College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Anna Kamanzi

Anna Christine Kamanzi (also a CSU Chico undergraduate BA) won a US Fulbright Research Award 2013-14 (the first ever awarded to a CSU Chico student) for a year of independent research in Rwanda, central Africa.  In fieldwork in Kigali and in several rural settings, she explored the life situations and changing status of  Potters (Twa), a stigmatized minority, and their paths to integration in a post-genocide national society.  Now a doctoral student at UC Irvine in cultural anthropology and fully-funded for six years, she has given numerous classroom and professional presentations in Chico and elsewhere, including in Chico in the Anthropology Forum and in the World Exploration Series at the Valene Smith Museum of Anthropology, at the Southwestern Anthropological Association meetings, and at several meetings of the African Studies Association and of the American Anthropological Association (AAA).  Her field research photographs won awards in the 2014 AAA photo competition, and were published in the official AAA calendar in 2015.  While at Chico she also directed an ALVA film documentary, Bound to Tradition, on local native American practices.