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Email:    jhood1@ufl.edu


Education

  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Florida, In Progress
  • M.A. Anthropology, Northern Illinois University, 2019
  • B.A. Anthropology, Northern Illinois University, 2019

Subfield

Cultural Anthropology


Chair

Dr. Jeffrey C. Johnson


Research Interests

Human-environment interactions, refugees, disasters, drivers of human migration, South Asian studies, Southeast Asian studies, Bangladesh, Northeast India, Burma/Myanmar, Indonesia, political anthropology, environmental anthropology, cognitive anthropology, anthropology of development, diaspora studies, peace and conflict studies


Selected Publications

Hood, John Hillory. 2019. “Cultural Models of Democracy Among Burmese Residents in the United States.” Journal of Cultural Cognitive Science (33). DOI: 10.1007/s41809-019-00033-5.


Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Graduate Assistantship, University of Florida, 2019–2021
  • Elizabeth Eddy Endowment, University of Florida, 2020
  • Board of Education Summer Fellowship, University of Florida, 2019
  • Graduate Assistantship, Northern Illinois University, 2016-2019
  • Best Paper, Northern Illinois University Southeast Asia Conference, 2015
  • Dean’s Award, Department of Anthropology, Northern Illinois University, 2015
  • Best Paper, Northern Illinois University Southeast Asia Conference, 2014
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Northern Illinois University, 2013-2015
  • Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Northern Illinois University, 2014-2015
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, 2014
  • V.I.P. Scholarship, Northern Illinois University, 2013-2015

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Graduate Student

Mailbox: Turlington Hall Rm 1112, PO Box 117305, Gainesville, FL 32611-7305
Email:   macarenamoraga@ufl.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Florida, In Progress
  • M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Florida, 2016
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of North Florida, 2013

Subfield

Cultural Anthropology


Chair

Dr. Kernaghan 


Research Interests

Social Memory, Political and Legal Anthropology, Dictatorship Violence in Latin America, Human Rights, Medical Anthropology, Anthropology of the Media

Macarena Moraga’s research explores the ramifications of past violence in the present. Her Master’s thesis involved the study of the construction of social memory of the dictatorships that occurred in Chile (1973-1990) and Brazil (1964-1985) via fictionalized TV shows and among viewers who belonged to the post-dictatorship generation. Currently she is exploring the current legal and social efforts to bring accountability to medical and military personnel who collaborated in interrogation sessions in military hospitals in Rio de Janeiro during the Brazilian dictatorship.


Selected Publications

 

 


Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

 Awards

  • Charles Woods Thesis Award for Best Master’s Thesis. Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida, 2016
  • Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS), Edward H. Moseley Award for Best Graduate Student Paper, March 12-15, 2015
  • Outstanding Anthropology Graduate, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, University of North Florida, April 2014
  • University of North Florida, Latin Honors: Summa Cum Laude (every semester), 2011-2013
  • President’s Honor Roll, University of North Florida, for outstanding academic performance, having achieved a 4.0 GPA (every semester), 2011-2013
  • Award for Outstanding Poster Presentation at the Fourth Annual Sociology and Anthropology Undergraduate Student Symposium at the University of North Florida, April 12  2013

Graduate School Fellowships

  • Graduate School Fellowship, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, 2017-2021
  •  Academic Year Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, University of Florida, 2015-2016
  • Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS), For advanced study of Brazilian Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June-August 2015
  • Academic Year Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS), Spring 2015
  • Graduate Assistantship, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida , 2014

Research Grants 

  • University of Florida, Latin American Studies Field Research Grant, 2015 

 

Graduate Student

Mailbox: Turlington Hall Rm 1112, PO Box 117305, Gainesville, FL 32611-7305
Email: ilianagv@ufl.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Florida, In Progress
  • M.A., Cultural Anthropology, New Mexico State University, 2014
  • B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies with Minors in Anthropology, History, and Spanish, New Mexico State University, 2012

Subfield

Cultural


Chair

Dr. Jusionyte


Research Interests

Legal and Political Anthropology, Humanitarian Aid, Migration, Transnationalism, Globalization, Trade Agreements, Human Rights, Human Trafficking, Mesoamerica Studies, Anthropology of Childhood


Selected Publications

Sexually Exploited Girls in Guatemala: Human Rights and the Legal System. In progress. An Ethnographic Perspective of Human Trafficking and Human Rights in Guatemala. ProQuest 2014

