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Paula VasquezPaula Vásquez Lezama (Caracas, 1969) holds a degree in Sociology from the Central University of Venezuela and a PhD in Social Anthropology and Ethnology from the EHESS in Paris, France. She is a senior researcher at the CNRS (National Council of Scientific Research of France) since 2012. Her work deals with issues related to catastrophes and extreme situations, the state of emergency, the protest body and authoritarianism. In her work she privileges the individual experience and the subjective construction of the people’s relationship with the State and the extreme.
Lorna ButlerProfessor Emeritus, Iowa State University (Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture 2000-2007); co-editor (with Della E. McMillan) of Tapping Philanthropy for Development. Lessons Learned from a Public-private Partnership in Rural Uganda. Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2015.
Douglas FeldmanDouglas A. Feldman, Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at The College at Brockport, State University of New York near Rochester, New York, and a Consulting Medical Anthropologist. He is a former President of the Society for Medical Anthropology – an international organization with over 1,300 members. He is the former Chair of the Department of Anthropology at SUNY-Brockport, and has served as Professor, Academic Director, and Institute Director at Nova Southeastern University near Fort Lauderdale, Florida; President of D.A. Feldman & Associates, Inc. – an HIV/AIDS social research organization; Research Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine and faculty member of the M.P.H. Program; and founding Executive Director of the AIDS Center of Queens County – the AIDS service organization for the borough of Queens in New York City.
As a leader in AIDS and anthropology, and more broadly medical anthropology, he was the first anthropologist to develop as Principal Investigator a research study on HIV/AIDS in the United States in 1982 – among gay men in New York City. He also was the first anthropologist to do a funded research study on AIDS in Africa in 1985 – among hospitalized persons with AIDS in Rwanda. He started the AIDS and Anthropology Research Group in 1986, which had rapidly grown under his leadership. In 1987, Dr. Feldman led the formation of an AIDS service organization in the face of strong, and sometimes violent, community opposition. In 1988, he influenced AIDS policy in Bangladesh after meeting with government officials and the media. That same year, he founded the American Anthropological Association Task Force on AIDS.
He has also conducted AIDS social/behavioral research in Zambia, Senegal, Uganda, Hungary, Rochester (NY), and Florida. His published books include The Social Dimensions of AIDS: Method and Theory (1986), Culture and AIDS (1990), Global AIDS Policy (1994), The AIDS Crisis: A Documentary History (199
Linda HallLinda Jean Hall, a retired Information Technology Engineer, now is an engaged anthropologist dedicated to serving the tangible educational needs of future generations. The first steps towards a new future were taken in 2005 when she traveled to visit friends in Ecuador and began taking classes that led to the completion of a bachelor’s degree in Spanish at UCSB. Concurrently, she collaborated with Savannah Brogdan, a childhood friend, to self-publish a memoir of their life- experiences from 1948-1966 entitled Three Rivers Crossed. In order to achieve the goal to become a professor, Linda completed two MAs at UCSB; one degree in Latin American and Iberian Studies (2010) and another Master’s in Anthropology (2014). Currently, Linda is a Doctoral Candidate (ABD) at the University of California Riverside and her research brings to the forefront for the first time the lived experiences of a previously ignored group; US Ecuadorian migrants of all ethnicities by focusing on the intersection of race, class, and gender as these forces impact their construction of identity and functioning of their community organizations in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. Linda is both a Mellon Fellowship and research grant recipient and a University of Riverside Dean’s Prestigious Fellow.
Jeffrey CohenI am a cultural anthropologist and my research focuses on Migration and Refugees; Economics and Development; Nutrition and Research Methodology with work in the USA, Mexico, Turkey and China.
Since the early 1990s I have studied migration from communities in Oaxaca, Mexico to the US with support from the National Science Foundation. In collaboration with Ibrahim Sirkeci (Regent's University, London) we have developed a model of insecurity and migration. I also conduct comparative research on global migration patterns.
My work on entomophagy (eating insects) in Mexico was supported by the National Geographic Society.
I have served as an expert witness on several criminal and immigration/refugee cases, consulted on marketing and cultural issues with Fortune 500 companies and the World Bank.
In my latest book, EATING SOUP WITHOUT A SPOON: ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY AND METHOD IN THE REAL WORLD, I explore how to conduct research. You can learn more at: http://utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/books/cohen-eating-soup-without-a-spoon
Michael RollandRaised in Tempe and Scottsdale, Arizona.
1981 Graduated from St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, IN (BA in History);
1988 Graduated with Mdiv, MA in Theology, from Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology;
1996 Graduated MA in Anthropology from University of Arizona;
2012 Graduated PH.D. in Anthropology from Arizona State University (Tempe);
In 1981 Miguel joined the Order of Preachers (Western Province Dominican Friars).
Currently finishing a six year commitment of parroquial service on the Mexican-US Border as Pastor of a large parish in Mexicali, Baja Calf. Norte.