2006 Del Jones Award Winner, Pardis Mahdavi
Pardis Mahdavi is currently a PhD candidate at Columbia University pursuing her doctorate in the departments of Sociomedical Sciences and Anthropology. She received her BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College, and an MA (in Anthropology) and a Masters of International Affairs (MIA) from Columbia University. Her research interests include sexuality, human rights, transnational feminism and public health in the context of changing global and political structures. Her dissertation project is on the intersection between sexuality and politics in post-revolutionary Iran, focusing on the new sexual and social revolution among urban Iranian young adults. She has just completed her dissertation and will be joining the faculty of the Anthropology department at Pomona College.
2006 Del Jones Award Winner, Richard Meyers
Richard Meyers is finishing his PhD in socio-cultural Anthropology [now called the School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC)] at Arizona State University (ASU). He is currently teaching on a fellowship at Middlebury College a course entitled: "Anthropology” & “American Indians.” It explores the multiple discourses and overall relationship that existed, and currently exists, between these two linguistic organizing categories. He received his B.A. in anthropology from Amherst College prior to returning to teach back in his tiyospaye in Wanblee, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation. He has an M.A. in English from Middlebury College’s Breadloaf program, and an M.A. in anthropology from ASU. He has worked in a variety of projects over the years. He worked as an "ethnographic consultant" for The National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research (NCAIANMHR) in a study on Cultural Factors in Depression and Co-Morbid Drinking among Lakotas before leaving to ASU. While at ASU he worked for three years in a project between the Center for Indian Education (CIE) and the Cocopah Nation's cultural museum in Somerton, AZ. His current research involves American Indians and the contemporary reality of “ethnography” and “research” in terms of identity politics and its intersections with academia.