The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Erica Kowsz, PhD Candidate in Anthropology, Awarded Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Erica Kowsz, PhD candidate in the Department of AnthropologyErica Kowsz, PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology, has been awarded a Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Kowsz's dissertation is titled "Rules of Recognition: Examining the Delineation of Indigenous Difference in Norway and the United States."

(Kowsz has since updated the title of her dissertation. It was submitted to CES as "Rules of Recognition: Legacies of Multiculturalism in European and Settler Colonial Liberal Democracies".)

Kowsz’s dissertation research examines the government policies for recognition of indigenous people that were developed from the 1970s through the 1990s in two distinct research contexts: that of the Sami in Norway and that of Native Americans in the US, with a focus on the story of Nipmuc people in southern New England.

Ultimately, Kowsz’s research focuses on forms and modes of social relation, with a focus on the tension between how identities are expressed and perceived in everyday life and how they are inscribed in official government definitions. Because descent plays an important role in both notions of belonging withinindigenous communities and as a core element policies of indigenous recognition administered by Norway and the United States, family, as a mode of social relation, is a central part of the story. K

The Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The fellowship is for one year—the final year of writing the dissertation—and includes a stipend of $27,500 and travel support for attending and presenting at CES’ International Conference for Europeanists. Fellows are also responsible for serving on the Editorial Committee of EuropeNow (the’ online journal of ideas, art, and politics relating to Europe) and contributing to the publication and will participate in several digital and in-person career development seminars and/or workshops with the rest of the fellowship year cohort.