Graduate Students

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  • Hudson McFann
  • Advisor: D. Asher Ghertner
  • Degree: Ph.D.
  • Email: hudson.mcfann@rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: historical geography, political geography, the history and politics of humanitarianism, aesthetics, oral history, theories of memory and archives, political violence, waste, Cambodia and Southeast Asia

 

 

My dissertation is a study of the history and legacies of Khao I Dang (1979–93) refugee camp, established by UNHCR in Thailand in the wake of the Cambodian genocide. The project draws from library and archival research in the U.S., Cambodia, Thailand, Switzerland, France, and England, as well as oral history interviews with former UN and U.S. government officials, relief workers, and refugees.

Furthermore, as an extension of my written dissertation, I am coordinating a public history project called "Recollecting Khao I Dang," which involves the development of an oral history collection and a website. I am partnering with the Rutgers Oral History Archives to, pending narrators' approval, preserve interviews in a collection titled "Recollecting Khao I Dang" and eventually make them available to researchers and the public.

I am also a fellowship advisor at GradFund.


Previous Degrees:

  • M.A., Political Ecology and Ethnographic Film, NYU
  • B.A., Geography, Ohio State University

 

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Publications:

  • Ghertner, D.A., H. McFann, and D.M. Goldstein, editors. 2020. Futureproof: Security Aesthetics and the Management of Life. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. View online
  • McFann, H., and A.L. Hinton. 2018. "Impassable Visions: The Cambodia to Come, the Detritus in its Wake." In A Companion to the Anthropology of Death, edited by A.C.G.M. Robben, 223–235. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. View online
  • McFann, H. 2014. "Humans-as-Waste." In Discard Studies Compendium, edited by M. Liboiron, M. Acuto, and R. Nagle. Discard Studies blog. View online


Awards:

  • AAG Applied Geography Specialty Group Student Research Fellowship (2018)
  • Senior Fellowship, Center for Khmer Studies (2017–2018)
  • Presidential Fellowship, Rutgers University (2013–2014, 2016–2018)
  • Graduate Fellowship in Arts & Aesthetics, Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University (2016–2017)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2011–2016)
  • Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education (2015) – Declined
  • Junior Fellowship, Center for Khmer Studies (2014)
  • M.A. Degree Representative, Class of 2013, NYU Gallatin
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowship, IIE / U.S. Department of State (2010–2011)
  • Best Poster, 15th ENRGHI Conference, Geography Institute of Paris (2010)
  • Provost's Distinguished Senior Award, Ohio State University (2010)
  • Huntington Award for Outstanding Undergraduates, Department of Geography, Ohio State University (2010)
  • Beinecke Scholarship (2009)

 
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