American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the Committee on Minority Affairs in Anthropology (CMIA) are pleased to announce the selection of Karen G. Williams as recipient of the 2013-2014 AAA Minority Dissertation Fellowship. This annual fellowship of $10,000 is intended to encourage members of ethnic minorities to complete doctoral degrees in anthropology, thereby increasing diversity in the discipline and promoting research on issues of concern among minority populations.
Williams’ dissertation, titled “From Coercion to Consent?: Governing the Formerly Incarcerated in the 21st Century United States” focuses on the criminal justice system. Dr. Dana-Ain Davis of Williams’ dissertation committee notes, “In addition to being an outstanding leader, Karen also has an outstanding record of academic achievement.” She is currently working on her PhD in anthropology at City University of New York. Karen received her Bachelors of Fine Arts at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in anthropology and continued on to receive a Masters of Arts in Performance Studies at New York University.
Williams will be recognized during the AAA Awards Ceremony at the 2013 AAA Annual Meeting in Chicago. Rosa E. Ficek, PhD Candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will be acknowledged as the Honorable Mention.