Aliya Renee Khan
anthropologist. researcher. marketer. programmer. sustainability and fair trade advocate.

I am currently a fourth-year student at the University of Michigan studying Anthropology and Computer Science. I am fascinated by the way humans interact with their cultural environments and with technology. I am currently working on an honors thesis about ethical consumption, and would be very interested in speaking with fair-trade, sustainable, or cruelty-free businesses. In the past, I have worked in web development, social media, photography, ethnography, education, and museum studies. I have a heavy technical skillset through my experience in computer science. I am also a very strong writer. I am looking for opportunities for after I graduate in April 2019, and am hoping to find a job related to ethnography, writing, research, UI/UX design, project management, marketing, or museum studies. Feel free to reach out!

Recent and Upcoming Work

Writing Portfolio

A collection of my recent work, including research, academic, narrative, and poetry.

Ethical Consumption Honors Thesis

Research, Academic Writing, and Ethnography. Conducted research and interviews in Dehradun, India from July-August 2018. Formulating an extensive 50-75 page thesis about defining ethical business practices in different contexts.

Mexican Exposures Ethnography Lab

Ethnographic Coding, Medical Anthropology, and Research. Working with a team to code an extensive library of field notes using Atlas.ti. Analyzing the social role of consumption in the lives of individuals in Mexico City.


Website, Business, and Education. Developed website and social media connections. Formulated business strategies to sell ANKURI products in the United States. Worked with students aged 6-16 to teach English in a village community.

Ruthven Museum of Natural History

Photogrammetry, 3D Modeling, Animation, and Museum Studies. Designing and rendering over 18000 frames of animation for exhibits in the new museum, which is scheduled to open in 2019.

The Gabii Project

Photogrammetry, Archaeology, 3D Modeling, and Museum Studies. Travelled to Rome, Italy to assist in photogrammetry work in the summer of 2016. September 2015 - April 2017 developed over 50 3D models of tombs and artifacts, organized project database.

iD Tech Camps

Education, Technology, and Software Engineering. Taught C++, Python, Tynker, and Autodesk Maya to classes of around 6-8 students aged 7-17. Planned and organized activities for 50+ students per week.

Technical Skills

C++ | Python | HTML | CSS | JavaScript ES6 | react.js | SQL | ARM Assembly

Software Skills

Adobe Illustrator | Adobe Photoshop | Atlas.ti | Autodesk Maya | Blender | Photogrammetry | 3D Modeling

Other Skills

Photography | Social Media | Academic Writing | Ethnographic Research | Marketing | Spanish | Japanese

Computer Science Coursework

EECS 498: Social Computing | EECS 485: Web Development | EECS 481: Software Engineering | EECS 376: Fundamentals of Computer Science | EECS 388: Security | EECS 203: Discrete Math | EECS 281: Data Structures and Algorithms | STATS 250: Statistics and Data Analysis

Anthropology Coursework

ANTHRCUL 327: Medicine and Healing | ANTHRCUL 330: Culture, Thought, and Meaning | ANTHRCUL 202: Ethnic Diversity in Japan | ANTHRBIO 201: Biological Anthropology | ANTHRCUL 272: Language and Society | ANTHRARC 282: Prehistoric Archaeology

Other Relevant Coursework

RCSSCI 360: Documentary Photography | RCSSCI 360: Globalization and Global India | WRITING 201: Collecting Stories | MUSEUMS 301: Museums and Society | SAC 376: New Media Theory | MATH 417: Linear Algebra | Three Semesters of Japanese Language | ASIAN 325: Zen Buddhism

Contact Me!

I am always looking for new opportunities, ideas, and friends! Please reach out if you have any questions, comments, life advice (which I always need more of), or just want to say hello :)

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