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For a full list of graduate student conference papers, grants, awards, teaching and publications, please see Graduate Student Accomplishments.

Accomplishment Highlights

Conference Papers

Twelve current anthropology graduate students will present papers at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting in November: Rachana Agarwal, Amy Hanes, Jessica Hardin, Anna Jaysane-Darr, Casey Miller, Ryo Morimoto, Beth Semel, Olivia Spaletta, Minu Tankha, Allison Taylor, Holly Walters, Mengqi Wang.

Paper titles may be viewed on the Graduate Student Accomplishments page.

Highlights of Graduate Student Grants

Emily Canning

Casey Golomski

  • Wenner Gren Post PhD Research Grant, "Age of Dependency: Negotiating the Meaning of the Life Course through Social Assistance in South African (Mpumalanga) Households."
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad, principal award, 2010 (declined).
  • Fulbright IIE Fellowship for dissertation research, "Right Passages: The Work of Ritual in Swaziland's Age of HIV-AIDS," 2010-2011.
  • Fulbright-Hays Intensive Intermediate-Advanced Zulu Group Project Abroad, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, 2009.  

Jessica Hardin

  • Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, for research project "Exchange and Health: Negotiating the Meaning of Food and Body among Evangelical Christians in Independent Samoa," 2011. 
  • Fulbright-Hays Advanced Samoan Language Abroad Group Project Abroad, Samoa, 2010.  

Melanie Kingsley

  • National Geographic Society-Waitt Foundation Grant for dissertation research "After the end:  A look at a Maya site after the Classic Period collapse," 2010.

Casey Miller  

  • Doctoral dissertation grant from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange to support the final year of writing the dissertation entitled "Grassroots Gay and Lesbian Organizations, HIV/AIDS, and the Construction of Civil Society in Mainland China."
  • Fulbright IIE Fellowship for dissertation research, "Gay Men’s Health Groups and the Effects of Reform on Sexuality and Civil Society in China," 2010-2011.  
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, Cultural Anthropology Program, Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, 2010.  

Donald A. Slater  

  • National Science Foundation, Dissertation Research Improvement Grant for "At the Heart of the Turtle: Caves, Power, and Liminality in Ancient Central Yucatan, Mexico," 2011.
  • National Geographic Society, Waitt Grants Program grant for "Seeking Xibalba: Preliminary Investigations of the Central Yucatan Archaeological Cave Project," 2009.  

Mrinalini Tankha  

  • International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council, 2009.
  • Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion at the University of California, Irvine grant for dissertation research, 2009.  

Allison Taylor  

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship (US Dept of Education--FLAS) for the study of Somali language at the Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (tuition and stipend), 2009.  

Mengqi Wang

  • Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, 2013-2014.
  • Mellon Dissertation Research Grant, Brandeis University, 2013-2014.


Ieva Jusionyte's paper, “Performing Journalism on the Backstage of the State: Illegal Airwaves, Versatile Cables, and the Struggle for Power in an Argentine Border Town,” received First Honorable Mention by the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology as part of their 2011 Graduate Student Paper Prize Competition.

Highlights of Graduate Student Publications

Anna Jaysane-Darr, "Galaxies of Meaning: Semiotics in Media Theory," Semiotica, Vol 182, October 2010.

Ryo Morimoto, “Shaking Ground, Unearthing Palimpsests: Semiotic Anthropology of Disaster,” Semiotica (forthcoming). 

Casey Golomski '14, “Put the Child in the Belly: Remaking Kinship in Life Insurance in Swaziland,” American Ethnologist 42(1) (Forthcoming February 2015)

Donald A. Slater, "Power Materialized: The Dart Thrower as a Pan-Mesoamerican Status Symbol," Ancient Mesoamerica 22 (2), 2011.

For a full list of graduate student conference papers, grants, awards, teaching and publications, please see Graduate Student Accomplishments