Karen G. Williams, doctoral student in anthropology, has won the American Anthropological Association (AAA) Minority Dissertation Fellowship for 2013–14. The $10,000 award, given to one student annually, is intended to encourage members of ethnic minorities to complete doctoral degrees in anthropology, thereby increasing diversity in the discipline and promoting research on issues of concern among minority populations. Williams will be recognized at the 2013 AAA Annual Meeting in November.
Williams’s dissertation, “From Coercion to Consent? Governing the Formerly Incarcerated in the 21st Century United States,” looks at the emerging policy of prisoner reentry reform. The ethnographic project asks: “Is the aftermath of mass incarceration merely another site of racialized social control or do new reentry programs combine with other changes in the penal system to signal a shift towards a less punitive mode of governance in the United States?” Prof. Leith Mullings is dissertation supervisor.
Founded in 1902 and based in Arlington, Virginia, the American Anthropological Association is the world’s largest professional organization of anthropologists and others interested in anthropology, with an average annual membership of more than 12,000. The association represents all anthropological specialties: cultural anthropology, biological (or physical) anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and applied anthropology.