Emissaries

Jordan Lynton

Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology

What is your hometown?

Brooklyn, New York

Where did you complete your Undergraduate Studies?

University of Central Florida

What is your major?

Anthropology

What degree are you working toward?

I am currently working toward a Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology.

Why did you choose graduate school at IU Bloomington?

IU had a really great fit as far as faculty in my research area. Additionally, because the McNair Scholars Program was such a huge part of my life during undergrad, I wanted to attend an institution with a McNair Program.

What's been your favorite academic accomplishment since you've been here?

I would say my favorite academic accomplishment so far would be attending and presenting at my first international academic conference. The support that I received from scholars in my field as well as outside was overwhelming. Through the conference I was able to network with several individuals whose insight has helped shape my research for the better. Overall, that experience gave me the encouragement to know that my work was compelling to the wider research community and that I was on the right track.

What do you enjoy most about life in Bloomington?

I think that Bloomington is a really great place to be productive as a graduate student. There are several cute coffee shops to work at around town (I recommend Hopscotch or the College Mall Kroger lounge) as well as several great libraries on campus. As someone who can't be productive working at home, having several options around town is key. There are also some really great hiking trails nearby. I was anti-hiking before grad school, but now I love it! If you need a break from writing you can always go for a quick hike at Yellowwood or a brief stroll on the B-line. I have found that these excursions are vital for my work-life balance. Finally, I have found some really awesome flight deals through the Indianapolis international Airport. So if you have wanderlust like me, you can always hop a flight to a neighboring city, or even across the country during breaks.