Congratulations to Luminita-Anda Mandache, Nicole Mathwich, and Jessica Fae Nelson for receiving the Haury Dissertation Fellowship! The Haury Fellowship Program was established in 1989–1990 as part of the Department of Anthropology’s Diamond Jubilee to honor the many contributions of Professor Emil Haury to the training of graduate students over the years. We had an exceptionally strong pool of applicants this year, and the committee extends its sincerest thanks to all our fine Ph.D. students who took the time and effort to prepare and submit excellent applications. We enjoyed learning about the exciting and innovative research going on in our School.
Lumi’s dissertation title is “‘God created the world, we created Conjunto Palmeiras’: the meanings and practices of an “alternative” economy at the periphery of Fortaleza.” Lumi delves into how alternative economic practices, gathered under the umbrella of solidarity economy, can be understood in a context of extreme poverty in Fortaleza, Brazil, and explores alternative economy means from the perspective of those who implement the practices. Her advisor is Dr. James Greenberg, and you can read Lumi’s abstract here.
Nicole’s dissertation is titled “Livestock in the Pimería Alta: Negotiations of Ecological Colonialism,” and her dissertation committee chairs are Professors Mary Stiner and Tom Sheridan. Read Nicole’s abstract.
Jessica's dissertation, “Pataxó Hãhãhãe: race, indigeneity and language (revitalization) in the Brazilian Northeast,” is based on eight years of collaboration with the Pataxó Hãhãhãe on the revitalization of their heritage language(s). Incorporating methodologies from linguistics, linguistic anthropology, and socio-cultural anthropology, she explores both the mechanics and the social context of Hãhãhãe revitalization, including locating revitalization efforts within broader ideologies of race and racism in Brazil. Read Jessica’s abstract.