1. University of Virginia
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Socio-cultural

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.

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.

LaHatte

Development aid advocates a normative ethos of professionalism that foregrounds equality between providers and recipients while discouraging personal relationships that could lead to accusations of corruption, nepotism, and dependency. These personal relationships are understood to undermine the inculcation of values such as transparency and accountability that are encouraged by development aid providers.

Huang

My current dissertation project investigates the complex relations among land, gender, traditional hierarchy, and state bureaucracy in Yap (Wa’ab), Federated States of Micronesia. I aim to analyze an international tourist development project in Yap, which has provoked local cleavage along the lines of gender, race, states and cultures. In this project, I hope to unravel the gendered subjectivities encompassed in local hierarchy.

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