2012 Del Jones Award Winner, Corliss D. Heath
Corliss D. Heath was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and has over 15 years of professional experience in public health research. She has worked on a range of public health issues, including community-based research, women’s health, chronic diseases, cancer and pain management, mental health, HIV/AIDS, and health services and outcomes research. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Clark Atlanta University in 1993. In 1994, Corliss gave birth to her dream of founding SAVE, Inc., (Shaping A Vision through Empowerment), a community-based outreach non-profit organization for youth and in 2010, she expanded the organization to operate as a non-profit educational and consulting corporation promoting healthy holistic living and well-being.
In 1998, she received a Master of Public Health degree from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and in 2004 she received a Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Until August 2010 she worked as a HIV/AIDS researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA, where she specialized in the areas of religion, spirituality, and women’s health. Currently, she is a doctoral student at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL, specializing in biocultural medical anthropology. There she holds the honor of being a McKnight Fellow and is the current president of the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association.
With her combined degrees in public health, religion, and anthropology Corliss wants to obtain a faculty position at a doctoral/research extensive university and continue to engage in innovative interdisciplinary research. Her current research examines the invisibility of middle class black women in HIV and AIDS research. Her paper at SfAA looks at a cultured and gendered-based approach to HIV interventions among black female college students.
2012 Del Jones Award Winner, Camee Maddox
Camee Maddox is a Cultural Anthropology Doctoral Candidate at the University of Florida. In 2007, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from Towson University, with a minor in African and African American Studies. Her current research explores the relationship between cultural citizenship and performance, particularly among Afro-Caribbean populations in the French Caribbean. Following her 2009 MA research in Martinique, an overseas department of France, Camee returned to the field in 2011 for preliminary dissertation fieldwork. Her dissertation will focus on the ways in which cultural citizenship is conceived and enacted through expressive forms and heritage projects. She will engage these issues in the context of Bèlè, an Afro-Creole dance/music tradition that is currently undergoing a strong grassroots resurgence.
Camee’s scholarly activities are wide-ranging, and she has worked in a variety of settings as a researcher, an activist, and a museum educator. During her time at Towson University, she participated in a project that examined issues of gentrification and displacement in a historic African American community. She also served as a museum docent at the Frederick Douglass Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum in the historic Fell’s Point neighborhood of Baltimore City.
Camee is the proud recipient of UF’s prestigious Zora Neale Hurston Diaspora Fellowship. This summer she will be hosted by the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage as a visiting student research fellow and intern, where she will carry out independent research and assist with the Annual Folklife Festival. Through her experience with the Smithsonian and her dissertation research, Camee hopes to gain a deeper understanding of the role of artists, cultural activists, and heritage workers in shaping cultural policy and the politics of belonging.