Erica Kowsz

Erica Kowsz

PhD student, Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst  

Erica is an anthropologist and filmmaker, interested in cultural heritage, the semiotics of materiality, collective identities in liberal societies, and the history and ethnography of North America and northern Europe. She is pursuing her PhD in the Department of Anthropology at UMass Amherst, having completed her Masters degree in the same department in 2015. 

Her work has found synergy with IPinCH’s focus on equitable exchanges of knowledge relating to cultural heritage legislation, management, and dialogue, and, more generally, with better understanding the diversity of ways that communities, researchers, and others understand the past and value it in everyday life.

Her graduate work at UMass is supported by the National Science Foundation through the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP #1451512).

A Journey Upstream: The Past and Presence of an "Extinct" People (Trailer) from Erica Kowsz on Vimeo.