Carlson graduated in 2002 with an International Studies major and a concentration in Europe and Political Science, with a Religion minor. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University of Texas.
Jennifer Carlson, a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University of Texas has been awarded one of the twenty national Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships for 2013-2014. A 2002 graduate, Carlson was an International Studies major with a concentration in Europe and Political Science with a Religion minor and worked closely with Professors Hobgood-Oster, Selbin, and Winnubst. Awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship (2002-2003), she subsequently earned an M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago in 2005. Formerly a Hogg Continuing Fellow at UT (2011-2012), she has also received awards from Wenner-Gren (2010-2011) and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (2010-2012). Her current work revisits the traditional village of European ethnology as a prototype of Europe’s clean energy future, where rural spaces are key nodes in the production of energy and the reproduction of social life. In particular she seeks to present an account of life in a region of Germany virtually unknown to North American anthropology, with an eye to the ways in which a community considered to be ethnic or traditional recombines itself in tandem with new arrivals and new technology.