Team 2011
pre-field seminar group

The Stanford Research Team 2008 Preparing for the Field School
Photo by Emily Bishop.

Every year we take 3 students to South Carolina. Below are the members of our field school team with the year of their participation. Please contact us (cengel @ stanford) if you would like to speak to former participants of the field school. These are the members of the Summer Field School 2011:

Tayo Amos is an undeclared freshman at Stanford University. She is interested in majoring in International Relations, History, African Studies, and Iberian and Latin-American cultures. She is very interested in the ethnography of the Sea Islands and the historical significance of the region and how it relates to the African Diaspora. As a member of an acapella group who sings songs from a variety of cultures, she is also interested in the musical traditions of the region.

Paulla Ebron is Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Stanford University. Her initial research was in The Gambia and focused on praise singers, more commonly known as griots. She is currently working on her second book, which investigates memory, landscape and political and social uplift in the Georgia Sea Islands of the US.

Claudia Engel is Academic Technology Specialist with the Stanford University Libraries and Lecturer at the Department of Anthropology, Stanford University. She holds a PhD in Anthropological Sciences from the University of Göttingen, Germany. She is involved in faculty projects that apply innovative technologies. Her particular interest is in using GIS and spatial tools to map the hidden historical landscapes of the Sea Island coast region and their changes over time.

Maura Finkelstein is a PhD candidate in the department of Anthropology. Her current research addresses working class politics and Maharashtrian identity formation in Bombay, India. Within the rapidly declining textile mill neighborhoods of central Bombay, her dissertation explores the experiences of deindustrialization, urban development, migration and regionalism, with particular attention given to gendered labor, family structure, and habitation of domestic space. Maura received her BA in English literature from Colorado State University and her MA from Columbia University's Anthropology department.

Amanda McFarlane is a freshman who plans on majoring in International Relations. She was introduced to the Sea Islands in Professor John Rickford's African American Vernacular English class and hopes to further her knowledge on the relationship between culture and landscapes. Amanda was born and raised in South Florida, and thinks it would be fascinating to learn about how African Americans influenced the landscape of an area so close to her native home. Amanda plans on using the skills acquired during this experience for future research on the debate surrounding Jamaican Patois and its increasing integration into the Jamaican society.

Erika Alvero Koski is a sophomore at Stanford University. She is an anthropology major, with a focus on cultural anthropology, though still deciding what her specialty will be within cultural anthropology. Erika is particularly interested in the Georgia Sea Islands because she is intrigued by the concept of the "borderland", as well as in the ability of anthropologists to connect the past to the present. The Sea Islands is the perfect place to explore both concepts! Within anthropology, she wants to study more of the rural aspects of society, possibly focusing on Latin America and the Middle East. Erika currently resides in Colorado with her family.

Past Field School Participants

Team Members 2010: Robert Samet, Crew Chief; Devney Hamilton, Camira Powell, Daniel Towns.

Team Members 2009: Hannah Appel, Crew Chief; Alyssa Baldocchi, Robert Manly, Maggie Sachs.

Team Members 2008: Alissa Bernstein, Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator; Rachel Engmann, Crew Chief; Jillesa Gebhardt, Sasha Novis, Darius White.

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