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Intergenerational Dynamics Among Mexican Immigrants

This multi-year, multi-faceted research project is examining various legal, economic, political, social and familial dimensions of today’s Mexican immigrants who have lived a majority of their lives in the United States.

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Access, Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education

This project seeks to understand what various interventions and mechanisms can promote pathways for successful higher education and skill development, specifically for historically underrepresented students.

This is a photo of the SECPS research team at the Fall 2016 Cisco Innovation Challenge

Social Entrepreneurship and Career Pathways Study

Our research team is conducting a study to assess the impact of programs that promote social entrepreneurship for underserved high school and community college students. Moreover, from fall 2016 to spring 2019, the Social Entrepreneurship and Career Pathways Study (SECPS), supported through a grant from the Cisco corporate advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, aims to explore and learn the variety of skills students gain as well as how their mindset about entrepreneurship develops through participation in such programs.

Mesa Verde National Park

Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit

This overview and assessment study will identify and document ethnographic resources within and associated with Mesa Verde National Park and Yucca House National Monument.

Choosing the Good exhibit poster

Virtues in Conflict: a Cross-Cultural Study of Virtue Dilemmas and their Resolution

This project applies various research fields to an examination of how people around the world make decisions when presented with multiple ways of doing good.

Dr Amber Wutich

The Science of Water Art: A Citizen Science Project

The Science of Water Art project is a collaborative research project involving professionals, community members, college students and children, examining the role that water plays in each of our lives. Specifically, the project provides insights into how Arizona youth view the vital resource of water as they share perceptions of climate change and water insecurity through art.

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Study of Sharing Networks to Assess the Vulnerabilities of Local Communities to Oil and Gas Development Impacts in Arctic Alaska

This project seeks to understand the sharing networks of the Arctic communities of Wainwright, Venetie and Kaktovik in regards to potential risk from natural resource development in the area.

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Small World/Big Bodies

Small World/Big Bodies is a multi-year and multi-sited project tackling the complex question of how and why stigmatizing attitudes toward overweight and obese bodies are becoming more negative and spreading even as obesity becomes more common.

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Post-Bariatric Lives Project

This study seeks to understand the particular challenges people face in their everyday lives following bariatric surgery, and how these shape their long-term weight loss success.

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National Diversity and the Scope of Ethnography

This project explores the prevalence and patterns of social diversity and the negotiation of difference in varied historical settings in Southeast Asia, particularly Thailand. More specifically, the project examines what interethnic (majority-minority) relations (or the lack thereof) characterize ethnographic reporting, documentary and fiction film, novels, memoirs and newspaper coverage during 1914-2014, against what can be known about patterns of interethnic relations from ethnohistorical investigations.