Anthropology: Student Honors, Awards, Publications, and Other Activities

Raja Abillama (Anthropology) won a 2008-09 Mellon Dissertation Fellowship/The Center for the Humanities  ($18,000 + in-state tuition) to pursue work on Secular Sensibilities: Articulations of Family Laws, Religion and Morality in Lebanon. (posted 5-08)

Alessandro Angelini (Anthropology) won an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in the amount of $25,000 (funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) as well as a Wenner-Gren fellowship in the amount of $21,000. These fellowships will assist him in his dissertation research on favelas (squatter settlements) and the production of urban knowledge in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (posted 5-08)

Jessica Brinkworth (Anthropology) won a 2008–09 NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (15,000) and a 2008–09 Wenner-Gren fellowship ($22,959) to support her research on The Evolution of the Human Immune System: Landscape Specific Pathogen Exposure and Human AIDS. (posted 5-08)

Igor Argelino Rodriguez Calderon (Anthropology) was the recipient of a Smithsonian Latino Center Fellowship in Museum Studies in Summer 2008. (posted 10-08)

Lynne deSilva-Johnson (Anthropology) won a summer teaching fellowship and advisory position at the new Bard Urban Institute in New Orleans, where she will be working with undergraduates from all over the country and abroad on urban planning/theory, policy, social action, community service, as well as serving in a "theory-to-practice" advisement role. (posted 6-08)

Christine Folch (Anthropology) won an IIE Fulbright to support one year of research as well as a grant of $24,450 from the Wenner-Gren Foundation. These awards will support her dissertation research on Paraguay’s political culture, state formation, national identity, and geographic imaginary at the Triple Frontera, the border between Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina. (posted 5-08)

Sarah Freidline (Anthropology) won a 2008–09 Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research to support work on her dissertation and a two-year fellowship from the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology to work in Leipzig with Katerina Harvati and her colleagues. (posted 5-08)

Saygun Gokariksel (Anthropology) is a recipient of a 2008–09 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Pre-Dissertation Award from the Council for European Studies at Columbia University. The award in the amount of $4,000 will aid in research on accusatory practices and the lustration lawin postsocialist Poland. (posted 5-08)

Harmony Goldberg (Anthropology) a Chancellor’s Fellow for the past two years, Goldberg was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The award covers three years of tuition and a living stipend, and allows her to concentrate on her pre-dissertation studies and explore possibilities for future research. (posted 5-08)

Christina Honjo Harris (Anthropology) received a B. Altman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship ($18,000) for the academic year 2008–09. (posted 8-08)

Russell Hogg (Anthropology) has won a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, University of Missouri School of Medicine. (posted 5-08)

Ryan Mann-Hamilton (Anthropology) won a highly competitive multiple year NSF grant to support his doctoral studies. (posted 5-08)

Nathan Jones, a doctoral student in anthropology and a current holder of an International Research and Exchange Board (IREX) IARO fellowship in Russia, has won several awards to support his dissertation research during 2008–09: an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council (average grant amount is $20,000) and an IIE Fulbright. He will use these grants to study how ethnic understanding and identity is produced and lived among people of German descent in Russia and Kazakhstan. (posted 5-08)

Tina Lee (Anthropology) holds a 2008-09 American Association for University Women (AAUW) American Fellowship ($20,000) and a Sponsored Dissertation Fellowships ($18,000 + in-state tuition). These awards will help her on complete her dissertation: Stratified Reproduction and Definitions of Child Neglect: State Practices and Parents’ Response (posted 5-08)

Martha Lincoln (Anthropology) has won a Social Science Research Council (SSRC) pre-dissertation summer research grant in the amount of $4,850 to support her research on climate change and public health in Vietnam. (posted 5-08)

Abraham Lotha (Cultural Anthropology), published History of Naga Anthropology, 1832–1947 (Chumpo Museum Publication, Dimapur, Nagaland, 2007). This monograph, based on Lotha’s research for his master’s degree in cultural anthropology, deals with writings by British colonial administrators and ethnographers about the inhabitants of the far northeastern part of India. Nagas first came in contact with the British in 1832; the contact ended in 1947, the year the Raj dissolved and the British officially left the Naga Hills. Reviewing the book in The Morung Express on February 14, 2008, Paul Pimomo called Abraham Lotha “a meticulous scholar and a reliable commentator on Naga history and cultures.” He added, “The book is a must read for all scholars in Naga studies, not just Naga anthropologists. Its brevity does not take away from the merits of the book, chief of which is Abraham Lothas’ ability to condense a century’s worth of historical information into two chapters, followed by a critique of colonial anthropology and its legacy in contemporary Nagaland written with remarkable critical candor.” (posted 4-08)

Shea McManus (Anthropology) won a Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace to support her Arabic study at Middlebury College during Summer 2008. (posted 10-08) She also won a 2008–09 NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant. (posted 6-08)

