Corinne Kentor named a 2018 Grad Research Fellow by National Science Foundation | Anthropology and Education | International & Transcultural Studies

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Corinne Kentor named a 2018 Graduate Research Fellow by the National Science Foundation

Corinne Kentor was named a 2018 Graduate Research Fellow by the National Science Foundation. The fellowship recognizes the achievements of U.S. based graduate students who demonstrate the capacity to make significant contributions to research, teaching, and innovation within various scientific fields. NSF Fellows are awarded a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with additional funds allocated toward the cost of tuition and fees at the affiliate university. In addition, the program provides fellows with the opportunity to join a diverse professional community and to pursue international research projects as they complete their doctoral degrees. 
As an NSF Fellow, Corinne will conduct interdisciplinary ethnographic research focused on the relationship between contemporary immigration theory and instances of "public parenthood." Specifically, her research will examine the development of political consciousness among undocumented Latinx parents whose children are enrolled in U.S. public schools. This investigation will be based primarily in school districts in southern California, where parents have demonstrated substantial influence over the development and implementation of politicized language curricula. 
The roots of anti-immigrant and anti-Latinx discourse have been well documented by researchers in anthropology, sociology, and political science, but the public nature of parenthood offers new opportunities for critical engagement within the field. Corinne's research aims to reconfigure the image of the "impoverished illegal," investigating how immigrant parents leverage their language, culture, and community as a means of advocating for their children. This approach contributes to evolving notions of how "progress" is promulgated at different levels, highlighting the relationship between school-based assemblages and political change. As an NSF fellow, Corinne hopes to push the boundaries of the "neighborhood ethnography" as a means of investigating how families help to produce and enforce civic reform, singling out schools as an especially important site of public engagement. 
The Programs in Anthropology would like to congratulate Corinne on this achievement!