Preliminary abstract: My dissertation focuses on Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, where clear indications of social differentiation in the Pueblo world first appeared during the 9th-11th centuries. Though research has been conducted since 1896, many central questions, such as the distinct nature of Chacoan organization and leadership, have been difficult to solve. Recently, many scholars have argued convincingly for strong ritual components. One key question concerns the roles of dual organization (moieties) and ritual sodalities (non-kin groups).
ZEBULON DINGLEY, then a graduate student at University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, received funding in October 2012 to aid research on 'Of Bond and Boundary: Kinship, Ethnicity, and the Occult on the South Coast of Kenya,' supervised by Dr. Jean Comaroff. This project focuses on the efforts of southern coastal Kenyans to address an anxiety about their epistemic access to the thoughts, feelings, and intentions of others.
EVREN DINCER, then a student at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, received a grant in October 2012 to aid research on 'The Reindustrialization of the US: An Ethnography of Auto Workers in the American Rust Belt,' supervised by Dr. Shelley Feldman. This research from September 2012 until August 2014 focused on an auto engine assembly plant outside of Buffalo, New York, where the changing characteristics of industrial work and working class culture in a reindustrializing Rust Belt city of America were examined. The plant was the recipient of the 2009 government bailout.
ALEXA DIETRICH, then a student at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, received an award in August 2003 to aid research on 'The Corporation Next Door: Pharmaceutical Companies as Community Members in Puerto Rico,' supervised by Dr. Peter J. Brown. This project examined the participation of pharmaceutical companies as 'corporate citizens' in the everyday life of a small municipality on the northern coast of Puerto Rico, specifically questioning theoretical definitions of community.
MAGGIE DICKINSON, then a student at City University of New York Graduate Center, New York, New York, was awarded funding in October 2010 to aid research on 'Re-Calibrating the Welfare State: The Politics of Food Insecurity in New York City,' supervised by Dr. Leith Mullings. This ethnography of food insecurity in North Brooklyn found that, despite the growth of state and private charitable food aid, the resources that currently exist in this area are inadequate for preventing food insecurity, particularly for those families and individuals who are unemployed or marginally employed.
PAULA DIAS, then a graduate student at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, received a grant in April 2012 to aid research on 'Petro-Politics at the Grassroots: Big Oil, Environmental Education, and Governance in Brazil,' supervised by Dr. Jessaca B. Leinaweaver. This was an ethnographic study of a state-mandated environmental education (EE) project implemented by Shell Oil with quilombola communities in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
DARIO DI ROSA, then a graduate student at Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, was awarded funding in October 2013 to aid research on 'Remembering the Colonial Past: Histories and Historicities of Kerewo People (Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea),' supervised by Dr. Chris Ballard. This ethnography of Kerewo historical consciousness suggests that people's relations to their past and future is better understood in terms of cultural capital, used to acquire social or economic capital, instead of essentialist culture-specific world views.
MARCO DI NUNZIO, then a student at the University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, was awarded funding in May 2010, to aid research on 'Ethiopian Good Fellas: Unemployment, the Politics and Imagination of Addis Ababa's Youth,' supervised by Dr. David Pratten. This research is an examination of the impact that the strategies of political mobilization of the ruling party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Front (EPRDF), have had on the life of street youth over the last six years in the old city center of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).
PIERGIORGIO DI GIMINIANI, then a student at University College London, London, United Kingdom, received funding in April 2008 to aid research on 'The Struggle of the People of the Land: Collective Action and Shifting Boundaries among the Mapuche of Southern Chile,' supervised by Dr. Mukulika Banerjee. This work focuses on the process of ancestral land restoration among the Mapuche people of Southern Chile. Since the institution of an indigenous land restitution program in 1994, the Chilean state has engaged in negotiations regarding land claims by Mapuche communities.