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Graduate Student


  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Florida, In Progress
  • M.A. Anthropology, Colorado State University, 2014
  • B.A. Anthropology, Michigan State University, 2011


Cultural Anthropology


Dr. Jeffrey C. Johnson

Research Interests

Cognitive anthropology, natural resource policy, fisheries, mixed methods, Medical anthropology

Selected Publications

Russell, S., Van Oostenburg, M., Vizek, A. (2018). Adapting to catch shares: Perspectives of West Coast Groundfish Trawl Participants. Coastal Management (forthcoming)

Snodgrass, J. G., Dengah, H. F., Lacy, M. G., Bagwell, A., Van Oostenburg, M., & Lende, D. (2017). Online gaming involvement and its positive and negative consequences: A cognitive anthropological “cultural consensus” approach to psychiatric measurement and assessment. Computers in Human Behavior66, 291-302.

Van Oostenburg, M. (2014). Home, half a world away: The cultural logic of acculturation among Indian international students at Colorado State University (Master’s Thesis, Colorado State University).

Van Oostenburg, M. (2014). The Subjective Well-Being of International Students: A Case for the Use of Anthropological Theory and Method. Furthering Perspectives: Anthropological Views of the World Volume 7: 2013-2014, 15.

Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Graduate School Funding Award, 2018-2022
  • Colorado State University Department of Anthropology Conference Travel Award, 2015