Meredith Alberta Palmer

PHD CANDIDATE, GEOGRAPHY, UC BERKELEY 

MPH, PUBLIC HEALTH, UC BERKELEY, 2015

BS, DEVELOPMENT SOCIOLOGY, CORNELL UNIVERSITY, 2011

 

Research Interests

My work builds on growing fields of research on the role of science and technology in histories of dispossession and in the ongoing colonization of indigenous people, and the possibilities for scientific research to further Native self-determination. Anchored in Human Geography’s commitment to the spatiality of human interaction, my dissertation shows how colonial and state officials and medical practitioners have engendered dispossessing practices of containment, discipline, and surveillance by deploying “Indianness” as a medically significant marker of deficiency. My scholarship is rooted in Geography, Native American & Indigenous Studies, and Science & Technology Studies. I combine rigorous archival work, careful community engagement, and indigenous methodologies of oral history and critical analysis, to rethink the historic spatial politics of colonial regimes of care among the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois. 

My work is supported by the Henry Roe Cloud Dissertation Fellowship at Yale University, UC Chancellor’s Fellowship, the Ford Foundation Fellowships, and the Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley.

Graduate Student Instruction

  • Development in Theory & History (Geog 112), Prof. Gillian Hart, UC Berkeley, Spring 2014
  • Worldings: Regions, Peoples & States (Geog 10), Prof. Jake Kosek, UC Berkeley, Fall 2017

Teaching Assistantships

  • Rethinking Globalization: Nature, Culture, Justice, various instructors, SIT, Fall 2009 – Spring 2010
  • Culture & Society: An International Field Experience (Soc 312), Prof. Swords, Ithaca College, Spring 2009