Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Berger
Major: Biological Anthropology
Project: I research STW 573 (‘Little Foot’) to understand if the specimen sustained antemortem trauma to the left antebrachium, and if this implicates signs of linear structure.
Mentor: Dr. Rengin Firat
Project: “Discovered Self?” – The Effects of Ancestry Testing On Native American Identity
My project looks at how the rise in popularity of direct-to-consumer DNA tests are beginning to change the way we view the social construction of race and ethnicity; I will specifically look at the effects it has on the self-identity of Native Americans.
Rita Fessehaie Tesfai
Mentor: Dr. Worku Nida
Project: The Melody of Rebellion: Sonic Agency, Cultural Memory, and the Music of the Kel Tamasheq
This project explores how sound and performance take part in a dialogical exchange tethered to political struggle. From concert fieldwork at a Tinariwen show, I am exploring ways sound and performance function as a mechanism for social solidarity, cultural reimaginations, and expressions of emancipatory practices. I use sonic agency as a framework to examine the relationship between sound and liberatory politics. I inquire into how Tinariwen reimagines cultural memory and reifies resistance through sonic capacities. Most importantly, I explore the plurality of Tuareg sonic worlds, focusing not only on its resistive aspects but also on all the other ways it memorializes and reanimates Tuareg culture.
Mentor: Dr. Randolph Head
Project: ‘She May Be a Bag of Trouble’: Sex Work as a Means of Studying the Constitution of Wartime Social Relations and International Politics during WWII
This historical project will examine how the sexual and gendered interactions between European and British Commonwealth sex workers and American G.I.s during WWII shaped international relations between the US and foreign powers by emphasizing female sex workers as not just commodities to governments, but as important actors that shaped US gender dynamics and international politics during and after the war.
Miguel Muñoz Valtierra
Mentor: Dr. Covadonga Lamar Prieto
Project: Palenquero and Social Media
My project aims to observe the interactions residents of San Basilio de Palenque have with online social media.