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Peter Mancina

Peter Mancina, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2011 Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, "Sanctuary-Power: Sanctuary City Governance and Undocumented Migrant Political Action in San Francisco, California"

Mancina (holding right edge of banner) with San Francisco Day Labor program members at protest march to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Building, San Francisco, CA (March 23, 2011)

Ferenc Marko

Ferenc Marko, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 2012 Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, "Red Tape Theater: The Creation of Citizens and Sovereignty in South Sudan"

Marko in the archives of Juba, South Sudan.

Arthur Mason

Arthur Mason, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 2012 Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship,"Assessing Intermediary Expertise in Arctic Natural Gas Development"

Mason (lower left) at British Ambassador's Residence in Oslo, 2013. Mason writes, “I have been testing out novel ways for establishing authenticity in fieldwork, while at the same time creating distance from the economy of signs around which I identify objects of study. That is to say, positioning myself in the traditional manner by which anthropologists establish their legitimacy could result in my enchantment by forms of power that serve as the objects of my curiosity and analysis. For this reason, I am exploring the possibility of creating distance between myself and my objects of study, while at the same time establishing my authenticity of “being there” in novel ways.

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Melanie McComsey

Melanie McComsey, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 2011 Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, "Bilingual Spaces: Socialization to Spatialized Practice in Spanish and Juchitán Zapotec"

McComsey (in yellow), leaving a wedding celebration with other friends and neighbors on the bride's side. Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca, Mexico. (December 26, 2011)

Elham Mireshghi

Elham Mireshghi, University of California, Irvine, CA, 2011 Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, "Regulating the Kidney Market: An Ethnographic Investigation of the 'Iranian Model' for Paid Unrelated Kidney Donation"

Mireshghi in Tehran, in front of hand-painted ceramic tiles.

Christopher Morehart

Christopher Morehart, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 2012 Post-Ph.D. Research Grant, “Environmental Interaction and Political Transformation in the Northern Basin of Mexico"

Morehart (white hat, center) hosting a field trip for young children attending the Casa de la Cultura summer school in Xaltocan, Mexico. Morehart writes, “We integrated an archaeology day into their summer activities. The children, about 40, as well as teachers from the Casa de la Cultura and some parents, came to the site we were excavating in late July of 2012. We spoke to them about the significance of archaeology and the importance of preserving the archaeological record of their town. We demonstrated archaeological techniques, showed them the great destruction of looting, and incorporated fieldwork exercises for the kids (particularly systematic surface collections of artifacts from the site surface). Of all the days this past field season, it was by far the best.

Tabitha Price

Tabitha Price, Gottingen University, Gottingen, Germany, 2011 Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, “Variation in Vervet Vocalizations: Insights into Mechanisms of Call Production & Call Perception”

Price recording spontaneous vocalizations from wild West African vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus sabaeus). Niokolo Koba National Park, Senegal (June 2011).

Amy Rothschild

Amy Rothschild, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 2011 Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, "Suffering in Post-Conflict East Timor: Memory, Nationalism and Human Rights"

Rothschild in front of a just revealed mural depicting Timorese running during a massacre in 1991. This was at the opening of a local museum to Timor’s resistance (the mural is on the roof of the museum). Semalari, Baucau, Timor-Leste.

Mohamed Sahnouni

Mohamed Sahnouni, Stone Age Institute, Gosport, IN, 2011 Post-Ph.D. Research Grant, “Further Research into the Pliocene Archaeology of Ain Boucherit, Algeria"

Sahnouni (in the middle) working at Ain Boucherit with geologist Alfredo Perez-Gonzalez (right) and geochronologist Josep Maria Pares (left), both from CENIEH, Burgos, Spain.

Joshua Shapero

Joshua Shapero, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2012 Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, "Speaking Places: The Grammar of Space and the Sociality of Place among Central Quechua Speakers"

Shapero (left) conducts an interview on local places and paths with Don Donato Molina Rojas, resident of the populated center of Huaripampa in the Department of Ancash, Peru. January 20, 2013. Shapero notes, “Here, Don Donato is pointing out the path of the river along which trout come down from nearby Pamparahu Lake."

Layoung Shin

Layoung Shin, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, 2012 Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, "'Performing Like a Star': Pop Culture and Sexuality among Young Women in Neoliberal South Korea"

Shin attending the 10th memorial service of the late Yook Woo-dang, a 19-year-old gay who was a member of Donginryun ("Solidarity for LGBT Human Rights of Korea") and committed suicide. Shin writes “Yook Woo-dang left a suicide note expressing anger and criticism of the Christian Right for their homophobia and discrimination against LGBT people. Yook Woo-dang is the epitome of the oppressed but proud Korean LGBT youth. This memorial service was held to commemorate his death and stand up for LGBT rights and liberation that he dreamed of. I have been the part of the group to organize this service, which is related with my research interest on queer youth.“

Alan Simmons

Alan Simmons, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, 2012 Post-Ph.D. Research Grant, "Nomadic Voyagers: Cyprus as a Neolithic Cross-Road: A Case Study from Ais Giorkis”

Simmons standing on an oval platform structure being excavated at the early Neolithic site of Ais Giorkis (c. 7800 cal. BC) in Cyprus.

