Louise Lamphere Public Policy Fellowship
Elise Trott – Ortiz Policy Fellow Academic Year 2013-2014
Elise Trott is an Ethnology PhD student at the University of New Mexico. She received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2007 and her MA in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 2012. Elise is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her research interests include the ethnography of New Mexico, activism and social movements, political ecology, and the anthropology of the environment. Her dissertation research focuses on environmental and community activism in the Española Valley of northern New Mexico and the South Valley of Albuquerque. Since 2010, Elise has also been involved with a long-term community-based participatory research project supported by the Ortiz Center and the New Mexico Acequia Association that focuses on documenting the traditional knowledge of New Mexico’s mayordomos, or irrigation ditch bosses. As part of that project, she developed and edited an educational film entitled “The Art of Mayordomía.” Her education and research has been supported by the University of New Mexico’s Binford Scholarship, the New Mexico Folklore Award, and the Alfonso Ortiz Public Policy Fellowship.
Sean E. Gantt, Ph.D. Department of Anthropology, UNM, Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Brown University
Ortiz Center Policy Fellow 2012-2013
Sean Everette Gantt is from Charlotte, NC and earned his BA in Anthropology from Davidson College in 2003. He earned his MA in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 2006 and is currently a PhD Candidate in the Ethnology sub-field of the Anthropology Department at the University of New Mexico. Sean has studied both archaeology and ethnography, specializing in Southeastern U.S. Native American Studies. His dissertation is titled “Nanta Hosh Chahta Immi (What are Choctaw Ways): Cultural Preservation in the Casino Era,” investigates the long-term impacts of tribal economic development programs on the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI) reservation. He is also a videographer and produced numerous ethnographic video projects that have been screened locally and in regional film festivals. His research has been supported by many grants, scholarships, and fellowships, including an Andrew W. Mellon Doctoral Fellowship and the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies Public Policy Fellowship. Sean has also received the New Mexico Graduate Scholars Award, Frieda D. Butler Award, Critical Engagement with Public Anthropology Award, Ruth E. Kennedy Award, and most recently the American Indian Student Services STARS Award.
For more information on Sean E. Gantt please visit his academic and professional website: seangantt.wordpress.com