Bonnie Etherington is a PhD candidate in the English department. Her dissertation focuses on Indigenous literatures published since 1976 that represent the Pacific ocean as a "one salt water" space of trans-Indigenous histories and activism, and as a site for theorizing decolonial futures. Her recently published novel, The Earth Cries Out (Vintage NZ, 2017), is set where she grew up in West Papua and explores the ways in which ecological spaces can be sites of colonial violence but can also be spaces of decolonial potential.
Ángel A. Escamilla García
Ángel A. Escamilla García is a Ph.D. candidate in the Sociology Department. His research focuses on how migrant youth negotiate high-risk environments. His current project uses ethnographic methods to explore the different strategies that Central American youth use to migrate through Mexico on their way to the United States. Since 2015, he has spent extensive time in migrant shelters across Mexico and has interviewed Central American migrants, as well as a wide range of officials, aid workers, and stakeholders. His research reveals the capacity of Central American migrant youth to constantly adapt to their circumstances, employing a wide range of tactics to avoid the many harms and dangers of moving through Mexico. Ángel also studies the role of rumor, reputation, legal consciousness, and illegality in shaping youth’s journeys. His research ultimately challenges the characterization of migration journeys as linear events and sheds important light on the role of journeys in shaping overall migration flows.
E. Bennett Jones
She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from the University of Florida and was a participant in the four-week Summer Institute of Museum Anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. While at the University of Florida, she completed a master’s thesis titled “Monarch of the Plains: Federalism and Ecology in 19th Century American Museum Habitat Groups.”
Walther Maradiegue is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He received his M.A. in Anthropology -with a focus in Andean Studies- from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in 2014. His current research focuses on indigenous literacies, ethnography of writing and history, as well as the linguistic and visual construction of indigeneity, especially thinking of the Andes during the turn from the 19th to the 20th century.
Nikki Bonne McDaid-Morgan
Office location: Kresge Hall 4305
Risa Puleo is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Art History. She researches the entanglement between the Americas and Europe with a focus on how Indigenous American objects and people were collected. Her exhibition Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, curated for Bemis Center for Contemporary Art during her year as curator-in residence, will travel through the summer of 2019 to the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Blue Star Contemporary and Southwest School of Art in San Antonio; The Nerman Art Museum in Kansas City, and The Soap Factory, Minneapolis. Her exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue published by NAME publications.