Tookes, Jennifer L. S., Emory U., Atlanta, GA - To aid research on 'Rice and Peas in the Diaspora: Nutrition and Food Choice among Barbadian Immigrants in Atlanta,' supervised by Dr. Peter J. Brown
JENNIFER L.S. TOOKES, then a student at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, was awarded funding in April 2009 to aid research on 'Rice and Peas in the Diaspora: Nutrition and Food Choice among Barbadian Immigrants in Atlanta,' supervised by Dr. Peter J. Brown. Dissertation research investigated how quantities and types of foods consumed, emic meanings of these choices, perceptions of physical activity, body image and body compositions differ between native-English speaking populations in Barbados and migrant Barbadians in the United States.
Tarter, Andrew Martin, U. of Florida, Gainesville, FL - To aid research on 'The Tree Farmers of Haiti: Understanding Factors that Influence Farmers' Retention of Forest Land in Southern Haiti,' supervised by Dr. Gerald F. Murray
Preliminary abstract: Deforestation and loss of valuable topsoil in Haiti have severe consequences for the seven million Haitians that occupy the rural countryside and depend on agricultural production as their primary livelihood strategy. Declining agricultural yields have exacerbated under-nutrition, hunger, dis-ease, environmental vulnerability, and rural out-migration. Haitians who have abandoned unproductive rural localities for urban areas are often met by an even bleaker situation, as they are forced to occupy the marginal spaces of overcrowded and underemployed cities.
Strange, Stuart Earle, U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI - To aid research on 'Differences to Blame: Narrative, Agency, and Responsibility in War, Sorcery, and Suffering in Suriname,' supervised by Dr. Webb Keane
Preliminary abstract: My project seeks to understand the influence of different cultural logics of accounting responsibility for misfortune on conceptions of ethnic difference in Suriname. By examining the different ways Indo-Surinamese Hindus and Muslims and Afro-Surinamese Traditionalists and Christians attribute agency in explaining personal suffering like illness or national misfortune like war, I can learn how these assessments of responsibility are related to ethical narratives that associate moral dispositions with ethnic traits.
Shoaff Schroder, Jennifer L., U. of Illinois, Urbana, IL - To aid research on 'Mobility and Containment of Haitian Women in the Dominican Republic,' supervised by Dr. Arlene Torres
JENNIFER SHOAFF SCHRODER, while a student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Urbana, Illinois, received funding in August 2005 to aid research on Haitian women's strategies of mobility in the Dominican Republic and the ensuing experience of containment that such travel engenders, under the supervision of Dr. Arlene Torres.
Settle, Dr. Heather A., Duke U., Durham, NC - To aid research and writing on 'Love in the Last Days of Fidel: Everyday Life in Post-Revolutionary Cuba' - Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship
DR. HEATHER SETTLE, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, was awarded a Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship in October 2009 to aid research and writing on 'Love in the Last Days of Fidel: Everyday Life in Post-Revolutionary Cuba.' This project theorizes the emergence of discourses of crisis as a key dimension of everyday life during the late years of Cuba's Special Period.
Scher, Dr. Philip Wyman, U. of Oregon, Eugene, OR - To aid research on 'The Politics of Historic Preservation and the Development of Heritage Tourism in Barbados'
DR. PHILLIP WYMAN SCHER, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, received funding in April 2011 to aid research on 'The Politics of Historic Preservation and the Development of Heritage Tourism in Barbados.' The focus of this project was the ethnographic investigation of the political and economic processes that lie behind the protection and preservation of cultural heritage in Barbados, specifically the World Heritage site designated for Bridgetown (the capital city) and its historic military garrison.
Schacht, Ryan Nicholas, U. of California, Davis, CA - To aid research on 'Gender Roles, Mate Choice, and Adult Sex Ratios: A Comparison in the Rupununi, Guyana,' supervised by Dr. Monique Borgerhoff Mulder
RYAN NICHOLAS SCHACHT, then a student at the University of California, Davis, California, was awarded a grant in May 2010, to aid research on 'Gender Roles, Mate Choice, and Adult Sex Ratios: A Comparison in the Rupununi, Guyana,' supervised by Dr. Monique Borgerhoff Mulder. This project examines factors, both social and environmental, that affect the formation of human gender roles. Human partner preference studies within evolutionary psychology have been overwhelmingly based on samples drawn from undergraduate populations and questionnaire responses.
Romer, Louis P. M., New York U., New York, NY - To aid research on 'Producing Sovereign Publics in Non-sovereign Places: An Ethnography of Papiamentu-speaking Publics in Curaçao and Bonaire,' supervised by Dr. Bambi B. Schieffelin
Preliminary abstract: While ostensibly decolonized in October 2010, calls for sovereignty in Curaçao and Bonaire now resounding with even greater force. My project is an ethnography study of the linguistic and cultural practices that produce the publics that these demands for sovereignty emanate from. I use cultural and linguistic approaches to examine how the exigencies of contesting discourses that cast Papiamentu speakers as incapable of self-governance reshape Curaçaoan and Bonairean ideas of what it means to be a civil, self-governing person.
Prentice, Rebecca J., U. of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom - To aid research on 'Assembling Women: Risk, Injury and Embodiment in Trinidad's Export Garment Industry,' supervised by Dr. James R. Fairhead
REBECCA J. PRENTICE, then a student at the University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom, was awarded a grant in January 2004 to aid research on 'Assembling Women: Risk, Injury and Embodiment in Trinidad's Export Garment Industry,' supervised by Dr. James R. Fairhead. Research examined the contemporary conditions of global garment production through an intimate case study of Trinidad's garment industry.