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Graduate Student

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.

Rolando

I received my BA and licenciatura degrees in anthropology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. The focus of my licenciatura thesis was the everyday experience of the State, through the school system, in a Shipibo-Conibo community. With this objective in mind, I explored the images of the other involved in the indigenous comunero – schoolteacher relationship and its everyday dynamics. For my doctoral thesis I plan to work with the Mastanahua People from the Purus River in the Peruvian-Brazilian border.

Reynolds

I work amongst activists in Barcelona, particularly those who have participated in social movements in various eras: before and during the Spanish Civil War, clandestinely under Franco, and since the transition. My interests are varied, but include a focus on how language choices are negotiated in a bilingual community by groups who seek solidarity across class lines, as well as a focus on activist narratives of disobedience.

Questa

I studied Ethnology at the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH) of Mexico, mainly because I enjoy learning from other people by living with them, which I guess defines me as an ethnographer. My first ethnographic experience was among the Warihó of the Sierra Tarahumara in northern Mexico attesting their social organization and cultural resilience under the extreme violence of drug trafficking.

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