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Mellon Fellows, 2016-2017

The Center for the Americas Andrew W. Postdoctoral Fellows for 2016-2017 are:

Maria John has a PhD, M.Phil, and MA in History from Columbia University; she also has an MA and BA in History from Monash University. Her dissertation, titled Sovereign Bodies: Urban Indigenous Health and the Politics of Self-determination in Seattle and Syndey, 1950-1960, compares health struggles and indigenous health activism in urban indigenous communities in Australia and the United States through the lens of deterritorializing sovereignty theory. Her work focuses on indigenous community-controlled health services in major U.S. and Australian cities. Her research and teaching interests include comparative modern Native American social and political history, settler colonialism, and health studies. She has published an online column on “Toypurina: A Legend Etched in the Landscape of Los Angeles.”

Diana Schwartz has a PhD in Latin American History from the University of Chicago, an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in Ethnic Studies and Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation, titled Transforming the Tropics: Development, Displacement, and Anthropology in the Papaloapan, Mexico, 1940s-1970s, explores the impact of a major dam project on the definition and management of indigenista communities. Her research and teaching interests include modern Latin America, race, ethnicity and integration in the Americas, indigenous history and politics in the Americas, involuntary migration and resettlement, agrarian studies, the history and politics of social science, and regional planning and economic development. She has published an article on “Indigenous Policy in Twentieth-Century Latin America” in Latin American Perspectives.