2010 SfAA Student Endowed Award Recipient
My name is Kathryn Ranhorn and I am a recent graduate of the University of Florida where I finished a bachelor's degree magna cum laude in Anthropology as well as a minor in African Studies. My undergraduate honors thesis, entitled "Homeless Where the Heart Is: An Ethnography of Illness, Structural Violence, and Homelessness in Gainesville " consisted of a year of ethnographic fieldwork including interviews and surveys with Gainesville's local homeless population. This research was funded by the McNair Scholars Program as well as the University of Florida University Scholars Program.
Prior to graduation, I spent one semester in Tanzania where I studied Anthropology and Swahili at the University of Dar es Salaam as a Gilman International Scholar; in Tanzania I worked with the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI), took part in an archaeological excavation at Olduvai Gorge, and taught English at the local woodcarver's market where I helped lay the foundation for a microfinance non-profit. I recently returned to Tanzania to continue my non-profit microfinance project with funding from Kathryn Wasserman Davis 100 Projects for Peace. Here I am currently combining tourism with microfinance to fight poverty among the Makonde woodcarvers, while conducting some research and preparing for my next step in academia. I plan to pursue a PhD in Anthropology blending evolutionary, cultural, and applied approaches to illuminate and alleviate inequality both in the United States and East Africa.