Alumni Profiles

Get to know some of our alums and their exciting work:

Jon Hanna

Following graduation in 2006 (BA Anthropology, Archaeology), Jonathan Hanna worked in Cultural Resource Management for a variety of firms throughout NJ, NY, PA, MD, and TX- including the World Trade Center Forensic Recovery led by the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner from 2007-2008. He then worked in the Department of Membership and Development at the American Museum of Natural History, managing the membership database and hoping in vain to land a job in the Anthropology division. Married in 2008, he and his wife (Stephanie Morano, also Montclair, 2006- Industrial Design) have been serving as Peace Corps Volunteers on the island of Grenada in the Eastern Caribbean since 2010. Jon teaches computers at a primary school and runs an archaeology camp for local kids during the summer. Upon return in 2013, he plans to attend graduate school, focusing on Caribbean archaeology. He credits Montclair for igniting his interest in Anthropology and for providing a solid foundation in the four sub-disciplines.

Stephen Brighton, Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies

Associate Professor Stephen Brighton joined the University of Maryland Department of Anthropology in 2005, and organizes an archaeological field school each summer in rural Ireland. He completed a B.A. in Anthropology at Montclair State University, New Jersey, in 1992, and received his Ph.D. from Boston University in 2005.  His dissertation, An Historical Archaeology of the Irish Proletarian Diaspora: The Material Manifestations of Irish Identity in America, 1850-1910, is an anthropologically based study on the transnational history and historical archaeology of pre-Famine rural Ireland and Irish immigrant and Irish-American communities in New York City and Paterson, New Jersey.  For more information about him, or the field school in rural Ireland, see