Ivo Syndicus

Ivo Syndicus, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland, 2012 Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, "Culture, Development, and Higher Education in Papua New Guinea"

Syndicus with Richard Dorum (center) and Carol Uvovo (right), on the day of their graduation from the University of Goroka (Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea). Syndicus writes, “Carol and Richard are graduating with a Bachelor in Education and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education respectively, and are currently working as secondary school teachers in the Jiwaka Province of the Papua New Guinea Highlands. Their experiences as students at the University of Goroka, and as secondary school teachers, continues to inform my research about higher education in Papua New Guinea. (Photo: Edwick Kaupa)

Paula Tallman

Paula Skye Tallman, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2012 Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, "Stress, Health, and Physiological Functioning in the Awajun of the Peruvian Amazon"

Tallman with a team of Awajun “mini-anthropologists” at her field site in Comunidad de Shushug, Department of Amazonas, Peru.

Claudia Valeggia

Claudia Valeggia, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2011 Post-Ph.D. Research Grant, "Life History Transitions among the Toba of Argentina"

Valeggia collecting anthropometric information of pubertal girls for her study on life history transitions among the Toba of northern Argentina. Formosa Province, Argentina.

Parker VanValkenburgh

Parker VanValkenburgh, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2012 Post-Ph.D. Research Grant, "Reducción and Policía: Spanish Colonial Forced Resettlement and Daily Praxis at Carrizales (Zaña Valley, Peru)"

An overhead photo of an excavation unit in the prehispanic residential sector of the site of Carrizales, Peru, taken using kite aerial photography during fieldwork in summer 2012.

Vivian Solana

Vivian Solana, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 2011 Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, “Negotiating Belonging to a Global Community; Gender Politics in the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR)"

Solana in the Saharawi refugee camps of Tindouf and El Aaiun.

Pnina Werbner

Pnina Werbner, Keele University, Stafforshire, United Kingdom, 2012 Post-Ph.D. Research Grant, "'The Mother of All Strikes': Politics, Law and Vernacular Cosmopolitanism in Botswana's Public Service Unions' Activism"

Werbner (bottom left) at the Court of Appeal in Botswana in January 2013, in a case involving the Manual Workers Union and the government of Botswana.

Anna Willow

Anna Willow, Ohio State University, Marion, OH, 2011 Post-Ph.D. Research Grant, "The Politics of Environmental Alliance: A Multi-Sited Ethnography of the Boreal Leadership Council"

Willow amid Labrador tea in bloom, between the Innu community at Sheshatshiu and the town of Goose Bay, Labrador (Canada). Willow writes, “My grant supports a multi-sited ethnographic study of multi-sector boreal forest conservation partnerships, during which I visit the five First Nations organizations participating in the Boreal Leadership Council to conduct interviews and do participant-observation research.

Melinda Zeder

Melinda Zeder, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 2012 Post-Ph.D. Research Grant, "First Steps Toward Animal Domestication in the Taurus/Zagros Arc"

Zeder (left) with research assistant Ximena Lemoine, in the laboratory at the Smithsonian's Museum Support Center in Suitland, Maryland.

Amy Zhang

Amy Zhang, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 2012 Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, "Recycled Cities: Remaking Waste in Post-reform Urban China"

Zhang outside an urban scraps market in Guangzhou, China. Zhang writes, “Informal scrap collectors come here to sell recyclables, such as cardboard boxes, newspapers, magazines, plastic bottles, and scrap metal. While government campaigns call for citizens to recycle by separating their waste into four official schemes -- recyclables, toxic waste, organic waste and other waste -- recycling nevertheless is still carried out by individual collectors who bypass the official scheme."

Matthew Walls

Matthew Walls, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 2011 Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, "Frozen Landscapes, Fluid Technologies: Inuit Kayak Hunting and the Perception of the Environment in Greenland"

Liubov Golovanova

Liubov Golovanova, Laboratory of Prehistory, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2012 Post-Ph.D. Research Grant, "The Study of Settlement Dynamics in the Middle/Upper Paleolithic in Northwestern Caucasus"

Cleaning an 1996 excavation site at Baranakha 4. Northwestern Caucasus, Russia.

Amy Bauernfiend

Amy Bauernfeind, George Washington U., Washington, DC, 2011 Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, "Metabolic Supply and Demand: A Study of Energetic Strategy in the Brain"