Congratulations Carolina Talavera - Sam Dubal Fellowship Award in Critical Cultural and Medical Anthropology

May 25, 2022

The Department of Anthropology announces the inaugural award of the Sam Dubal Fellowship in Critical Cultural and Medical Anthropology to Carolina Talavera

This Fellowship honors the legacy of Sam Dubal, M.D., Ph.D., an anthropologist, activist, medical doctor, professor, a beloved contributor to many vibrant intellectual communities, and an alumnus of our Department. Sam courageously centered the struggle against structural violence--including the everyday violences of colonialism and racism--in his thinking and in his scholarly research and writing. Recipients of the Sam Dubal Fellowship are scholars who are recognized to embody some of Sam’s attributes: including his prodigious discipline and work ethic, his caring membership in academic and activist communities, and his commitment to getting the empirical facts right, as well to their meaningful and comparative analysis. This fellowship, established just this last year, was made possible through a generous donation from the Dubal family. 

Carolina dissertation project examines the forms of injury that proliferate among refugees consigned to spaces of waiting for better futures, futures suspended through forms of care and of enclosure continually marked as temporary with no way to move beyond them.   The selection committee was deeply impressed by Carolina's project, one that exemplifies the sort of critical scholarship that the Dubal fellowship was meant to support.

Congratulations Carolina!