Ortiz Center Fellow

Louise Lamphere Public Policy Fellowship

Alfonso Ortiz fellow

Jagna Cyganik- Ortiz Policy Fellow Academic Year 2015-2016

The Alfonso Ortiz fellow for the academic year 2015-2016, Jagna Cyganik, is a doctoral candidate in the Anthropology Department at UNM. With research interests in Native American Southwest, indigeneity, and popular music, Jagna’s dissertation project explores the Dine (Navajo) metal music scene and community in New Mexico and Arizona. Born and raised in Poland, Jagna enjoys New Mexican sun and spending time outdoors, hiking in the Sandias with her children and dog.





jennifer cardinalJennifer Cardinal – Ortiz Policy Fellow Academic Year 2014-2015

Jennifer Cardinal is a PhD Candidate in the University of New Mexico Anthropology Department. She has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Kansas (2003), and MA in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico (2009). Jennifer’s areas of investigation include anthropology of place, mobilities, community development, tourism, and lifestyle migration. Her dissertation research considers community development in the context of the shifting social and physical landscape of the southern Jalisco coast. Jennifer conducted ethnographic research in the coastal Mexican community of La Manzanilla investigating the relationships between lifestyle migrant participation in community development, and how young Mexican entrepreneurs are positioning themselves as agents of tourism and community development. Her research has been supported by research grants from the University of New Mexico Anthropology Department, Office of Graduate Studies, Graduate Professional Student Association, and the Tinker Foundation and Latin American and Iberian Institute.  Cardinal will assist the Anthropology Department Colloquium Committee and facilitate two projects, the Ortiz Center sponsored research paper awards in the spring and present a public anthropology project TBA.


trott-2014fellowElise 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.


SeanGanttSean 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

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