Jennifer R. Wies
Peter K. New Award Winner, 2006
Jennifer R. Wies completed her doctoral education in Anthropology at the University of Kentucky, focusing on applied and medical anthropology. Her research efforts center on examining structural inequalities that prevent individuals from establishing and maintaining a high quality of life and well-being. To date, she has focused on social movement advocates and activists working in human service non-profit organizations to capture the grassroots perspectives of human service care work as they articulate with multiple power structures. Jennifer has taught undergraduate courses at the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, and Bluegrass Community and Technical College. In addition, she has provided intimate partner violence intervention services and prevention programming at the University of Kentucky Women's Place.
Peter C. Little
Peter K. New Award Second Place Winner, 2006
Peter C. Little is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. He is broadly interested in the role of anthropology in environmental public health debates and advocating for communities impacted by toxic chemical contamination. This research focus has also sparked his interests in science and technology studies and political ecology. He earned his BA in Anthropology at Binghamton University and completed an honors thesis, which received high honors, entitled “Political Ecology, Health, and Environment: Groundwater Contamination in Upstate New York and Its Surfacing Narratives”. The research focused on community and scientific framings of environmental contamination in Endicott, New York, which is home to International Business Machines Corporation (IBM). The relationship between chipboard manufacturing, pollution, and public health is an area of research that informs his current PhD research. He intends to revisit Endicott for his dissertation field research to work closely with a grassroots organization made up of many former IBM workers concerned about occupational and environmental health issues.
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