JAMES ALAN DOYLE, then a student at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, received funding in May 2010, to aid research on 'Planned Monumentality and 'Planted' Settlements in the Preclassic Maya Lowlands,' supervised by Dr. Stephen D. Houston. In this dissertation project, the grantee investigated the origins of ancient Maya civilization at the site of El Palmar, Petén, Guatemala, located in the southern Lowlands of the Yucatan Peninsula. Grant funding provided support for one year of field and laboratory research.
SEAN M. DOWDY, then a student at University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, was granted funding in April 2013 to aid research on 'Goroka: The Shared Account in Assam's Kingdom of Magic,' supervised by Dr. John D. Kelly. Challenging the dominant view of Northeast India as a landscape of intransigent inter-ethnic conflict, this research documents and analyzes how, why, and through what means agents in a multi-ethnic society seek to economically mitigate, yet cosmologically preserve, the ontological multiplicity that defines their world.
LAURENCE DOUNY, while a student at University College London in London, England, received funding in February 2003 to aid archaeoethnographic research on Dogon cosmogony as expressed in architectural space and forms, under the supervision of Dr. Michael J. Rowlands. Through fieldwork in the Dogon land of Mali-West Africa, Douny explored the Dogon worldview, or cosmogonic system, as reported in the 1950s by the French ethnologist Marcel Griaule and objectified in Dogon domestic architecture.
AIMEE C. DOUGLAS, then a graduate student at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, was awarded a grant in April 2013 to aid research on 'Craft, Creativity, and Managing the 'Excesses of Modernity' in Sri Lanka,' supervised by Dr. Viranjini Munasinghe.
KRISTIN C. DOUGHTY, then a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was awarded a grant in May 2007 to aid research on 'The Past and Collective Belonging in Post-Genocide Rwanda,' supervised by Dr. Sandra T. Barnes. The grantee spent twelve months researching how Rwandans, whose lives are shaped by the conditions imposed by national and international law, use the past to rebuild their social worlds in the wake of political violence.
YAZAN DOUGHAN, then a student at University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, was awarded funding in October 2011 to aid research on 'Activing Like a Citizen: Language Practice and the Vicissitudes of Urbanism and Tribalism in (Neo)liberalizing Amman,' supervised by Dr. Susan Gal. The resulting dissertation, 'Fas?d, Authority and the Discursive Production of Reform and Revolution in Jordan,' is an ethnography of governance, political action, and mobilization drawing on fieldwork conducted at Amman's municipality and poor neighborhoods during the wave of protests in 2011-12.
Preliminary abstract: During the last decade the German state has invested in various educational programs on the Holocaust that target Muslim Germans of migrant background in order to facilitate their integration as citizens. This project studies state-funded NGOs in Germany that provide Holocaust education including anti-Semitism prevention to align Muslims closer with the political culture of the state and liberal citizenship.
ARIANNE DORVAL, then a student at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, received funding in October 2008 to aid research on ''Marseilles, Door to the Souths:' The Politics of Métissage at the Border of the Nation,' supervised by Dr. Charles D. Piot. This research was initially aimed at exploring the politics of métissage, or intercultural and interracial mixing in the French border-city of Marseilles.
Preliminary abstract: This project examines how value is cultivated and power contested through cross-border exchange in East Africa. It does so at a time when states in the region are energetically pursuing a common market through harmonized tariffs, shared infrastructure, and efficient borders. My project will investigate the calculative practices and material infrastructure of two communities crucial to the formation of a regional market: financiers in Nairobi and traders and smugglers in the Uganda-Kenya borderlands.
RACHEL DONKERSLOOT, then a student at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, received funding in May 2007 to aid research on ''Get Out or Get Left?' Understanding Youth Life-Paths and Experiences of an Irish Fishing Locale,' supervised by Dr. Charles R. Menzies. This research is located in the social and economic landscape of a rural fisheries-dependent community. Here the subject of rural youth emigration is addressed through attention to gender differences in the ways young people perceive, experience, and cope with rural life, which includes decisions to emigrate.