Three New NSF DDRIG Recipients!

Aug. 6, 2021

Congratulations to the School of Anthropology’s latest National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant recipients!


Kelsey Hanson Headshot
Kelsey Hanson

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Ziya Kaya Headshot
Ziya Kaya


Sydney Pullen
Sydney Pullen

A National Science Foundation DDRIG has been awarded to Ph.D. candidate Kelsey Hanson for her project titled “Material Reflections of the Emergence of Social Inequality.” Kelsey’s dissertation committee is chaired by Regents’ Professor Barbara J. Mills. Read Kelsey’s abstract here:

Ph.D. student Ziya Kaya has been awarded the NSF DDRIG for his research on digital farming technologies, traditional farming knowledge, and livelihoods in Turkey under the supervision of Brian Silverstein. His research will also be co-sponsored by SSRC-IDRF and American Philosophical Society Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research. Ziya would like to thank everybody (especially Brian Silverstein, Janelle Lamoreaux, Elizabeth Stahmer, Mine Egbatan, Neşe Kaya, Emrah Karakuş, Rachel Rosenbaum, Sarah Renkert, Sydney Pullen, Skyler Benedict, Katherine Snyder, Amanda Hilton, and more) who has read and given feedback on his research project proposal. Read Ziya’s abstract here:

Sydney Pullen has been awarded an NSF DDRIG for her project “Vocational Education, Economic Development, and Racial Capitalism in Lowcountry South Carolina.” Under the direction of Dr. Diane Austin, this research will investigate how historic racial ideologies shape present-day economic development and vocational education programs and policies in the U.S. South. Read Sydney’s abstract here:

Anthro News Digest date: 07/30/2021