Diversity and Inclusion

McKnight Fellowship

The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program is designed to address the under-representation of African American and Hispanic faculty at colleges and universities in Florida by increasing the pool of candidates qualified with Ph.D. degrees to teach at the college and university levels.

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Current McKnight Fellows in Anthropology 

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Nadege Nau “I am an aspiring Caribbeanist that has conducted research in Haiti concerning Haitian anthropology professors' academic and affective labor and I have collaborated with a Haitian graduate student to assess NGO presence in Camp-Perrin following 2016's hurricane Matthew. My aim is to incorporate visual research techniques with traditional forms of ethnography.”

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Kris-An Hinds is a PhD student and a McKnight Doctoral Fellow and Strong Coasts NSF Research Fellow. Her research focus is on strengthening socio-environmental understandings between the relationship of ocean-based and land-based coral reef restoration in the Caribbean and Latin America.


Jonathan Rodriguez is a Puerto Rican PhD student and historical archaeologist studying terrestrial and maritime maroons who resisted enslavement and colonialism in the Caribbean. He aims to uncover the history of maroon heritage in understudied areas to help educate teachers, students, and the public on the experiences of these underrepresented communities.


William Lucas is a PhD student whose research focuses on spinal cord injury (SCI) rehabilitation in Tampa, FL, where he applies mixed methods to understand how SCI rehabilitation and treatment programs influence the well-being of clients, and how people with SCI experience these life-altering events emotionally, psychologically, and socially.


Lisa Armstrong's dissertation is a collaborative ethnographic study of Carver City-Lincoln Gardens a historically Black community in Tampa, Florida. Her study explores how transitions in housing patterns in a racially segregated Black community impacts residents' conceptualization of heritage through changing times.

Previous McKnight Fellows 

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Liotta Noche Dowdy
2019-2020 Fellow

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Katherine Shakour
2015-2020 Fellow
Social Science Researcher, Clemson University’s Center for Workforce Development

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Maisha Standifer
2013-2014 Fellow
Director, Health Policy, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine

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Antoinette Jackson
2001-2004 Fellow
Professor and Chair, USF Department of Anthropology

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Jonathan Gayles
1998-2001 Fellow
Professor and Chair of African-American Studies at Georgia State University