“What if we started reporting tragedies in the Mediterranean like we do any others – with names and not numbers? There were forty-seven humans lost in a single shipwreck. This isn’t the story of their shipwreck. It’s the story of them,” says Isabella Alexander (PhD 2016) .
Dr. Alexander writes about her work to identify the migrants who died when their boat capsized on February 4th while trying to reach Europe. She has become an expert on the migrant crisis through the research for her documentary The Burning: An Untold Story from the Other Side of the Migrant Crisis.
Graduate student Andrea Rissing publishes article in Anthropology News describing the approach to her research on Iowa farms, which includes letting the farmers contribute questions they feel are worth asking.
“I always found that farmers had insightful opinions on what questions merited investigation. People know what is important in their own lives, and creating space for them to flip the interview made for more interesting, dynamic research.”
In Anthropology 385: The Migrant and Refugee Crisis Isabella Alexander combines classroom learning with creation of real-life solutions. Students interacted with people affected by the migrant crisis and created final projects that are aimed at having genuine impact, such as a mentoring program for young refugees.
“To the students, it was a heady experience, steeped in the thrill of identifying a problem and actually doing something about it. For their professor, it was an affirming case study in the power of engaged learning.” Emory News Center
Aubrey P. Graham’s (PhD 2016) photographic exhibition created in coordination with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative will hang in the Harvard Asia Center from Nov. 2- 30, 2017. “High Ground: Disaster, Risk, and Resilience in the Philippines” explores the social dynamics that affect disaster preparedness across two distinctive communities: Sitio Kislap and Gawad Kalinga.
High Ground: Disaster Risk and Resilience in the Philippines Photo Exhibition
Q&A with Dr. Aubrey Graham, Photographer of “Disaster, Risk, and Resilience in the Philippines” Exhibit
The Department of African American Studies at Emory University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor training in one of the social science disciplinary areas who will engage research and teaching focused on the Political Economy of Race. We seek scholars working on racialized structures of inequality. The successful candidate will 1) provide evidence of research projects in-progress or published; 2) demonstrate commitment to undergraduate teaching in diverse settings; and 3) envision, and be prepared to implement, cross-disciplinary collaborations with other Emory Departments. Teaching responsibilities include two courses per semester. The Ph.D is required by the time of appointment.
Applicants should know that this hire in the Political Economy of Race is proceeding alongside similar Assistant Professor searches in the social sciences at Emory University: one in Sociology for the Sociology of Race and the other in Oxford Division of Social Sciences (an Emory campus) for Critical Race Theory.
Applications are due December 11, 2017. Please submit a letter of interest, inclusive of current and planned research; a teaching statement that describes experiences with, and commitment to, teaching a diverse student body; curriculum vitae, three letters of support; and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages. Only applications submitted through Interfolio will be considered.
Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disability/Veteran employer Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.
Andrea Rissing (PhD candidate) won the 2017 Robert M. Netting Award, a graduate student paper prize awarded by the Culture and Agriculture section of the American Anthropological Association. The award recognizes original research related to agrarian systems from a holistic, social-scientific perspective. It provides a cash award of $750 and a consultation with the editors of the journal Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment with the goal of revising the paper for publication.
Her paper, “‘Profitability’ vs. ‘Making it’: The Agrarian Realms of Market and Community,” argues that the success of beginning farmers depends on more than just profitability. Drawing on her ethnographic fieldwork with farmers in Iowa, she shows how “making it” in farming within the first five years is contingent upon economic and social factors in the market realm and the community realm.
Congratulations to Andrea!
[Photo credit: Andrea Rissing. Assorted organic produce at the Mason City farmers market, Mason City, Iowa.]
Dietrich and her co-authors, Adriana María Garriga-López and Claudia Sofía Garriga-López, point out in the article that the state Puerto Rico is currenlty in after the recent hurricanes cannot be seen without taking into account the history of this US territory. They cite mismanagement such as “extractivism, monoculture, and poor waste management”, as well as the so called Jones Act as unnatural disaster that strike the island.
The authors offer a vision for the future: “What vulnerable communities need is an infrastructure of sustainable economic development and reliable everyday public services so their existing adaptive capacities can be strengthened and supported.”
Dietrich wrote her dissertation on “The Corporation Next Door: Pharmaceutical Companies in Community, Health and the Environment in Puerto Rico”.