Graduate Student Organization Representatives
My research focuses on the political economy and recent history of the archaeological site of El Tajín, Veracruz, Mexico. Specifically, I intend to examine the trajectories of heritage management, oil development, and archaeological research from historical and ethnographic perspectives. In 2014, I conducted research focused on mapping histories of movement in the region of El Tajín, while investigations in 2012-2013 focused on heritage as practice with an emphasis on labor relations in the site. I graduated from DePauw University in 2012 with a BA in anthropology and Spanish. Outside of El Tajín, I have been involved with ethnographic research in Cuetzalan, Puebla, and archaeological research in Rancho Kiuic, Yucatán.
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.
|Singh, Ashveer Pal||
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.