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Why I am AAA
The American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the Committee on Minority Affairs in Anthropology are pleased to announce the selection of Alicia Odewale as recipient of the 2015-2016 AAA Minority Dissertation Fellowship. This annual fellowship of $10,000 is intended to encourage members of ethnic minorities to complete doctoral degrees in anthropology, thereby increasing diversity in the discipline and promoting research on issues of concern among minority populations.
Alicia is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Anthropology department at the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a concentration in archaeology. Her specific research interests include historical archaeology, African Diaspora studies, human behavioral ecology and risk management theory, Caribbean archaeology, and investigations into different forms of cultural resistance and adaptation. She currently serves as a Bellwether Fellow within the Anthropology Department at the University of Tulsa and has been given the opportunity to teach several guest lectures in introductory anthropology courses in addition to receiving a short-term teaching fellowship position at Augustana College for the spring term of 2016. Alicia recently received a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation to support the associated research and writing of her dissertation entitled “Living among Presidents and Kings: Enslaved Africans Coping with Risk in Service to the Elite.”
Alicia is the first person of color to graduate with a master's in Museum Science and Management from the University of Tulsa and anticipates being the first African American to graduate with a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Tulsa in the fall of 2016.
Follow Alicia's research at http://aliciaodewale.com/.