Dr. Thamann is an American Studies scholar and anthropologist. She received her Doctorate from Purdue University in 2016. Her dissertation research involved an ethnographic study of funeral directors in Indiana, focusing on the social role they play in offering us the much needed shared experience of collective grief in the funeral. She is currently working on an edited collection of essays regarding death and dying, grief, and mortuary practices, titled Beyond the Veil: Reflexive Studies of Death and Dying, to be published sometime in 2021. She has been teaching a variety of anthropology, American Studies, and sociology classes since 2014, and has been involved with distance learning since 2016.