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USF Research Team

S. Elizabeth Bird is Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Florida. Her specialties include the role of media in culture, folklore, and cultural heritage. She has published four books, the most recent being The Anthropology of News and Journalism: Global Perspectives (Indiana University Press 2009), and has written more than 60 articles and book chapters. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania (Annenberg School for Communication), serves on several international journal editorial boards, and is an external member of the Centre for Memory Studies, University of Warwick, U.K. 
Personal website: http://anthropology.usf.edu/faculty/bird/

Fraser Ottanelli is Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of South Florida in Tampa.  His areas of specialization are ethnic and labor History, comparative migration, and US history in a global age. On these topics he has authored two-books and numerous articles and essays. He is currently completing a book manuscript, Migration and the Shaping of Ethnic Identity, to be submitted to Illinois University Press. Professor Ottanelli has been a Visiting Scholar in the Department of History and Civilization of European University Institute, Florence (Italy) and a Professeur Associé at the Université Paris VII—Denis Diderot (France). Currently he served on the Executive Committee and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) at NYU.
Personal website:  http://history.usf.edu/faculty/fottanelli/

Maryann Cairns, who serves as Research Assistant for the project, is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on human rights issues both in the U.S. and Bolivia. The focus of her dissertation research is water and sanitation rights and the development of WatSan infrastructure in Alto Beni, Bolivia. She has completed research projects in the Tampa Bay Area related to refugee psychosocial health and human trafficking. She also has an interest in heritage studies, and has studied heritage tourism and worked with the Ybor City Museum on a virtual exhibit for their website.
Personal Website: http://anthropology.usf.edu/graduate/Cairns/