 


Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Award University of Florida
  • Graduate School Doctoral Research Award University of Florida
  • Center for Latin American Studies Field Research Grant University of Florida
  • Graduate School Topoff Fellowship University of Florida
  • Anthropology Department Teaching Assistantship Award University of Florida
  • Anthropology Department Teaching Assistant Fellowship New Mexico State University
  • Anthropology Department Field Research Grant New Mexico State University
  • Center for Latin America and Border Studies Research Grant New Mexico State University

Graduate Student

Mailbox: Turlington Hall Rm 1112, PO Box 117305, Gainesville, FL 32611-7305
Email:    ravaryri@ufl.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Florida, In Progress
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Florida, 2016
  • B.S., Anthropology, Michigan State University, 2014
  • B.S., Zoology, Michigan State University, 2014

Subfield

Cultural Anthropology


Chair

Dr. Chalfin

Dr. Tucker


Research Interests

  • Political Anthropology, Environmental Anthropology, African Studies, and Feminist Anthropology
  • Conservation, Environmental Governance, and Protected Areas
  • Transboundary Protected Areas, Boundaries, and Borders
  • Human-Environmental Interactions, Community-Based Conservation, Commodification of Nature, Ecotourism, and Development

Selected Publications

 


Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • American Philosophical Society Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research, 2018
  • University of Florida Department of Anthropology Polly and Paul Doughty Research Award, 2018
  • University of Florida International Center Office for Global Research Engagement Research Abroad for Doctoral Students Award, 2018
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award, May 2018-January 2019
  • University of Florida Department of Anthropology James C. Waggoner Jr. Grants-in-Aid, 2016
  • University of Florida Tropical Conservation and Development Program Research Grant, 2016
  • Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad for Intensive Swahili, Program Costs, Stipend, and Travel Award, 2016
  • U.S. Department of Education Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Advanced Kiswahili, University of Florida, 2015-2016
  • U.S. Department of Education Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Advanced Kiswahili, University of Florida, 2014-2015
  • University of Florida Graduate Student Fellowship Top Off Award, 2014-2018

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Graduate Student

Mailbox: Turlington Hall Rm 1112, PO Box 117305, Gainesville, FL 32611-7305
Email: nettycarey@ufl.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Florida, In Progress
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Florida, 2016
  • B.A., Anthropology, California State University, Sacramento

Subfield

Cultural


Chair

Dr. Chalfin


Research Interests

Political and legal anthropology; land claims, property, territoriality; coastal erosion and defense; development and dispossession; Ghana, Africa


Selected Publications

 

 


Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • UF Graduate School Fellowship
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) AY 2016-17, Summer 2017
  • Paul and Polly Doughty Research Endowment, Summer 2016
  • NSF-GRFP Honorable Mention
Brenda Chalfin
Professor, Department of Anthropology and Center for African Studies
Director, Center for African Studies
Office: Grinter Hall, Room 427, Main Office
Phone: 352-392-2183
Email: bchalfin@ufl.edu
Website and African Studies Faculty Profile

Education

  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, 1998
  • B.A., Anthropology, Amherst College, 1986

Research Interests

Political Anthropology, Economic Anthropology, Anthropology of the State, Governance, Biopolitics, Political Economy, Maritime Anthropology, Globalization, Commodities, Waste, Infrastructure, Cities, Ports, Off-shore Oil, Bureaucracy, International Organizations, Borders, Interdisciplinarity, African Studies


Personal Statement

Brenda Chalfin is the Director of the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida, and also holds appointments as a professor of anthropology and African Studies. Bringing together cultural anthropology, geography, and political economy to establish new analytic points of entry to understanding political life in contemporary African states, her research addresses the complex functioning of national boundaries and frontiers, the popular production of infrastructure and urban public goods, non-territorial and maritime sovereignty, the built environment, and the changing political valence of waste in the context of late-capitalism.

Dr. Chalfin is now working on a book tentatively titled “Vital Politics: Infrastructures of Bare Life on Ghana’s Urban Frontier.” An urban ethnography drawn from her extended research in the West African nation of Ghana, this work explores alternative infrastructures of waste management that emerge in contexts where state and municipal provisioning of public works are grossly, and deliberately, inadequate to urban realities.

