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Graduate Student

Nicola

As an undergraduate, I double-majored in Anthropology and Classics, and was one course short of a minor in geography. I was fortunate to have worked as a zooarchaeological research assistant to Professor Gil Stein for two years, graduated with Anthropology honors, and received Northwestern’s annual Charles D. Hurd award for independent research (archaeology).

Bloch

My research centers the study of the past (and present) on Indigenous peoples’ knowledges and ongoing relationships with ancestral mound landscapes, working in partnership with descendant peoples of an eastern Muskogee (Creek) community in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. Thousands of these earthen mounds sit across eastern North America, constructed by Native American peoples over the previous five thousand years.

Kavadias

Amidst the current national economic crisis, Greeks who predict the end of the olive industry redouble their commitment to growing olives on family-owned lands, incurring personal debts and spurring relatives in Athens to migrate ‘back’ home to labor in the groves. These investments and commitments suggest that, for Greeks, olive cultivation resonates beyond just the monetary, but is getting mobilized in culturally meaningful ways in the turmoil.

Williams

My research is primarily concerned with how race and class articulates to the lived experience of black ethnic groups like Anglo-Caribbean immigrants in the United States and the ways in which they negotiate their identity against the American context of blackness. I propose that these ethnic negotiations are most salient in clinical settings where disease screenings as well as presumptions about disease risk are often specific to ethnicity and to historical narratives of diseased immigrant women.

Singh

As an undergraduate I was fortunate to work with research groups in different fields such as environmental science and public policy. After completing my BS in International Affairs and French I chose to attend graduate school in Anthropology because I felt it would allow for a continuation of the style of interdisciplinary academic work that I had enjoyed in my undergraduate research. My current interests are cosmopolitanism and conservation among India's new middle class.

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