First, about this site. Mostly it is just a blog where I will write about things that I think are interesting and at least tangentially relevant to my real life identity as Samantha L. Grace, the anthropologist. I expect it to grow with me through my life, hopefully with moments of blossoming interest but surely with wintry periods where I am overwhelmed with other work.
Second, about me. Let’s begin with my online self. 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). You may also wonder what I look like. In my first year of grad school, on the day of our final presentations on various theorists, I looked like this:
My PhD is in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Arizona, one of the highest ranking doctoral programs for anthropologists in the United States (pats self on back). I will be defending my dissertation in Fall 2017. I also do linguistic anthropology and medical anthropology. 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 made a website on Women in Greek Myths.
My dissertation research examines age and citizenship and is based on ethnographic work in urban Ecuador with high school students and their families. The 2014-15 fieldwork was funded by the Wenner Gren Foundation, and connects theoretical concerns of governmental citizenship, the phenomenology of time and the life course approach through ethnographic thick description. The dissertation argues that age identities, particularly those of working class Quiteño 10th graders and their families, are a way that people and governments organize both time and social belonging. My Master’s thesis was called “Living Lessons of Age and Citizenship,” and it also dealt with questions of age, morality, gender, and citizenship based in ethnographic work with white and Latina pregnant and parenting adolescents in Tucson, AZ.
I have the great luck to be surrounded with delightful, supportive, and intellectually curious colleagues. 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.