Dr. Chalfin has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the University of Ghana’s Institute of African Studies and been a recipient of Fulbright, Wenner-Gren, and National Science Foundation grants. Dr. Chalfin earned her PhD in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her publications include Neoliberal Frontiers: An Ethnography of Sovereignty in West Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2010), Shea Butter Republic: State Power, Global Markets, and the Making of an Indigenous Commodity (Routledge, 2004), and journal articles in American Ethnologist, Current Anthropology, and Politique africaine. The January 2016 issue of Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, includes the article “Wastelandia: Infrastructure and the Commonwealth of Waste in Urban Ghana.”


Positions and Honors

Positions and Employment

  • 2016 – present, Director, Center for African Studies, University of Florida
  • 2013-present, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida
  • 2013-present, Faculty Affiliate, Center for African Studies, University of Florida
  • 2013-present, Faculty Affiliate, Center for International Business Education and Research, University of Florida
  • 2013-present, Faculty Affiliate, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Florida
  • 2007-2013, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida
  • 2007-2013, Faculty Affiliate, Center for African Studies, University of Florida
  • 2007-2013, Faculty Affiliate, Center for International Business Education and Research, University of Florida
  • 2001-2007, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida
  • 2001-2007, Faculty Affiliate, African Studies, University of Florida

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • Visiting Researcher, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. 2010-2011, 2008-2009, 2000-2001, 1994-1995, 1990
  • 2014-2017, Board Member, African Studies Association
  • 2015-2017, Chair of Publications Committee, African Studies Association
  • Reviewer, American Council of Learned Societies, Lewis and Clark Award, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • 2009-2011, 2014, Reviewer, National Science Foundation, Cultural Anthropology Section
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Modern African Studies (Cambridge University Press)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space (Sage Publications)
  • Member, American Anthropological Association
  • Member, Society for Political and Legal Anthropology
  • Member, American Ethnological Society
  • Member, Society for Cultural Anthropology
  • Member, Society for Economic Anthropology
  • Member, Association for Africanist Anthropology
  • Member, African Studies Association

Honors

 


Selected Publications

Chalfin, Brenda. 2014. Public Things, Excremental Politics, and the Infrastructure of Bare Life in Ghana’s city of Tema. American Ethnologist 41(1):92-109.

9780226100616Chalfin, Brenda. 2012. Border Security as Late-Capitalist ‘Fix’. In A Companion to Border Studies, edited by Thomas M. Wilson and Hastings Donnan, pp. 283-300. Blackwell, Malden, MA.

Chalfin, Brenda. 2010. Recasting Maritime Governance in Ghana: The Neo-Developmental State and the Port of Tema. Journal of Modern African Studies 48(4):573-598.

Chalfin, Brenda. 2010. Neoliberal Frontiers: An Ethnography of Sovereignty in West Africa. University of Chicago Press.image012

Chalfin, Brenda. 2009. La Renovation du Port de Tema. Economic Politique de la Frontiere Maritime du Ghana [Recasting the Port of Tema: The Political Economy of Ghana’s Maritime Frontier]. Politique Africaine 116:63-84.

Chalfin, Brenda. 2008. Sovereigns and Citizens in Close Encounter: Airport Anthropology and Customs Regimes in Neoliberal Ghana. American Ethnologist 35(4):519-538.

Chalfin, Brenda. 2008. Cars, the Customs Service and Sumptuary Rule in Contemporary Ghana. Comparative Studies in Society and History 50(2):424-453.

Chalfin, Brenda. 2004. Shea Butter Republic: State Power, Global Markets and the Making of an Indigenous Commodity, Routledge, New York.

More Publications Available on Google Scholar


Contribution to Science

 


Research Support

Ongoing Research Support

US Department of Education
  • Title VI Award Center for African Studies
  • 2014-2018
  • Total Award $650,000 per annum

Completed Research Support (within the past three years)

National Science Foundation
  • PI, with Co-PI Donald Berces (UF PhD student)
  • “The Emergence and Impact of Law in Oceanic Space,”
  • Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, Cultural Anthropology and
    Law, Social and Behavioral Sciences Division
  • $23,946 Awarded August 2015
  • Award #00097895/00123631
Social Science Research Council and Mellon Foundation
  • Oceanic Studies: Seas as Sites and Subjects of Inquiry
  • Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Workshop
  • Summer 2014
  • $10,000

Courses Taught