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Hailing from Anchorage, Alaska, Sam Holley-Kline is a 2012 graduate of DePauw University. His undergraduate research projects focused on Teotihuacán and Mexican nationalism as well as depictions of history in secondary-school language textbooks. For the 2012-2013 academic year he conducted ethnographic research on daily practice, labor relations, and stakeholder groups in archaeological site of El Tajín, located on Mexico's Gulf Coast; he intends to continue that project in the near future. Sam's academic interests include Mexican archaeology, historical archaeology, cultural heritage, disciplinary histories, and ethnographic methods.

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What I try to think about are the particular manifestations of urban poverty in western cities; and how this manifestations e.g. gangs, female headed households etc. are related to the social and material environment in which they exist. That is, how elements such as: the racialization of inequality, it's spacial concentration, it's juxtaposition with comparative wealth, and the violence, morbidity, mortality, addiction and incarceration which characterise urban deprivation are related.

As an evolutionary anthropologist I look at these things systemically, as an ecology, and theorise humans as adapted and adaptive, acting in ways which have some evolutionary precedent. I will focus on life history theory and models of childhood development, stress and trauma as well as drawing from other traditions, particularly feminism, queer theory and critical theory. I received my undergraduate degree from University College London in 2011.

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I am a social and cultural anthropologist engaging with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which has recently launched a national program, Aadhaar, to distribute biometric identification cards to every Indian citizen in order to better manage the distribution of welfare throughout the country. I bring to this project my interest in the ways in which the Indian state imagines pasts, presents, and futures for its minority communities. I intend to study, and hope to contribute to, ongoing conversations about science and technology studies and governance; the logic of state planning and development in India; the conditions of knowledge production within the Indian polity; and the impact of such expertise on the state of Punjab in particular. My project is motivated by long-standing interests in anthropology, identity and power, and in Punjab and its diasporas, interests which I cultivated first as an undergraduate in the anthropology department at UC Berkeley, and subsequently at the University of Chicago, where I earned my MA in the social sciences.

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