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Anya Bonanno

Doctoral Candidate
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Franklin College Writing Intensive Program

Contact Info

Baldwin Hall, Room 103E

My research centers on the ways conventional theories of property overlook important dimensions of how property is practiced in everyday life. The current wave of development and policy interventions based on land tenure security call for a renewed focus on what property means in situated contexts, how people make property real in place through relationships to others, and how the possibilities for making claims may become circumscribed by increasing land pressures. Specifically, my dissertation research explores how Limba women in northern Sierra Leone make claims to personal kitchen gardens in a context of recent state land interventions (a conservation area and hydropower dam). I seek to understand if and how social position and uneven experiences of land pressure alter or constrain how women make property claims.

More broadly, my interests include: land and resource institutions, agrarian studies and agricultural anthropology, feminist political ecology, anthropology of development, environmental governance, ethnobotany, African studies, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 

Of note:

Awards and Research Funding:

  • 2020-2021 US Fulbright Student Researcher to Sierra Leone
  • 2020 Dean's Award - Graduate School, University of Georgia
  • 2020 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award - Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Georgia
  • 2020 Charles Hudson Excellence in Teaching Award - Dept. of Anthropology, University of Georgia
  • 2019 Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Award - Graduate School, University of Georgia
  • 2019 Melissa Hague Field Research Award - Dept. of Anthropology, University of Georgia
  • 2018 Graduate Research Award - Willson Center for the Humanities, University of Georgia
  • 2017 Best Graduate Paper Award - Southeast Regional Seminar on African Studies
  • 2017 Graduate Scholars: Leadership, Engagement and Development Fellow - Graduate School, University of Georgia
  • 2011 summa cum laude, Houghton College

B.A. Intercultural Studies, Houghton College, 2011

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Articles Featuring Anya Bonanno

Monday, May 4, 2020 - 10:03am

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board awarded PhD candidate, Anya Bonanno, a 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Sierra Leone.

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 1:29pm

The UGA Graduate School awarded PhD candidate, Anya Bonanno, a Dean's Award for her research. The Dean's Award assists UGA Graduate students with their dissertation or thesis research by supporting students in collecting data or performing some other aspect of…

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 2:11pm

Walker DePuy, Katie Foster, Suneel Kumar, and Kristen Lear, along with co-authors Jacob Weger, Anya Bonanno, Raul Basilio, and Laura German, receive the J. Peter Brosius Integrative Conservation Research Award for their paper, “Environmental Governance:…

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