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Upcoming Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Lander Auditorium, Hutchison Hall, University of Rochester

Jessica Cattelino

Associate Professor of Anthropology
University of California, Los Angeles

Professor Cattelino's research focuses on economy, nature, indigeneity, and settler colonialism. Her book, High Stakes: Florida Seminole Gaming and Sovereignty (Duke University Press, 2008; winner of the Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharff Memorial Book Prize from the Society for the Anthropology of North America), examines the cultural, political, and economic stakes of tribal casinos for Florida Seminoles. Currently, Professor Cattelino is writing an ethnography about the cultural value of water in the Florida Everglades, with focus on the Seminole Big Cypress Reservation and the nearby agricultural town of Clewiston. This project tells the human story of Everglades restoration and theorizes the co-production of nature and indigeneity in settler societies like the United States. Additionally, she writes about indigeneity and money, the anthropology of the United States, and indigenous sovereignty, and is collaborating with photographer Adam Nadel on a museum exhibition about the inextricability of people and nature in the Everglades.

Professor Cattelino's work is influenced by scholarship in American Indian Studies and Gender Studies, and she holds faculty affiliations in both programs at UCLA. Her current research is funded by the National Science Foundation (Law and Social Sciences), the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Howard Foundation. Additionally, Professor Cattelino is funded through participation in a National Science Foundation Long Term Ecological Network on the Florida Coastal Everglades, for which she is undertaking wildly interdisciplinary collaboration as a co-author of a paper on phosphorus and will conduct ethnographic research on the social life of a stormwater treatment area. Recently Professor Cattelino was a Visiting Associate Professor of American Studies at Yale University.