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Socio-cultural

Perdue, Jr.

I came to the academic study of folklore by a somewhat peculiar route. My mother was a traditional ballad singer and I grew up singing her songs, learning others, having my head filled and my behavior guided by traditional stories, proverbs, riddles, superstitions, and other forms of folklore. Years later after service in the Army Security Agency during the Korean War, and marriage to Nan, I attended the University of California, Berkeley, and majored in geology.

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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 am a sociocultural anthropologist interested in the politics of Indigenous/settler relations in Lowland South America, with a focus on Indigenous ideas of personhood, relatedness, and morality. Based on nineteen months of ethnographic fieldwork with the Mastanawa people of the Upper Purus River (Brazilian-Peruvian border), my work examines the Mastanawa experience of the encompassing society through analysis of their quotidian interactions with their neighbors and narratives of their contact process.

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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