Katrin H. Lamon Fellow
Dr. Caldwell’s dissertation to book manuscript project explores some 200 years of European and Euro-American thematic maps of American Indian homelands, languages, and culture elements. Elucidating the transatlantic evolution of the maps, the research uncovers the worldview of the map creators, offering readers a window into networks of power and production.
While at SAR, Dr. Mendez will devote her time to completing Subsidized Labor: The Bracero Program in the Imperial Valley-Mexicali Borderlands, 1942-1969. This book manuscript examines the socioeconomic transformations that the Bracero Program generated in California’s Imperial Valley, and across the US-Mexico border, in Mexicali, Baja California.
Working collaboratively, Dr. Ortman and members of the Pueblo of Pojaque have learned important lessons regarding the potential of archaeology for tribal communities and scholars. Ortman’s book project will explore a key tension emerging from these experiences—the urge to incorporate native culture into archaeological practice vs. the urge to conduct research that is useful and relevant for native people
Popular accounts of social and physical changes in gentrifying areas of cities focus narrowly on noise complaints, without paying sufficient attention to the political and historical conditions they reflect. Mr. Sullivan’s project uses the concept of soundscape to offer a more integrated, on-the-ground account of gentrification and its discontents.
Ms. Warner-Smith’s research examines the intersections of labor and aging by studying the skeletal and archival remains of approximately 200 Irish immigrants who died in New York City between 1893 and 1921. Her project seeks to better understand how labor and inequality shaped the body over the course of these individual’s lives, and to reanimate the diverse experiences and stories of people once named but made anonymous through dissection and curation as anatomical specimens.