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Daniel GinsbergEducation researcher with training in linguistics and linguistic anthropology, currently serving as Professional Fellow at the American Anthropological Association. I have worked as a language test developer at the Center for Applied Linguistics, a public high school teacher in greater Boston and an English Language Fellow in Kragujevac, Serbia. I hold an MA in TESOL from the School for International Training and a PhD in linguistics from Georgetown University. My dissertation employed ethnography and video analysis to understand interaction in secondary and postsecondary mathematics classrooms. Other interests include practicing and applied anthropology, practitioner inquiry and inquiry-based pedagogy.
Thomas CliffTom Cliff is an ARC DECRA Research Fellow in the School of Culture, History, and Language at the Australian National University. Tom is currently investigating non-state welfare and public goods provision in rural China.
The research is centrally concerned with how the informal institutions of lineage, local identity, and enterprise association respond to (and indeed shape) China's changing policy and economic environment.
Tom has conducted long-term fieldwork in Xinjiang, covering over two decades. In 2018, Tom's first book _Oil and Water: Being Han in Xinjiang_ (Chicago University Press, 2016) won the Association for Asian Studies' prestigious E Gene Smith prize for Best Book on Inner Asia.
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.
Larry ZimmermanLarry Zimmerman is Professor emeritus of Anthropology and Museum Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and formerly Public Scholar of Native American Representation at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. He received his PhD from the University of Kansas in 1976. After teaching for more than 20 years at the University of South Dakota, he left there as Distinguished Regents Professor in 1996. He then served as Adjunct Professor and Department Executive Officer of the American Indian and Native Studies Program at the University of Iowa. In 2002 he became Head of the Archaeology Department for the Minnesota Historical Society, but went back to academia in 2004 as IUPUI’s first Public Scholar of Civic Engagement. He retired in 2017. He is a past Vice President of the World Archaeological Congress, which at its 2008 6th Congress in Dublin awarded him its inaugural Peter J. Ucko Medal for his contributions to world archaeology. He has served as a consultant for numerous American Indian nations and organizations and has published more than 25 professional and popular books and nearly 300 articles on Native Americans, North American Archaeology, and cultural heritage issues. His current research uses archaeological methods to study contemporary homeless campsites in Indianapolis. The project has received international attention, has been featured in Archaeology magazine, and has been called a “milestone in archaeology.”
Walter LittleWalter E. Little is the author of nine books and edited volumes and has published over 90 articles and reviews. His monograph, Mayas in the Marketplace: Tourism, Globalization, and Cultural Identity (Texas, 2004), won Best Book of 2005 from the New England Council for Latin American Studies and his co-edited volume, Street Economies in the Urban Global South (SAR, 2013) won the Society for the Anthropology of Work Book Prize in 2014.
Dr. Little was raised on a farm near Logansport, Indiana. Upon getting a BA in journalism at Roosevelt University in Chicago in 1987, he spent the following two years working in Central America and traveling over land to Lake Titicaca, after which he returned to Chicago where he earned an MA in anthropology at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He completed his PhD in cultural anthropology at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
He is a cultural anthropologist at the University at Albany, SUNY, who studies the socio-economic and political lives of Mesoamericans. His multi-sited ethnographic research in Guatemala and Mexico aims to understand heritage and tourism practices in urban places with attention to identity politics and handicrafts sales to tourists. His research explores Kaqchikel and K'iche' Mayas' livelihoods as artisans and vendors in urban heritage sites, as a way to learn how about socio-economic mobility and the creative ways in which Mayas have made do and, even, thrived in a political system that has long discriminated against them.
Judith WilliamsJudith Williams is a second-year Ph.D. student in social anthropology. A former chef and caterer, her research interests involve racial hierarchy, colorism, and the negotiation of racial inequalities within the food service industry. Her dissertation will explore the practices, traditions and socio-cultural beliefs, that reproduce and justify continued anti-black discrimination, within Miami’s restaurant industry, as well as the ways in which this discrimination is resisted and contested. Judith is a McKnight doctoral fellow and holds a master’s degree in Hospitality Management. Prior to pursuing her PhD, she was a Chef instructor at FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality Management.