ANNA B. ZOGAS, then a graduate student at University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, was awarded funding in October 2013 to aid research on ''Invisible Injury:' Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Disability Compensation in the U.S. Military Healthcare System,' supervised by Dr. Lorna A. Rhodes. The ethnographic research supported by the Dissertation Fieldwork Grant is part of a dissertation about post-9/11 military veterans' post-combat problems, with particular attention to the mild traumatic brain injury (mild TBI).
DR. CHRISTIAN ZLOLNISKI, University of Texas, Arlington, Texas, received funding in April 2008 to conduct research in the San Quintin Valley in Baja California, Mexico. His study examines how the growth of the export-oriented fresh-produce industry has affected the employment opportunities and labor migration patterns of indigenous farm laborers who come from southern Mexico. He conducted participant observation and household interviews with Mixtec, Triqui, and Zapotec workers and families.
ZOE H. WOOL, then a student at University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, received a grant in May 2007 to aid research on 'In Search of the War on Terror: An Ethnography of Soldiers Lives and Public Discourses,' supervised by Dr. Todd Sanders. This project explores embodied experiences and discursive constructions of the U.S.-led War on Terror through ethnographic research with injured soldiers and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Preliminary abstract: Informed by an understanding of human cultural and political actions as components of complex and conjoined socionatural systems, this project will generate primary data on diverse responses to oil and gas, coal mining, and hydroelectric energy developments in the Peace River region of northeastern British Columbia, Canada with the objective of developing an analytical framework capable of explaining environmental decision-making in areas of active anthropogenic environmental change.
DR. ANNA J. WILLOW, Ohio State University, Marion, Ohio, was awarded funding in October 2011 to aid research on 'The Politics of Environmental Alliance: A Multi-Sited Ethnography of the Boreal Leadership Council.' This project explored the prospects and politics of multi-sector conservation by investigating the Boreal Leadership Council, an initiative comprised of ENGOs, First Nations organizations, resource-extractive corporations, and investment institutions committed to collectively addressing issues impacting Canada's boreal forest.
KAREN G. WILLIAMS, then a student at City University of New York Graduate Center, New York, New York, received funding in October 2011 to aid research on 'From Coercion to Consent? Governing the Formerly Incarcerated in the 21st Century United States,' supervised by Dr. Leith Mullings. The decades-long expansion of law and order prison policy across the United States has led to historically high rates of incarceration, particularly for communities of color, and has had repercussions far beyond the prison walls.
Preliminary abstract: The Affordable Care Act is predicted to spur a decentralization of hospitals in the United States, stimulating the growth of localized community health centers and services to accommodate 32 million formerly uninsured people. In the absence of universal health care, how is the responsibility to care for vulnerable populations directed and organized? How has the connection between structural inequality and suffering in vulnerable populations been elided and reconstrued as incidental, blameless and random?
DR. MARGOT WEISS, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, was awarded a grant in April 2011 to aid research on 'Visions of Sexual Justice among Contemporary Queer Activists.' Visions of Sexual Justice is organized around the deceptively simple question: What is the relationship between sexuality and social justice? Based on ethnographic research with queer left activists in New York City, Chicago, and Montreal, the project explores the ways activists imagine and articulate new visions of queer social and economic justice.
JOSEPH WEISS, then a student at University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, was awarded funding in October 2011 to aid research on 'Unsettled Co-Existence: Political Community and Everyday Life on Canada's Northwest Coast,' supervised by Dr. Jean Comaroff. This research investigates the consequences of political transformation in the Haida community of Old Massett on the islands of Haida Gwaii.