthropology at the University of Bologna (cum laude). Here, she studied collection, provenance and morphology of Andean khipus in Italian collections.

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Manny Medrano‘s doctoral research focuses on the historical collection, museum display, and ongoing decipherment of khipus — the knotted string recording devices of the pre-Hispanic Andes. His work synthesizes archaeological, historical, and ethnographic data, including the application of data science techniques. Manny holds an A.B. from Harvard College, magna cum laude with highest honours, in Applied Mathematics.







Hayden Cooper. My current work is an ethnographic exploration of the environmental and political consequences of the Bolivian soy industry. As a result of which it intersects historical, economic, and political anthropological thought.





Grzegorz Palka

My name is Greg. I am a doctorate student at the University of St Andrews. My project focuses on conceptions of knowledge, and knowledge producing practices among the Kaxinawá of the Purus river region in Acre, Brazil. More specifically, I am interested in how knowledge is created, mediated and shared, and how it relates to other social phenomena such as the body and the environment. My general interests include human relationships with non-humans and the environment, perspectivism, animism, and different modes of knowledge production. I draw from intellectual movements such as phenomenology, post-structuralism, and the ontological turn, however, I do not have a major influence.’