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LAII Highlights Graduate Field Research with FRG Colloquium and Reception

Join the UNM LAII for our first annual Field Research Grant (FRG) Colloquium and Reception. Three FRG recipients (Katie Sartor, Lean Sweeney, and Edmond Seabright) will share their respective research experiences and findings in a series of presentations. Afterwards, all current and past FRG recipients and members of the LAII community are invited to come and mingle to learn more about the exciting research initiatives of UNM's Latin Americanist graduate students. For reference, see the event flyer.

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In Spring 2015, the LAII awarded the following students with FRGs to support their work in the field. The breadth of their research initiatives illustrates the broad interest and commitment to Latin America found among graduate students at UNM.

  • Josefina Bittar: "Sociolinguistics Variation in Guaraní and Paraguayan Spanish"
  • Eric Griego: "Alternative Economic Development Policy Models in Cuenca, Ecuador: Micro-Finance, Cooperatives, and the Buen Vivir Program"
  • Kathleen Hoeppner: "The Role of Tourism in Food Sovereignty Movements in Oaxaca, Mexico"
  • Beau Murphy: "Inka Empire and Political Economy in the Atacama Desert"
  • Laura Powell: "Indigeneity and Citizenship in Nineteenth Century Ecuador"
  • Katie Sartor: "Indigenous Markers in the Modern Museum: State vs. Local Representations of Indigeneity in Argentina"
  • Ed Seabright: "Strategies of Social Alliance and Network Formation in a Small-Scale Society"
  • Lean Sweeney: "Violence and Space in Modern Latin America: Caste Wars, Contraband, and Cross-Border Collaboration on the Mexico-Guatemala Border, 1842-1910"
  • Fiorella Vera: "Unpacking Reparative Justice Efficacy at the Individual and Community Levels"
  • Julia Youngs: "Memory, Space, and Justice in Brazil and Argentina"

Funded in part by the Tinker Foundation, LAII Field Research Grants provide support for graduate students in any UNM department to conduct field work in Latin America. FRGs are meant to assist students in obtaining their first or second field research experience in Latin America. The grants are generally for fairly brief periods of research (typically two weeks to four months) and provide funding for airfare, in-country transportation and some expenses in the field. Awards are given annually each spring. For more information, see the complete description of Field Research Grant funding.

To learn about previous field research grant recipients, please see the LAII's FRG profiles and photography albums. Current awardees will be added shortly.

--Posted Wednesday, October 28, 2015.