CORE Instructors


HakalaIngrid Hakala is an educational anthropologist studying at the Curry School of Education. She has mentored undergraduate student researchers in India and her most recent research queries the interplay of ethnic activism and multilingual schooling (in both policy and practice) in far eastern Nepal. She is always working to develop insiders' knowledge of her current home of Charlottesville by way of foraging for food and shopping for vintage dresses.



RoaJulie Roa is an educator focused on student development outside of the academic classroom. Born and raised in Colombia, she has also lived in Germany and China, though Charlottesville has been home for most of her life. She takes great pride in connecting students to opportunities and supportive peers as a way to develop communities at the University. Leading the “stereotypes” seminar, she is interested in perceptions of difference and assumptions we make when confronting the unfamiliar.



MaiFan Mai is a Phd candidate in Sociology who studies expatriate experience in U.S. and China, as well as how digital media may redefines what it means to be “foreign.” In her spare time, Fan enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming, and indoor activities such as reading, cooking and daydreaming.




TalhelmThomas Talhelm is a PhD student in social psychology and China Fulbright scholar. He researches China’s distinct northern and southern cultures. If you have a minute, he’ll tell you why kungpao chicken is legit Chinese food and why rice is the key to why southern China is so unique.




KrizancicCatarina Krizancic is a cultural anthropologist in theISO and directs CORE. Through accident, temperament, and necessity, she has worked/lived in Canada, Thailand, Japan, Hawai’i, French Polynesia, South Africa, UK, East Coast, Midwest, and now the fairy-tale Blue Ridge. Her name and family hail from Croatia. Her research and writing concern structural transformation and culture change in Tahiti. At UVa, she coordinates and mentors undergraduate fieldwork abroad. In her free time, she cycles and (falls off) skateboards, builds things and hunts, reads and writes.



Hughey-CommersErin Hughey-Commers is an educational program manager who has developed and directed a number of educational programs, including STEM career academies for 3rd-12-graders and an intergenerational oral history program. Erin has enjoyed backpacking, volunteering or studying in France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK. In her free time, she likes to hike, lead adventures for an outdoor group and advise an outdoor club for college students.



TerniClare Terni is a PhD candidate in anthropology whose research in South Africa focuses on labor, development, healing and witchcraft. An awardwinning teacher, she teaches a range of courses and interdisciplinary undergraduate research and engagement teams. An enthusiastic consumer of African popular culture, she speaks Zulu and Tshivenda and is honing her skill in documentary photography.




Roberto I. Armengol is completing his Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology this fall. He teaches courses about globalization, markets and the modern nation-state, and does research in Cuba on the everyday politics of economic survival under late socialism. He was a journalist in his former life and has been known to write bad poetry.