Dr. Diana P. Hatchett

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  • Anthropology
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Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology, University of Kentucky, (entered 2011)
M.A. Social Sciences, University of Chicago, 2011
B.A. Anthropology, Sewanee: The University of the South, 2010


I am a cultural anthropologist interested in religion, secularism, education, identity, competing nationalisms, the state, and (post)colonialism in the Middle East and North Africa Region. My dissertation project, under the guidance of Dr. Diane E. King, examines how students in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI, also called the “Kurdistan Region” and “Iraqi Kurdistan”) experiment with alternative "moral visions" of self, community, and nation. My dissertation research, "Ministries of Education: Moral Visions of State, Society, and Schools in Iraqi Kurdistan," illuminates how students' experimentations with identity give rise to new notions of self and personhood and subsequently challenge the emerging Kurdistani “state” in its ability to regulate the boundaries of sectarian identities.

At the University of Kentucky I have taught as a primary instructor for ANT 160: Cultural Diversity in the Modern World and for ANT 102: Archaeological Mysteries and Controversies. In past semesters I was a teaching assistant for two semesters of ANT 160 and for one semester of ANT 101 (a four-field introduction to anthropology course). I also worked as a graduate assistant for Presentation U, a faculty development and student tutoring program integrating oral, written, and visual communication skills.

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