2010 Tinker Grantee Narratives

Allbritton, B. Dean.  A Ph.D. student in Hispanic Languages and Literature working on “Specters of Aids: The Unrepresentable Illness in Contemporary Spanish Cinema and Literature” travelled to Madrid, Spain. His research reflects a multidisciplinary approach, using ethnographical investigation, feminist theory and textual analysis of cinematic media and literature surrounding the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He mainly used the Filmoteca Españolaand Biblioteca Nacional which house extensive film archives. 

Chu, Ying-Ying.  A Ph.D. student in History from Taiwan working on “From Katarismo to theTaller de Historia Oral Andina: The Politics of Indigenous Movements and Memory in Bolivia, 1970-1990s.” Her original fieldwork was in Bolivia to study local bibliographies, archives and publications, and conduct interviews.  However, an intractable visa problem between Bolivia and China blocked her travel; instead, she will travel to Peru over Winter break to explore a similar thesis topic in Peru. 

Corniel, Zaida. A Ph.D. student in the Hispanic Languages and Literature from the Dominican Republic working on “Tracing the Displacement and Representation of the Caribbean people and the landscape in the Dominican Republic in Contemporary Literature and Media.” She visited the D.R. to research how tourism, through media and state propaganda, has changed the social landscape. She used the National Archives in Santo Domingo and the Ministry of Tourism, along with interviews in regions like Sosúa and Bayahibe. 

Del Cogliano, Marcos. A Ph.D. student in Hispanic Languages and Literature from Argentina working on “From the Office to Home: Role of White Collar Employees in Creation of a New Popular Subject,” consulted varied archives at the Bibliotecas de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras in Buenos Aires.  He also interviewed several writers and art critics to explore the Argentine Avant-Guard movements of the 1930’s and the emergence of the white-collar worker. 

Dunckel, Amy.  A Ph.D. student in Sociology is working on “Is Pink the New Color of Feminism? An Ethnography of Sex-Segregated Urban Space,” travelled to Mexico City and Puebla to collect data on the causes of urban and occupational segregation and gender inequality epitomized by the growth of “Pink Taxis” phenomena. Her fieldwork consists of archival investigations at local newspapers and organizations along with in-depth interviews.

Enciso, Froylán.  A Ph.D. student in the History Department from Mexico working on “The Historical Politics of Drug-Dealing in Mexico,” conducted research and interviews in both Mexico and Colombia at various archival sites to collect information on the potential of drug studies that focus on the political culture of production, trafficking, and sale of illicit drugs. 

Estefane Jaramillo, Andrés.  A Ph.D. student in History from Chile is working on “The Informational Structure of the State: Statistics, Bureaucracy and Forms of Local Power in 19th-Century Chile (1860-1895).” He went to various archival sites in Chile, such as Santiago, Iquique, and Temuco to locate data to explore intersections between the production of statistical knowledge, the formation of modern bureaucratic apparatus, and local power in Chile during the 19th century. 

García, Miguel. A student in the M.A. program in Hispanic Languages and Literature Department from Peru is working on “Intonational Patterns of Peruvian Spanish.”  He visited Peru to collect data via fieldwork in Lima and Amazonian Pucallpa. He conducted in-depth interviews of native speakers of “standard” (coastal) and Amazonian Spanish, which involved acoustic analysis of the intonational patterns of the two varieties of Spanish. 

Gómez Florentín, Carlos. A Ph.D. student in History from Paraguay working on “Environmental Politics in Itaipú.”  He visited Paraguay to research archives at Centro de Documentación de Itaipú containing legal documents, technical data, and economic studies of the Itaipú dam region, a zone affected by social transformation, state-building, modernization, and environmental issues during the mid-20th century. 

Gonzalez Vaillant, Gabriela. A MA student in the Department of Sociology from Uruguay is working on “Contentious Youths in the Southern Cone in the Context of the "Leftist" Turns.” She visited Uruguay to collect bibliographic research material at local libraries and institutions, and conducted interviews of key informants to help define her research on general trends of youth politics in the region. 

Muñoz, Isai Jess. A Ph.D. student in the Music Department working on “Spanish and Latin American Classical Song and its Protestant component.” He visited Spain and Ecuador to explore the two region's Protestant Iberian and Latin American song to understand the origins of this genre. He studied several archives, library collections, churches, and performance venues. 

Paruolo, Sarah. A Ph.D. student in the Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies Department working on “The Politics of Expression: Public Art in Cuba.” She travelled to Havana and Santiago to study the murals, vallas, and graffiti that adorn public spaces in these cities and the modern significant of their origins and roles in political histories of the country.  She conducted fieldwork in the environment by evaluating the landscape of the pieces and their reception by the public. 

Rice, Mark.  A Ph.D. student in the Department of History is working on “The Making of Machu Picchu: Tourism and Development in Peru, 1910-2000.” He travelled to various archival sites in Lima and Cusco.  He conducted preliminary research of development the famous Andean archeological site into a transnational contact zone of global tourism during the 20th century, and how it has influenced the economic impact and cultural meanings associated with Machu Picchu. 

Tinoco, Boris.  A Ph.D. student in the Department of Ecology and Evolution from Ecuador is working on “Local and Landscape Factors Influencing Andean Hummingbird Communities in Disturbed Habitats.” He travelled to Ecuador’s Andean region in Cajas National Park which harbors a rich avian community with over 24 hummingbird species.  He collected data about factors that influence the distribution of hummingbirds and explored techniques for study ofhummingbird behavior in natural and disturbed habitats. 


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