Preliminary abstract: This archaeological research project will investigate on race relations in the former coal company town of Tams, WV. At the turn of the 20th century, race relations in West Virginia coal company towns were much more relaxed than they were throughout the rest of North America. This project will determine how race and class were experienced in the daily lives of black and white mining families.
LUCAS K. DELEZENE, then a student at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, was awarded a grant in October 2008, to aid research on 'Coevolutionary Models and the Hominin Canine Honing Complex,' supervised by Dr. William H. Kimbel. Pleiotropy (i.e., a single gene effects multiple phenotypic characters) is hypothesized to play a significant role in the production of adaptations for functionally linked characters.
SARAH F. DELEPORTE, then a student at University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, received a grant in November 2003 to aid research on 'The Musee du quai Branly: Anthropology, Art, and the Cultural Politics of Alterity in France,' supervised by Dr. Michael D. Dietler. The dissertation research supported by this grant consisted of an ethnographic study of the creation of the Musee du quai Branly, France's newest national museum devoted to extra-European arts and civilizations, opening in Paris in 2006.
MICHAEL J. DEGANI, then a student at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, received a grant in April 2011 to aid research on 'The City Electric: Infrastructure and Ingenuity in Dar es Salaam,' supervised by Dr. Michael McGovern. Fieldwork was conducted in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from July to December 2012 as part of a broader ethnography an African electrical grid. Research focused on three themes: 1) the links between national experience and power generation; 2) the informal economy of power transmission; and 3) the everyday life of electricity consumption.
HADI NICHOLAS DEEB, then a student at University of California, Los Angeles, California, received a grant in October 2011 to aid research on 'Remixing Authorship: Copyright and Capital in Hollywood,' supervised by Dr. Elinor Ochs. This project examines turmoil surrounding authorship. For centuries, a definition of authorship as an individual's spontaneous, creative expression has been the cornerstone of copyright law and underlying social norms in the United States and elsewhere. Copyright automatically grants valuable property rights to authors.
Preliminary abstract: Relationships between political economic circumstances, the varied actions of local producers, and landscape change or sustainability are central to the anthropological study of agriculture. Through an examination of plants cultivated and used in gardens and homes, I will determine ways in which farming households at Tahcabo, Yucatán, Mexico, negotiated larger trends of the Late Classic through Colonial periods (600-1800 CE).
JASON A. DECARO, while a student at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, was awarded a grant in November 2001 to aid research on the social ecology of childhood stress in north-central Georgia, U.S.A., under the supervision of Dr. Carol M. Worthman.
SEPALIKA DE SILVA, while a student at the University of California in Santa Barbara, California, received funding in May 2002 to aid ethnographic research on cultural conceptualizations of human rights in Sri Lanka, under the supervision of Dr. Eve Darian-Smith. The objective of the study was to provide an in-depth understanding of local conceptualizations of human rights in the context of the Disappearances Commission in Sri Lanka as well as to examine how local- and national-level discourses on human rights converged or diverged with respect to this commission.