Graduate Student Accomplishments
“Teaching Tolerance: Negotiating Ethnolinguistic Boundaries in an Osh Classroom” at the Association for the Study of Nationalities Annual Meeting, New York, April 2014.
“Misplaced Morphemes: Pursuing Language Purity on the Kyrgyz-Uzbek Border,” at Borders and Identities, Rijeka, Croatia, March 2013.
“Vanishing Words: Language and Ethnicity in Post-Conflict Osh”, at Language and Identity in Central Asia, UCLA, May 2012.
"Back to Bedrock: E-Group Foundations and Network Transformations at Yaxuná, Yucatan, Mexico." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Austin, April 2014.
"The Raised-Heel in Art, Writing, and Ritual Process," at the Society of American Archaeology Annual Meeting, Sacramento, April 2011.
“From Mother Tongue to Pachamama: Reflections and Projections on Summer Quechua Language Training and Fieldsite Recon in Southern Peru,” Jane’s Travel Grant Presentation, 2013.
"Inept Dads and Donor Moms: Adoptive Patrimony and Value in Elephant Conservation In Cameroon," at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, November 2012.
"Women or Women? the Analytic and Epistemological Origins of Development's Mishandling of Female Genital Cutting (FGC)." Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Montreal, November 2011.
"Cartography of Trauma and Semiotic Re-territorialization of Memory: A Case of Two Miracle Pine Trees in Post-Disasters Japan." The Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology, Chiba, May 2014.
"Removing Interpretation: Disaster Narratives and Disaster Archives." Asian Studies Conference in Osaka, May 2014.
"Culture of Containment." The American Anthropological Association, Chicago, November 2013.
"Between Memory and Record: Mnemonic Signs, Commemorative Signs, and Historicizing Stumps of the 3.11 Disasters in Japan." Signs and Society: Working Symposium on “Global Semiosis Symposium,” Waltham 2013.
"Plutonium for War and Peace: the Cult of the Second Sun." Semiotic Society of America Annual Conference, Toronto, November 2012.
"What Happened Is the Sum of All What Did Not Happen: Disastrous Slips, or Reading Cultural Memories In the 3/11 Tohoku Disasters,"at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, November 2012.
"Brave New World: The Disaster Volunteer as the Storehouse of Memories," at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Toronto, March 2012.
"The Use and Abuse of Mnemonic Objects: (Re)framing Experience in Post-Tsunami Japan," at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Montreal, November 2011.
"Signs on the Shore: Unification, Schismogenesis, or ... Japanese's responses to the triple catastrophe," at New England Association for Asian Studies Conference, Wellesley College, October 2011.
“Discourse of Body Frontiers in Medical Research" at the American Ethnological Society/Society for Visual Anthropology, Boston, April 2014.
"Blood Essentialism and Lifestyle Choice: The Practice of Becoming Danish,"at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, November 2012.
"I Am Not This Body: Persons, Bodies, and Boundaries in Vaishnava Ritual Practice"at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, November 2013.
"Divine Husband, Divine Lover: Subjectivity, Sensuality, and Sacred Space Among the Krishna Devotees of Mayapur" at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, November 2012.
“The clash of two legitimacies: Informal economy in Chinese real estate practices” Harvard graduate student conference Politics, Publics, and the State, Cambridge, April 2014.
“The moral economy of Chinese homeowners” at the Society for Economic Anthropology Conference, St. Louis, April 2013. Won the 2013 Schneider Prize.
“'Some women are just too greedy!’ ---Blame at the encounter of housing and marital exchanges” at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, November 2013.
"The Moral Life of Buildings: Narratives on Post-Socialist China’s Construction Qualities"at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, November 2013.
"The Moral Economy of Chinese Home Owners: Negotiating the Right to Housing in Post-Purchase Conflicts" at the International Conference on Anthropology and Urban Conflict in Barcelona, Spain, November 2012.
"Housing Agencies As Public Spaces: Negotiating 'the Right to Housing' In China,"at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, November 2012.
"Scripturalizing Buyi Culture and Development Project: Building a Museumof Ethnic Minorities in Southwest China," at the American Ethnological Society conference, New York City, April 2012.
Grants and Fellowships
(Our students also received a number of internal grants, including Mellon-Sachar, which are not listed below)
Fulbright IIE Fellowship, Kyrgyzstan, 2012-2013.
Dissertation Research Award, Research Circle on Democracy and Cultural Pluralism, Brandeis University, 2011.
Mellon Dissertation Research Grant, Brandeis University, 2014.
Mellon Dissertation Research Grant, Brandeis University, 2013.
Jane's Research Grant, Brandeis University, 2013.
Japan Foundation doctoral fellowship grant for dissertation research, 2013-2014.
Mellon Foundation Research Grant, 2014.
Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, 2013-2014.
Mellon Dissertation Research Grant, Brandeis University, 2013-2014.
Teaching Positions, Awards, and Appointments
(Our graduate students also serve as tutors for the English as a Second Language Program, and work for the Writing Center, assisting undergraduates)
"EL 94 Global Perspectives: Place, Race, and Gender" at Brandeis University. Spring 2014.
“The Anthropology of Disaster” University Instructor Prize at Brandeis University, Spring 2015.
“Message without a Coda: On Rhetoric of the Photographic Records” in Signs and Society (under review)
“Interpretative Frameworks of Disaster in Society Close Up” in Natural Hazards, Risks, and Disasters in Society: A Cross-Disciplinary Overview, Andrew E. Collins et al, eds. (forthcoming)
“The Cult(ure) of the Second Sun: Remembering, Repeating, and Performing the Past Imperfect” in Semiotic Inquiry, Special Issue: Semiotics in Anthropology Today (forthcoming)
“Waves of Semiosis. Is It about Time? On the Semiotic Anthropology of Change” in Peter Trifonas, ed., International Handbook of Semiotics. (forthcoming)
"Shaking Ground, Unearthing Palimpsests: Semiotic Anthropology of Disaster,” Semiotica, 2012.
How Humanity Came into Being: Understanding the Evolutionary Dynamics of Consciousness. Floris Books, 2010. (co-authored with Dr. Martin Lockley)
"The Social Life of Scripts: Staging Authenticity in China's Ethno-Tourism Industry,"Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development, Vol. 41, 2012.