Jessica Bissett Perea, an assistant professor in the Department of Native American Studies, has won a 2016 Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty. The award of $30,000 is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
The goal of this fellowship program is to increase the presence of minority and other faculty members who are committed to eradicating racial disparities, and breaking down stereotypes and promoting cross-racial understanding in core fields in the arts and sciences. The yearlong fellowship allows exceptional junior faculty to work on their research in pursuit of tenure. Perea will use the support to complete her first book, Sound Relations: A History of Music, Modernity, and Indigenous Self-Determination in Alaska.