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Kathryn Mariner wins Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for her work on social inequality

April 19, 2019
Kathryn Mariner

Kathryn Mariner, assistant professor of anthropology and visual and cultural studies. (University of Rochester photo / Brandon Vick)

Kathryn Mariner, an assistant professor of anthropology and visual and cultural studies at the University of Rochester, is one of 32 faculty members in the United States named new Career Enhancement Fellows by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Mariner will receive a six-month fellowship to support her project on the relationship between social inequality and placemaking in Rochester, tentatively titled “Fertile Ground.”

The Career Enhancement Fellowship, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, creates career development opportunities for selected faculty fellows with promising research projects. One of the stated goals of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation is to support its fellows as the next generation of leaders shaping American society.

“I’m delighted to get this national recognition for the work I’m doing,” says Mariner. “I’m really hoping this new project will enhance connections between the university and local communities.”

Mariner’s research focuses on the relationship between social inequality and intimacy in the United States. Her upcoming book, Contingent Kinship (University of California Press), is about transracial adoption in Chicago, specifically the ways in which race and class are factors in the decision-making process.

Mariner, who earned her PhD from the University of Chicago in 2015, joined the Rochester faculty in 2016.


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