Current Fellows

Paul Gutierrez

Paul M. B. Gutierrez is a 2019-2020 Chancellor’s Fellow with the UC Berkeley School of Law and its Center for the Study of Law and Society. His research and teaching lie at the intersections of Legal and Constitutional Studies; Political Theory; Race, Ethnicity, and Politics; and American Political Development. Paul is broadly concerned with how the emergence and development of major political-economic and legal institutions like “contract” intersect with histories and processes of imperialism, colonialism, and racialization. His dissertation disinterred and examined the settler colonial and revolutionary origins of the modern corporation in the U.S.

Paul holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown University. He also has an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he concentrated in Democracy, Politics, and Institutions; and a B.A. magna cum laude from the College of William and Mary, where he majored in Government and Economics. Paul’s research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, and the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice.

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Kasey Pregler

Kasey Pregler

Kasey Pregler is a 2019-2020 Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. Her research uses demographic information to better inform community and population ecology, life history evolution, and the conservation of imperiled fish species. Kasey also conducts research on the conservation genetics of aquatic species for restoration efforts.

Her current research will be investigating a captive breeding program for Coho salmon in the Russian River Watershed to assess the success of the program in collaboration with NOAA and Sea Grant researchers. Results of this work will help inform new program efforts that are under consideration for nearby watersheds in California, and will also be applicable for conservation efforts for a suite of imperiled fishes.

Kasey received her BS and MS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD in Fish, Wildlife, & Conservation Biology from Colorado State University. In addition to research, she has mentored numerous undergraduate students through various programs to provide equal opportunities for students to gain experience in their field.

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Carolyn Smith

Carolyn Smith

Carolyn Smith (Karuk Tribe) is a 2018-2019 Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow
in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research engages with indigenous knowledge to consider how Native American craftworks are profoundly intertwined with people, landscapes, and watersheds. In exploring indigenous ontological understandings of craftworks and their roles within communities, she addresses how museum identification and classification affect which works are eligible for repatriation and how they are represented and stewarded in collection spaces.

Carolyn received a B.A. in Anthropology from Sonoma State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her graduate education was supported by UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Fellowship and her
doctoral research was funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Carolyn’s dissertation, Weaving pikyav (to-fix-it): Karuk Baskets in-Relation-with the Everyday World, spoke to the extraordinary interrelationship of baskets with nearly every aspect of Karuk daily and ceremonial life, including ontology, traditional ecological
knowledge, language, familial and community relationships, identity, and social memory. By foregrounding Karuk histories and cultural traditions, she offered a perspective that countered anthropological studies of basketry, which tend to focus on typology and use value. Her research also revealed that basket weaving provides healing of historical trauma through cultural practice.

Carolyn is a basketweaver and artist. She is a member of the Council for Museum Anthropology, Association of Indigenous Anthropologists, Association of Academic Museums and Galleries, and California Indian Basketweavers Association.

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