The MacArthur Foundation has announced its 2010 class of Fellows – or “genius grants”. 23 Fellows were announced including anthropologist Shannon Lee Dawdy, an assistant professor in the Dept. of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. Shannon is recognized for her recent field work in New Orleans – the largest archaeological excavation undertaken to date in the French Quarter – and has served as a special liaison to FEMA to ensure recovery efforts after Katrina remain cognizant of the city’s rich heritage.
Another recipient of anthropological interest is Jessie Little Doe Baird, Mashpee Wampanoag, for her 17 years of linguistic work restoring the Wampanoag language. She is the co-founder and director of the Wopanaak Language Reclamation Project at Mashpee, Massachusetts.
More information on Shannon and the rest of the Fellows, including bios, videos and photos, can be found at www.macfound.org.