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CNAIR is delighted to announce its first cohort of graduate fellows, who will be in residence in winter and spring 2019.  Graduate fellows receive funding to support their research, work with mentors, and participate in discussions of their work.  For this funding cycle, we are pleased to support four doctoral fellows and two masters fellows.


Doctoral Fellows

Alissa Baker-Oglesbee (Psychology)
Alissa Baker-Oglesbee’s dissertation seeks to understand how Cherokee language affects environmental cognition using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach.  This study is timely in uniting two areas of focused research and development in novel ways: language revitalization and traditional ecological knowledge.

Brad Dubos (English)
Brad Dubos’s dissertation investigates how Native American, African American and women poets represented the lived experience of religion from the Revolutionary period to the end of the nineteenth century by examining poetic depictions of religious space. Mapping a network of sacred places, sites of supernatural encounter, and everyday spaces of reverence within the American literary imagination, his project explores how religious spaces functioned for—and came to matter to—Indigenous peoples, Black Americans, and women during this period.

Walther Maradiegue (Spanish & Portuguese)
Walther Maradiegue’s dissertation project is titled “Geographies of Indigeneity in the Andes.”  It inspects how late 19th-century and early 20th-century cultural production -from Indigenous and non-Indigenous sources- have shaped perceptions and understandings of the natural, racial and cultural landscapes of the northern Peruvian Andes. His project asks questions about racialization, representation and territorialities, and draws on a mix of archival, literary, visual and historical texts.

Enzo E. Vasquez Toral (Performance Studies)
Enzo E. Vasquez Toral is a theater director, scholar, and performer from Peru whose doctoral work focuses on queer and trans engagement in cross-dressing ritual practices in patron-saint fiestas, folklore, religiosity, and visual and performance art in the Andes. To do so, he explores the ways contemporary queer and trans performers and artists engage concepts and elements related to Catholicism, indigenous thought, mestizo identity, devotion, and colonized views on gender and sexuality in relation to their own identities.

Masters Fellows

Allison Conner (Leadership for Creative Enterprises)
Allison Conner’s project focuses on the invisibility and marginalization of Native Americans in popular music history, seeking to understand the complexities of this erasure.  She brings to this project experience working at the National Museum of the American Indian and as a professional musician.

Nis Wilbur (Master of Public Policy and Administration)
Nis Wilbur plans to work with the CNAIR team to investigate effects of tribal enrollment policies on children. She is excited to strengthen her research skills and looks forward to collaborating with both the CNAIR team and tribes. Ms. Wilbur is a citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.


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