EMILY YATES-DOERR, then a student at New York University, New York, New York, received funding in November 2007 to aid research on 'The Weight of the Body: Changing Ideals of Nutrition, Health and Fat in Guatemala,' supervised by Dr. Emily Martin. Historically, Guatemalans have considered body fat a sign of health and prestige. In the past decade, connected to an increased availability of commodified foods, the incidence of weight-related illness has grown rapidly and obesity has become an emerging medical concern.
DR. EMILY YATES-DOERR, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, was awarded an Engaged Anthropology Grant in August 2012 to aid 'Translation in Practice: Obesity, Fatness, and Dietary Health in Guatemala.' This engagement project comprised three collaborative workshops where relevant Guatemalan actors discussed how obesity science and related policies become translated into daily life. Past research demonstrated that the collision of various logics of obesity resulted in situations where health interventions had outcomes not anticipated by educators.
NANCY H. WORTHINGTON, then a student at Barnard College, New York, New York, received a grant in April 2011 to aid research on ''Healing Hearts and Training Minds in Honduras': Pediatric Heart Surgery Missions and Globally Circulating Biotechnologies,' supervised by Dr. Lesley Sharp. In poor countries, children with heart defects either go untreated, which can result in an early death, or are transferred overseas for surgical intervention. Now these children are treated in country by traveling cardiovascular teams.
Wolseth, Jon. 2008. Safety and Sanctuary: Pentecostalism and Youth Gang Violence in Honduras. Latin American Perspectives 35(4):96-111
Wolseth, Jon. 2008. Everyday Violence and the Persistence of Wandering and Loss among Honduran Youths. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 13(2):311-335
EMILY WENTZELL, then a student at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, received a grant in October 2007 to aid research on 'Sexual Dysfunction and Changing Masculinities in Mexico City,' supervised by Dr. Marcia Inhorn. Understandings of decreased erectile function as the medical pathology 'erectile dysfunction' (ED) have become dominant worldwide. However, 'sufficient' erection is not a biological norm, but a cultural standard co-produced with social ideals of manly sexuality and health.
MEGHAN F. WEBB, then a graduate student at University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, received funding in October 2013 to aid research on 'Yojkanäj Wawe' (We Remain Here): Transnational Surveillance's Effect on the Wives of Kaqchikel Migrants,' supervised by Dr. Brent E. Metz. Increasingly, indigenous communities are embracing transnational migration as a way to engage with the global market.
MATTHEW CLAY WATSON, then a student at University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, was awarded a grant in May 2007 to aid research on 'Assembling History: The Public Production and Dispersion of Maya Hieroglyphic Knowledges,' supervised by Dr. Susan Gillespie. This dissertation investigates the formation of an ethic of collaboration among participants in Maya hieroglyphic decipherment.
EMILY M. WANDERER, then a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, received a grant in October 2010 to aid research on 'Experimenting with Security: Mexican Biology, Biosecurity, and Global Research Networks,' supervised by Dr. Stefan Helmreich. This project is an account of the place of the biological in Mexico. Mexican nationhood and identity are, in many ways, founded upon conceptions of the biological, from notions of citizenship and belonging to ideas about plants and landscape.
Preliminary abstract: How people make and remake their worlds is foundational to anthropology, and also to a world increasingly focused on environmental decline. In spite of this, the burgeoning scholarship on humans' entanglements with things has a remarkable focus on presence, rather than loss or absence. I seek to further research on ecologies of relation by studying how people cope with loss in entangled relationships among people and things. Given selective logging of culturally important rosewood in early 2014, I propose to use a Wenner-Gren Post Ph.D.
CHARLES L. VAUGHAN, then a student at London School of Economics, London, United Kingdom, received funding in February 2004 to aid research on 'Remaking People, Places, and Pasts: Maya Chorti Cultural Activism in Western Honduras,' supervised by Dr. Maurice E. Bloch. Since 1994, the Copan Valley in western Honduras, internationally famous for the ancient Mayan ruins of Copan, has borne witness to the growth of an indigenous movement: the National Council of Indigenous Maya Chorti of Honduras (CONIMCHH).