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Hannah Toombs

Graduate Student


  • Ph.D. Anthropology, In Progress
  • M.A. Anthropology, University of Florida, 2018
  • B.A. Anthropology, Penn State University, 2016
  • B.A. Spanish Language, Penn State University, 2016


Cultural Anthropology

Latin American Studies (area of interest)


Dr. Catherine May Tucker

Research Interests

My major areas of study include sociocultural anthropology (economics, environment, development), applied anthropology, visual anthropology, material culture (particularly pottery) and indigenous rights with a focus on Latin America, particularly Honduras.

My dissertation research focuses on the impacts of socioeconomic change on indigenous tradition, particularly craft production, household decision-making, market access, gender roles, and environment within indigenous Lenca communities across western Honduras. Through a mixed methods approach, I explore how changing sociopolitical and environmental conditions impact the way indigenous groups perceive their traditional livelihoods and roles and how Lenca craft producers creatively adapt in the face of development to connect with a complex and changing national market.

I believe in linking research to action, and my goal is to create data, publications, and other research results that are accessible and applicable beyond academia, potentially informing policy-making and development practice in the future.

Selected Publications



Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Paul & Polly Doughty Research Award, UF Department of Anthropology, April 2019
  • Boonstra Family Research Fellowship, UF Department of Anthropology, March 2019
  • UF Anthropology Poster Competition, 2nd Place Winner, December 2019
  • Department of Anthropology and Land Use and Environmental Change Institute Spring Travel¬†Award, February 2019
  • UF Anthropology Poster Competition, 2nd Place Winner, April 2018
  • Grinter Fellowship, UF Department of Anthropology, August 2017
  • Ruegamer Scholarship, Bank of America, August 2017
  • Undergraduate Digital Publishing Award, Penn State Department of History, April 2016
  • Ceramic Studies Award, Penn State Department of Anthropology, March 2015