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UW-Madison’s Allweiss awarded AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship

July 20, 2017

UW-Madison's Alex Allweiss has been awarded the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) American Dissertation Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year. 

Allweiss is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education's departments of Educational Policy Studies, and Curriculum and Instruction

Allweiss' dissertation explores the ways current policies and processes such as militarization, privatization and migration influence the lives and educational trajectories of indigenous Chuj Maya youth. Her research centers the creative responses, resistances and organizing work of Chuj youth and educators.

"I draw on decolonial feminist theory to reveal the interconnected nature of gendered, economic, raced, and entrenched colonial systems that are central to indigenous youth’s lived experiences," says Allweiss.

Allweiss conducted 18 months of ethnographic research with Chuj youth-led organizations and secondary schools in Guatemala, as well as Chuj youth organizers and educators in the Southern United States. The John and Tashia F. Morgridge Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship and a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship supported Allweiss in her research. 

"The AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship will now allow me to engage deeply with my data analysis and dissertation writing," says Allweiss. "I am very honored to receive this fellowship (...) I hope that my dissertation will help researchers, educators, and policymakers better understand the implications of current policies on the lives of indigenous youth and girls and the critical possibilities of indigenous youth-based models."