Emma is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology minoring in Caribbean and Latin American Studies and Geography. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz where she served as senior writing tutor in the Department of Anthropology and the Student Academic Center. Emma was a finalist for a Fulbright Project Award in Peru in 2012, received an honorable mention for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, studied Quechua with a Foreign Language Areas Studies (FLAS) Award, received a Mellon Innovating International Research (MIIRT) Dissertation Research Award and a Fulbright IIE to fund her dissertation fieldwork in Peru and has received a diverse array of internal grants and fellowships, and attended multiple proposal-writing development trainings. In summer 2014, she began dissertation fieldwork on interactions between quinoa producers and and development practitioners in the highlands of Peru, and ways changes in production practices are disciplined and resisted. Her dissertation will focus on the reconfiguration of socio-material worlds of the Peruvian Altiplano vis-á-vis the “Quinoa Boom.”
Katie is a dual MPA/MA student with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. After receiving her BA in Sociology and a minor in Middle Eastern and Hebrew Studies in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she was a recipient of a 2011-2012 Fulbright fellowship to Tunisia, where she studied Arabic literature. She has also received research and educational grant support for continued Arabic and Hebrew study from the Department of Education’s Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. Katie has experience assisting students with Boren, FLAS, Center for Arabic Study Abroad programs (CASA), Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Fulbright research proposals. Her research interests include conflict and post-conflict recovery, economic development, entrepreneurship, project management, Islamic and Jewish studies, and Arabic pedagogy.
Alex is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology with a concentration in Archaeology minoring in Caribbean and Latin American Studies. During his time at Indiana University he has received honorable mention for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (2012) and the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (2011 and 2012). He has received both internal and external grants to fund his dissertation research in Oaxaca, Mexico including the NSF’s Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (2015). His dissertation research focuses on ancient land-use change, urban/rural land-use dynamics, human/environment interactions. Other research interests are: Geographic Information Systems, photogrammetry, Zapotec dialect mapping, ritual pilgrimage and sacred sites, archival research, and archaeological survey.
Justin is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance, minoring in Communication and Culture Studies. He received his B.A. in Anthropology and English Literature and his M.A. in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis. Justin has professional experience in grant preparation and reporting in both the arts and humanities as well as in social work and public health research, first serving as the Development Associate for St. Louis’s Metro Theater Company, then as a Grant and Contract Manager at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. At these institutions, he helped secure funding from government agencies including the NEA, NIH, and NSF, in addition to project support from corporate sponsors and private foundations. Subsequently, he served as the Fundraising Chair for the Board of Directors of OnSite Theatre Company. Justin’s research interests include the combined work of Tadashi Suzuki and Anne Bogart and the history of movement on the stage, as well as the history and performance theory of stage comedy and humor. His dissertation will focus on American comedy since 1980 as it uses humor to represent ever-changing notions of “family” and “home.”