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Tom Liljegren: Academic Advisor

Tom Liljegren

Office Hours:
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Phone: 435.797.3883

What I love most about being an advisor is 1) helping students to overcome challenges to succeed at USU and 2) seeing students reach their academic and career goals. I hope that I can introduce you to anthropology at Utah State and be a guide for you as you pursue your degree, helping to develop a plan and connect to resources and people who can help you pursue your goals. I grew up in Murray, Utah and have an MS in Psychology and Ed.S. in School Psychology from USU. Outside of work I love music, baseball, and spending time with my wife, two daughters, and two dogs.

Ben Johnson: Peer Advisor

Ben JohnsonOffice hours: Monday 9-2  and Wednesday 9-12
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Hello! My name is Ben. I’m very excited to be the Peer Advisor for the Anthropology Department. As an Anthropology major myself, I’m looking forward to helping you all succeed.

As a child, I probably spent way too much time playing in the sandbox and watching PBS
documentaries. My hobbies haven’t changed much, the sandbox has just gotten bigger. When
I’m not studying or at work I also enjoy hiking, and hanging out with my friends, family, and my
cat Mojito.

I have a range of experiences in this department, you may have already met me as I’ve been a
teaching assistant, museum assistant, and a research assistant in the past three years. These
positions directly tie in with my academic interests which include: Latin American Archeology,
Biological Anthropology, History, Museum Studies, Community Outreach, and Interpretation.
I’ve had the privilege and opportunity to travel with this field to Belize and South Dakota (Maya
to Mammoths!), and experience real field work at both locations with esteemed professionals.

My academic experience has not been traditional, I have switched majors (from Art to
Anthropology) and also taken an 8-year break between. I’m expected to graduate in May of
2020 with an Anthropology Major, Art Minor, and Museum Studies Certificate.
After being involved in not only research and museum work, but also grants, scholarships, and
faculty-sponsored projects, my goal is to be able to give you the advice and guidance you need
to succeed on your own path.

Julia Williams: CHaSS Ambassador

Julia Williams

Office Hours : Monday 12-2, Tuesday 2-4, Wednesday 11:30-1:30, Thursday 2-4, Friday 12-2
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Julia found her passion for Anthropology early in her college career. Since deciding to major in Anthropology, she has had the opportunity to participate in study abroad research projects in Peru, publish an ethnography, serve as an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow for the Anthropology Department, and work in the advising office for CHaSS. This is Julia’s final year at USU and expects to graduate in the Spring of 2019 with a BS in Anthropology and a minor in Public Health.

Upon graduation, Julia is planning to take a year off of school to work and explore the world through an Anthropological perspective. She will be applying to graduate school next fall to pursue a degree in Global Health and Medical Anthropology. One day she hopes to work for health focused NGOs, do research, and eventually become an anthropology professor so that she can share her passion with others.

When she is not working in the CHaSS advising office, grading papers, or doing homework, Julia loves to be outside. She is an avid hiker and even spent the last summer as a camp counselor in the mountains of Idaho which involved a lot of hanging out with kids while enjoying the beautiful nature. When the weather gets cold, Julia stays very active with ballet and yoga. More than any of the aforementioned activities, she loves being with her friends, family, and pets.

Julia looks forward to her position in the advising office and is excited to share her love and knowledge of the USU Anthropology department with her peers. Follow the link above to schedule an advising appointment with Julia and feel free to email her with any questions at