Announcing the recipient of the 2022 Lister Fellowship!

Posted January 11, 2022

We would like to announce Kelsey Hanson as the recipient of the 2022 Lister Fellowship award!

The Lister Fellowship was established in recognition of the lifelong achievements of the late Florence and Robert Lister — archaeologists, dedicated educators, and friends and supporters of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. Awarded every two years to a single enrolled Ph.D. student, this fellowship comes with a $10,000 stipend to help support the recipient in the final stages of their research and dissertation work.

The 2022 Lister Fellowship recipient, Kelsey Hanson, is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, where she specializes in the archaeology of the U.S. Southwest. She is dedicated to seeking creative interdisciplinary and collaborative means of understanding the diversity of human expression, problem-solving, and sociopolitical organization.

Kelsey received her Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Grand Valley State University in 2014 and her Master of Science from Illinois State University in 2016. Kelsey credits her 2016 Field Internship at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center for setting her on her current path in Southwest archaeology.

In her current work, Kelsey is particularly interested in how specialized knowledge is cultivated and circulated in communities and how this is encoded in material culture. Drawing from anthropological archaeology, Indigenous philosophy, and conservation science, Hanson’s dissertation research problematizes paint technology to understand the circulation of specialized knowledge in the rise and fall of the Chaco World of northern New Mexico (A.D. 850–1300).

Kelsey was chosen as the recipient of the 2022 Lister Fellowship by a committee of three distinguished anthropological archaeologists because of her amazing academic achievements, her passion for Southwest archaeology, and her focus on hands-on, experiential learning.

Upon completion of her Ph.D., Kelsey plans to pursue a postdoctoral and university faculty position that will allow her to continue her research and her goal of making the human past accessible to the greater population.

We are incredibly excited to have Kelsey join us at Crow Canyon for the duration of her fellowship, and we look forward to seeing her grow as a student and as a person while she completes her Ph.D.