Luisa Cortesi ’18 Ph.D., who completed a joint degree in environmental studies and anthropology, during the 2019 Yale commencement received the Theron Rockwell Field Prize. The prestigious university-wide award honors scholarship of poetic, literary, or religious value.
Cortesi was recognized for her dissertation, “Living in Unquiet Waters: Knowledge and Technologies in North Bihar,” an ethnographic exploration of how people in rural North Bihar, India, live among dangerous waters, and her study of the mechanisms of environmental knowledge formation. In recognizing Cortesi, the judges described her dissertation as “a beautifully written exploration of the multi-faceted meaning of ecology.”
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