Kellie Cavagnaro holds a BA in Spanish and Gender Studies and an MA in Global Studies from Wake Forest University, and is currently a doctoral student, research and teaching assistant at Vanderbilt's Department of Anthropology. Her broader theoretical specialties include Environmental Anthropology, Andean Studies, the Digital Humanities, Gender and Sexuality and the Anthropology of Religion. As a PhD student at Vanderbilt, she is developing a multi-modal dissertation that will examine the interplay of ecology, mineral extraction and indigenous spiritual practice in the Lake Titicaca region of Peru, contextualizing the relationship between development, water rights, and highland resistance movements networked through ecologically fragile Andean communities. Regions of inquiry include Andean South America (PhD) and the Mesoamerican Highlands (MA).
Fulbright Research Scholar- Peru, 2019-20
Mellon Digital Humanities Graduate Fellowship, 2017-18
Graduate School of Arts and Science Research Award, Summer 2017
Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning Fellowship, 2016-17
Social Science Research Council Dissertation Prospectus Development Fellowship, Summer 2016
Humanities, Arts, Sciences and Technology Alliance Collaboratory Fellowship, 2015-16
US Foreign Language Area Studies Grant for Quechua, Summer 2015