First, you can find my Curriculum Vitae here: Dr. Samantha L. Grace, as of 6-25-2019

Second, about my internet identity. I am @ailiathena on Twitter, SamanthaGrace on Academia.edu, slgrace in my profile at the University of Arizona, and Sam Grace on Goodreads.com (where I post more than anywhere else because I love books). This site is both my primary professional presence online as well as my blog, the latter of which I expect it to pass through moments of blossoming interest as well as wintry periods where I prioritize other work.

You may also wonder what I look like. In my first year of grad school, I looked like this:

Sam in her first year of grad school, loving Geertz

My PhD is in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Arizona, not only one of the highest ranking doctoral programs for anthropologists in the United States (read: I am currently applying for jobs), but also an incredibly collegial and exciting environment to learn in (read: it really was great, and I care about being part of a supportive intellectual community). I also minored in linguistic anthropology and medical anthropology, the first of which shows up in my use of ethnographic discourse analysis, the second of which shows up in my focus on the body and my interests in biocitizenship and life course theory.

In January 2018, I completed my dissertation, “The Citizen Life Course: Age Identity in Ecuador’s Educational Revolution.” The 2014-15 fieldwork for the dissertation was funded by the Wenner Gren Foundation, and took place in Quito, Ecuador with 10th graders and their families. I did participant observation in two urban high schools and a couple of students’ homes, I conducted focus groups, and developed a “triple interview” of layered one-on-one interviews, parent-child dyad interviews, and multigenerational group interviews with 10th graders and their families.

The dissertation grew out of the theoretical directions developed in my Master’s thesis, which was called “Living Lessons of Age and Citizenship.” It dealt with questions of age, morality, gender, and citizenship and was based in ethnographic work with white and Latina pregnant and parenting adolescents in Tucson, AZ.

Before that I worked in DC as a bilingual educator, case worker, and HIV counselor with Latinx immigrant youth and families, and before that I studied Ancient Greek Language and Literature at Oberlin College.

And, because this isn’t the kind of blog where I pretend that my life ends with that day’s grading, I will also confess that my life is dramatically improved by my family (fictive, affinal and consanguineal) who live far away, that I am married to an excellent human being, have cute human children, and also have a ridiculous dog named Odysseus and a presumptuous cat named Nikos. That said, this will not be a pet blog, do not expect cute photos.

6 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi! I just came across your blog and I’m looking forward to reading more! It’s so positive and affirming — so much of academic-life-related blogging (and happy hour conversations, for that matter) is very bleak these days, but you don’t seem to be in that camp. I appreciate that a lot.

  2. Hello Samantha,
    It was a really happy thing to discover your blog.
    Even though I am not into the anthropology directly my field of expertise and learning relates to people intimately (anthropos – anthropy)
    I subscribe to your blog from my French account. If interested into the English version of my thoughts about education and learning:

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