Dr. Leigh Bush (Ph.D. 2018, with a concentration in Food Anthropology) is in the news and coping creatively with the job market by creating digital courses that take place over Zoom through EventBrite. These virtual sessions are small, seminar style courses that, over the course of six weeks, “explore how food takes on and makes meaning in our lives”. For more information on the course, click here.
Kristin Grandolfo (B.A. 2014, minor Central Eurasian Studies) writes: I am going onto my fourth year of being an assistant English teacher with the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme. I am placed in Hokkaido, in a small rural town much like the dairy farmlands of Indiana. I've had classes online since May/June last year and the kids have really helped keep my spirits up. Many of our fun festivals have been canceled, but the town has tried to help by displaying 2 firework shows. The east side of Hokkaido is not well-known, but it's become home for my husband and me. There's so much natural beauty here, as well as a world heritage site, an Ainu culture/ village, so many foxes that I can't keep up with them, and amazing, welcoming people. To keep myself busy I have been practicing wearing kimono with my teacher and trying to improve my Japanese. Our local friends here are bound and determined to get me to stay longer and open an English Cafe / Bakery, where the community would be able to come and learn about different parts of the world, English, how to study abroad, and of course, eat tasty "American/Foreign" sweets. So we have begun talking business about this recently. It's not much, but it has helped getting by this past year. We wish you all the best Kristin!
Kellie Hogue (Ph.D. 2012 Anth & American Studies) works as a Senior Policy Analyst at the California Research Bureau. The Bureau provides independent, timely, and confidential research and analysis to the California State Legislature, the Governor’s Office, and other state constitutional officers. She is part of an intellectually curious group of librarians and researchers who identify, collect, and organize information to make it readily available to clients in an accessible, understandable format. Actively and intensely multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, in 2020 Kellie and her colleagues at the CRB collaborated with the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies to conduct a virtual internship with 18 fellows (see the story here), co-leading a team that focused on COVID-19 and vulnerable populations. It went so well that they are again partnering with IGS with a new set of fellows, virtually walking along with them during the course, coaching them on developing their research topics and design, and mentoring/supporting them over the summer when they serve in hopefully-in-person Sacramento legislative and agency placements. Kellie was appointed a Visiting Scholar at IGS as part of our partnership, working on a related project having to do with the impacts of COVID-19 on minority businesses in California. Thank you for the important work you do Kellie!
Bridget Kelly (B.A. 2016) graduated with a master’s degree in Nationalism Studies from Central European University in summer 2020, and fall 2020 began her first semester as a PhD student in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Michigan. She hopes to spend many summers (and later, research years) conducting fieldwork in northern Transylvania, a place she first came to love after studying Romanian at IU. Her work touches on the material and semiotic transformations of home gardens before, during, and after state socialism, particularly on the changing valence of the “homegrown” as villagers now migrate back and forth across Europe for work.
Sarah Marion (Ph.D. 2013) started a new job in 2020 just before Covid hit as Director of Syndicated Research with Murphy Research, a market research company based in Los Angeles. She lives in Seattle, WA, with her husband and two young children. As a remote position, when everyone else started working remotely too, it made life easier! Previous to this position, she was at The Hartman Group, a Seattle-based market research and consulting firm focused on the food and beverage industry, where she directed their syndicated research program. Sarah writes, “Otherwise, I spent the year like many others - in my house, trying to maintain my sanity!” We are glad to hear from you Sarah!
Dr. Emma McDonell (Ph.D. 2019) and has published an edited volume with Dr. Richard Wilk on superfoods, the product of a conference and workshop held at Indiana University in 2019 and supported by the workshop in political theory. Here is the full reference: 2020. Emma McDonell and Richard Wilk, Critical Approaches to Superfoods. Bloomsbury Academic.
Eric Shattuck (Ph.D. 2015) had a highly productive year in 2020. Having moved from a postdoc position into an Assistant Research Professorship at University of Texas at San Antonio, he was named Interim Director for the Institute for Health Disparities Research. He co-authored two papers published in 2020 in the American Journal of Human Biology and in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. Since then, he has had two more co-authored papers accepted for publication, one on sleep duration and increased mortality, and another on infectious diseases and social distancing in nature. He has recently begun two funded research projects, “Pathways to Prevention” funded by a five-year grant from San Antonio Metro Health District, and “Integration of mobile positioning, sociodemographic factors, and household health for urban scale energy consumption simulation and planning” with the UTSA Transdisciplinary Teams (T2) Program. As if that were not enough, Eric began a two-year term as a Program Committee Member in the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Congratulations on these many accomplishments Eric!