Faculty Profile

Vasiliki Neofotistos.

Vasiliki Neofotistos

Associate Professor


  • PhD, Anthropology, Harvard University, 2003

Professional experience:

  • Associate Professor, Anthropology, University at Buffalo

What mentoring means to me:

Mentoring is vital to student success. I find it personally gratifying to support students in the identification and pursuit of their personal and professional career goals. I am happy to provide information and advice on how to navigate academia and de-mystify academic culture and norms, guide students in their decision-making process, and help students access the resources they need.

Topics I am willing to discuss with students:

Minority Experiences

  • Being a woman and related discrimination.
  • Class and/or socioeconomic status and related discrimination.
  • Physical health and/or abilities and related discrimination.
  • Mental health and/or abilities and related discrimination.
  • Racial, ethnic, cultural and/or religious minority status and related discrimination.
  • Sexual and/or gender minority status and related discrimination.

Personal Circumstances

  • Caregiving for children.
  • Caregiving for other loved ones.
  • Financial stress and strain.

Academic Culture

  • Considering a non-academic path after grad school.
  • Dealing with politics and conflict with faculty or peers.
  • Decoding and demystifying academic culture and norms.
  • Taking a non-traditional path to grad school.
  • Uncertainty about staying in grad school.