Student Presentations at Conferences 


Students in our department conduct cutting-edge research under the close mentorship of faculty who direct a range of fieldschools in diverse locations and focusing on an array of theoretical topics. The high quality of research being conducted by our students is reflected in the high number of our students who go on to present this research at national and international conferences, including the American Anthropological Association annual meetings. Losted below is a sample of some of these presentations over recent years.

2015

Daniel Cardoza. (2015). “Compounding Moral Personhood: How Conversion Changes Everything, or Not.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings. Denver, Colorado.

Mary Cook. (2015). “Learning English in the Hills of Vietnam: Informal Education Models and Evolving Gender Dynamics in Highland Hmong Society.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings. Denver, Colorado.

Eric Austin Gillett. (2015). “Finding the Deontological within the Ontological.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings. Denver, Colorado.

Seth Meyers. (2015). “The Political Economics of Captured Brides: Towards a New Perspective on the Socioeconomic Implications of Kev Zij Pojniam in Two Hmong Villages.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings. Denver, Colorado.

Brittany Ann Paxton. (2015). “Person Centered Ethnography in Gender and Tourism Studies.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings. Denver, Colorado.

Ricky Gettys. (2015). “Modeling Minorityhood: ‘Official’ Policies and ‘Unofficial’ Politics.” Hmong Studies Consortium Biennial Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Austin Gillett and Jacob R. Hickman. (2015). “Tradition, Agency and Emotion in Hmong Moral Discourse.” Society for the Anthropology of Religion Biennial Meeting. San Diego, CA.

Brittany Paxton. (2015). “Hmong Culture and Gender as Objects of the Tourist Gaze.” Hmong Studies Consortium Biennial Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

Jolysa Sedgwick. (2015). “Pandora's Hope for Hmong Identity in a Relocation Community in Thailand.” Hmong Studies Consortium Biennial Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Jessica S. Andrus and Greg A. Thompson. (2015) "An Ethnography of Changing Attitudes about Education Among the Himba of Namibia." American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings. Denver, Colorado.

Jessica Andrus. (2015) "Formalizing Culture and Formal Education." Ethnographic and Qualitative Data Research Conference. Las Vegas, Nevada. ​

2014

Kaitlin Patterson. (2014). “Mediating Modalities, Mediating Identitities: How Indian Film and Dance Funcitons to Mediate Deaf/Hearing Relationships in Visakhapatnam, India.” Sandrizona VII: An Interdisciplinary Conference On Language, San Diego, CA.

Keara Moyle. (2014). "Passions and Preservation: An Ethnographic Study." Native American Literature Symposium, Minneapolis, MN.

2013

Belinda Ramirez. (2013) “An Issue of Legitimacy: Hmong Religious and Ethnonational Borders in Northern Thailand.” Society for the Anthropology of Religion Biennial Meetings. San Diego.

Belinda Ramirez. (2013). “Cultural Revision Through Religion: A Messianic Hmong Approach in Northern Thailand.” Hmong Studies Consortium Biennial Conference, University of Minnesota.

Ricky Gettys. (2013). “Making a Profit at What Cost? Sociality and the New Economic Realities Facing Hmong Entrepreneurs in Thailand.” Hmong Studies Consortium Biennial Conference, University of Minnesota.

Jolysa Sedgwick. (2013). “A Shift in Priorities: The Motivations Behind Hmong Urban Migration in Northern Thailand.” Hmong Studies Consortium Biennial Conference, University of Minnesota.

April Reber. (2013). “This is Like Dying While Still Being Alive: How the Hmong Engage in Street-Level Politics.” Hmong Studies Consortium Biennial Conference, University of Minnesota.

Krista Rau. (2013). “Where Do the Spirits Reside?: Hmong Sacred Places Now and Then.” Hmong Studies Consortium Biennial Conference, University of Minnesota.

April Reber. (2013). “’This Is Like Dying While Still Being alive’: How Village Hmong Engage in Street-Level Politics.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings. Chicago, IL.

Belinda Ramirez. (2013). Annual Meetings: “Cultural Revision Through Religion: A Messianic Hmong Approach in Northern Thailand.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings. Chicago, IL. (Belinda also organized this panel)

2012

Hilary Laga. (2012). Annual Meeting: “Blurring the Veil: Reinterpreting the Latter-Day Saint Relationship Between the Dead and the Living.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings. San Francisco, CA.

Layne Watson. (2012). Annual Meeting: “Place As An Intersubjective Cultural Model In Siena, Italy.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings. San Francisco, CA.

Belinda Ramirez. (2012). Annual Meeting: “Hmong Ethnonational Borders In Northern Thailand.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings. San Francisco, CA.  (Belinda also was the organizer and chair of this panel)

John Whitton. (2012). Annual Meeting: “Defining Against the ‘Other’: Maintaining Cross Generation Ethnic Identity In Atba-e-Malak Badr Visak.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings. San Francisco, CA.




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