Anna Jordan.The WSU Graduate School awarded its annual Dissertation Year fellowship to doctoral candidate Anna Jordan from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Jordan is pursuing her doctorate in cultural anthropology, focusing on psychological anthropology as it relates to post-imprisonment life.

“It is a wonderful honor to be selected as a recipient,” she said. “I am deeply grateful for the support and recognition of what I believe is important research.”

In addition to the honor, the nine-month fellowship provides recipients with financial support to complete their dissertation uninterrupted.

Jordan’s dissertation delves into the everyday experiences of formerly incarcerated adults living in Los Angeles. Her goal is to explore and understand ethical dilemmas rooted in post-prison life as they pertain to a changing political and social environment.

“I firmly believe that scholars whose work centers on issues of inequality have an ethical imperative to engage with social debates beyond the academy,” she said.

Jeannette Mageo, professor of anthropology, is Jordan’s dissertation chair. She said Jordan’s love of the theory, her initiative, and her concern for her subject population are what stands out about her dissertation research.

Dissertation Year fellowships were also awarded to Chioma Ezeh and Emma McMain, both in the WSU College of Education.

Top image: Anna Jordan.

By Patty Kieburtz. College of Education, for WSU Insider