Andrew Newman (Anthropology) won a 2008–09 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant to support his dissertation research. (posted 8-08)

Tara Peburn (Anthropology, 2008) is a postdoctoral student and lecturer, Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, University of Missouri School of Medicine. (posted 10-08)

Gail Perry-Ryder (Anthropology) received a 2008–09 Public Humanities Fellowship from the New York Council for the Humanities; a 2008 Community Service-Learning Grant from Lehman College/CUNY and the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at City College/CUNY; and a 2008 Faculty Development Grant from Lehman College Institute for Literacy Studies and the Carnegie Foundation. (posted 10-08)

Ted Powers (Anthropology) was affiliated with the Africa Program as a 2008 summer fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. His project is entitled “Producing Informality in a Post-Apartheid Township: An Investigation into the Relationship between HIV/AIDS and Informal Urban Settlements in South Africa.” (posted 10-08)

Jeremy Rayner (Anthropology), who currently holds a Wenner-Gren, has won an NSF in the amount of $1,640 to support his dissertation research on “The ICE is Not for Sale: Property, Value, and Telecommunications Privatization in Costa Rica.” (posted 5-08)

Jill Schennum (Anthropology) has won an NSF grant of $14,000 to support her dissertation on the topic of “Bethlehem Steelworkers: Working Class Families in a Post-Fordist City.” (posted 5-08)

Amy Schreier (Anthropology) won a postdoctoral fellowship in the Duke University Writing Program. (posted 5-08)

Amy Starecheski (Anthropology) published book reviews that appeared in Oral History Review (July, 2008) and The Public Historian 30.3 (Summer 2008), and has a review of an exhibit forthcoming in Journal of American History (June 2009). (posted 10-08)

Nomi Stone (Anthropology) received a fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to write poetry during Summer 2008. Her first book Stranger’s Notebook, a book of poems based on her fieldwork in a Jewish community in North Africa, is forthcoming (TriQuarterly Books, Northwestern University Press, 2008). (posted 10-08)

Victoria M. Stone (Anthropology) won a 2008-09 MAGNET Dissertation Fellowships ($20,000 + in-state tuition) to support her dissertation research: Social Impact of Transnational Migration and Remittances in Cañar, Ecuador. (posted 5-08)

Nelson Ting, a doctoral student in anthropology who graduated on May 22, has accepted a position as a tenure-track assistant professor in the department of anthropology, University of Iowa. He will also be a principle investigator in the University of Iowa Roy J. Carver Center for Comparative Genomics. He will begin in the fall, and he received start up funds to build a program in molecular anthropology. He will have a genetics lab and will be conducting fieldwork. (posted 5-08)

Jose Vasquez (Anthropology) is an adjunct lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. His dissertation research will focus on the politics of veteran status in contemporary American society. Currently, he is working with Iraq Veterans Against the War on a campaign called Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan (www.ivaw.org/winter soldier), collecting veteran and civilian testimony. A conference scheduled for March 13–16, 2008, at the National Labor College in Silver Spring, MD, will highlight these testimonies and illustrate how government and military policies are creating the realities on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldiers, veterans, and civilians will testify to atrocities they witnessed and/or participated in. Vasquez is heading up the verification team of the Winter Soldier organizing committee. (posted 1-08)

Analia Villagra (Anthropology) won a Social Science Research Council (SSRC) pre-dissertation summer research grant in the amount of $5,000 to support her research on human-animal interactions and  the way conceptions of nature affect conservation practice. (posted 5-08)

Steven Wang, anthropology doctoral student and a holder of a 2008–09 Graduate Center sponsored dissertation (writing) fellowship, won a 2007–08 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant ($11,690) and a Wenner-Gren dissertation grant ($15,705) to support research on Testing the continuity of Middle and Late Pleistocene hominins in Asia. (posted 5-08)

Nathan Woods (Anthropology) has won two grants for the 2008–09 academic year: $4,000 from the American Philosophical Society, and $15,000 from the National Science Foundation. They will support his research on “Integrating Innovation: Academic Innovation, Professional Networks and Scientific Regionalism in the Environmental Sciences.” (posted 5-08)

Janette Yarwood (Anthropology) was selected as the 2008–09 Northeast Consortium for Faculty Diversity Visiting Dissertation Scholar at Monmouth University, an in-residence fellowship which provides $32,000, computer and library privileges, office space, and health insurance. There are no work or teaching requirements, and she will have the opportunity to network with fellows and faculty from other network schools (Northeastern, Colgate, Allegheny, Middlebury, University of Vermont, University of Rochester, and others). (posted 10-08)

Gabriela Zamorano (Anthropology) was awarded a post-doctoral grant at the Musée du quai Branly in Paris to develop her research project “An archaeology of ethnographic portraiture in South America (1841–1920).” (posted 8-08)

Submitted on: DEC 31, 2008

Category: Anthropology, Student Honors, Awards, and Publications