Jessica in Washington, D.C.

Jessica is a graduate student in cultural anthropology and a candidate for a graduate certificate in women’s and gender studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Jessica is working on her dissertation, which compares middle-class, heterosexual Mexican-American couples and Anglo couples in the U.S. with the goal of understanding why these individuals choose to be child-free and how gender influences power relations in decision-making. During summer 2013, she is attending the Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program in Washington, D.C., to expand her knowledge of Latino studies and explore how her work as an anthropologist can be utilized in a museum setting.

Research at the Smithsonian: Investigating Latinos, reproduction, and disability

The 2013 LMSP Fellows at the Smithsonian Castle, Jessica is in the back row, 7th from the left. Taken by Diana Bossa, Smithsonian Latino Center. The final part of my practicum at the National Museum of American History allowed me to further explore intersections of reproductive decision-making and disability among Latinos. As I finished my research on eugenics and coercive sterilization in the U.S. (see previous post for more details), I came upon allegations raised this summer that from 2006-2010 at least 148 female inmates in a California prison underwent coercive sterilizations. Unfortunately, the history I explored is still incredibly relevant today. This poster from the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (year unknown) reminds [...]

2013-09-05T16:56:52+00:00 September 4th, 2013|Jessica in Washington, D.C.|

Behind the scenes at the National Museum of American History

Curator Katherine Ott explains pieces from the National Museum of American History collections. Photo by Diana Bossa, Smithsonian Latino Center. This month I’m getting a true behind-the-scenes experience at the National Museum of American History (NMAH). In the last month of the Latino Museum Studies Program, I am getting acquainted with work in Latino Studies by working in a Smithsonian museum. The NMAH is part of a large institution (The Smithsonian Institution), is a very large museum with many divisions, and is currently undergoing a major renovation. I have been going to staff meetings, learning about (and looking through!) collections and archives, and working with my practicum leader to get some understanding of how this large and complex museum works. [...]

2013-08-05T19:44:16+00:00 August 5th, 2013|Jessica in Washington, D.C.|

What is the American experience, anyway?

Jessica is a graduate student in cultural anthropology and a candidate for a graduate certificate in women's and gender studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Jessica is working on her dissertation, which compares middle-class, heterosexual Mexican-American couples and Anglo couples in the U.S. with the goal of understanding why these individuals choose to be child-free and how gender influences power relations in decision-making. During summer 2013, she is attending the Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program in Washington, D.C., to expand her knowledge of Latino studies and explore how her work as an anthropologist can be utilized in a museum setting.

2013-07-18T15:44:58+00:00 July 18th, 2013|Jessica in Washington, D.C.|