Erin Pettigrew


Master's Degree
  • Class of 2008
  • Master's Degree(s): African Studies MA
While At UCLA

Study Abroad:
Hollins University Paris Abroad Program (2001-2002),
Peace Corps: Mauritania (2003-2005),
Damascus University, Syria (Summer 2007),
ALIF Fez, Morocco (Summer 2008),
Mauritania (Summers 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011-2012)
Senegal (Summer 2008 and Fall 2011)
France (Fall 2012).

African Activist Association (Member, Fundraiser and Co-organizer for Annual Conference),
Ufahamu journal of African Studies (Senior Editor and member of review board).

UCLA Regent's Fellowship (2006-2007)
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for Arabic (2007-2008),
Teaching Assistant 2007-2008

Undergraduate Research:
Senior Honors Thesis: "Arabizing Algeria: A Sociolinguistic Look at the Failure to Create a Unified Identity"- Mary Williamson Award for best thesis in the Humanities, 2003

Graduate Research:
"Colonizing the Mahadra: Language, Identity, and Power in Mauritania Under French Colonialism", MA thesis (Faculty Chair: Ghislaine Lydon)
Grad Thesis: "To Invoke the Invisible: Muslim Healers, Magic, and Amulets in the 20th Century History of the Southern Sahara," Presentation, Stanford University (2011);
"Unwinding the Turban: French Ethnography and Colonial Knowledge Production in Mauritania, 1902-1938," African Studies Association Annual Meeting, 2009;
"Colonizing the Mahadra: Identity and Power in Mauritania (1902-1960)", Northwestern, ISITA Conference in Dakar, Senegal (December 10-12, 2008)
"Colonizing the Mahadra: Language, Identity, and Power in Mauritania Under French Colonialism", Ufahamu: Journal of African Studies. Presented "The Capital of Sand: Nouakchott as a Space of Negotiation" on April 12, 2008 at the African Activist Association Annual Conference.

After UCLA

PhD Stanford University, African History (2013); Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Fellowship; American Institute of Maghrib Studies Long-term Grant

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